The PIAA released the official brackets for the 2018 AAA State Wrestling Championships. Wrestling begins at the Giant Center on Thursday in Hershey.
The regional finals concluded on Saturday night at the Altoona High School Field House. Clearfield had three wrestlers compete in the finals and consolation finals, and they all did their home town proud. The day was action packed, each wrestler had their own story to tell, and there were life lessons to be learned for all in attendance.
Avenging two of his three senior season losses, Steven McClure of Curwensville edged Colby Whitehill of Brookville 1-0 in the Northwest Region Class AA Wrestling Tournament heavyweight gold medal match at Sharon High School Saturday night.
Of the eight Bison wrestlers who made it to the Northwest Regional AAA Wrestling Championships, two made it to the semi-finals on Saturday.
District 9 champion Blake Passarelli and runner-up Steven McClure of Curwensville advanced to the semifinals of the 2017 PIAA Northwest Region Class AA Wrestling Tournament with contrasting victories during Friday evening‘s session at Sharon High School.
Having cleared the first hurdles on their journey to, hopefully, a step on the winner’s stand at the PIAA Class AA Tournament, the three Curwensville Area High School wrestlers who placed in the District 9 Tournament will face obstacles every bit as tough, or tougher, in the Northwest Region Tournament.
The Clearfield Bison wrestling team will battle at the Northwest Regional Wrestling Tournament at the Altoona Area High School Field House on Friday and Saturday.
Sophomore 132-pounder Zach Holland will be the only one of Curwensville’s three qualifiers in action when the PIAA Northwest Region Class AA Wrestling Tournament gets under way at 5:30 p.m. Friday in Sharon High School.
While Clearfield certainly had its positive and negative outcomes over the weekend, there was no contesting the best outcome of the night being Bison senior Luke McGonigal (29-0) simultaneously tech-falling/pinning his finals opponent before he jumped up and flashed four fingers on both of his hands.
Not satisfied with silver and bronze medals in the last two District 9 Class AA Wrestling Championships, Curwensville Area High School junior Blake Passarelli had his sights set on taking home the gold from the 2018 tourney.