PIAA Wrestling Championships: CB East's Collins Going for Gold (By Glenn Kaiser)



By Glenn Kaiser


Hershey, PA-CB East’s 189-pounder Quinn Collins has met one goal so far in the 2022 PIAA Individual Wrestling Championships, after reaching the semifinals Friday night, and winning 3-0 over Exeter’s John Miller Saturday morning to reach the championship match in Hershey.  Collins will battle Nazareth’s Sonny Sasso Saturday night in the 189-pound final.  Nazareth leads the team race with 124-points.  Collins (42-1) has only one loss on the season to New Jersey state champ Brian Soldano (High Point) and will look to complete his senior campaign with gold in Chocolate Town, USA.  Finals kick-off at 7:00pm this evening.


Central Bucks West’s Carl DiGiorgio will go for bronze at 215-pounds after wrestling back in the consolation bracket.  DiGiorgio will face State College’s Nick Pavlechko in the consi-final, DiGiorgio lost to Pavlechko earlier this season at Escape the Rock.  He comes into his final high school match hot after a tech fall and pin over Liam Volk-Klos (Seneca Valley) in the consi-semis.


Council Rock North will end the season with two individual medals, as freshman Eren Sement will compete for bronze after wresting back at 106-pounds.  Sement gets a rematch on his only loss of the tournament to Tyler Kapusta (Franklin Regional).  Sement lost in overtime 3-2 (TB-2) to Kapusta in the quarterfinals.  Tony Burke will earn his second medal at 113-pounds as he will grapple Cael Nasdeo from Williamsport in the 5th place bout.


Quakertown has two wrestlers looking at bronze, as freshman Collin Gaj has reached the consi-finals at 132-pounds and will hook up with a familiar foe in Kollin Rath from BECA.  Gaj lost to Rath 4-1 in the quarters as well.  Heavyweight Frederick Retter will continue his quest to get high on the podium with a 3-1 sudden victory overtime win in the 285-pound consi-semis over Greensburg Salem’s William McChesney.  Quakertown is in eighth place in the overall team standings heading into the finals (1st/3rd/5th/7th place bouts) this evening.


Council Rock South has 160-pounder Matt Colajezzi in the consolation finals.  Colajezzi gets Shawn Taylor from West Alleghany.  The Golden Hawks will also have two medalists, as lightweight Luke Reitter is in the seventh place bout versus Luke Sirianni (Abington Heights).  CR South sits in 18th place with 31.5 points.  CR North is #22 (27-points) and CB East #23 (26pts.)


It was a tough go for a majority of SOL wrestlers at the Giant Center after three days, as the SOL and Southeast Region had numerous unexpected early exits.