NA Edged By Cathedral Prep In PIAA Consolations, 27-26
Still vying for third place on the final day of the PIAA tournament in Hershey, North Allegheny’s run came to an end in the consolation bracket with a narrow loss to Cathedral Prep, 27-26.
The nail-biting finish came down to the very end. North Allegheny trailed, 24-16, with four bouts remaining before trimming the deficit to 24-23 with a 7-2 decision by Zach Stedeford at 138 pounds and a 12-3 major decision by Jake Hinkson at 145 pounds. Cathedral Prep opened its lead up to four points, 27-23, with a 3-0 decision by Carter Starocci over Jon Hoover at 152 pounds.
A trip to the consolation finals came down to the 160 pound bout between NA standout Eric Hong and Prep’s Dazjon Casto. For Prep, Casto needed to avoid being pinned or a major decision and he did just that. Hong picked up a 5-2 decision over Casto which left the Tigers just one point short of Cathedral Prep, 27-26.
Despite the loss, there were plenty of fine performances by NA grapplers. Sean Hoover delivered a major decision at 182 pounds with an 8-0 win over Evan Selker. Senior Jake Woodley pinned DyJheir Norman at 220 pounds in 2:28. Other NA wrestlers earning victories included Freddy Junko (106) and Jacob Downing (113).
North Allegheny concludes the team portion of the season with an overall record of 13-3. The NA wrestlers will take to mat for the individual section tournament on Saturday, February 25.
Wrestling Match Summary: NA vs. Cathedral Prep
|170||Luigi Yates (CP) pinned Jared Kramer (NA)||2:14|
|182||Sean Hoover (NA) maj. dec. Evan Selker (CP)||8-0|
|195||Michael Hughes (CP) dec. Jacob Fritsch (NA)||7-1|
|220||Jake Woodley (NA) pinned DyJheir Norman (CP)||2:28|
|285||Kawaun Deboe (CP) dec. Derek Devine (NA)||4-0|
|106||Frederick Junko (NA) dec. Jacob Brumett (CP)||3-0|
|113||Jacob Downing (NA) dec. Brady Sittinger (CP)||4-0|
|120||Andrew Stark (CP) dec. Gabe Falo (NA)||1-0|
|126||Tyler McKinney (CP) dec. Nick Marcenelle (NA)||8-2|
|132||Spencer Staab (CP) pinned Will Baierl (NA)||3:42|
|138||Zach Stedeford (NA) dec. Marques McClorin (CP)||7-2|
|145||Jake Hinkson (NA) maj. dec. Albert Taylor (CP)||12-3|
|152||Carter Starocci (CP) dec. dec. Jon Hoover (NA)||3-0|
|160||Eric Hong (NA) dec. Dazjon Casto (CP)||5-2|