Pennridge's Matt Parker and Josh Stillings, North Penn's Colin Shannon reach state wrestling semifinals

by Tom Waring, The Intelligencer

Posted on March 11, 2017

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Pennridge's Matt Parker and Josh Stillings and North Penn's Colin Shannon won their PIAA Class 3A quarterfinal wrestling bouts on Friday afternoon, advancing to the semifinals.

The Class 3A semifinals will begin Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Giant Center in Hershey.

Parker, the Southeast Regional champion, decisioned Central Dauphin's Chris Wright, 2-0, in the 120-pound quarterfinals. In the semifinals, he will face Bethlehem Liberty's Luke Werner.

The other 120-pound semifinal will see Northampton's Julian Chlebove take on New Oxford's Zurich Storm.

Shannon, the regional runner-up, decisioned Somerset's Austin Hemminger, 3-1, in the 152-pound quarterfinals. He will have a very difficult semifinal matchup against Penn-Trafford undefeated senior Cameron Coy, a state champion as a freshman and junior and runner-up as a sophomore.

Stillings, the regional champion, edged Belle Vernon's Zachary Hartman, 4-3, in the 160-pound quarterfinals. In the semifinals, he will meet Butler's Jonah Barley.

In the other 160-pound semifinal, Owen J. Roberts senior Ryan Resnick, whom Stillings beat in the regional final, will challenge Mifflin County's undefeated Trent Hidlay.

As for the other Intelligencer-area wrestlers who remained alive at the start of Friday's action, Central Bucks East's Collin Stevens clinched a top-eight medal at 182 pounds. Stevens, who took fifth at regionals, has won three consecutive bouts in consolations after a preliminary-round loss.

At 195 pounds, Quakertown's Noah Wood was eliminated with a 9-6 loss to Upper St. Clair's Eli Grape.

In Class 2A, Nathan Haubert of Palisades will wrestle for seventh place at 145 pounds. Haubert opened the day with a 4-3 quarterfinal loss to Chestnut Ridge's Justin McCoy, who will be in the final. He bounced back to earn an 8-0 major decision against Lake Lehman's Robert Lipski. He ended the night with a 3-1 loss to Chaise Hauck of Reynolds.

On Saturday, Haubert (35-4) will face Commodore Perry's John Mott for seventh place. The session starts at 2 p.m.

In the Class 2A team scoring, Reynolds leads the way, followed by Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt, Brookville, Bishop McCort and Southern Columbia.

Bethlehem Catholic leads the 3A team competition with 60 points, followed by its District 11 rival, Nazareth, with 56. North Allegheny is a distant third, and there is a three-way tie for fourth among Kiski Area, Northampton and Canon-McMillan.

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