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Kiski Area heavyweight Reid a cut above in Hershey

Tribune-Review
| Friday, March 11, 2016 10:42 p.m
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Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Kiski Area's Isaac Reid and Dieruff's Shai Hines look at the clock in the final seconds of their 285-pound quarterfinal bout at the PIAA Class AAA championships Friday, March 11, 2016m at Giant Center in Hershey. Reid won by a 4-0 decision.
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Kiksi Area's Isaac Reid celebrates his 4-0 decision over Dieruff's Shai Hines in their 285-pound quarterfinal bout at the PIAA Class AAA individual wrestling championships at Giant Center on Friday March 11, 2016, in Hershey.
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Kiski Area's Joe Blumer scrambles with Council Rock South's Zack Trampe in their 132-pound quarterfinal bout at the PIAA Class AAA individual wrestling championships at the Giant Center on Friday March 11, 2016, in Hershey. Blumer lost by a 6-2 decision.

HERSHEY — At weigh-ins on the first day of the PIAA wrestling championships, officials told Isaac Reid he needed to cut an inch and a half from the back of his mullet to conform to a shoulder length.

There might be less party in the back, but the Kiski Area sophomore is having a bigger party on the mat.

Reid advanced to the PIAA Class AAA 285-pound semifinals after beating Shai Hines from Louis E. Dieruff, 3-0, in a quarterfinal match Friday afternoon at Giant Center in Hershey.

“I didn’t know what to expect, honestly,” Reid said. “Coming in here, my mindset is right. It’s been right for a while. I did a lot of work in the (wrestling) room, worked hard in the weight room. I knew it would all pay off.”

Reid (37-7) is making his debut at the PIAA championships, but he’s already wrestling like a veteran. After outlasting Neshaminy’s Bruce Graeber on Thursday in a first-round overtime match that left Reid exhausted, he took control early against Hines with a first-period takedown.

After doing good work on top against Graeber, Reid was strong in that area again Friday.

“After beating (Graeber), I just had a lot more confidence,” said Reid, who will face Liberty’s Andrew Gunning (40-0) in the semifinals, which start at 9 a.m. Saturday. “I’m taking it one match at a time, not overlooking any of my opponents because that’s when you end up screwing up.”

The loss of his mullet still miffed Reid — “It’s been growing for a while. It’s been the talk around my school,” he said — but he expects to grow it long again by summer.

A PIAA title would make up for it, too.

“I’m taking every match as an equal opponent and wrestling the way I know how,” Reid said.

By advancing to the semifinals, Reid assured himself of winning a PIAA medal.

So, too, did Cavaliers sophomore 120-pounder Noah Levett (41-8), who won second- and third-round consolation bouts to clinch at least a top-eight finish. He secured his medal with a pin of New Oxford’s Zurich Storm in the third-round consolation.

“It’s probably the most nerve-wracking round of all of them,” said Levett, who went 0-2 at the PIAA tournament as a freshman, including a loss to Storm. “You want to win so bad, but you have a chance of losing and not placing. Your biggest goal is to place.

“It’s awesome. I was happy to make it to the second day, first off, but placing was my main goal. It was probably one of the best feelings of my life so far — the best wrestling feeling for sure.”

Kiski Area junior Joey Blumer finished one victory shy of earning his second PIAA medal. He lost 6-2 to Zack Trampe of Council Rock South in the 132-pound quarterfinals, then dropped a consolation bout to North Penn’s Ryan Vulakh.

Doug Gulasy is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at dgulasy@tribweb.com or via Twitter @dgulasy_Trib.

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