Kiski Area wrestlers take down Cathedral Prep, advance to PIAA semifinals
HERSHEY — Kiski Area advanced to the PIAA Class AAA wrestling semifinals Friday with a dominating 39-30 victory in the quarterfinals against District 10 champion Cathedral Prep at the Giant Center.
The final score was a little deceiving as Kiski Area forfeited the final four bouts to save wrestlers for its match at 8 p.m. Friday against District 11 runner-up Northampton.
The WPIAL champion Cavaliers (17-0) started their quarterfinal-round match with eight consecutive victories and built a 35-0 lead.
Dom Giordano started things by getting an injury default win against Prep’s Jacob Brumett at 120 after Brumett became ill during the match and ran out of injury time (1 minute, 30 seconds). He actually threw up on the mat during the second period.
Darren Miller followed with a quick pin (51 seconds) at 126 to make it 12-0, and Sammy Starr (132), Jared Curcio (138) and Enzo Morlacci (145) garnered decisions to make it 21-0.
“They bumped up their lineup, and we still picked up victories at 132 and 145,” Kiski Area Chris Heater said. “I was very pleased how we competed.”
Cam Conner picked up a major decision at 152, Jack Blumer scored a pin at 160 and Nick Delp finished the run with a major decision at 170.
All five Cathedral Prep wins were by forfeit. Carter Starocci, a returning state champion, got the first one at 182.
Kiski’s Brayden Roscosky also earned a major decision at 195.
“I don’t like to forfeit like we did, but I didn’t want to risk someone getting injured,” Heater said. “We’ll need those guys against Northampton.”
Northampton defeated Cedar Cliff, 48-19, in the quarterfinals.
Paul Schofield is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul at [email protected] or via Twitter @Schofield_Trib.