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Wrestling: Garnet Valley pins Penncrest, retains share of league lead

The logjam at the top of the Central League standings is starting to loosen up.

Garnet Valley’s 47-32 victory over Penncrest cut a four-way tie for first place to three between the Jaguars, two-time defending champion Upper Darby and Conestoga. The Royals defeated Marple Newtown, 52-17, while the Pioneers edged Radnor, 37-27.

Garnet Valley (10-2 overall, 4-0 Central League) used consecutive pins by Ryan Mortimer (182), Brian West (195), Ryan Rushton (220) and Tommy Mahoney (285) to break open a tight match and hand Penncrest its first league loss. The pins by Mortimer, Rushton and Mahoney all came in the first period.

Brendon Stocku (138), David Stevens (170), Dayton DelViscio (106) and Trevor Beresford (113) all won by fall for the Lions.

Upper Darby 52, Marple Newtown 17 >> It was alumni night at Upper Darby and the former Royals in attendance got to see 2016 Daily Times Wrestler of the Year Colin Cronin pick up win No. 120 of his career with an 18-4 major decision over Matt McGill at 145 pounds.

All 10 of Upper Darby’s victories in the match were by fall, technical fall or major decision. Joe Hopkins (126), Max Livingston (160), James O’Hara (170) and Meraj Khan (106) were the winners by pin for the Royals (6-1, 4-0).

Damian Salvino won by fall at 220 for Marple Newtown, while Zak Elfernani (132) and Eric Hulsey (195) both won by major decision.

Conestoga 37, Radnor 27 >> The Pioneers (6-1, 4-0) needed a pin by Scott Jean (285) and win by major decision from Erza Toll (106) in the final two bouts to hold off the Raiders and maintain their share of first place.

Jean pinned Harrison Doane in 1:54 to break a 27-27 deadlock. Toll defeated Noah Pepper, 12-4, to secure the victory.   

Tom Subak pinned Matt Hamilton in 5:30 of their 220-pound bout to tie the match for the Raiders (2-2, 2-2). Mike McShea (126), Jahmair Rider (138) and Jack Horvath (182) also won by fall for Radnor.

Springfield 39, Haverford 28 >> The Cougars (7-5, 2-2) broke the match open with four consecutive victories from 120 to 138. David Bagirov (120) started the run with a 10-3 decision. Vince DiMichele (126) followed with a pin. Andy Piazza won by forfeit and Keiran Gallagher won by fall to give Springfield a 27-3 lead it would not relinquish.

Alex Mong recorded a pin at 182 for Haverford, while Noah Strehse won by major decision at 145.

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