PIAA State Wrestling Championships Day-Two Update (Brought to You by Spirk Brothers Inc.)

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Saucon Valley junior Josh Jones celebrates with Coaches Shirk and Rohn after his PIAA semi-final victory.

Saucon Valley junior Josh Jones celebrates with Coaches Shirk and Rohn after his PIAA semi-final victory.

Since the year 2000 Saucon Valley wrestling has placed wrestlers on the state championship podium every year except for 2010 and 2014.  The Panthers are certainly well-represented throughout its wrestling history and 2018 will be no exception to their success.  Senior Jason Jones and his brother Josh, a junior, are both guaranteed to leave Hershey with some hardware.  The question is how high on the podium will they each finish.

Josh Jones worked hard to get the first score of his 2018 semi-final match.

Jones converted the first takedown and never looked back in the PIAA semi-final.

Josh Jones, who place 5th last year in the 2017 PIAA State championships, is going for the gold!  Josh defeated Tye Varndell in the championship semi-finals and earns his way to the finals and a chance to dethrone Penn State Nittany Lion recruit Gavin Teasdale.  Teasdale, a senior, is a 3-time PIAA state champ looking for a fourth.  What a great opportunity for Jones to shock the wrestling world!

Panther junior Josh Jones proved to be tough on top in the PIAA semi-final.

Josh’s older brother Jason, a senior, will also find the podium and wrestle for 7th/8th place.  Jason lost Friday night 5-1 to Lukas McClain of Ridgway in the consy-quarters.  Jason will face senior Braedon Swab from Central Martinsburg in the medal round tomorrow afternoon.

Jason Jones dropped a 5-1 decision to Ridgway’s Lukas McClain and will wrestle Saturday afternoon for 7th place.

The three other Panthers who saw action on Day-Two have been eliminated.  Senior Angelo Mahaffey (152) and sophomore Thomas Spirk (145) each had hard-fought success but bowed out after dropping decisions in the second round of the consolation bracket.

Sophomore Dane Csencsits who earned two wins in the tournament fell in the blood-round coming one win shy of the Hershey podium.


Josh Jones

126 lbs. Jr. Josh Jones  (35-2)

  • Preliminary Round:  BYE
  • Round One:  FALL over Reynold’s Kaeden Berger (17-10), 0:58
  • Quarterfinals:  DECISION over Everett Jr. Garrett Cornell (34-3), 5-2
  • Semifinals:  MAJOR-DECISION over Cambridge Springs Jr. Ty Varndell (37-4), 10-0
  • FINALS: Josh will wrestle Jefferson-Morgan Sr. Gavin Teasdale (39-2) in Saturday’s championship final at 2 p.m.


Jason Jones

138 lbs. Sr. Jason Jones (35-4)

  • Preliminary Round:  BYE
  • Round One:  DECISION over Sharpsville’s Brock Salvatore (29-8), 10-3
  • Quarterfinals:  lost by DECISION to St. Joseph So. Caleb Dowling (34-1), 5-0
  • Consy Round 3: DECISION over Juniata Sr. Tyler Feltman (34-15), 8-4
  • Consy Quarterfinals Round 4:  lost by DECISION to Ridgway Sr. Lukas McClain (34-6), 5-1
  • Medal Round 7th/8th:  Jones will wrestle Central Martinsburg Sr. Braedon Swab (33-6) Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.

Dane Csencsits

195 lbs. So. Dane Csencsits (31-9)

  • Preliminary Round:  FALL over United Sr. Riley Miller (25-6), 2:11
  • Round One: lost by DECISION to Greenville Sr. Brendan Calvin (38-2), 5-2
  • Consy Round 1:  BYE
  • Consy Round 2:  sudden-victory DECISION over Mount Union Sr. Levi Hockenberry (34-9), 5-3
  • Consy Round 3:  lost by Fall to Cambridge Springs Sr. Clay Verbanac (34-7), 4:46  (eliminated)

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Thomas Spirk

145 lbs. So. Thomas Spirk (26-14)

  • Preliminary Round: FALL over Berlin Bros. Sr. Austin Lee (37-7), 1:35
  • Round One:  lost by DECISION to Brookville Sr. Caleb Hetrick (32-5), 3-1
  • Consy Round 1:  BYE
  • Consy Round 2: lost by DECISION to Hanover Jr. D.J. Erickson (32-6), 10-4 (eliminated)

Angelo Mahaffey

152 lbs. Sr. Angelo Mahaffey (31-11)

  • Preliminary Round:  DECISION over Glendale Jr. Isaac Krause (27-12), 5-1
  • Round One:  lost by DECISION to Southern Columbia So. Cade Lin (41-9), 3-2
  • Consy Round 1:  BYE
  • Consy Round 2:  lost by DECISION to Bermudian Springs Sr. Darren Beall (35-10), 10-4  (eliminated)

UP NEXT:  The PIAA “AA” Championships and Medal Round is scheduled for Saturday, 2 p.m.

Saturday at 2p.m will be the Medal Round for the 2018 PIAA “AA” wrestling championships.


Good luck Panthers, the Source is with you!

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