Ian Brown had faced this same opponent. But the stakes hadn't been this high then.

Brown -- a freshman from Hanover High -- found himself in a rematch with Bedford's Ryan Easter in the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Tournament Thursday at Giant Center in Hershey.

The Nighthawk freshman applied what he had learned at a tournament last spring when he lost to Easter, 4-2 in overtime.

Thursday's 103-pound bout was a different story. Brown notched the first takedown en route to a 6-0 win over Easter.

"I just knew I had to beat him on his feet because that's where I lost to him last time," Brown said. "He took me down twice. And, this time since I got the first takedown and the first points, I'm sure that helped me get in his head.

Bermudian Springs’ Tristan Sponseller, left, attempts to escape from the takedown bid of Carlynton’s Montana Trombetta during Thursday’s
Bermudian Springs' Tristan Sponseller, left, attempts to escape from the takedown bid of Carlynton's Montana Trombetta during Thursday's first-round 152-pound bout of the PIAA Class AA Championships in Hershey. (Evening Sun Photo by Brett Berwager)
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The win helped Brown get out of his own head. He said he was pretty nervous before his match began.

"I guess it gave me some confidence," Brown said. "It made me feel better because, usually my first match, I don't come out as strong."

Brown joins Bermudian Springs' Brad Farley and Biglerville's Laike Gardner in quarterfinal bouts Friday at their respective weights. Farley -- who used a 15-1 shellacking of Union City's Shane Rankin in the first round to advance -- will square off with Evan Link of Penn Cambria at 112 pounds.

Gardner seemed relaxed and confident as he ground out a 10-4 decision over Nick Szala of Penn Cambria to advance in the 130-pound field. Gardner faces Shamokin's Brandon Pesarchick in the Friday's quarters.

While Brown, Farley and Gardner are the only three Hanover-area wrestlers still competing for state titles, three others still have a chance to win state medals.

Delone Catholic senior Joshua Ruppert lost his opening-round bout at 130 to Shady Side Academy's Anthony Elias, 14-6. But Ruppert recovered nicely to keep himself alive in consolations. He pinned Chartiers-Houston's Tanner Sutton in just 38 seconds.

The official raises the arm of Bermudian Springs’ Brad Farley after Farley defeated Union City’s Shane Rankin in their 112-pound, first-round
The official raises the arm of Bermudian Springs' Brad Farley after Farley defeated Union City's Shane Rankin in their 112-pound, first-round bout Thursday at the PIAA Wrestling Championships in Hershey. (Evening Sun Photo by Brett Berwager)

Hanover junior Derek Wolford battled two-time state champion Stephen Ceremuga valiantly in their opening-round bout at 189 pounds, but Ceremuga held onto an 8-2 lead. Wolford beat Devin Hornbake of Forest Hills, 3-1, in consolations.

In addition to his coaches, Wolford had his brother, Zach, in his corner shouting tips throughout his bouts. Zach Wolford wrestled this winter at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

"I love having my brother hear to support me," Wolford said. "He wants the best for me. He wants me to do better than he did. It's just the older brother kind of thing. And that's the best support I have right now."

Bermudian senior Matt Wolf seemed like he would need a lot of help after he suffered an asthma attack toward the end of his first-round match with Milton's Ryan Solomon.

Solomon notched an escape in the final period and held on for a 1-0 decision. As time expired, Wolf fell to the mat and lay there for a few minutes trying to catch his breath.

"The first match was a setback. I wasn't expecting to have an asthma attack," Wolf said. "I haven't had one of them all season."

But the Bermudian captain recovered and, after a few minutes of rest, came back to pin Penns Valley's Elliot Dillon in 1:39.

"I've got to come back and place," Wolf said. "That's been my goal the whole season, to make it to this tournament and I wanted to place in the top four. If I want to do that, I'm going to have to fight like hell."

Bermudian's Ted Marines (103), Tristan Sponseller (152) and Tyler Fitzkee (160) were eliminated from their respective brackets. Also eliminated were Biglerville's Trevor Hernandez (119) and Jesse Gardner (140).

tjohnson@eveningsun.com
 

CLASS AA
Championship Bracket
First Round
   103 -- Logan Everett, Williamson tech. fall Ted Marines, Bermudian Springs, 15-0, 5:49; Joseph Byers, Boiling Springs dec. Zach Swarrow, Beth-Center, 10-4; Ian Brown, Hanover dec. Ryan Easter, Bedford, 6-0; George McGuire, Fort LeBoeuf dec. Justin Patrick, Ligonier Valley, 4-2; Darian Cruz, Bethlehem Catholic pinned Josh Brown, Claysburg-Kimmel, 3:34; Shawn Nitcznski, Sullivan County pinned Cody Buchannan, Sharon, 3:43; Matt Welliver, Benton pinned Trent Neely, Smethport, 5:16; Jason Nolf, Kittanning dec.

