Competing at his 2nd State Championship Tournament, Jorden Williams advanced to the Championship Semifinals before suffering his 1st loss of the tournament and only his 2nd loss of the entire season.
His loss to Nathan Desmond of Nazareth Area 14 Champion (the eventual PJW Champion) dropped him in the consolation placing rounds. Williams ended up with a fantastic finish of 6th place. Competing at the bottom of this age bracket, Williams will return to this age group again next season. Jorden finished 3rd place last season in the 8U 50 lb. class.
All 6 of the other Hempfield State Qualifiers competed against the State’s top competition without any of them to find the Top 8 podium. Each class contained 28 kids. The top 2 from 14 Areas made up these competition brackets.
Grant Hoover (10U 80lbs) was the 2nd closest to placing after losing in the Championship Quarter Finals.
Grant lost in the Consolation wrestle backs by disqualification on a very questionable illegal slam call. His opponent could not continue with the match and proceeded to continue in the later rounds to a 7th place finish.
Braden Edwards (10U 70lbs) and Dylan Bard (12U 105lbs) both advanced to Day 2 of the tournament before falling in the Consolation 3rd round. Bard lost in sudden death overtime to put a halt to his 37-1 record. He completes the season with a 38-3 record. He will move on to Junior High next season and Braden has another opportunity at this tournament next year.
Reagan Lefevre (12U 90lbs) lost the 1st round in the Championship bracket. Won his 1st Consolation match and ended on Day 1 in a close loss to end his terrific season. He will move onto Junior High next season as well.
Both Michael Karpathios (12U 65lbs) and Derek Katch (8U 60lbs) gave valiant efforts, but lost both of their matches to end their State title runs on Day 1. Michael moves onto Junior High and Derek has many more years to compete at the PJW State level.
With Hempfield taking 7 kids to this State Tournament, it looks to build on this great achievement in years to come at the Junior High and High School levels. Congrats to the Hempfield Wrestling program.