SOL GRAPPLERS PUNCH TICKETS EARLY TO HERSHEY
By Glenn Kaiser
OXFORD, PA- Thirteen SOL wrestlers are guaranteed a spot in the 20-man bracket of the PIAA (AAA) Individual Wrestling Championships next weekend starting on Thursday March 10. 2022, at 4:00pm. It’s an all SOL and Council Rock final at 106-pounds as North’s Eren Sement and South’s Luke Reitter will tangle for gold here in Oxford instead of across the street. Sement’s drill partner, senior Tony Burke, will be in the 113-pound final versus Spring-Ford’s Cole Smith as he returns to land high on the podium at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Quakertown will then send finalists to the mat as Mason Ziegler, who will take on a surging Carmen Cortese (WC Henderson) in the 120-pound title tilt. Freshman phenom Colin Gaj will follow in another all SOL final at 132-pounds against Souderton’s Tyler Geiger. Geiger needed every second of his semi to advance, but ooh how sweet it was.
CR South who is just a half a point behind Q-town in the team standings this afternoon will send the Sadriddinov brothers out at 145 and 152, Mo & Bek, respectively. Mo took Abington’s Shane Kibler out in a tight one, with his 3-2 win at 145-pounds. Bek will make it three all SOL finals at 152 with his scheduled rematch of last week’s D1 East championship match, as he will scrap with William Morrow (North Penn). South will keep rolling and look to get ahead in the team standings on Quakertown with Matt Colajezzi looking for another Regional title at 160.
Central Bucks SD will have two guarantees in Hershey with finalists at 189 and 215. Quinn Collins secured big needed points at the buzzer to get in his final at 189 and will see Garnet Valley’s Sam DiTrolio for gold at stake. Carl DiGiorgio just keeps rolling along at 215, as he has been rock solid in his quest for gold in Hershey. He will have a new foe this week in Kennent’s hot John Pardo in his final. Big Man Frederick Retter may have the fate of Q-town on his shoulders come the heavyweight duel at 285-pounds, with potentially the team title on the line, when he takes to the mat versus Upper Darby’s big Julian Laventure.
Finals are slated for 6:00pm with the Hall of Fame Ceremony at 5:30pm.