Bermudian Springs’ Matt Wolf, right, battles Milton’s Ryan Solomon during their 215-pound bout in the first round Thursday at the PIAA
Bermudian Springs' Matt Wolf, right, battles Milton's Ryan Solomon during their 215-pound bout in the first round Thursday at the PIAA Wrestling Championships in Hershey. (Evening Sun Photo by Brett Berwager)
 Bryan Israel, Saucon Valley, 6-2.
   112 -- Evan Link, Penn Cambria major dec. Tony Yohe, Annville-Cleona, 11-1; Brad Farley, Bermudian Springs major dec. Shane Rankin, Union City, 15-1; Jamie Welsh, Pen Argyl dec. Nate Schwab, Smethport, 8-4; Zain Retherford, Line Mountain pinned Nathan Reckner, South Side Beaver, 1:52; Tyler Roberts, Jamestown dec. Baffour Atakora-Bediako, Church Farm School, 9-6; Vito Pasone, Wilkes-Barre Meyers dec. Joshua Patrick, Ligonier Valley, 7-4; Nick Roberts, North Star major dec. David Sheesley, Mifflinburg, 9-1; Zeke Moisey, Bethlehem Catholic dec. Zack Kelly, Burrell, 4-1.
   119 -- James Gulibon, Derry tech. fall Trevor Hernandez, Biglerville, 23-7, 4:20; Nate Giorgio, Schuylkill Valley pinned Corey Bush, Ridgway, 2:50; Michael Fleck, Wilson dec. Jarray Norris, Sharon, 9-4; Colt Cotton, Benton dec. Kie Brown, Huntingdon, 6-0; Aaron Roberts, Jamestown dec. Robert Ritschard, Oley Valley, 2-1; Philip Elias, Shady Side Academy dec. Harry Austin, Lake Lehman, 9-4; James Dodson, Claysburg-Kimmel dec. Braden Calkins, Troy, 4-2; Randy Cruz, Bethlehem Catholic dec. Nick Zanetta, Keystone Oaks, 7-3.
   125 -- Zane Heller, Northern Lehigh dec. Shane Gentry, South Side Beaver, 2-1; Ty Dively, Claysburg-Kimmel pinned Nate Dias, Greenville, 3:17; Ben Rager, Central Cambria dec. Jesse Wolfe, Johnsonburg, 2-1; Cody Wheeler, Towanda tech. fall Paul Sloand, Saucon Valley, 17-2, 3:03; Geoffrey Alexander, Shady Side Academy pinned Mark Lentz, Boiling Springs, 1:25; Jaydon Rice, Bethlehem Catholic dec. Nick Dusendschine, Mount Carmel, 5-0; Kody Rittenbaugh, Pine Grove pinned Seth Lansberry, Line Mountain, 5:33; Mason Beckman, Reynolds major dec. Aaron Toth, Charleroi, 10-1.
   130 -- Laike Gardner, Biglerville dec. Nick Szala, Penn Cambria, 10-4; Brandon Pesarchick, Shamokin pinned Matthew Bryer, Cochranton, 2:58; David Batkowski, Montoursville dec. Chet Tanner, Port Allegany, 7-0; Dave Makara, Burrell pinned Drew Jackson, Pequea Valley, 1:16; Colin Fought, Benton tech. fall Richard Cruz, Bethlehem Catholic, 19-3, 3:12; Arty Walsh, Schuylkill Valley dec. Cole Claar, Claysburg-Kimmel, 10-3; Anthony Elias, Shady Side Academy major dec. Josh Ruppert, Delone Catholic, 14-6; Dylan D'Urso, Reynolds dec. Tanner Sutton, Chartiers-Houston, 9-2.
