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Turi, Sirianni, Bibla reach quarters

West Scranton freshman 127-pounder Michael Turi continued his outstanding postseason Thursday by winning a pair of matches to advance to the Class 3A quarterfinals at the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Wrestling Championships in Hershey.

Turi won twice while Abington Heights 107-pounder Luke Sirianni and Crestwood 215-pounder Magnus Bibla each followed up byes with wins to also reach the quarterfinals.

Another nine District 2 wrestlers split their two bouts and are still alive in the consolation rounds, which will be conducted along with the quarterfinals when Class 3A action resumes Friday afternoon. Only one wrestler from the district was eliminated Thursday when everyone besides Sirianni and Bibla had two bouts.

Turi, the Outstanding Wrestler in the District 2 Class 3A Tournament, improved to 46-5 with a first-period pin and a one-point decision. He defeated Penn-Trafford’s Hayden Coy in 1:40 and Council Rock North’s Eren Sement, 9-8.

Sement, a Southeast Region champion, had finished third in the state a year ago.

Sirianni got off to an impressive start with a major decision. He beat Brody Bishop from Hickory, 15-5.

Abington Heights teammates Austin Smith (139), Brian Heard (152) and Caleb Marzolino (189) each lost then won. Heard’s loss was in overtime.

Bibla pulled out a 5-4 decision over Penn-Trafford’s Owen Ott. Younger brother Lincoln Bibla lost twice at 189 and was eliminated.

Tyson Cook, West Scranton’s other entry, won a preliminary bout then lost at 114.

Hazleton Area’s Simon Zamudio (121), Wallenpaupack’s Gunnar Myers (133) and Wyoming Valley West’s Dorian Hoffman (107) each won then lost.

Delaware Valley’s Aiden Black bounced back from a loss with a pin at 285 while Pittston Area’s Jimmy Spindler recovered from a loss to win in overtime and extend his stay in Hershey.

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