By Glenn Kaiser
CR SOUTH IN LINE FOR A MEDAL IN TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
2019 PIAA AAA Team Championships
Council Rock South remains in contention for a medal in Hershey, PA as the Golden Hawks await their late morning opponent in the consolation semifinals of the 2019 PIAA AAA Wrestling Team Championships. The Golden Hawks were only able to post five wins against Bethlehem Catholic in the championship semifinals, losing 41-15. Thus, they dropped down into the consolation bracket in which they will have a chance to garner bronze if they can close out the team tourney with two more wins.
The CR South wrestling team and coaches will be watching closely, the Cedar Cliff/Erie Cathedral Prep match this morning, as they will face the winner for a chance to get on to the podium. In the semifinals versus BECAHI, the CR South Golden Hawks excelled in the lower weights, as they have over the past two days. In this match, which started at 132-pounds, the lightweights closed out the match. And they did it in style, winning the final four bouts, but it was too little to late.
South’s Kyle Waterman defeated Dante Frinzi at 106lbs 2-0, Max Mendez beat Matt Mayer 4-2 and Shane Hanson-Ashworth downed Nathan Lackman 4-3. Three solid wins against tough competition from this trio were lost in the final score. Branden Ricchini continued his winning ways with a 3-1 sudden victory overtime win against BECAHI’s Dillon Murphy to close out the dual. Giani Gilch’s 7-2 win over Henry Pervis provided the other points for CR South.
South got a dose of its own medicine, as Bethlehem Catholic reeled off six straight victories in the match. The Golden Hawks had done the same to their previous two opponents in these championships. Kenny Hermann, Matt Lackman, Ryan Anderson, Cole Hanlovic and Jaden Youwakim were stellar for the Bethlehem Catholic Golden Hawks as they dispatched of a very tough middle to upper weight line-up for CR South.
Council Rock South will grapple at 11:00am for the mission of medaling to continue…