   135 -- Michael Racciato, Pen Argyl pinned Josh Kwasny, Charleroi, 4:42; Caleb Willey, Towanda dec. Riley Smith, Fort LeBoeuf, 6-2; Sean Byham, Saegertown dec. Adam Kritzer, Line Mountain, 7-2; Jeremy Landowski, Burrell dec. Blake Bowman, Tri-Valley, 3-0; Josh Lahr, Shamokin dec. Eric Kemble, Newport, 8-6; Peter Renda, Brandywine Heights dec. Michael DePalma, Jeannette, 9-7; Ronnie Garbinsky, Tyrone dec. Damien Hopper, Allentown Central Catholic, 7-5; Adam Matthews, Reynolds dec. Brandon Rowles, Juniata, 3:08.
   140 -- Travis Shaffer, Derry tech. fall Nathan Fegley, Mahanoy Area, 15-0, 3:40; Kody Pace, Fort LeBoeuf major dec. Brenton Alcorn, Wellsboro, 11-0; Travis Erdman, Line Mountain dec. Garret Smith, Seneca, 6-2; Ryan Todora, Bethlehem Catholic dec. Jacob Durbin, West Greene, 3-0; Austin Matthews, Reynolds major dec. Justin Miller, Penn Cambria, 15-2; David Demor, South Side Beaver dec. Anthony Farole, Lehighton, 14-8; Luciano Burriesci, Pen Argyl dec. Richard Brydon, Forest Hills, 5-2; Luke Frey, Montoursville tech. fall Jesse Gardner, Biglerville, 15-0, 3:56.
   145 -- Nick Hodgkins, Wyomissing tech. fall Corey Aungst, Claysburg-Kimmel, 18-2, 4:37; Francis Mizia, Bentworth major dec. Xavier Ross, Sharon, 10-2; Michael Innes, Chartiers-Houston tech. fall Tanner Hannold, Keystone, 15-0, 5:15; Troy Hembury, Muncy major dec. Ty Herzog, Northern Lehigh, 12-0; Zach Beitz, Juniata tech. fall John Lynch, Saucon Valley, 16-1, 5:59; Giullano Caloiero, Schuylkill Valley dec. Ben Emmett, Central Columbia, 7-1; Brian Watkins, Southern Columbia dec. Sam Scheib, Tri-Valley, 5-3; Cody Copeland, Greenville pinned Michael Fetchet, South Fayette, 1:35.
   152 -- Montana Trombetta, Carlynton dec. Tristan Sponseller, Bermudian Springs, 4-2; Joe Hibbler, Seneca pinned Anthony Risaliti, Central Cambria, 5:42; J.T. Mannozzi, Mercer dec. Mike Pavasko, Steel Valley, 1-0; Zach Strickland, Muncy dec. Adam Mackie, Brandywine Heights, 6-2; Nick Carr, South Fayette major dec. Kyle Dehaut, Bethlehem Catholic, 12-1; Dylan Killian, Annville-Cleona dec. Kody Getkin, Danville, 8-7; Bobby Clymer, Northwestern Lehigh dec. Curtis Schneider, Lewisburg, 6-0; David Osterberg, Northwestern major dec. Tom Hanlon, Penn Cambria, 18-6.
