(UPDATE: 3:05 p.m.)

District 2 recovered well for the most part in the first round of consolations. Overall, the district wound up sending six of its seven wrestlers into tomorrow morning’s quarterfinals and second round of consolations.

Scranton Prep’s Ivan Balavage and Western Wayne’s Cole Fuller are quarterfinalists (more below), while Lackawanna Trail’s Owen Hivner received a bye in the consolations to move to Friday’s morning session. In Thursday’s consolation round, Valley View’s Brandon Judge, Hanover Area’s D.J. Erickson and Lake-Lehman’s Kaleb Konigus all won their bouts to keep their tournament hopes alive.

Western Wayne’s Braden McIntosh was eliminated. Muncy’s Noah Gush piled up back points on the way to an 11-3 major decision over McIntosh, one week after Gush beat him in the regional tournament.

Judge had a strong second match and shut out Hamburg’s Shane Strausser, 9-0, to move on. Erickson defeated Saucon Valley’s Thomas Spirk in a 4:04 fall, and Konigus used a third-period escape to get past Church Farm School’s Emmanuel Lawal, 1-0.

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(UPDATE: 1 p.m.)

It took until the end of the first round, but District 2 wrestlers finally had their hands raised on the Giant Center floor.

Scranton Prep senior Ivan Balavage (195 pounds) won by decision, 4-1, over Mount Union senior Levi Hockenberry for the district’s first victory of the day in the PIAA Class 2A wrestling championships. Minutes later, Western Wayne senior Cole Fuller (220) also punched his ticket for tomorrow’s quarterfinals with a 9-3 victory over Lakeview senior Tyler Zebrovious.

They’ll wrestle for a spot in the state semifinals when the quarterfinals take place Friday morning at 9. Win there, and Balavage and Fuller will clinch a state medal.

Balavage led 2-1 in the third period and put away his match with a crucial reversal early in. Hockenberry went for a cradle off the whistle, and Balavage countered and put him into a headlock for a 4-1 lead.

The rest of the district’s five wrestlers in this tournament will wrestle to keep their seasons alive during this afternoon’s first round of consolations at 1:15.

Along with Western Wayne’s Braden McIntosh, Lake-Lehman’s Kaleb Konigus and Valley View’s Brandon Judge (more below), Hanover Area’s D.J. Erickson (145) and Lackawanna Trail’s Owen Hivner (170) also fell in their first bouts of the morning.

Erickson gave up five back points to Palmerton junior Lucas Christman to break up a scoreless second period. It was enough for Christman to win, 6-1, and deliver payback for a January loss to Erickson.

Hivner had plenty of ground to make up in the third period of his match and nearly pulled off the comeback. A reversal and set of back points got him within one point of Littlestown junior Carl Harris. But when Hivner cut Harris loose in an effort to tie the match, he only earned a late stall point and fell to Harris, 8-7.

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(Original post)

HERSHEY — District 2 is still waiting for its first win at the PIAA Class 2A wrestling championships here at the Giant Center in Hershey.

Three of the district’s seven Class 2A state qualifiers have wrestled, and they’ve all been sent to this afternoon’s first round of consolations. Western Wayne’s Braden McIntosh (152 pounds), Lake-Lehman’s Kaleb Konigus (285) and Valley View’s Brandon Judge (126) lost by fall, by an overtime decision and by fall, respectively, so far this morning.

The first round is still working through the lower weights. Once it’s completed, the first round of consolations will start at about 1:15 p.m. First-round winners advance to tomorrow morning’s quarterfinals at 9.

McIntosh got the district started today with his preliminary bout and got off to a good start when he scored the opening takedown against Mount Union senior Andrew Todaro. But Todara reversed to his feet and brought down the senior for the first of a number of back points before he earned a pin in 3:46.

Konigus followed with his preliminary bout, and there was no separation between him and Mount Pleasant senior Cody Vokes following regulation and two tiebraker periods.

Tied 2-all after quick escapes by both sides, Konigus wrestled from top in a 30-second ultimate tiebreaker but fell, 3-2, when he was whistled for a stall point just before the final buzzer. Vokes had nearly gotten free, and Konigus hung to his leg in an attempt to run the clock out.

Judge recovered from a Garret Cornell takedown seconds into their first round bout and kept his deficit to 2-0 through much of the second period. But Judge’s knee seemed to twist awkwardly at one point and, after an injury timeout, Cornell reversed from bottom to extend his lead.

In the third period, the Everett junior worked his way to a pin in 4:21.

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