Connellsville wrestlers in sixth at Powerade tournament
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Connellsville is in sixth place heading into the final day of matches at the annual Powerade Christmas Tournament at Canon-McMillan High School. The Falcons advanced eight wrestlers into the consolation rounds, but none reached the semifinals.
Connellsville's Tyler Kenney (106 pounds), Nick Beneke (126), Ethan Kenney (138), Dale Provance (152), Tommy Provance (160), Matt Butler (195) and Dylan Miller (220) all advanced to Saturday's fourth round of consolations.
Blair Academy, N.J., is in first place with 10 wrestlers in the semifinals. Matches resume Saturday at 10 a.m. The finals are scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Mt. Pleasant is in third place with 109 points after the first day of the Southmoreland Holiday Classic, trailing Butler (130.5) and Greenville (112).
Bobby Long led the way for Mt. Pleasant, earning three pins and a spot in the 152-pound semifinals. Justin Overly also advanced to the semifinals after scoring a 4-1 decision over Meyersdale's Gavin Berkley in the quarterfinals at 182.
Eli Holt is in the 195-pound semifinals after two decisive wins in the second round and quarterfinals, and Josh Lind scored a pin in 33 seconds in the 220-pound quarterfinals to continue his quest for a title.
Southmoreland is tied for 24th with 35 points.
Austin Griffiths advanced to the semifinals at 106 pounds after a pair of pins, including a 19-second fall in the second round. Jake Beistel also moved on to the semifinal round after picking up two pins on Day 1 at heavyweight.
Connellsville 42, Frazier 25 — Maria Merendino scored 15 points, including a 5-for-6 effort at the free-throw line to lead Connellsville (4-5) to over Frazier in the round robin Laurel Highlands tournament.
Hannah Kline led Frazier (3-3) with 11 points.
New Castle 41, Mt. Pleasant 33 — In the championship game of the New Castle tournament, the host team got 18 points from Rachel Razzano en route to victory. Ashley Szelong had 10 points for the Vikings (4-4).
Jefferson-Morgan 50, Southmoreland 17 — Kayla Yorko scored 19 points to lead Jefferson-Morgan to victory at the Geibel tournament. Southmoreland was outscored, 17-2, in the first quarter.
Uniontown 61, Connellsville 53 — Christian Kezmarsky scored 22 points as Uniontown (7-1) was victorious in the Laurel Highlands tournament. Trent Bauer had 18 points, and Jade Maher added 16 for Connellsville (2-7).
Belle Vernon 62, Southmoreland 45 — Zac Black scored 15 points, and Randy Ohler had 12, but it wasn't enough for Southmoreland (0-9), which lost in the Charleroi tournament. Jason Capco had 19 points to lead Belle Vernon (2-6) to victory.
Mt. Pleasant 76, Forest Hills 61 — Marcus Malara scored 17 points, and Ryan Gumbita added 16 to lead Mt. Pleasant to victory at the North Star tournament. Dante Porter also had 12 for the Vikings, who led 38-29 at the half.
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