First day notes

The first two rounds of this tournament went off with hardly a ripple. That won't last. Arguably, the biggest upset of the first round was Brett Harner of Norristown dropping a 3-2 decision to Geno Morelli of Dubois at 152. Harner had a 52-6 record coming in and finished eighth last season at 140.

That calm won't last. At 130 pounds, Canon-McMillan's Solomon Chishko, Cam Throckmorton of South Western and Zach Horan of Nazareth will eventually battle through each other to reach the finals. Horan is a three-time runner-up and Throckmorton was fifth last season at 125 and a three-time medalist.

At 103-AAA, Billy Rappo of Council Rock South and Brett Marino of Liberty meet in the quarterfinals with the winner probably getting Colton Shorts of Canon-McMillan in the semifinals.

Connor Schram of Canon-McMillan could run into Brashear's Godwin Nyama in the semifinals. Nyama is the third qualifier from the City League and could become the first medalist if he continues his strong wrestling.

Kyle McWreath of Trinity suffered his first loss of the season, 3-1 to Brandon Clark of Methacton in the first round. He bounced back with a 3-0 decision over Dave Quakenbos of Red Lion in the first round of consolations.

Charleroi's Josh Kwasny didn't get the greatest of first-round bouts in the Class AA first round, getting pinned by Michael Racciato of Pen Argyl in 4:42. Racciato was third at 130 last season. But Kwasny showed determination, rebounding with a 7-4 decision over Riley Smith of Fort Leboeuf in the first round of consolations. Kwasny has had a nice comeback after weight problems derailed him last season.

Corey Garry of Fort Cherry had a nice 3-2 win over Aaron Schultz of Towanda in the first round. Garry is a little underweight for a heavyweight. His opponent in the quarterfinals, Joel Yahner of Brockway, will be a challenge. Yahner is 34-0 and a Northwest champion. Garry was third in the Southwest.

Only four of the 28 local wrestlers who made it here were eliminated on the first day, a pretty strong showing, considering some drew some tough opening-round opponents. There are 15 left in the winners' bracket and seven in the consolation rounds.

Brashear's Godwin Nyama became the first City League wrestler to win a bout in the state tournament when he decisioned Dylan Steffenino of Upper Perkiomen 8-4 inn the 112-pound first round in Class AAA.


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