One week after capturing the District 1-North Class 3A title, Lower Merion junior 172-pounder Jack Lledo finished first at the PIAA Southeast Regional Feb. 27.
Lledo defeated West Chester Rustin’s Marek Seaman, 9-6, in the opening round of Regionals; then edged Phoenixville’s Owen Koch, 3-2; then defeated Kennett’s Darrale Barrett, 12-8, in the championship final.
Lower Merion wrestling coach Harry Keyser said, “Jack never placed at Regionals before, so winning the tournament really got him over the hump and enabled him to realize the potential he created for himself with his dedication and hard work in the off-season. Jack was able to keep to the game plan and did not get flustered in some tough scenarios. His mental toughness and grit were on display.”
In his opening-round match, Lledo trailed early but battled back to win.
“I had started the first match slow, and gave up the first take down and was losing,” said Lledo. “I stayed composed and tied it by the third period, and before the final period started, I told myself that I’m not losing the match, and I went out and executed my moves, and ultimately won that first match. I think the key to my title was consistency throughout the week in practice, a level head, and belief in myself and my skill set to go out and get the job done.”
The top four finishers from the Southeast Regional advanced to meet the top four finishers from the Northeast Regional at the PIAA East Class 3A Super Regional meet at Quakertown High School March 6. In his opening round at Super Regionals, Lledo (11-0) will face LaSalle senior Regan Lougney (15-2).
At the Southeast Regionals, Haverford High School freshman Cole McFarland (14-4) finished fourth at 106 pounds, winning two of his four bouts.
Radnor senior Daetrel Jerome (11-7) finished fourth at Southeast Regionals at 285 pounds, winning two of his four matches.
In other Main Line high school sports action (the high school wrap-up is compiled from game summaries sent to BAdams@mainlinemedainews.com):
Episcopal Academy defeated Springside Chestnut Hill, 68-45, Feb. 25. EA got 18 points from Kevin McCarthy 18, and 15 points from Will Delaney.
Haverford School defeated Episcopal Academy, 57-49, Feb. 27. For the Fords, Christian Clover scored 19 points, and Zach Genther chipped in with 12 points. Will Delaney scored 23 for EA.
Two days earlier, the Fords defeated Germantown Academy, 60-47. Jake Hsu led Haverford with 19 points.
Academy of Notre Dame defeated Episcopal Academy, 61-55, in overtime Feb. 28. Junior guard Maeve McErlane, a DePaul commit, scored 20 points for the Irish (8-1 in the Inter-Ac). Annie Greek and Katie Halligan combined for 23 points for Notre Dame. Riley Cassidy scored 18 points for EA.
One day earlier, Notre Dame defeated Germantown Academy, 68-37. McErlane scored 33 points, including six treys.
Episcopal Academy defeated Baldwin School, 50-38, Feb. 26. Amanda Purcell and Allie Sillo combined for 25 points for EA.
Harriton defeated Garnet Valley, 40-28, in the Central League quarterfinals Feb. 28. Maretta Smith, Lexy Calhoun and Annie Aspesi combined for 31 points for the No. 3 seed Rams, who advanced to the league semifinals March 2.
Haverford High defeated Marple Newtown, 36-28, in the Central League quarterfinals Feb. 28. Chiara MacGillivray scored 14 points for the No. 4 seed Fords, who advanced to the league semifinals March 2.
Merion Mercy Academy defeated Nazareth Academy, 46-27, Feb. 24. Merion, who jumped out to a 23-4 first quarter lead, got fine performances from Lucy Curry (10 points, nine rebounds), Mary Kate Gray (nine points, 14 rebounds) and Julia Richardson (nine points, seven rebounds).
Malvern Prep’s 400 free relay team of Kevin Cary, Brady Tierney, Ben Kutufaris and Alex Hamill posted a clocking of 3:08.44, which puts them under All-American consideration, in the Friars’ tri-meet against EA and Haverford School Feb. 25.
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