Williamsport’s Cooley falls short of states in NW AAA regional

ALTOONA -Williamsport 106-pounder Roshaun Cooley was hoping that his effort Saturday afternoon at the Altoona Field House would send him to the land of Hershey Kisses.

Unfortunately for the Millionaire lightweight, his dream of going to the state tournament will have to wait another year.

After winning a pair of bouts on Friday, Cooley was manhandled by General McLane’s Joe Wheeling for an 11-1 loss in yesterday’s semifinals.

Cooley then saw his trip to Hershey get away from him as he fell 2-0 to Charlie Lenox of McDowell in his first consolation.

“This is the second tournament that Roshaun has been in,” Williamsport head coach Joe Eaton said. “He left a round earlier in the Northeast when he got tech falled, but today his elimination match was a 2-0 match. We knew coming in that 106 was a pretty competitive bracket with five or six kids in there who could possibly win the bracket. We were looking at the bigger picture and that is the reason why we went to 106. We knew it would be tougher to get out of here at 106, but at the state level, we felt that was his best shot because that is where you want to place.”

Williamsport’s Steffen Yaskoweak (138) and Billy Kennedy (220) each were eliminated early Saturday when they dropped their first bouts.

Yaskoweak lost to Alex Coudriet of St. Marys 3-2 and Kennedy was a 3-2 loser to Jake Baker of General McLane.

“I am proud of those two guys because they have gone out there and consistently battled,”said Eaton. “They have grown into good wrestlers and that is what we are trying to cultivate with these kids. We want them to be the type of wrestler who goes out and gives it everything they have. At the end of the match, if they have more points than the other guy then we are more pleased.”

Jersey Shore entered yesterday with five wrestlers still alive. After the second round of the consolations, only Colton Killion and Zach Herman were still alive in the tournament.

Killion won his second consolation round bout with a quick fall over Marcus Winn of Selinsgrove in 44 seconds, while Herman thumped Derek Horner of State College for a 22-5 technical fall in 4:35.

In the consolation quarterfinals, Killion lost 6-0 to Noah Stewart of Mifflin County, but Herman took one more step toward a possible state tournament berth with a 6-3 win over St. Mary’s Tyler Yetzer.

Unfortunately for Herman, he too saw his season come to an abrupt end when he dropped a 5-2 decision to Brian Estep of Allderdice, leaving him one win short of making it to the medal round.

“I thought he (Herman) wrestled tough,” Shore coach Shawn Weaver said. “All in all, I thought he wrestled a pretty good tournament. He looked good in his first match and then came back to tech fall the Horner kid from State College who beat us earlier in the year so I knew he was wrestling well. The kid (Lentz) was tough, but I thought we caught a tough break right there at the end. At this level, all the guys are tough so you have to be ready to rock and roll. Even in his first loss I thought he wrestled a good kid tough, but just couldn’t get the takedown when he needed it.”

Earlier in the day, Noah Ulmer dropped a 6-4 decision to Clearfield’s Logan Gilbert, Hayden Swartwood found scoring extremely difficult in a 1-0 loss to Josh Schockers of Punxsutawney and Nate Lose was pinned by Bradford’s Kyle Langdon.

Five of the six Shore wrestlers at the tournament won at least one match.

Central Mountain qualified two wrestlers for the PIAA Championships at the Giant Center.

Chad Reese fought off a disappointing loss in the semifinals to come back and post a hard-fought 1-0 win over Mifflin County’s Joe Knarr for third place.

Blaze Buckwalter also qualified for the state meet placing second at 182 pounds.

Buckwalter was paired with Bald Eagle Area’s Jake Taylor in a rematch of last week’s District 6 final. One week ago, Taylor prevailed by a 9-1 major over Buckwalter and this time it was 13-5.