Garnet Valley was just three minutes from taking the easier route to a PIAA Class 3A Duals berth. Instead, the Jags will have to work a little harder.
Garnet Valley rebounded from a narrow quarterfinals loss in the District 1 3A quarterfinals Friday at Upper Dublin High School, a 37-31 setback to third-seeded Owen J. Roberts. The No. 6 Jags rallied to top No. 7 Downingtown West, 45-28, in the first consolation round and will face No. 5 Boyertown in the consolation semifinal Saturday at 1 p.m. for a states berth.
The Jags fought an uphill battle most of the way against OJR. Kevin Puliti eked out a 5-4 decision at 132 pounds, but Owen J. claimed the next five bouts to drop GV into a 27-3 hole.
But the Jags didn’t go quietly. Dillon Conlon and Sam DiTriolio squeaked out decisions at 182 and 195, respectively. Joe Morrone (220) and Matthew Ricci (106) scored pins around a Coltin Deery forfeit to even the score at 27.
A major decision at 113 by OJR’s Joshua Jackson nudged the Wildcats ahead before Griffin Hollingsworth answered with a 1-0 decision over David Forrest at 120. With Garnet Valley trailing by one, Chris Wood had a chance to win it at 126, and though he took a lead in the second period with back points, Jacob Dunleavy rallied to score a pin in 3 minutes, 32 seconds to send Owen J. Roberts to the semis.
The Jags weren’t done, though it again took Deery, this time in a mid-match first-period pin, and Ricci, in a quick pin up at 113, to swing the tide against Downingtown West.
Gavin Hollingsworth (138), Desmon Perry (145) and Austin Filippone (160) put the Jags up 18-3 with pins in the first three bouts. But the Whippets answered in kind with two pins and a forfeit to retake the lead.
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