ERIE -Third time's the charm for D.J. Fehlman.
To be fair, the first and second time were the charm, too, as the Warren Area High School junior won his third straight District 10 Class AAA championship on Saturday at Central Tech High School.
While he's the only Dragon champion, three others will join Fehlman at the Northwest Region Class AAA Tournament in two weeks, including returning regional-qualifier Alex Streich, a junior, and seniors Cody Gunn and Garrett Smead.
Smead and Gunn gutted it out this weekend, after injuries have impacted their seasons.
"Cody didn't have his best tournament, but just got cleared to go on Monday," said Warren coach Glenn Baldensperger.
Gunn fell in the third/fourth-place consolation final at 182 pounds on Saturday, but the top four in each weight class advance to regions.
Here are the results from Saturday's District 10 Class AAA tournament at Central Tech's Al Calabrese Gymnasium. The top four entrants advanced to the Northwest Region Class AAA tournament, scheduled Feb. 28-March 1 at Altoona:
Final team standings: 1. McDowell (Mc) 206, 2. General McLane (GM) 169, 3. Cathedral Prep (CP) 145, 4. Titusville (T) 104, 5. Strong Vincent (SV) 86, 6. Warren (W) 82, 7. Meadville (Mv) 72, 8. Oil City (OC) 45, 9. Central Tech (CT) 35, 10. East (E) 28.
106 pounds: Carmine Ciotti (SV) tf Brandon Sauers (CP) 15-0; Charlie Lenox (Mc) p Steve Machen (T), :25.
113: Joe Wheeling (GM) p Kaleb Chase (T), :36; Ta'Nauz Gregory (CP) d Aaron Ehrgott (Mv) 10-5.
120: Jake Gromacki (CP) tf Keegan Fordyce (Mc) 19-3; Josh Caban (SV) md Hunter Wagner (T) 9-0.
126: D.J. Fehlman (W) tf Chase Ackerman (T) 15-0; Benji Yates (Mc) d Kyle Luben (Mv) 5-3.
132: John Ciotti (SV) d Noah Burkhart (Mc) 8-4; Alex Root (CP) md Collin Delattre (W) 14-5.
138: Keller Watkins (GM) d Luke Peterson (Mc) 2-0; Dalton Burns (T) tf Robert Harris (CT) 18-2.
145: Alex Hargenrader (OC) d Jake Paulson (Mc) 5-2; Deane Twitchell (GM) d Teagan O'Sullivan (CP) 4-0.
152: Mike Sutton (GM) d Connor Wurst (CP) 10-5; Ryan Dailey (Mc) p Jared Carlson (SV), 3:41.
160: Ehrin Lee (T) d Joe Campanella (Mc) by inj. default; Ethan Laird (GM) p Dan Henry (W), 2:54.
170: Chris Starocci (SV) d Garrett Smead (W) by inj. default; Trent Zdarko (OC) md Coleman Cousins (Mc) 11-2.
182: Tyree Spearman (Mc) p Dan Stearns (T), :36; Mike Hughes (CP) d Cody Gunn (W) 3-0.
195: Chris Laird (GM) md Samson Kafando 15-3; Phil Selker (CP) d Derek Reagle (W) 9-5.
220: Ben Bish (Mc) d Luke Carr (Mv) 3-1 (OT); Ian Mallory (GM) d Alex Streich (W) 3-1 (OT).
285: Scot Augustine (Mc) p Jason Oakes (T), 1:46; Deiontre Plott (E) d Stephen Crone (W) by forfeit.
106 pounds: Charlie Lenox (Mc) d Carmine Ciotti (SV) 6-4 (OT).
113: Joe Wheeling (GM) md Ta'Nauz Gregory (CP) 11-1.
120: Jake Gromacki (CP) d Josh Caban (SV) 6-2.
126: D.J. Fehlman (W) tf Benji Yates (Mc) 16-0.
132: John Ciotti (SV) d Alex Root (CP) 3-1.
138: Keller Watkins (GM) p Dalton Burns (T) 5:32.
145: Deane Twitchell (GM) d Alex Hargenrader (OC) 7-2.
152: Ryan Dailey (Mc) d Mike Sutton (GM) 6-3.
160: Ehrin Lee (T) d Ethan Laird (GM) 9-2.
170: Trent Zdarko (OC) d Chris Starocci (SV) 6-2.
182: Tyree Spearman (Mc) d Mike Hughes (CP) 9-4.
195: Chris Laird (GM) md Phil Selker (CP) 9-1.
220: Ian Mallory (GM) d Ben Bish (Mc) 3-1 OT.
285: Scot Augustine (Mc) d Deiontre Plott (E) 3-0.
285 pounds: Devion Coleman (CT) p Mike Milner (OC) :44.
106 pounds: Tony Damore (GM) d Cam Myers (OC) 2-1; Alex Weston (W) md Saul Rodriguez (CT) 13-3.
113: None. Note: McDowell's Gabe Stoler withdrew because of a broken finger.
120: Kyle Nash (CT) d Brandon Koehler (GM) 4-2; Blake Ristau (W) p Jose Brown (E), 2:00.
126: Hunter Hendricks (GM) tf Gabriel Barnett (CT) 16-1; Kevin Baeza (E) d Brian Stark (CP) 7-2.
