HERSHEY — The Brockway wrestling team opened the PIAA Class AA Championships with a bang Thursday, as both Anthony Glasl and Garrett McClintick captured victories in their first-round matches to advance to today’s quarterfinals.
Both pulled out hard-fought, two-point wins, with McClintick avenging a loss from earlier in the season to stay in the winners’ bracket in his debut match at states.
Glasl (34-4), who placed sixth last year at 106, pulled out a late 4-2 win against Wilson junior Marckis Branford (16-6) in their 120-pound first-roud match.
The pair wrestled a scoreless first period, then Branford chose bottom in the second. He escaped 10 seconds in to jump on the scoreboard. Glasl quickly countered with a takedown, but Branford escaped just as quickly as the bout went to the third period even at 2-2.
Glasl chose bottom in the third, but the Rover struggled to get out from under Branford. It appeared Branford might ride the Rover out to force overtime, but Glasl fought for alate reversal — finishing the move with 12 seconds left — to pull out a two-point win to advance.
The hard-fought win earned Glasl a quarterfinal showdown with defending state champ Jaret Lane (45-1), a senior from Southern Columbia. Lane pinned Forest Hills’ Byron Daubert (35-9) in 2:59 in his opening bout Thursday.
As for McClintick (34-6), he drew a familiar face in West Branch junior Kyle Myers (32-6) in his 182-pound first-roud bout. The two met earlier this year at West Branch’s Ultimate Warrior Tournament, and Myers pinned the Rover in 1:45 in the semifinals.
Thursday’s rematch went completely different, though, as the pair found themselves scoreless through two periods. McClintick rode out Myers in the second, then chose bottom in the third.
The decisive points came in succession early in the period as Myers was called for interlocking before McClintick escaped. Once on his feet, McClintick held off Myers to secure the victory and advance to today’s quarterfinals against Southern Columbia sophomore Gaige Garcia (42-2).
Garcia, the Northeast champ who placed fifth at 170 last year as a freshman, pinned Bishop McDevitt’s Tyrone Fowler (36-9) in 1:37 in his first-round bout Thursday.