SHARON - Eisenhower and Youngsville each have a wrestler in the semifinals after Day 1 of the District 10 Class AA Wrestling Championships at Sharon High School.
In Ike's corner is a freshman, Louie Head, who advanced to the semifinals after beating the same opponent, Conneaut's Taylor Ellis, he beat 11-10 in a wild match at the North East Tournament this season. On Friday, Head outlasted Ellis, 10-6, in the quarterfinals at 145 pounds after he'd earned a 12-5 decision in the preliminary round over Hickory's John Simms.
Eisenhower's Tyler Gourley (132), Robbie Wilston (152), Jake Johnson (195) and Dylan Raines (285) all lost on Friday and will wrestle in the consolation rounds beginning Saturday morning.
The top six advance to the Northwest Region Class AA Tournament next weekend in Sharon.
"(Louie Head) is the type of kid that's not going to be content with just being a top-six guy," said Eisenhower coach Kiel Woodburn, who thinks Head would be the first Eisenhower freshman to advance to regionals since the 1990s.
Youngsville's Jaykup Durlin is also in the semifinals, at 220, after a bye and a pin of Mercer's Colton Smith in 4:58. Teammate Stone Sivak was up 2-1 before pinning Mercer's Ryan Brunson in 4:06 in the preliminary round at 182. Sivak lost in the quarterfinals.
"Both have a good shot at getting out," said Youngsville coach Scott Ishman.
D-9 CLASS AA CHAMPIONSHIPS
CLARION - Every Sheffield wrestler has at least one loss, but several are still alive in the consolation bracket after Day 1 of the District 9 Class AA Wrestling Championships at Clarion University.
Returning region qualifier Ricky Prosen heads the list, at 2-1 at 126 pounds. After losing his first match of the night, Prosen earned two straight decisions, including a 1-0 win over Kane's Jon Gelsick in the elimination round.
The top four in each weight class advance to the Northwest Region Class AA Tournament next weekend in Sharon.
Also for Sheffield, Doug Grubbs and Steven Gregerson are also 2-1 at 138 and 152 pounds, respectively, with wrestling to resume at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Waldo S. Tippin Gymnasium. Grubbs had a 36-second pin of Port Allegany's Eli Knapp, and Gregerson earned a 6-3 decision over Cranberry's Tyler Glass to stay alive.
Tanner Barr (106) and Kyle Holden (113) are both 0-1 but will wrestle in the consolation bracket on Saturday.