Number of local wrestlers aiming to get to states at NW AA regional

Eisenhower’s Jesse Gourley battles Conneaut’s Isaiah Gilchrist during their 285-pound consolation match at Sharon High School.

Four Knights, two Eagles and a Wolverine embark on Sharon High School this weekend for the Northwest Regional Class AA wrestling championships. The goal? Be one of four left standing in their respective weight classes and earn a trip to the ‘big dance,’ the PIAA state championships in Hershey.

Three of them – Eisenhower’s Logan Jaquay and Cael Black, as well as Sheffield’s Ethan Finch, all went to states a season ago, with Jaquay and Black earning regional titles and Finch finishing second.

They will be joined by Youngsville’s Jake DeSimone and Collin Clough, as well as Eisenhower’s Jesse Gourley.

Here’s how each weight class shapes up.

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Logan Jaquay (34-1) first-round bye vs. Damion Kinney (Corry, 28-19) or Dillon Illerbrun (Kane, 16-9)

Potential semifinal matchup: Brayden Kunselman (Brookville, 31-5)

Potential Finals matchup: Cole Bayless (Reynolds, 28-9)


Elijah Petruzzi (Port Allegany, 26-3) vs. Collin Clough (21-17): Winner gets: Alex Ischo (Reynolds (30-8)

Gannon Jaquay (30-13) vs. Luke Ely (Kane, 18-10): Winner gets: Kenny Kiser (Saegertown 37-2)


Ethan Finch (27-8) first-round bye vs. Domanic Leonard (26-11) or Hunter Cowher (Jamestown, 28-13)

Potential Semifinal matchup: Bryce McCloskey (Reynolds, 36-5)

Potential Finals matchup: Cameron Whisner (Kane, 30-0)


Cael Black (31-6) first-round bye vs. Anthony Gentile (Greenville, 26-9) or Cale Ayers (Coudersport, 25-2)

Potential Semifinal matchup: Nathan Taylor (Brookville, 32-5)

Potential Finals matchup: Joey King (Maplewood, 28-3)


Jake DeSimone (21-13) vs. Gavin Thompson (Brockway, 23-11). Winner gets: Xavier Reyda (Corry, 32-14)

Jesse Gourley (14-16) vs. Guy Rocco John-Daniello (35-8). Winner gets: Kobe Bonanno (Redbank Valley, 26-5)


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