Two Cougar wrestlers advance in Hershey
HERSHEY — It's been four years since Charleroi had a wrestler win a first-round match in the PIAA Class AA tournament with Derek Johnson.
Thursday two Cougars ended the drought at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Advancing to this morning's quarterfinals were once-beaten 152-pound freshman Cody Wiercioch and 215-pound senior Ray Campbell.
Wiercioch upped his record to 35-1 with a convincing 11-0 major decision over Schuylkill Valley junior Guliano Caloiero while Campbell decisioned York Suburban senior Stan Williams, 14-8, despite claiming Williams bit him on the wrist in the third period.
Wiercioch's next opponent is Warrior Run senior Tyler Hain (34-4), an 8-5 winner over Northern Lehigh's Craemer Hedash.
Campbell (29-8) gets Lackawana Trail's Eric Laytos (38-6), who decisioned Delone Catholic's Joseph Kreiner, 6-3.
Two other Cougars, Aaron Toth (112) and Jake Linn (285), saw their season end with a pair of losses.
Toth was pinned by Bethlehem Catholic's Randy Cruz in 1:23 and lost a 6-4 decision to Jamestown's Tyler Roberts to close at 30-6 while Linn finished at 29-12 with a tough 5-4 loss to Ridgway's Joe Chittester before getting pinned by Juniata's Dan Fultz in 2:06.
Bentworth's 152-pound junior Gus Mizia pulled off one of the day's biggest upsets.
A fifth-place finisher in the Southwest Region, Mizia took a 5-3 decision over Northwest Region champ Brandon Collins of Commodore Perry.
Mizia raised his record to 37-7 and dropped Collins to 33-5.
Mizia faces Athens' Mike Testa (36-7) today and could face Wiercioch in the semifinals if both win.
Two Bearcats, Francis Mizia (130) and Dylan Demain (152) kept their medal hopes alive with first round consolation wins.
Mizia decisioned North East's Levi Morton, 5-1, after getting pinned in 43 seconds by Boilin Springs' Joe Spisak while Demain rebounded from a technical fall 15-0 defeat in 3:13 to Benton's Eric Hess with a 12-7 decision over Notre Dame-Green Pond's John Blank.
In Class AAA, the season ended for Ringgold's 215-pound junior Neal Rands while Elizabeth Forward's 152-pound senior Cameron Fine advanced to the quarterfinals.
Rands closed at 31-6 when he lost a 4-3 decision to Owen J. Roberts' Scott Syrek after getting pinned in 3:12 by Cumberland Valley's Travis Friend.
Fine upped his record to 37-3 with a 4-0 decision over Shikellamy's Miles Wolfe and draws LaSalle's Shane Springer (44-2) today.