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All six MC wrestlers still alive going into Day 2 of PIAA championships


HERSHEY – All six area wrestlers are still alive, with three moving on to the quarterfinals on day one of the PIAA Class 3A Championships on Thursday at the Giant Center.

Mifflin County had Nic Allison (113), Trey Shoemaker (189), and Anson Wagner (215) move on in the winner’s bracket, while Hunter Johnson (120) and Kyler Everly (160) are still alive in the consolations.

Juniata has Casey Smith (120) still going in the wrestlebacks.

A four-time state qualifier and 2020 placer, Allison opened the tournament with an 8-4 victory over Nazareth freshman Tahir Parkins. Allison (34-3) takes on top seed Kaedyn Williams (25-1) of Manheim Township in the quarters.

Shoemaker (37-4) used a Peterson and some back points for the 5-2 win over Whitehall’s Melquan Warren. Next up for the Husky senior is third seed John Miller (42-2) of Exeter.

Wagner (32-7) scored the 8-2 win over Travis Armstrong of CD East in the first round and now hooks up with second seed Brian Finnerty (41-1) of Thomas Jefferson in the quarterfinals.

Johnson (34-10) won his pigtail match by a 6-4 count over Bethel Park’s Mason Kernan. The Husky junior dropped a 6-2 decision to Cael McIntyre of Bethlehem Catholic in the first round. Johnson battles Boyertown’s Gavin Sheridan (35-8) in the consolation second round.

The fourth seed, Everly (34-4), ran into the tough power half of Kiski Area’s Enzo Morlacci and fell 2-1 in the first round. The difference was a third-period reversal. In the consolations, the Husky senior faces Lower Merion’s Jack Lledo (35-6).

In the first round, Smith (32-6) dropped a 5-2 decision to Quakertown’s Mason Zeigler. The Indian junior avoided elimination with a fall in 2:47 over Sun Valley’s Shane Holefelder in the first round of consolations. Smith meets Christian Horvath (35-9) of Bethlehem Freedom in the consolations.

Mifflin County is tenth in the team standings with 14 points.

The quarterfinals and second-round consolations begin at 2:15 p.m. on Friday.

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