Seneca Valley bounced from PIAA tournament in consolation round |
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Paul Schofield

HERSHEY — A banged up Seneca Valley wresting team was eliminated from the PIAA Class AAA team tournament Friday after a loss in the consolation round.

The WPIAL runner-up Raiders lost a quarterfinal match to Bethlehem Catholic, 52-11, and then fell to District 1 runner-up Spring-Ford, 32-28.

Seneca Valley only won three bouts against returning state champion Bethlehem Catholic — Alejandro Herrera-Rondon secured a tech fall at 120 pounds, and Patrick Johnson (182) and Nick Funovits (220) won decisions.

In the elimination match, the Raiders built a 16-12 lead early, but Spring-Ford strung together five consecutive pins starting at 170 and took a 32-16 lead.

The Raiders rallied with a major decision from Hunter Swedish (106), a win from Dylan Chappell at 113 and a tech fall from Herrera-Rondon at 120.

Jason Geyer (132) had Seneca Valley’s only pin, while Drew Vlasnik (145) had a major decision and Nick Montalbano (152) and Liam Volk-klos (160) earned wins.

“We’re a little banged up,” Seneca Valley coach Kevin Wildrick said. “We had to work around it and work it out. Now we can focus on the state individual tournament.”

Paul Schofield is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul at [email protected] or via Twitter @Schofield_Trib.

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