A-K Valley campus clippings: Wrestlers take silver at tournament
A pair of Kiski Area graduates made their marks at Lock Haven’s Mat-Town Open tournament.
Lock Haven freshman Isaac Reid and Penn State redshirt freshman Joey Blumer placed runner-up in their respective divisions at the tournament, where wrestlers can compete attached or unattached.
Reid, who won a PIAA title this spring, went 2-1 to finish second at heavyweight. Competing unattached, he pinned Adam Krieger of College of Mount Saint Vincent in the first round and beat WVU’s Brandon Ngati by decision in the semifinals before falling 2-1 to Cornell’s Brendan Furman (Canon-McMillan) in the final.
In the 149-pound bracket, Blumer beat Columbia’s Riley Jacobs and Pitt’s Will Kaldes by decision in the quarterfinals and semifinals before losing 4-3 in the finals to Maryland’s Hunter Baxter (Pine-Richland).
Coker: Freshman Corey Christie (Burrell) won his second open tournament of the season by taking first place at 157 pounds at the Georgia Open. He won all four of his matches, two by fall, and won the title with a pin over the Tennessee-Knoxville’s Drew Welch in the final.
Case Western Reserve: Junior Patrick Crossey (Plum) was named first-team All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference at defensive back. The safety ranked second on the Spartans with 82 tackles, adding two interceptions, five pass breakups and a forced fumble.
Slippery Rock: Redshirt sophomore Chad Kuhn (Kiski Area) had three tackles, including one for loss, in The Rock’s 59-20 rout of New Haven in the second round of the NCAA Division II playoffs. Junior Jake Chapla (Plum) booted a 32-yard field goal and eight extra points in the victory, which advanced Slippery Rock to the NCAA quarterfinals.
Washington & Jefferson: Sophomore Max Garda (Burrell) and senior Cody Milsom (Knoch) were named All-PAC honorable mention at linebacker. Garda, a converted wide receiver, finished second on the Presidents with 66 tackles, including 7 1/2 for loss, and added two sacks, an interception and two forced fumbles. Milsom finished with 63 tackles, 9 1/2 for loss, plus 1 1/2 sacks.
Westminster: Senior Jordan Cominos (Leechburg) was named second-team All-PAC, his first all-conference honor. Sophomore Cam Mika (Kiski Area) earned honorable mention honors. The pair helped Westminster rank fourth in the PAC in passing yards and third in rushing touchdowns.
Allegheny: Senior Billy Urso (Fox Chapel) scored a season-high 21 points, sinking seven 3-pointers, in a 97-52 win over Geneva. Allegheny made a school-record 20 3-pointers in the win, with Urso leading the way. Junior Brendon Urso (Fox Chapel) scored a season-high 10 points.
Allegheny: Junior Zoe Soilis (Freeport) scored a season-high 19 points in a 96-90 overtime victory over Washington & Jefferson. Soilis shot 4 for 7 from the field and 11 for 12 from the free-throw line and added five rebounds and four steals.
Doug Gulasy is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Doug at [email protected] or via Twitter @dgulasy_Trib.