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Skraba earns 100th career win at regionals

March 7, 2011

SHARON – Ridgway senior D.J. Skraba reached the 100-win mark at the Northwest Regional Championships last weekend at Sharon High School.
Skraba came into the tournament at 99 wins but lost in the quarterfinals. He then took his 100th win in the first round of consolations with a 4-0 decision over Josh Lewis of Youngsville.
“I would have rather gotten it in the first match, then I came back and won the next two,” Skraba said.

Bush caps off milestone weekend with state berth

March 7, 2011

SHARON – Ridgway junior Corey Bush captured both his 100th win and a second trip to the PIAA Individual Wrestling Championships with his third-place finish at 119 pounds.
Bush won 18-2 in a technical fall over Nick Hart of Cambridge Springs to reach his 100th win, then he capped off the weekend with a win in the third-place bout to move on to states.
Bush hoped he would have had the win in the semifinals but is happy to move on. Bush won a regional championship at 103 pounds last year.

Johnsonburg's Wolfe becomes first-time state qualifier

March 7, 2011

SHARON – Johnsonburg senior Jesse Wolfe has gotten over the hump again.
After winning his first district title, Wolfe finished third at 125 pounds to advance to the PIAA Individual Wrestling Championships.
He won 1-0 over Nate Stidham of Hickory in the third-place match to qualify.
“It’s an awesome feeling,” Wolfe said. “Just like last week, it was either be a 3-time runner-up or be a champion. This week, be a 3-time fourth-place finisher for states. I just stepped it up both weeks. Now I’m going on to states, it feels real good.”

Three advance to regional semis

March 5, 2011

SHARON – Three area wrestlers have made the semifinals and Ridgway senior D.J. Skraba earned his 100th win at the Class AA Northwest Regional Championships Friday at Sharon High School.
D.J. Skraba picked up his 100th career victory with a 4-0 decision in his first-round consolation match over Josh Lewis of Youngsville. Skraba had previously lost a 5-4 decision at 160 pounds to Ryan Kio of Port Allegany in the quarterfinals.
Corey Bush (119) of Ridgway is in the semis along with Jesse Wolfe (125) and Max Zimmerman (135) of Johnsonburg.

Area wrestlers ready for regional championships

March 4, 2011

Ridgway and Johnsonburg wrestlers are ready for the PIAA Class AA Northwest Regional Championships which begin today at Sharon High School.
At 119 pounds, Corey Bush (31-2) of Ridgway (3-time regional qualifier) will start in the quarterfinals against the winner of the match between Zack Cokely (12-14), the fourth-place finisher from District 9 and Jesse Rivera (24-11) of Grove City, the fourth-place finisher in District 10.

Zimmerman looking for more noise at regionals

March 4, 2011

JOHNSONBURG – With his 100th win and runner-up finish at the recent district competition in the books, Johnsonburg senior grappler Max Zimmerman is looking for further improvement as he heads into the regional competition today at Sharon.
Despite eclipsing the 100-win plateau in February, Zimmerman came into the sport relatively late.

Wolfe celebrates 100th win, district title

March 4, 2011

JOHNSONBURG – The season of accomplishments keeps rolling for Johnsonburg senior Jesse Wolfe.
First was his 100th win, then his first district title. Now a first trip to Hershey could be within his grasp by Saturday’s end.
Jesse Wolfe joined the 100-win club in the final bout of a 5-0 performance at the Coudersport Duals on Jan. 8. He then followed up with his first district title last Saturday at 125 pounds, a 3-0 decision over Mike Bauer of Clarion. It was Wolfe’s second win over Bauer this season.

Ridgway claims three district wrestling titles, Wolfe wins first for Rams

February 28, 2011

CLARION – Ridgway finished with three district champions and Jesse Wolfe claimed his first for the Johnsonburg Rams at the District 9 Individual Wrestling Championships Saturday at Clarion University.
Ridgway wrestling will send six to the Northwest Regional Championship and Johnsonburg will send two. The Elkers finished second in the team score with 145 points. Johnsonburg was 11th with 47 points. Brookville was the team winner with 197.5 team points.

Crusaders rally to defeat Falcons 55-52

February 28, 2011

ST. MARYS – The Elk County Catholic Crusaders advanced to the semifinals of the District 9-A Tournament with a thrilling 55-52 victory over the Coudersport Falcons on Saturday night at the Aaron J. Straub Gym at Elk Catholic.
The Crusaders tied the game at 47-all on a Tyler Herzing trey with 17 seconds left in regulation. The Elk County defense then prevented the Falcons from getting a good shot off, thus forcing the game into overtime. In the overtime period the Crusaders outscored the Falcons 8-5 (six by Pearsall and two by Simons) to lock up the win and advance on in the playoffs.

Cardinals top Elkers in 2OT, 68-59

February 26, 2011

Ridgway twice had the opportunity to win the game with the last possession but both times the Elkers were unable to find the hoop as DuBois Central Catholic exploded in the second overtime period Friday night for a 68-59 win in the quarterfinal round of the Class A District 9 playoffs.
Down by 10 points at halftime, the Elkers were able to claw their way back into the game to force overtime at 50-all at the end of regulation.

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