Head on to NW semis; all five Dragons still alive

Eisenhower’s Louie Head is on to the semifinals.

Head had little trouble in his Class AA Northwest Region Tournament opener against Dominic Palmer, defeating the Brookville senior with a 21-8 major decision in the 160-pound quarterfinals. As the District 10 champion, Head received a bye in the first round.

Head (32-1) will face off against Port Allegany senior Micailum Tanner (29-2) in Saturday morning’s semifinal round. Tanner also had a first-round bye and beat Corry’s Tyler Burlew 8-4 in the quarterfinals.

The top four finishers in Class AA move on to the PIAA Championships. Wrestling continues Saturday at 9 a.m. back at Sharon high School.

All five Warren wrestlers are still alive after the first day of the Class AAA Northwest Region Tournament in Altoona, but third place is the best any can hope for after being dropped into the consolation bracket.

At 113, Jake Fankhouser opened with a 5-4 decision over Altoona’s Curtis Dukes to move into the quarterfinal round. There, the Dragon junior suffered a 6-1 loss to Dalton Woodrow of DuBois. Woodrow is expected to be one of the top contenders for a 113-pound region title.

Bailey Winslow also began his tournament run with a win, defeating Perry Traditional’s Keenen Sheffield with a pinfall in the second period. Winslow then ran into top-seeded Noah Myers from Mifflin County and suffered a 9-0 loss by major decision.

Jake Engstrom decisioned Altoona’s Jerrell Kephart 5-0 in the first round of the 138-pound bracket before dropping a 7-4 decision to Levi Hughes of Philipsburg-Osceola.

At 195 pounds, Derek Reagle pinned Selinsgrove’s Aaron Boob in the second period to move into his quarterfinal bout against Mifflin County’s Trey Hartsock. Hartsock – the District 6 champion – earned a 9-1 major decision to bounce Reagle into the consolation bracket.

In his only match of the night, Brett Cummings suffered a loss by 20-6 major decision to Bellefonte’s Chase Gardner at 152 pounds. The tournament is scheduled to resume Saturday at 9:30 a.m. with wrestle-backs and the championship semifinals. All five Warren wrestlers need to win out in their bracket, as only the top three regional finishers qualify for the PIAA Championships next weekend in Hershey.