ALTOONA â€” As was the case last weekend, the Chucks' district champion duo led the team in the first night of the AAA Northwest Regional Tournament on Friday.
Top-seed Joel Bowers (120) and Kaleb Young (126) paced the Punxsy effort with a combined three wins to move into the regional semifinals held at Altoona High School.
â€śWe had a couple big wins. We had Bowers and Young get through to the semis. It is big matches now of all or nothing,â€ť noted Punxsy head coach Eric Eddy.
With the benefit of having the top seed, Bowers received a preliminary round bye. The junior (23-1) faced Isaac Underhill of Mifflin County, who pinned Central Techâ€™s Jose Lopez to start the night in the quarterfinals.
In a low-scoring affair, Bowers did enough to earn the victory over Underhill with a 4-2 decision.
â€śBowers should have been 4-0 or 5-0, but Joel got a little sloppy at the end of his match but held off a late shoot in for the win,â€ť said Eddy.
The Punxsy 120-pounder advances to a semifinal bout against Paul Dietz (31-9) of Erie McDowell. Deitz posted a major decision, 16-3, over Chase Andrus of Central Mountain in his quarterfinal.
The other District IX Punxsy champion, Young, went through his first regional night unscathed. The freshman (25-1), in fact, was not even scored upon in two Friday bouts.
In the prelims, Young recorded a 2-0 decision over another freshman, Anthony Myers of State College.
The 126-pound Chuck tripled his margin in the quarterfinals. Kaleb took care of Erie Cathedral Prepâ€™s Alex Root by a 6-0 decision to advance again to the semifinals.
â€śKalebâ€™s first match was a tough one, as Myers of State College is a good wrestler. He came out a little tight in his first regionals,â€ť explained the Chucks leader. â€śHe was able to get it (the tightness) out of his system in the second match.â€ť
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