By Pete Chiodo
February 16, 2013 7:00 a.m. ERIE —
Meadville’s junior 170-pounder Louis Crawford thought he was in trouble. He had just let up Strong Vincent’s Chris Starocci, and thought the escape point had put him in the hole.
“I thought it was tied,” said Crawford. “And actually I was a little mad because I realized (Starocci) got out. I thought ‘Oh no, I’m losing.’”
What Crawford forgot was the reversal he scored a minute before, which had given him a 4-2 lead. Even after the escape he was still up by a point.
“I looked at the scoreboard with 13 seconds left and was like, ‘Oh! That’ll work.’”
Crawford only needed to stay on his feet for the remainder of the match, which he did. And his 4-3 victory over Starocci was one of the highlights of a solid overall day for the Meadville wrestling team at the District 10 Class AAA championship tournament, Friday at Central Tech High School.
“I lost in overtime to (Starocci) last week,” said Crawford. “He gave me a real hard match. ... He’s a good wrestler. It was a good match.”
Crawford is one of six Bulldog grapplers to make into today’s championship semifinal round, which gets underway today at 9 a.m.
Those six guys have Meadville in fourth place in the team standings with 24 points. The ’Dogs trail No. 1 McDowell (45.5 points), No. 2 Cathedral Prep (41) and No. 3 General McLane (36).
“I think this is the most kids I’ve ever had down here with winning records,” said Meadville head coach Barry Anderson. “And they all did, I think, very well. Each of them individually got after their opponents and scored points where they could. I thought overall they did a good job. I think we only have one (wrestler) out.”
The top four wrestlers in each bracket will advance to the Northwest Regional tournament, which will take place March 1 and 2 at Altoona High School.
Also advancing to the semifinals for Meadville was 106-pounder Aaron Ehrgott, who pinned Central Tech’s Austin Isacks in 2:41.
At 120, Kyle Luben earned a 9-2 decision over Titusville’s Chase Ackerman.
Zach Luben made it to the semis with a 9-3 decision over 138-pound opponent Jonah Hordusky of Warren.
At 220, Luke Carr pinned McDowell’s Dakota McLean in 5:01 to advance.
And the Bulldogs’ 182-pounder, Ben Bish, drew a bye for the quarterfinal round.
“Six in the semis, that’s tremendous for our program,” said Anderson. “Anything can happen once you get to that round. And hopefully we win out all six. We definitely have the ability to do so.”
McLane has a dozen in semis
The General McLane wrestling team suffered just two losses in the quarterfinal round yesterday. The Lancers will have 12 wrestlers in today’s semifinals.
Joe Wheeling (106), Alex Thayer (195) and Jake Baker (220) each advanced thanks to a bye.
Keller Watkins (126), Mike Sutton (152), Chris Laird (182) and Ian Mallory (285) each won their quarterfinal bouts via pin.
Deane Twitchell grabbed a 10-1 major over East’s James Carr at 132. And Ken Stoll, at 138, scored a 13-5 major over Titusville’s Easton Hogue.
Winning by decision was 113-pounder Hunter Hendricks (2-0 over Central’s Kyle Nash), 160-pounder Ossie Bowers (6-1 over Central’s Daquan Pope), and 170-pounder Tyler Hendricks (10-3 over East’s Austin Thompson).
Trio leads Rockets
Titusville will have three wrestlers still striving for gold when the Class AAA tournament resumes today.
Kaleb Chase was a 6-2 winner over Meadville’s Derek Ridgeway at 113.
At 160, Ehrin Lee notched a pin in 2:47 over Meadville’s Patrick Adams.
And at 170, Xavier DeRose was a winner by fall in 48 seconds over East’s Deyshawn Carr.