Two local wrestlers win elementary state championships

Forest Hills' Bo Bassett, left, and Greater Johnstown's Sayona Harris-Haye, right, captured Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling elementary state championships on Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Pittsburgh.

PITTSBURGH – Two local elementary wrestlers won state championships at the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling tournament on Sunday at the Petersen Events Center.

Forest Hills’ Bo Bassett won his fifth title, claiming the 80-pound crown in the boys 11-12 age group, while Sayona Harris-Haye captured the championship at 100 pounds in the girls 9-10 division. 

Both champions were dominant. 

Bassett posted technical falls in all five of his matches – including a 20-4 victory over York Suburban’s Tyler Adams in the finals.

 Harris-Haye won both of her bouts by fall, needing just 1 minute, 34 seconds combined in the state tournament. She pinned Audrey Marth of Laurel in 1:06 for the championship.

Forest Hills had runners-up in Melvin Miller (70 pounds, 11-12), Keegan Bassett (65, 9-10), Evan Kostick (75, 9-10), C.J. Pensiero (85, 9-10), and Bronsyn Baxter (45, 8-and-under). Other Rangers medalists include: Kory Marsalko (fourth, 160, 11-12) and Mason Papinchak (seventh, 95, 11-12)

Chestnut Ridge’s placewinners are: runner-up Jayden Imler (95, 9-10), Dominic Deputy (fifth, 65, 11-12) and Kooper Deputy (seventh, 55, 9-10).

Penn Cambria had a pair of medalists in Trent Hoover (third, 90, 11-12) and Nathaniel Mack (fifth, 60, 9-10).

North Star’s Connor Yoder was third at 125 in the 11-12 category, while United’s Josef Garshnick was sixth at 70 pounds.

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