State wrestling notes Day 1

Sorry this is late but I had blogger problems. You know, 21st Century, computers rule but are still incapable of handling a blog post. Yeah, they rule, right. Anyway, enough venting:

The biggest win of the first round belonged to Nick Gavazzi of Charleroi, who upset Ryan Todora of Bethlehem Catholic with a pin in 3:03. While I call it an upset because Gavazzi was a No. 5 seed, it was not quite a surprise to anyone who knows how good a wrestler gavazzi is. The trick for gavazzi is to win in the quarterfinals, now that everyone has seen his win over Todora and might be taking a bit more interest in preparation.

The lighter weights from the area struggled more than the upperweights and that goes against tradition. Seth Carr of South Fayette looked good and so did John Demaske of Jefferson-Morgan. But area wrestlers won at 160, got two more at 170, one at 195 and two more at 220.

The match A.C. Headlee of Waynesburg had in the first round was wild and controversial, and should have been handled better. Far be it for me to criticize workers who have to sit in an arena for 13 hours a day over three days. But fouling up the score in his 11-9 decision over Daniel Grant of Twin Valley was unfortunate. Taking five minutes to figure out how to get it right was inexcusable.

It's amazing how many "Potty Mouths" there are in this tournament and how their curse words are affecting their perfromances. Grant dropped an F-bomb after Headlee was penalized for a questionable illegal front headlock. Had Grant not swore, he might have had a chance to win the match with a takedown. Instead, he was wrestling just to send it to overtime at the end.

Noah Tarr of Blairsville was thrown out of the tournament for using a string of epitaths after a 7-6 loss to Billy Barnes of Williamson in the 145-pound first round in Class AA.

Solomon Chishko's elbow looked fine in his 17-2 technical fall over John Dambro of Garnet Valley in the first round of 145-pounds in Class AAA. Chishko missed the regular season after fracturing the elbow in the Super 32 tournament but it didn't seem to bother him at all against Dambro. How it feels the morning after? We'll see.

Cody Wiercioch, who is looking for his third state title in four seasons, got somewhat of a break when Joey Krulock of Mechanicsburg injured his knee in the first round of the 170-pound weight class in Triple-A. Krulock was carried from the mat after defaulting to Jake Young of Freedom in District 11 and forfeited out of the tournament. Krulock was a SC champion.


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