132: Derek Ridgeway (Mv) p Nick Dobson (OC), 2:33; Owen Watkins (GM) p Isaac Donovan (T), 2:28.
138: Andy Hutzel (CP) p Nick Desimone (W), 2:26; Brock Ridgeway (Mv) p Derrick Bish (OC), 2:58.
145: Kris Nottingham (Mv) d Easton Hogue (T) 9-7 (OT); Seth Johnson (W) md Justin Cruz (E) 17-8.
152: Cameron Daugherty (T) md Michael Kotanchiyev (CT) 10-0; Patrick Adams (Mv) p Nate Park (W), 4:54.
160: Tyler Hammerman (E) d Davonte Roberts (CT) 14-7; Cameron Demaison (Mv) d Kane Patron (SV) 10-4.
170: Cliff McCray (CT) p Jomar Carr (E), 2:08; Louis Crawford (Mv) p Jim Nuhfer (GM), 3:44.
182: Adam Steiner (GM) d Nate Morrison (OC) 5-1; Daquan Pope (E) bye.
195: Brandon Stover (OC) bye; Zack Rindfuss (Mc) bye.
220: Seth Brown (CT) d Dimarius Murel (E) 10-7; Niko Shreve (CP) p Kevin Richardson (SV), 2:36.
285: Coleman p Dominic Kramer (CP), 4:48; Jacob Lenhart (GM) p John White (SV), :47.
106 pounds: Sauers p Damore, :48; Machen p Weston, 2:30.
113: Chase by forfeit; Ehrgott by forfeit.
120: Fordyce tf Nash 15-0 time not available; Wagner d Ristau 2-0.
126: Hendricks d Ackerman 5-0; Luben p Baeza, 2:52.
132: Burkhart d Ridgeway 8-3; Watkins p Delattre, 2:34.
138: Hutzel p Peterson, 2:16; Harris p Ridgeway, 3:40.
145: Paulson d Nottingham 6-5; O'Sullivan md Johnson 11-0.
152: Wurst p Daugherty, 1:43; Carlson d Adams 6-4.
160: Campanella (Mc) p Hammerman, 3:45; Demaison p Henry, 4:02.
170: Smead tf McCray 16-0 2:15; Cousins d Crawford 5-0.
182: Stearns md Steiner 11-2; Gunn p Pope, :48.
195: Kafando d Stover 6-5; Rindfuss d Reagle, 8-4.
220: Carr d Brown 5-0; Streich p Shreve, :40.
285: Oakes d Coleman 10-3; Lenhart d Crone 3-0.
106 pounds: Brandon Sauers (CP) p Steve Machen (T), 1:42.
113: Aaron Ehrgott (Mv) p Kaleb Chase (T), 3:52.
120: Keegan Fordyce (Mc) d Hunter Wagner (T) 7-1.
126: Kyle Luben (Mv) d Hunter Hendricks (GM) by injury default.
132: Noah Burkhart (Mc) d Owen Watkins (GM) 4-2 (OT).
138: Andy Hutzel (CP) d Robert Harris (CT) 8-6.
145: Teagan O'Sullivan (CP) d Jake Paulson (Mc) 1-0.
152: Connor Wurst (CP) md Jared Carlson (SV) 10-2.
160: Joe Campanella (Mc) p Cameron Demaison (Mv), :59.
170: Coleman Cousins (Mc) d Garrett Smead (W) by forfeit.
182: Dan Stearns (T) d Cody Gunn (W) 4-3.
195: Zack Rindfuss (Mc) p Samson Kafando (CT), 2:54.
220: Luke Carr (Mv) d Alex Streich (W) 5-2.
285: Jason Oakes (T) d Jacob Lenhart (GM) 5-2.
Smead just returned to action a week-and-a-half ago and has tried to wrestle through a leg injury. The senior advanced to the semifinals on Friday, but had to injury default to the consolation rounds. A 16-0 technical fall early in the second period of the consolation semifinals at 170 pounds earned him the trip to Altoona. But he injury defaulted, apparently, in the consolation finals for fourth place. A coach of a neutral team contended that Smead should have forfeit due to not checking in prior to the consolation finals, which would have dropped him out of the top four, but as of the end of districts, Smead's injury default has him in fourth with two weeks to heal.
Streich qualifies for regions again, as a junior, after he lost in the consolation finals at 220 pounds for fourth place.
"Streich had a solid tourney; he just needs to find his offense," said Baldensperger.
As for Fehlman, "this is a good sign," said his father and Warren assistant coach David Fehlman after the final - a 16-0 technical fall late in the second period over McDowell junior Benji Yates at 126 pounds. Fehlman earned a first-period pin on Friday, a 15-0 technical fall in the semifinals over Titusville sophomore Chase Ackerman, and was relentless again in the final.
He had never faced Yates, who, as the No. 6 seed at 126, upset No. 2-seeded Kyle Luben of Meadville on the semis.
"It's nice to see him go out and take control, and he was impressive," said Baldensperger of Fehlman, who is approaching 100 career wins. Amani Bosko holds the school record at 123.
"I've been working extremely hard in practice," said Fehlman, and he admitted he was looking for this type of tournament.
His ultimate goal is earning a state medal, so it's not surprising he said, "I want to do well at regions in two weeks."
"I think we underperformed in a few weight classes," said Baldensperger, "but I'm happy for the guys that got through."