Rams’ Parker claims bronze at states

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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.”

3Hn­nrLGJH finLVhHG wLWh D SDLr RI WRS-fiYH finLVhHV, as fel­low ju­nior Ben Ross HDrnHG hLV firVW 3,AA PHGDO, SODFLnJ fiIWh DW 120 wLWh hLV 3-1 tiebreaker de­ci­sion over Gar­net Val­ley’s Mike MarLnR. ,W WhH firVW WLPH 3Hn­nridge had two state medal win­ners since 2006, when Ed Geib and A.J. Detweiler took eighth at 140 and 160, re­spec­tively.

“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.

“I think I could have gotWHn fiIWh. , wDV SrHWWy uSVHW when I lost, but I’m happy that I placed,” said Green, whR HDrnHG hLV firVW VWDWH medal.

GrHHn LV 0HWhDFWRn’V firVW WRS-8 finLVhHr VLnFH 2011 when Bran­dan Clark took sec­ond at 215 and Rob D’An­nun­zLR wDV fiIWh DW 112.

“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.

The Pen­nridge ju­nior looked to have taken a 2-0 lHDG Rn D firVW-SHrLRG WDNH­down, but af­ter Lizak lev­eled the match 2-2, the of­fiFLDlV PHW DnG GLVDl­lRZHG Parker’s take­down, leav­ing him down 2-0.

“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.

In the third-place match against Gro­macki — who Parker beat 3-2 in the quarWHrfinDlV )rLGDy — WKH lRnH point came from the Pen­nridge’s ju­nior sec­ond-pe­riod es­cape. Parker was then able to shut out the Cathe­dral Prep ju­nior in the third for the bronze.

“I was all right,” Parker VDLG. “, rRGH KLP RuW firVW match I rode him out a lit­tle firVW SHrLRG, KDlI RI WKH VHFRnG. , IHlW finH Rn WRS. , ZDV pretty com­fort­able.”

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.

,n WKH fiIWK-SlDFH PDWFK, Deven­ney col­lected the only two points with a near-fall in the sec­ond pe­riod.

“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.”

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