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Ike’s Jaquay, Black advance to D-10 semis

SHARON, Pa. – Eisenhower wrestling standouts Logan Jaquay and Cael Black flexed their muscles on Day 1 of the District 10 Class 2A wrestling championships on Friday at Sharon High School.

The senior Jaquay and the sophomore Black both advanced to the semifinal round, while most of their teammates are still alive in wrestlebacks for a potential berth at regionals.

Jaquay, the No. 2 seed at 120, got a first-round bye and got a quarterfinal match with Jamestown’s Chase McLaughlin, who made quick work of Seneca’s Logan Platz via fall in the preliminary round.

It was a matchup you might expect to see in a district championship match, but instead, the 32-0 Jaquay faced off with the 33-2 McLaughlin in the quarters. Jaquay came away with a hard-fought 3-0 win to advance to meet Riley Kneeland (30-13) of Greenville.

Kneeland knocked off Ashten Armagost off Commodore Perry, 8-5.

The other semifinal will feature Cole Bayless (26-9) of Reynolds against Jake Martinec (30-6) of Cochranton.

Black (29-5), meanwhile, needed just 2:41 to pin Andrew Price of Sharon in his first match. In the quarterfinals, he met Zach Nesevich of Jamestown. The match nearly went the distance, but Black was able to put Nesevich on his back and earn a fall with seven seconds left in the third period.

He now faces Reynolds’ Evan Miller, a 13-3 major decision winner in his quarterfinal match against Titusville’s Joe Jacobson.

Joey King of Maplewood is lurking in the other semifinal against West Middlesex’s Zeb Rubaker, and the possibility for King and Black to meet in a final for the second consecutive week is very much a possibility.

Eisenhower’s Easton Hedman (132), Gannon Jaquay (138) and Jesse Gourley (285), as well as Youngsville’s Collin Clough (138) and Jake DeSimone (285) won their preliminary round matches before losing in the quarterfinals.

They will get action started bright and today (9 a.m.) with the hopes of earning their way to a top-four spot and a trip to the Northwest Regional.

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