Kennard-Dale junior Chance Marsteller and Central Dauphin junior Garrett Peppelman are still on a collision course for a potential showdown in the state final.
Both grapplers won their quarterfinal matches Friday in the PIAA individual wrestling championships at Hershey's Giant Center to advance to the semifinal round Saturday in the 160-pound Class AAA bracket.
The semifinals for Class AAA will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday. Should Marsteller (38-0) and Peppelman (45-1) both win their semifinal matches, they would meet for the second time in as many weeks.
Meeting head-to-head for the first time in their careers, Marsteller beat Peppelman, 7-2, in the District 3-AAA final two weeks ago at Hersheypark Arena.
Both are aiming for a second consecutive gold medal in the state tournament.
Marsteller won gold at 160 pounds as a sophomore last year after winning gold at 152 pounds as a freshman in 2011. Peppelman won the state title at 152 pounds a year ago.
Marsteller won his quarterfinal match Friday by technical fall, 19-2, in three minutes and 20 seconds. He'll face Eastern senior Evan Disora (41-2) in the semifinals.
STILL ALIVE: Central York freshman Dylan Chatterton (106 pounds) joins Marsteller as the only York-Adams League grapplers still in contention for a Class AAA gold or silver medal in the state tournament.
In Class AA, Bermudian Springs' junior Tristan Sponseller (170) is the lone remaining York-Adams League wrestler still in contention for gold or silver.
After winning his opening round match Thursday night by pin in 3:26, Chatterton (30-2) won his quarterfinal match Friday afternoon by pin in 1:44. He'll face Solanco junior Connor Sheehan (35-4), the District 3-AAA champion, in the state semifinals. The pair did not meet in the district tournament two weeks ago.
Sponseller (47-3) won his quarterfinal and semifinal matches Friday to advance to the Saturday's Class AA championship round, which begins at 2 p.m. The Class AAA championship round will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Dallastown junior Rodney Sunday (126), Spring Grove junior Mason Bentzel (145) and Eastern York senior Alex Cooley (195) are the only remaining York-Adams League grapplers still in contention for a Class AAA bronze medal after winning their second-round consolations Friday.
The wrestlers in the consolation bracket can still earn a bronze medal. The third round of consolations for Class AAA begins at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Bentzel, Cooley and Sunday are already guaranteed at least top-eight finishes. They need to win their next two consolation matches to advance to the third-place bout and battle for the bronze medal.
On the Class AA side, Biglerville senior Trevor Stover (285) and Hanover junior Ian Brown (132) will compete for bronze medals in third-place matches while Bermudian Springs' sophomore Briton Shelton (145) and Biglerville senior Josh Asper (170) will wrestle for seventh place Saturday.
SEASONS DONE: Biglerville junior Josh Asper (170), Dallastown junior Wes Hoover (138) and seniors Tanner Druck (152) and Cooper Deller (182), Hanover junior Tyler Shafer (138), Spring Grove juniors Zack Clingan (120) and Mason Bentzel (145) and West York junior Kyle Narber (170) all saw their seasons come to an end Friday with losses in the second round of consolations.
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