(UPDATE: 1:38 P.M.)

Three state medals will officially go to District 2 Class 2A wrestlers. Now, the only thing left to find out today is which medals Lackawanna Trail’s Owen Hivner, Scranton Prep’s Ivan Balavage and Western Wayne’s Cole Fuller will wrestle for Saturday.

Hivner (170), Balavage (195) and Fuller (220) made it through the third round of consolations to guarantee a top-eight finish in the PIAA wrestling championships. The three will return to the Giant Center in Hershey this evening to determine whether they’ll wrestle for third, fifth or seventh place Saturday afternoon.

Balavage and Fuller bounced back from quarterfinals losses this morning in style. Balavage clinched his state medal with a 1:41 pin of Tri-Valley’s Kolt Schaeffer, while Fuller flattened Wilson’s Kolby Plank in 3:53 to keep his senior state tournament going.

Meanwhile, Hivner’s medal-clinching win — a 9-8 decision over Mahanoy’s Colin Fegley — was a thriller. A four-point move put Hivner ahead 4-1 after a period, but Fegley kept working his way back. He reversed Hivner and added a takedown to end the second period down 7-6.

In the third period, Fegley gave up an escape but found the tying takedown with about a minute to go. He couldn’t score back points and gambled on himself, letting Hivner get up for the 9-8 lead. Fegley’s best takedown attempt was driven out of bounds, and Hivner held off a last-gasp effort as time ran out.

The three victories gave District 2 something to cheer about after a rough start to the round, as Valley View’s Brandon Judge (126) and Hanover Area’s D.J. Erickson (145) were eliminated a win shy of placing.

Judge (126) fell behind quickly and then was pinned by Northern Lebanon’s Colin Leonard in 3:17. Erickson had to get by 2017 bronze medalist Gabe Miller of Pequea Valley, but Miller put a stop to an exciting match with a 1:57 pin.

The district’s three remaining Class 2A wrestlers return to the Giant Center for their evening session at 7:30.

There are also 11 D2 wrestlers still battling in Class 3A, which starts its only Friday session at 2:15. Among them, Tunkhannock’s David Evans (106), Scranton’s William Evanitsky (152), Scranton’s Jacob Burgette (160) and Delaware Valley’s Andrew Kidd (182) are competing in the state quarterfinals.

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HERSHEY — District 2’s Class 2A wrestlers are about to wrestle for their seasons.

Scranton Prep senior Ivan Balavage (195 pounds) and Western Wayne senior Cole Fuller (220) lost their quarterfinal bouts to open Day 2 of the PIAA championships. They can no longer leave Hershey’s Giant Center on Saturday with anything better than third place. That’s also still the case for Valley View’s Brandon Judge (126), Hanover Area’s D.J. Erickson (145), Lackawanna Trail’s Owen Hivner (170), who all won their opening consolation bouts in this morning’s Class 2A session.

Lake-Lehman senior Kaleb Konigus, however, didn’t advance through the consolations. He got taken to his back and pinned in 18 seconds by Union City junior Matt Long, ending his Black Knights career following his first District 2 championship and trip to states.

The district’s five remaining wrestlers will put everything on the line in the third round of consolations, which started at 11:45. A win clinches a state medal, while a loss means elimination.

Balavage dropped to the consolation bracket after a tough, 7-4 loss to Greenville’s Brendan Calvin. The Prep senior fell behind but kept fighting back; with a shot to tie late, though, he was taken down by Calvin and fell behind by four points.

Fuller was pinned in 37 seconds by top seed Anthony Walters of Bishop McCourt.

In the second consolation round, Hanover Area’s Erickson delivered two takedowns and added a pair of back points in the opening period of his bout with Saucon Valley’s Thomas Spirk. The lead let him ride out Spirk by the end of regulation for a 10-4 decision.

Erickson wrestles for a state medal during 11:45’s consolation round against Pequea Valley’s Gabe Miller, a 2017 PIAA bronze medalist.

In the Lackwanna League, Valley View’s Judge made it to the third consolation round with a 6-1 decision in District 2’s first bout of the day. Lackawanna Trail’s Hivner kept D2’s early success in the round going with a 4-1 decision over Harbor Creek’s Shane Watkins.

Judge led Reynolds freshman Kaeden Berger 2-1 throughout much of the final period and landed a four-point move just before the final horn. Hivner’s second-period takedown gave him plenty of room to work with against Watkins.

To ensure a finish on the state medal stand, Judge will have to get by Northern Lebanon junior Colin Leonard, who’s in his third state tournament and brings a 47-7 season record into their match. Hivner will need to defeat Mahanoy junior Colin Fegley, a returning state qualifier.

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