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Knights advance four wrestlers to semifinals on Day 1 at Tool City

Eisenhower’s Alex Barnett (left) was one of four Knights to advance to the semifinals at the Tool City Tournament.

MEADVILLE, Pa. – Four.

That was the theme for the Eisenhower Knights on Day 1 of the prestigious Tool City Tournament on Friday at Meadville.

Four Knight wrestlers – Logan Jaquay (113), Easton Hedman (126), Alex Barnett (160) and Cael Black (195) advanced to the semifinals, while EHS currently sits in fourth place in the loaded 25-team field, which is celebrating it’s 40th year.

While they have a quartet moving on to the semifinals, the remaining Knights are all still alive in the consolation brackets.

Every single Eisenhower wrestler that had to compete in the Round of 32 – Josh Bortz (138), Garrett Head (145), Nate Holt (152), Ethan Chambers (170) and Black all won via pin, with the lone exception of Gannon Jaquay, who was dominant in his own right, earning a 10-1 major decision over Peyton Smay of Clearfield.

Jaquay, Hedman, Barnett, Black and Bortz all won in the Round of 16 to advance to the quarterfinals.

In the quarterfinals, Jaquay pinned Clearfield’s Nolan Barr (3:19), Hedman earned a 4-2 decision over Maplewood’s Tucker Urey, Barnett tech falled Jacob Reisinger of Saegertown and Black claimed a hard-fought 4-2 win over Hagan Cook of Franklin.

Black was the lone Knight to win three times in order to get to the semifinals, pinning Zack Dalton of Saegertown in just 18 seconds in the Round of 32, followed by a 4-3 decision over Conner Walsh of Olean in the Round of 16.

Jaquay earned his Round of 16 victory via pin, while Barnett got a 6-3 decision over Fox Chapel’s Alex Wecht and Hedman a 8-3 decision against Chase Beck of Cambridge Springs.

Matt Ferraro of North Catholic got a 7-1 decision over Bortz in their 138-pound quarterfinal.

Action gets underway on Day 2 at 9 a.m. today.

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Team Standings: 1. Brockway 96, 2. Penns Valley 88; 3. Boiling Springs 84; 4. Eisenhower 84; 5. North Allegheny 75.5; 6. Titusville 69; 7. General McLane 66.5; 8. Clearfield 65.5; 9. Meadville 59; 10. Williamsport 58.5; T-11. Saegertown and Shikellamy 56; 13. Maplewood 48; 14. Fox Chapel 44; 15. Cambridge Springs 42.5; 16. Moshannon Valley 42; 17. Fort LeBoeuf 40; 18. Olean (NY) 37; 19. Girard 30; 20. Cochranton 22; 21. Punxsutawney 15; 22. Lakeview 14; 23. Sharpsville 12; 24. North Catholic 11; 25. Franklin 9

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Quarterfinals

113

Logan Jaquay (E) pinned Nolan Barr (Clearfield), 3:19

126

Easton Hedman (E) dec. Tucker Urey (Maplewood), 4-2

138

Matt Ferraro (North Catholic) dec. Josh Bortz (E), 7-1

160

Alex Barnett (E) tech fall Jacob Reisinger (Saegertown), 17-2

195

Cael Black (E) dec. Hagan Cook (Franklin), 4-2

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Round of 16

113

Logan Jaquay (E) pinned Deets (Saegertown), 2:40

120

Hunter Thompson (Titusville) pinned Jake Williams (E), 1:55

126

Easton Hedman (E) dec. Chase Beck (Cambridge Springs), 8-3

132

Clayton Royer (Penns Valley) pinned G. Jaquay (E), :45

138

Josh Bortz (E) pinned Branstetter (North Allegheny), 1:26

145

Marshall Martinetz (Girard) pinned Garrett Head (E), 4:30

152

Dustin Roesch (Girard) pinned Nate Holt (E), 4:31

160

Alex Barnett (E) dec. Alex Wecht (Fox Chapel), 6-3

170

Jesse McFadden (Maplewood) maj. dec. Ethan Chambers (E), 13-1

182

Garrett Eddy (Punxsutawney) pinned Tristen Wilcox (E), :42

195

Cael Black (E) dec. Conner Walsh (Olean), 4-3

220

Joey King (Maplewood) maj. dec. Joe Bauer (E), 15-5

285

Damon James (Boling Springs) pinned Jesse Gourley (E), 1:36

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Round of 32 Pigtails

132

Gannon Jaquay (E) maj. dec. Peyton Smay (Clearfield), 10-0

138

Josh Bortz (E) pinned Ian Lowe (Girard), :25

145

Garrett Head (E) pinned Owen Mahon, 3:20

152

Nate Holt (E) pinned Benny Garmin (Boiling Springs), 1:08

170

Ethan Chambers (E) pinned Austin Sly (Moshannon Valley), 1:58

195

Cael Black (E) pinned Zack Dalton (Saegertown), :18

285

Jesse Gourley (E) pinned Benedikt Heins (Meadville), 1:33

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Consolation Round 2

170

Ethan Chambers (E) pinned Jordan Miller (Cambridge Springs) 2:16

182

Tristen Wilcox (E) pinned Christian Alcorn (Franklin), 2:15

285

Jesse Gourley (E) pinned Tyler Cornell (Fort LeBoeuf), :18

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