   160 -- Tyler Gargano, Hickory dec. Tyler Dibert, Chestnut Ridge, 12-7; Ty Walter, Mifflinburg pinned Jonathan Blank, Notre Dame Green Pond, 5:19; Raymond Ball, Pequea Valley dec. Jake Balchikonis, Northeast Bradford, 5-3; Travis McKillop, Burrell major dec. Noah Horst, Schuylkill Valley, 11-1; Casey Fuller, Western Wayne pinned Tyler Fitzkee, Bermudian Springs, 5:42; Cody Wiercioch, Charleroi pinned Nate Smith, Seneca, 2:53; Dylan Demain, Bentworth major dec. Craig Cihon, Fort LeBeouf, 9-1; Elliot Riddick, Bethlehem Catholic major dec. Dylan Treaster, Juniata, 12-4.
   171 -- Dakota DesLauriers, Burrell major dec. Tyler Horn, Pen Argyl, 9-1; Ray O'Donnell, Saucon Valley dec. Alex Svetz, North East, 6-2; Tyler Landfried, Greenville pinned Julio Arredondo, Wyomissing, :55; Nathaniel Brown, Lewisburg dec. August Mizia, Bentworth, 7-1; Wes Phipps, Grove City major dec. Michell Ball, Pequea Valley, 16-2; Mike Cobb, Wyalusing major dec. Brian Gibbons, Bedford, 10-2; Sam Guidi, Fort Cherry dec. Garrett VanDeMark, Towanda, 6-3; Colin Hedash, Northern Lehigh dec. Dustin Conti, Jefferson-Morgan, 7-1.
   189 -- Stephen Ceremuga, Commodore Perry dec. Derek Wolford, Hanover, 8-2; Brandon Smith, Lewisburg dec. Devin Hornbake, Forest Hills, 1-0; David Kephart, Portage pinned Remington Weigle, Bloomsburg, 5:10; Ian Gimbar, Saucon Valley pinned Joe Phillips, Jefferson-Morgan, 3:28; Jordan Kitta, Southmoreland dec. Logan Murphy, Boiling Springs, 8-4; Dylan Evans, Pen Argyl dec. Shawn Reynolds, Cambridge Springs, 12-6; Dylan Scheidt, Schuylkill Valley dec. Jacob Shields, Brookville, 4-2; Ryan Hembury, Muncy tech. fall Dan Sollenberger, Northern Bedford, 17-2, 4:00.
   215 -- Garth Lakitsky, Tamaqua pinned Clayton Nanassy, Ligonier Valley, :46; Brandon Bradney, Fort LeBoeuf dec. Jeff Meier, Forest Hills, 6-4; Joel Suter, Northern Bedford dec. Greg Reinke, Union City, 8-2; Eric Laytos, Lackawanna Trail pinned Josh Alpha, Bethlehem Catholic, 4:28; Brian Beattie, Burrell pinned Scott Yagielnskie, North Schuylkill, 1:16; Dylan Dailey, Danville pinned Tyler Rank, Wyomissing, :50; Ryan Solomon, Milton dec. Matthew Wolf, Bermudian Springs, 1-0; Matt Mongera, Seneca dec. Elliot Dillon, Penns Valley, 6-0.
   285 -- Joel Yahner, Brockway major dec. Marcus Fischer, Columbia, 9-0; Corey Garry, Fort Cherry dec. Aaron Schultz, Towanda, 3-2; John Rizzo, Richland pinned Sean Charest, Lewisburg, 3:26; Ben Ancheff, Williams Valley pinned Quinton Hixson, Northern Bedford, 1:21; Jeff Tarley, Beth-Center pinned Omri Johnson, Milton Hershey, 3:05; Blake Heim, Reynolds dec. Tylor Unger, Boiling Springs, 3-2; Evan Daley, Fort LeBoeuf dec. Kirby Mutton, Pen Argyl, 8-2; Wes Tillett, Shamokin pinned Shane Morris, Central Cambria, 4:34.
  
