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MC’s Shoemaker still alive for medal in last day off PIAA wrestling action


HERSHEY – Trey Shoemaker was the lone bright spot in an otherwise horrible day for the area contingent at the PIAA Class 3A Championships Friday afternoon at the Giant Center.

The Husky senior made all the offseason work pay off by guaranteeing himself a place on the podium after pinning Strath Haven’s Sam Milligan in 5:32 of their 189-pound consolation thirdround match.

Shoemaker, who suffered a 7-5 loss in the quarterfinals to Exeter’s John Miller, tried two Petersons in the third before locking in a headlock for the fall and a PIAA medal. Shoemaker (38-5) meets Meadville’s Griffin Buzzell (30-8) in the consolation quarterfinals, beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

The other five wrestlers combined to go 0-7 on the day and miss out on a PIAA medal.

In the quarterfinals, Nic Allison (34-5) lost a 6-0 decision to returning state champion Kaedyn Williams of Manheim Township. The Husky senior saw his high school career end with a 6-4 setback to Carson Wagner of Northampton in the consolations. Allison finished with a career record of 123-19 with 70 falls.

Junior Hunter Johnson (34-11) dropped a tough 4-2 decision to Boyertown’s Gavin Sheridan in sudden victory, while senior Kyler Everly (34-5) lost a tough 3-2 match to Lower Merion’s Jack Lledo. Everly finished his career with a 96-45 mark with 55 pins.

Senior Anson Wagner (32-9) fell into the consolations after suffering a 4-2 defeat at the Hands of Brian Finnerty of Thomas Jefferson in the quarters. Wagner forfeited to Greater Latrobe’s Corey Boerio because of an illness. Wagner capped his career with an 81-50 record and 39 falls.

Juniata’s Casey Smith (32-7) fell short of a medal in his junior season after losing to Christian Horvath of Bethlehem Freedom by a 4-3 score in the consolations.

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