Warren’s Balas, Madigan, Eisenhower’s Jaquay, Head advance to regional semis

Warren's Ryan Madigan advanced to the Northwest Regional Class 3A semifinals on Friday in Altoona.

Eisenhower and Warren are each sending a pair of wrestlers on to the regional semifinals.

Knights Logan Jaquay (106 pounds) and Spencer Head (152) and Dragons Ryan Madigan (113) and Owen Balas (160) will all enter today’s action in prime position to advance to the state tournament, and two wins away from bringing home a region title.

Madigan got things started in the Northwest Regional 3A wrestling tournament at the Altoona Field House Friday with a 17-2 tech fall over Selinsgrove’s Carter Horten. He followed with an impressive 9-6 decision over the 2-seed, Troy Jacobson from Taylor Allderdice. He’ll lock up with Central Mountain’s Johnny Shreffler in the semis.

Balas had perhaps the most impressive run to the semifinals. He opened the tournament with a third period pinfall win over Punxsutawney’s Stone Smith. He followed with a second period pin over Carrick’s LJ Orbovich. Selinsgrove’s Coy Bastian awaits in the semis.

Jaquay and Head each had byes into the quarterfinals of the Northwest Regional 2A wrestling tournament at Sharon High School. Jaquay wasted little time punching his ticket to the semis gaining a 45 second pinfall over Johnsonburg’s Cole Norlin. He faces District 10 champion Gary Steen of Reynolds.

Head picked up a second period pin over Bradford’s Colby Keane to set up a semifinal showdown with Conneaut’s Peyton Hearn, also a District 10 champion.

While those were the only four advancing to the semifinals, all other Warren County wrestlers are still alive in the consolation brackets. Dragons Alex Anderson (126), Dominic Caprino (182) and Joey Arnold (195) all won their opening round matches before falling in the quarterfinals, while teammates Avery Smith (120), Donovan Fiscus (132), John Fankhouser (138), Jamo Douvlos (152) and Liam Stevenson (170) all fell in the opening round. Each must win the consolation bracket (finishing in third place) in order to advance to states.

Eisenhower’s Garrett Head (145) and Joey Bauer (220) were felled in the opening round, as was Youngsville’s Mason Benjamin (285). The three must make it to the consolation final (third place match) to keep their season alive.

Consolation matches get underway at 10 a.m., with the semifinals starting at 12:30 p.m. today.