Fort Cherry, Trinity advance to PIAA semis
Fort Cherry wrestling coach Jason Carpetta said his team did exactly what his team needed to do.
His wrestling team started quickly, built a lead and advanced to the PIAA Class AA team tournament semifinals with a 35-26 victory over Lake-Lehman on Friday night at Hersheypark Arena.
The WPIAL Class AA champion Rangers (17-1) are scheduled to meet District 4 champion Bloomsburg (20-0) at 10 a.m. today in the semifinals.
WPIAL Class AAA Trinity (15-2) also advanced to the PIAA semifinals with a 35-22 victory over Milton. Trinity will face District 6 champion State College (16-0) at 10 a.m. today.
"We got out running real early," Carpetta said. "I thought 103 was going to be a toss-up."
Instead, Carpetta was pleasantly surprised when his wrestler, Bryan Pleskovich rolled to an 11-3 major decision over Kelby Morgan. Rich Deveany added a 12-2 major decision over John Hossouck at 112 and Mike Lauff (119) and Ryan Cook (125) added with decisions. That quickly Fort Cherry had a 14-0 lead.
District 2 champion Lake-Lehman won the next two matches and closed the gap to 14-10, but any momentum the Black Knights had gained seemed to disappear when the team forfeited to Fort Cherry's Ken Beaumarriage at 140.
"I thought they were going to bump everyone up," Carpetta said. "For some reason, they didn't do it."
Steve Vanzin (145) and Matt Schiff (152) had pins for the Rangers, and Jeremy Schutz (135), Bob Morris (171) and heavyweight Matt Carey each won by fall for Lake-Lehman (17-3).
Carpetta said his next task was scouting Bloomsburg, which defeated Forest Hills in the semifinals.
It could be a late night, but he wasn't complaining.
"We're in the final four," he said. "You can't ask for much more than that."
Trinity won five of its first seven bouts to take a 19-9 lead after Brandon Henry's 12-3 major decision over Phil Ingerick at 140. The Hillers also got pins from Mark Day (112), Mark Powell (135), Scott Morgan (152) and Steve Wagers (171).