From Annville-Cleona senior Phil Corle's 100th career victory, to seven Lebanon county semifinalists still alive for the title, all the way to Northern Lebanon's Joey Emborsky's upset of epic proportions when he stuck Conestoga Valley's Nate Musser.
"No," said Emborsky when asked if he thought he could reach the semifinals when the tournament started. "I thought I would get knocked out right away. A lot of these kids are better than me."
They weren't better than him Friday night, at least. Entering the match, the second-seeded Musser was 23-4 while Emborsky, after starting the season as a JV wrestler, entered at 11-8. Emborsky got to that match by pinning Cocalico's Michael Reitenbach in 2:30.
In the midst of a one-point match, Musser took a double-leg shot at Emborsky that he countered with a cement mixer. Instead of trying to fend off the cement, Musser continued to try to power through when Emborsky got the counter and stuck Musser to the mat for the fall at 3:14.
"Up through that point Joey was wrestling a good match," said Northern Lebanon coach Rusty Wallace. "It was a one-point match at that point, so it's not like he was getting killed and just caught him. He was in that match from the beginning."
Corle picked up his 100th victory in the first round of consolations after dropping a
"I lost my first match, so I knew I had to regroup and focus on the next match," said Corle of his first loss.
"100 wins is amazing," continued Corle. "I knew my first match was bad, so I was like, 'OK, I gotta regroup for the second match.' And I did it. It was exciting. I looked forward to that (100 wins) ever since I was a freshman. That was my goal from day 1 of my freshman year - get 100 wins."
Annville-Cleona has two semifinalists in 106-pounder Josh Renninger (24-3) and 138-pounder Jeffrey Inman (25-1). Renninger got to the semis by taking out Ephrata's Vince Evans 7-1 in the opening round, then dispatched Penn Manor's Nate Cunningham 6-0 in the quarterfinals. He will face Solanco's Connor Sheehan in today's semifinal round beginning at 11 a.m.
Inman found his way to the semifinals by taking out Penn Manor's Lee Estep with a 2:43 fall and Pequea Valley's Kyle Wanner with a 3:46 fall. He will face Northern Lebanon's Emborsky in an all-Lebanon County semifinal.
Northern Lebanon placed three wrestlers in the semifinals with 138-pounder Emborsky, 126-pounder Caleb Blatt (31-1) and 152-pounder Evan Daub (29-2). Blatt got to the semis courtesy of a 2:43 fall of Pequea Valley's Austin Fisher and a 17-2 technical-fall victory in 5:21 over McCaskey's Gutierrez.
Daub punched his ticket with a 2:43 fall over Cocalico's Alec Whitsett and a 3-1 victory over Conestoga Valley's Zach Cain. Daub will face Garden Spot's Tanner Leid while Blatt will face Ephrata's Riley Eidemiller.
At 132 pounds, Cedar Crest freshman Barry Breidegan (15-6) crashed the semifinal party with a 6-3 decision over Warwick's Ethan Quinn, then dispatched Donegal's Lucas May with a 49-second fall. Breidegan will face Manheim Township stud Matt Grossman in the semifinals.
Lukas Gerdes (18-5) also made the semifinals for Cedar Crest at 195 pounds as he took down Elizabethtown's Nick Hopwood and Annville-Cleona's Kole Orfino with falls in :50 and 2:34, respectively. He will face Hempfield's Jordan Ortiz in the semifinals.
Wrestlers still alive in the consolation round are Annville-Cleona's Matt Darok (113), Orlando Bellaman (120) and Corle (126); Lebanon's Kyle Clark (132), Adam Kearney (182) and Travis Dent (195); Elco's Austin Rueppel (145) and Zach Bankus (152); Northern Lebanon's Anthony Deyo (285); and Cedar Crest's Adam Gilson (182).
Emborsky, meanwhile, is two wins from a league title.
"Starting out in JV, worked my way up to varsity after Christmas break, this is huge," said Emborsky of just making the semifinal round. "(I just want to) get as far as I can. Wrestle tough, do what I can to win and see what happens."