Strong season ends for Warren wrestlers
ALTOONA A strong season came to an end for five Warren wrestlers in the Northwest Region Class AAA Tournament Saturday at Altoona Field House.
Jake Fankhouser (113), Jake Engstrom (138) and Derek Reagle (195) all came within striking distance of a trip to Hershey for the PIAA championships, with all three advancing to their respective consolation semifinals.
That was where the run ended, however, as the trio’s season came to a close, along with Bailey Winslow (120) and Brett Cummings (152).
Reagle started strong with a pin of Selinsgrove’s Aaron Boob in the first round on Friday before falling to eventual champion Trey Hartsock of Mifflin County.
From there, he earned a 9-1 major decision over McDowell’s Michael Kurelowech and another major decision against Shikellamy’s Ajay Baker, setting up a re-match with Cathedral Prep’s Ian Malesiewski in the consi semis.
Malesiewski earned a major decision in their District 10 title match last week, but this one was much closer, with the Prep sophomore earning a 4-3 win, followed by a 3-1 in the consi finals to punch his ticket to states.
Fankhouser, meanwhile beat Altoona’s Curtis Dukes in the first round, 5-4, before a 6-1 loss to eventual champion Dalton Woodrow of DuBois.
Like Reagle, he battled back in the consolation rounds, with impressive pins of East’s Jaron Carr (2:29) and Allderdice’s Cheron Payne (2:10). And, like Reagle, he met his D-10 final opponent in the consolation semifinals, Prep’s Tyler McKinney, with McKinney earning a 10-5 decision. McKinney then got a pin in the consi final to advance to Hershey.
Engstrom started Friday with a 5-0 win over D-6 champ Jarrell Kephart of Altoona, which was followed by a 7-4 loss to Levi Hughes of Philipsburg-Osceola.
He beat a familiar foe in Devin Abbott of Strong Vincent, 6-4 in his consi opener, followed by a 6-4 win over St. Marys’ 6-4. His run came to an end with a 3-1 loss to Brock Adams of DuBois in the consi semis.
Winslow earned a pin of Perry’s Keenen Sheffield to open his tournament, which was followed by a 9-0 loss to eventual champ Noah Myers of Mifflin County. He was eliminated by Hunter Hileman of Altoona, 6-1.
Cummings lost both of his matches to Chase Gardner of Bellefonte and Owen Watkins of General McLane.
Sheffield’s Williams finishes
one win from states
A strong season for Sheffield’s Terrel Williams finished with him just one win shy from advancing to Hershey at 152 pounds.
Williams, a junior opened with a bye before a 12-5 win over Greenville’s Josh Chistner to advance to the semifinals.
There, he lost a major decision to eventual champion Shea Bloom of Curwensville, 13-2.
That dropped Williams to the consolation semifinals against Coudersport’s Gage Arnold. The Falcon wrestler earned a hard-fought 4-2 decision over the Wolverine to advance to states.
Williams finishes the season with a record of 21-6.