Wrestling: Steffenino twins of Upper Perk lead 8 PAC-10 entries into semifinals at Southeast Regional

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OXFORD – Twin brothers Dante and Dylan Steffenino of Upper Perkiomen led eight Pioneer Athetic Conference wrestlers into the semifinals at the PIAA Class AAA Southeast Regional Friday night at Oxford High School.

Joining the Tribe pair in the semis from the PAC-10 are Boyertown’s Jeremy Minich (125) and Tyler Mauger (171), Kyle Duffy (140) of Spring-Ford, Owen J. Roberts’ Andrew Kinney (145), T.J. Demetrio (152) of Pottsgrove and Methacton’s Brandan Clark (215).

Clark, a returning state medalist, put on the most impressive show among the locals in reaching the semis opposite second-seeded Matt Idelson of Garnet Valley. The Warriors ace collected a pair of falls in :45 and 3:01 to move within four wins of former state champion Dan Covatta’s school record of 145 career victories.

Dante Steffenino stopped the 103-pound bracket’s second seed, West Chester Henderson’s Jim Long 6-0, after dispatching of Edison’s Jancarlos Melendez by technical fall, setting up a semifinal clash with Norrstown’s Zach Fuentes.

Dylan Steffenino put on a takedown clinic in his 16-10 quarterfinal victory over Washington’s Darell Bailey to draw top-seeded Corey McQuiston of West Chester Rustin in the semifinals. Dylan Steffenino needed overtime in his opening round bout to edge Garnet Valley’s Michael Marino, 5-4.

The Bears’ Minich, the top seed, had all he could handle before finally stopping Upper Perk’s Wolfgang McStravick 6-4 in the quarterfinals. Shane Longstreth of Council Rock North, the No. 4 seed, is Minich’s hurdle to the championship round.

The second-seeded Mauger of Boyertown made short work of Paul Wisloski of Wissahickon in the quarters with a fall in 3:04. Mauger now faces Council Rock South’s unseeded Shane Gilmore in the semifinals.

The third seed in the 140-pound class, Duffy took care of Owen J. Roberts’ Jonathan Dempsey, 9-0, to earn a semifinal berth against No. 2 seed Matt Martoccio of Council Rock South. Dempsey had won his opening match for his 99th career victory, but must get past Northeast’s Ed Partikevich to reach the century mark.

Owen J. Roberts sent a staggering eight wrestlers to the regional tournament, but only Kinney made it through to the semifinals. The third-seeded Wildcat set up a semifinal showdown with Norristown’s No. 2 Brandon Parker by posting a narrow 10-9 decision over Sun Valley’s Vinny Oristaglio.

The final PAC-10 entry in the semifinals was returning state qualifier Demetrio, who dominated Father Judge’s Tom Goodyear,15-2, to set up a semifinal showdown with No. 2 Jake Pickett of Upper Darby. Demetrio is the No. 3 seed in his bracket.

Spring-Ford’s Matt Krueger earned his 100th career victory by stopping North Penn’s Alex Price 6-1 in his opening round bout. Krueger faces Gordon Bolig of Owen J. Roberts in the consolation bracket after dropping a 7-1 decision to second-seeded Nick Russell of Neshaminy.

Four wrestlers from each class advance to next weekend’s PIAA championship.

The following PAC-10 wrestlers remain alive in their bid to reach states despite falling into the consolation bracket:

103: Chase Brown (Spring-Ford); 112: Sean Hennessey (Spring-Ford), Rob D’Annunzio (Methacton); 119: Colby Frank (Owen J. Roberts); 125: John Bryant (Owen J. Roberts), McStravick (Upper Perk); 130: Adam Moser (Owen J. Roberts); 140: Dempsey (Owen J. Roberts), Pat Carr (Methacton); 145: Zach Robinson (Pottsgrove); 152: Jon Neiman (Boyertown); 160: Bolig (Owen J. Roberts), Krueger (Spring-Ford); 171: Mike Lenge (Owen J. Roberts), Cody Ambrose (Upper Perk); 189: Dalton Fleming (Upper Perk); 215: Tyler Wysochanski (Pottsgrove), Pardovani Dominique (Boyertown); 285: Ken Cenci (Phoenixville)