Rams’ Parker claims bronze at states
By Mike Cabrey
It was not the top spot he wanted, but Pennridge’s Scott Parker was able to move a step higher on the medal stand Saturday night at the PIAA Class AAA Wrestling Championships.
Parker claimed third place at 113 pounds as he made his second-period escape stand up in defeating Cathedral Prep’s Jake Gromacki 1-0 Ln WhH FRnVRODWLRn finDO at the Giant Center.
“It feels good to improve from last year,” said Parker, who came in fourth at 106 Ln 2012. “6HPLfinDO wDV D tough bout. Couple things didn’t go my way, lost in a tough match. Got to bring it harder next year.”
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“I was a little uptight beFDuVH , wDnWHG WR finLVh Py season with a win,” Ross said. “I had to go out there and wrestle how I normally do and I ended up doing it.”
Earlier, Ross (45-3) collected his 100th career victory in the third round of consolations as he pinned Solanco’s Ronnie Perry in 2W38.
“It was nice, threw a headlock, got it. I was happy,” said Ross of his pin of Perry.
Also earning a medal locally was Methacton junior 7rDFHy GrHHn, whR finLVhHG sixth at 285 after he lost to Warwick’s Tom Devenney 2-0.
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“I will be back,” Green said. “I will win districts, regionals, states. I will win everything. I’m willing to go out next year and win a state championship. The road to a state championship starts on Monday.
Canon-McMillan took the team title with 99 points. Central Dauphin was second with 75 points, with Franklin Regional third with 68.5 points. Pennridge tied Hampton for 20th with 26
points. hennard-Dale junior Chance Marsteller was named the championships’ outstanding wrestler as he won his third career PIAA title — this year at 160.
Parker (36-2) opened the day still with a chance for a state title, but dropped a 4-2 decision to Parkland’s Ethan Lizak in the VHPLfinDlV. LLzDN ZHnW Rn to take the 113 championship — his second PIAA title — with a 3-1 victory over wach Fuentes of Norristown.
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“Pretty disappointed about it, to be honest with you,” Parker said. “Thought I had that match to win.”
After a scoreless second, Parker elected to go neutral to begin the third, giving Lizak a 3-0 advantage. A takedown pulled Parker to within a point, but he opted again for a neutral start, putting Lizak up 4-2, which HnGHG uS EHLnJ WKH finDl rHsult.
“He’s tough on top. I’ve got to improve on bottom,” Parker said. “But I proved that I was pretty good on my feet in the third period, I pushed the pace a little bit. Couple takedowns didn’t go my way.”
The loss bumped Parker down the third round of consolations for a rematch with North Allegheny’s Dom Forys. Parker won WKHLr firVW-rRunG PDWFKuS Thursday 10-7 and two days later Parker was still the better, winning a 5-4 decision.
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Ross opened Saturday by pinning Perry, but could not advance to the 120 consolDWLRn finDl DV KH IHll 6-1 WR Pittsburgh Central Catholic’s Vincenzo Joseph.
“I didn’t really wrestle my match,” Ross said. “Didn’t get out on bottom like I normally do. But, I mean, it’s just another match. Have to take what I can out of it, use it for next season.”
Ross beat Marino in the 120 finDl DW 6RuWKHDVW 5Hgionals and Saturday their fiIWK-SlDFH PDWFK KDG WR EH settled in extra time after the WZR finLVKHG WLHG 1-1 DIWHr three periods. Ross eventually got the win in tiebreak, earning two points with a near fall.
“In the ride out, he was trying to come up, so as he came up, I threw my leg in and grabbed his other leg and threw him in a spladle,” Ross said. “Just happened to get the two-count with three seconds left in the 30-second period.”
Green started Saturday with a 3-1 overtime decision over Altoona’s Austin Rosenberry in the third round of 285 consolations, but in the fourth round the Methacton junior was pinned by hiski Area’s Shane huhn at 4W01.
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“He had me on my back. You know, it happens,” Green said. “The whole tournament is tiring. I was tired, I was drained. You’re wrestling overtime, two overtime matches, wrestling against bigger guys. I had six matches, so I’m pretty drained. But, overall, I did pretty good.”