The Belle Vernon Area wrestling team performed well Friday at the Powerade Tournament at Canon-McMillan High School.
In the Leopards' first-ever appearance at the prestigious 45-team tournament, junior 220-pounder Patrick Mayernik won all three of his matches to reach the semifinals.
In the quarterfinals, Mayernik defeated No. 6 seed Mike Roper of Chartiers Valley.
Entering the tournament as the No. 3 seed at 220-pounds, Mayernik scored pins over Austin Budd of Huntington (W.Va.) and Sean Hayden of Pope (Ga.) in his first two matches.
He will face off against No. 2 seed Omar Haddad of Parkland High School today.
Also for BVA, sophomore 160-pounder Austin Bell won his first two matches before dropping a 15-9 major decision to No. 2 seed Logan Shurina of Eastern View (Va.).
Bell, who pinned Steven Mileski of St. Vincent (Ohio) before working a 10-0 major decision over Devon Krammes of Blue Mountain, will take on No. 8 seed Garrett Zuver of Saegertown today in the consolation bracket.
Senior Brendan Hasson (120) went 3-1 and will face Jordan Allen of Huntington( W.Va.) in the consolation bracket.
At 126 pounds, sophomore Mitch Hartman (126) earned his way into the quarterfinals before losing via technical fall to top-seeded Dalton Macri of Canon-McMillan.
Hartman faces Mifflinburg senior Noah Kuba today in the consolation bracket.
The day did not come without a disappointment for BVA as Milton Kobaly, who came in seeded fifth at 170 pounds, won his first match via pin before losing his next two matches by decision.
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