By Glenn Kaiser
CR SOUTH ADVANCES TO SEMIS, BECAHI AWAITS
2019 PIAA Team Championship Quarterfinals
HERSHEY, PA-The Council Rock South High School Wrestling Team is on a mission, so far so good, to be on the podium at the 2019 PIAA AAA Team Championships. The Mission Impossible is upon them as the Golden Hawks face a superior team in Bethlehem Catholic, in the semifinals (in the top half of the bracket), the number one ranked team in Pennsylvania (AAA).
Dallastown Area could not deny the Golden Hawks in quarterfinal action, as once again, starting at 120-pounds, they were able to build an early lead with a solid cast leading the way, along with a cameo appearance. The cameo came after Golden Hawk Shane Hanson-Ashworth decked the Wildcats Carter MacDonald with an overpowering cement job at 120lbs in 2:36. The new face in the show was Mohammed Savriddinov, who appeared out of nowhere with an 8-2 decision at 126lbs, which gave CR South a 9-0 lead early.
Branden Ricchini followed this new star with an 18-8 major decision, dominating Dallastown’s Cael Turnbull from the neutral position with a variety of takedowns in the 132lb bout. L.J. Kahn followed Ricchini with a tactical 5-4 win over Dallastown’s Brooks Gable at 138lbs to extend the Golden Hawk lead to 16-love. Eric Woloshyn added bonus points at 145 for the Golden Hawks with a perfectly wrestled match. Woloshyn’s 9-0 shutout made it five victories in a row for South, and they were on their way to accept their mission versus BECAHI.
Moving into the upper-middle weights at 152-pounds, South’s Cole Flanagan stepped to the line with victory in mind. After a scoreless first period, he executed a perfect Gramby roll to escape and quickly followed with a single-leg takedown to jump out to a 3-0 lead. A penalty- point on a slam gave Hunter Sweitzer (Dallastown) one, but Flanagan executed a second Gramby roll followed with a clean chin-whip to extend his lead to 6-1 in the third period. The match ended with a 6-2 decision with CRS winning its sixth match of the dual, and leading 23-zip.
The Golden Hawks made it seven straight after Matt Colajezzi hung on for a 5-4 victory over the Wildcats’ John Ligon at 160, upping the team score to 26 to nothing. South’s Nik Korbich picked up huge bonus points at 170-pounds with a quick cradle fall in just 42-seconds to take the win count up to eight in row. Giani Gilch added a fall for South at 195-pounds, and with the Wildcats picking up two falls of their own and a forfeit (220) in the three of the four upper weights, the team score tallied 38-18 with no chance for Dallastown to catch, let alone pass the Golden Hawks in this one.
In typical fashion, fly-weight 106-pounder for South, Kyle Waterman, secured a first period fall with his cradle, and Max Mendez did the same at 113 with a cradle to close out the scoring at 50-18 for the Golden Hawks. The rout was on from the beginning and was evidenced by again in the end with bonus points being scored for CR South. The mission will continue, and South will not only need wins, but continue positing bonuses to get past Bethlehem Catholic in tonight’s 8:00pm semifinal.
Council Rock South 50, Dallastown 18
PIAA Class AAA Duals (Championship Quarterfinals) at Giant Center, Hershey
120 - Shane Hanson-Ashworth pinned Carter MacDonald, 2:36 (6-0)
126 - Mohammed Savriddinov dec. Donovan Trauger, 8-2 (9-0)
132 - Braden Ricchini maj. dec. Cael Turnbull, 18-8 (13-0)
138 - L.J. Kahn dec. Brooks Gable, 5-4 (16-0)
145 - Eric Woloshyn maj. dec. Sam Druck, 9-0 (20-0)
152 - Cole Flanagan dec. Hunter Sweitzer, 6-2 (23-0)
160 - Matt Colajezzi dec. John Ligon, 5-4 (26-0)
170 - Nik Korbich pinned Blake Feeney, 0:42 (32-0)
182 - Jarrett Feeney pinned Peter Eklund, 3:31 (32-6)
195 - Giani Gilch pinned Andrew Smith, 1:39 (38-6)
220 - Jamal Brandon won by forfeit (38-12)
285 - Raymond Christas pinned Dom Ditri, 0:56 (38-18)
106 - Kyle Waterman pinned Caden Dobbins, 3:58 (44-18)
113 - Maximino Mendez pinned Adam Karlie, 0:46 (50-18)
Council Rock South wrestlers in bold.