Consolation Bracket
First Round
   103 -- Zach Swarrow, Beth-Center dec. Ted Marines, Bermudian Springs, 8-4; Ryan Easter, Bedford dec. Justin Patrick, Ligonier Valley, 4-2; Josh Brown, Claysburg-Kimmel pinned Cody Buchannan, Sharon, :56; Bryan Israel, Saucon Valley pinned Trent Neely, Smethport, 4:33.
   112 -- Tony Yohe, Annville-Cleona dec. Shane Rankin, Union City, 7-2; Nathan Reckner, South Side Beaver major dec. Nate Schwab, Smethport, 10-2; Joshua Patrick, Ligonier Valley dec. Baffour Atakora-Bediako, Church Farm School, 5-0; David Sheesley, Mifflinburg dec. Zack Kelly, Burrell, 7-0.
   119 -- Corey Bush, Ridgway dec. Trevor Hernandez, Biglerville, 3-0; Jarray Norris, Sharon dec. Kie Brown, Huntingdon, 9-6; Austin Harry, Lake Lehman dec. Robert Ritschard, Oley Valley, 6-5; Nick Zanetta, Keystone Oaks dec. Braden Calkins, Troy, 5-0.
   125 -- Nate Dias, Greenville dec. Shane Gentry, South Side Beaver, 9-5; Jesse Wolfe, Johnsonburg dec. Paul Sloand, Saucon Valley, 4-1; Nick Dusendschine, Mount Carmel dec. Mark Lentz, Boiling Springs, 3-2 UTB; Seth Lansberry, Line Mountain major dec. Aaron Toth, Charleroi, 11-1.
   130 -- Matthew Bryer, Cochranton dec. Nick Szala, Penn Cambria, 1-0; Chet Tanner, Port Allegany dec. Drew Jackson, Pequea Valley, 4-1; Cole Claar, Claysburg-Kimmel dec. Richard Cruz, Bethlehem Catholic, 5-1; Josh Ruppert, Delone Catholic pinned Tanner Sutton, Chartiers-Houston, :38.
   135 -- Josh Kwasny, Charleroi dec. Riley Smith, Fort LeBoeuf, 7-4; Blake Bowman, Tri-Valley dec. Adam Kritzer, Line Mountain, 9-4; Michael DePalma, Jeannette dec. Eric Kemble, Newport, 9-5; Damien Hopper, Allentown Central Catholic dec. Brandon Rowles, Juniata, 12-8.
   140 -- Nathan Fegley, Mahanoy Area dec. Brenton Alcorn, Wellsboro, 8-4; Garret Smith, Seneca dec. Jacob Durbin, West Greene, 4-3; Justin Miller, Penn Cambria dec. Anthony Farole, Lehighton, 9-3; Richard Brydon, Forest Hills major dec. Jesse Gardner, Biglerville, 12-3.
   145 -- Corey Aungst, Claysburg-Kimmel major dec. Xavier Ross, Sharon, 15-1; Tanner Hannold, Keystone dec. Ty Herzog, Northern Lehigh, 5-2; Ben Emmett, Central Columbia dec. John Lynch, Saucon Valley, 12-6; Michael Fetchet, South Fayette pinned Sam Scheib, Tri-Valley, 5:32 OT.
   152 -- Anthony Risaliti, Central Cambria dec. Tristan Sponseller, Bermudian Springs, 5-2; Mike Pavasko, Steel Valley dec. Adam Mackie, Brandywine Heights, 3-1; Kyle Dehaut, Bethlehem Catholic dec. Kody Getkin, Danville, 4-1; Tom Hanlon, Penn Cambria dec. Curtis Schneider, Lewisburg, 5-3.
   160 -- Jonathan Blank, Notre Dame Green Pond dec. Tyler Dibert, Chestnut Ridge, 8-7; Noah Horst, Schuylkill Valley pinned Jake Balchikonis, Northeast Bradford, 4:34; Nate Smith, Seneca dec. Tyler Fitzkee, Bermudian Springs, 5-1; Craig Cihon, Fort LeBeouf pinned Dylan Treaster, Juniata, 2:51.
   171 -- Alex Svetz, North East pinned Tyler Horn, Pen Argyl, 8-4; August Mizia, Bentworth dec. Julio Arredondo, Wyomissing, 4-2; Brian Gibbons, Bedford dec. Michell Ball, Pequea Valley, :56; Garrett VanDeMark, Towanda pinned Dustin Conti, Jefferson-Morgan, 4:33.
   189 -- Derek Wolford, Hanover dec. Devin Hornbake, Forest Hills, 3-1; Joe Phillips, Jefferson-Morgan pinned Remington Weigle, Bloomsburg, 2:05; Logan Murphy, Boiling Springs major dec. Shawn Reynolds, Cambridge Springs, 9-1; Jacob Shields, Brookville pinned Dan Sollenberger, Northern Bedford, 2:34.
   215 -- Clayton Nanassy, Ligonier Valley dec. Jeff Meier, Forest Hills, 2-1; Greg Reinke, Union City dec. Josh Alpha, Bethlehem Catholic, 5-2; Tyler Rank, Wyomissing dec. Scott Yagielnskie, North Schuylkill, 2-1; Matthew Wolf, Bermudian Springs pinned Elliot Dillon, Penns Valley, 1:39.
   285 -- Aaron Schultz, Towanda pinned Marcus Fischer, Columbia, 3:38; Quinton Hixson, Northern Bedford pinned Sean Charest, Lewisburg, 1:53; Tylor Unger, Boiling Springs pinned Omri Johnson, Milton Hershey, 2:46; Shane Morris, Central Cambria major dec. Kirby Mutton, Pen Argyl, 10-2.
  
Team Scoring
  1. (tie) Bethlehem Catholic, 16; Burrell, 16; 3. Reynolds 15; 4. Schuylkill Valley 13; 5. (tie) Claysburg-Kimmel, 12; Fort LeBoeuf, 12; 7. Towanda 11.5; 8. (tie) Pen Argyl, 10; Shamokin, 10; 10. Benton 9.5.