Main Line wrestlers make mark at Central League tournament Published by Main Line Media News - Wednesday, February 20, 2013 Main Line wrestlers had some standout performances at the Central League wrestling tournament, which has replaced the inter-league sectional tournaments.
For Conestoga, five wrestlers will advance to the District One AAA South championship Feb. 23. Advancing to Districts are 120-pound sophomore Kevin Zhao (third place), 126-pound sophomore Mike Sklar (sixth), 152-pound senior Kyle Pedraza (third), 160-pound senior Logan Kerin (first), and 220-pound senior Evan Pentz (third).
Zhao, toughed it through a loaded weight class that featured a state qualifier and two regional qualifiers from last year. Kerin, a second-year captain and a returning regional qualifier, became Conestoga’s first Central League tournament champion by pinning Ridley’s Dan Sauselein in 4:00 in the championship final. Earlier this season, Kerin reached the 100 career win mark.
The finality of tournament wrestling became reality for Conestoga seniors Joe Scuteri, Adam Hoppes, Connor Bosch, Mike Rycycyn and Nick Johnson, who put on the Pioneer singlet for the last time.
Lower Merion, which tied for fifth with Haverford in the 12-team tournament, also had one champion, 195-pounder Eli Zimmer, who defeated Upper Darby’s Tenzin Samphel, 8-1, the final.
The Aces had two second-place finishers. Steffen Vestal (170) lost in overtime to Penncrest’s Joe Gartland in the final, and Scott Chieu (138) lost to undefeated Matt Pelton of Radnor in the finals, 6-3.
Two Lower Merion wrestlers finished fourth - Robbie Hazard (113) and Mason Wilson (182). Brody Brush (132) placed fifth.
For Radnor, Matt Pelton remained undefeated at 138 pounds, defeating Lower Merion’s Scott Chieu, 6-3, in the finals. The Red Raiders’ James Hong finished second at 285. Kyle Gentner was third at 170, and Radnor had three fifth-place finishers: Joe Sorkin (120), Alex Kim (126) and Nate Hochberger (220). The Red Raiders’ Kyle Waddell was sixth at 132.
Haverford High had the 152-pound champion in Dylan Glenn, who defeated Upper Darby’s Charlie Livingston by injury default. Livingston had to stop his championship match 25 seconds into the match due to a pulled hamstring he suffered while warming up for the bout. The Fords’ Wyatt Martin finished second at 145 pounds. Haverford’s Chip Rossino was third at 195 pounds, and James Oraschewsky was fourth at 170. Josh Parmet was fifth at 160, and two Ford wrestlers were sixth: Vince Tavani (106) and David Tustin (138).
For Harriton, Mike Gutierrez was fourth at 160 pounds, Ben Levitt was fifth at 285 and Matt Williamson was sixth at 170.