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Golden Eagles have four in todays D6-AA semifinals

In control Tyrone senior Shayne Tate controls Blairsville 171-pounder Jamers Borbonus, from the top after scoring what proved to be the winning takedown during Friday evening’s quarterfinals at the District 6-AA wrestling tournament at the Altoona Fieldhouse. (The Daily Herald/Mary Michaels)

Tyrone tore through the first day of the District 6-AA Wrestling Tournament in fine style, sending four grapplers into this morning’s semifinal round.
Ronnie Garbinsky (103), A.J. Schopp (112), and Anthony Romano (125) gave the Eagles a super showing in the lightweights, and Shayne Tate (171) showed the faithful that he was back from an injury sustained at the Thomas Tournament by becoming the fourth Orange and Black teammate to secure a berth in the semifinals, which will begin at 12:30 this afternoon.
Garbinsky (31-2), the top seed at 103, had little trouble, drawing a bye and then decking both Luke McFarland of Bellwood-Antis, in 1:42 and Evan Link of Penn Cambria in 2:52. Garbinsky, a freshman, will face Forest Hills junior Shane Gallaher (27-4) who is the fourth seed.
Schopp (32-3), top seed at 112, also pinned his way into the finals, taking out Penn Cambria’s Kyle Smith in just 0:19, and Bellwood-Antis freshman Dan Noye in 1:42. His semifinal opponent will be No. 4 seed Devin Dorian (20-7), a senior from Westmont-Hilltop.
Rounding out the third semifinalist in the top four weights, Romano (29-7), a senior No. 2 seed, pinned Adam Leasure of Marion Center, in 3:40 and majored Michael Kline of Central Cambria, 15-4. In the semifinals, he will meet senior Thomas McVicker (26-5) of Forest Hills, the No. 6 seed.
At 171, Tate (21-7). the No. 5 seed, pinned Lee Quist of Cambria heights, in 1:29 and won a tough 3-1 decision over Blairsville’s James Barbonus. In the semis, Shayne will battle undefeated and top seeded Bobby Mort (35-0) of Huntingdon. In the dual meet, Mort triumphed 4-2 over Tate.
Tyrone also has Chase Weaver (119), Cody Weaver (135), James Weston (140), Jeremy Barlett (145), Dustin Weaver (189), Corey Barnhart (215) and Dalaun Carroll (285) alive in the consolation fourth round, which will kick-off wrestling this morning at 10 a.m.
Chase Weaver (17-18) will wrestle Ligonier Valley’s Nathan Cahill (16-13), Cody Weaver (19-14) will face Sugar Valley’s Dylan Scott (3-1). Weston will meet Corry McMillan (14-17) of Blairsville. Barnhart (8-18) will wrestle Caleb Stevens of Bellwood-Antis. Carroll (7-15) will face No. 2 seed Brad Michaels (20-6) of West Branch.
Bellwood-Antis wrestled a pair into the quarterfinals, but has no one left alive in the semifinals. The Blue Devils do still have Dan Noye (112), Shane Noye (130), Caleb Stevens (215) and Cody Smith (285) in the fourth consolation round.
Dan Noye (8-4) will wrestle sophomore Orry Corman (14-12) of Penns Valley. Shane Noye (11-15) will meet Somerset’s Kyle Pucci (17-8). Stevens (11-14) will tackle Barnhart, who pinned the B-A junior in the dual meet. Smith (15-9) will battle Kevin Stager of Portage. In the dual meet Smith pinned Stager.
The doors will open at 9 a.m. and wrestling will begin with the fourth round consolations at 10 a.m. this morning.
The semifinals will begin at 12:30 p.m., with the consolation semifinals at 3 p.m. Doors will open again at 5 p.m. and Consolation Finals for third fourth and fifth places will start at 6 p.m., with championship finals to follow at 7:15.