Valley Sports Report for Penn York Valley




PIAA WRESTLING: ATHENS' GALASSO OPENS WITH 13-4 WIN AT STATES; FACES DEFENDING STATE CHAMP IN NEXT ROUND (13 PHOTOS) (2018-03-08)

By TIM BIRNEY
Valley Sports Report
HERSHEY — Athens junior David Galasso got off to a quick start, and was dominant in a 13-4 major decision over Chestnut Ridge’s Levi Hobson in their 170-pound preliminary-round match-up here Thursday morning in the PIAA, Class AA championships at the Giant Center.

Galasso scored a takedown about 45 seconds into the bout, then caught Hobson in a headlock and had him on his back for the final 20 seconds of the first period to take a 5-0 lead.

“(Galasso) actually scored the first takedown, I don’t know if he’s done that in the postseason,” laughed Bradley. “That’s a big plus.

“Getting the first takedown was big, then getting the headlock for three back points and a 5-0 lead in the first period was big, too.

“That is a quality win, against a quality kid from a quality program,” added Bradley. “It’s a good win for him.”

Hobson chose bottom to start the second period, and Galasso was able to ride him out for the entire two minutes, picking up a two-point tilt in the final seconds to extend his lead to 7-0.

Galasso chose top in the third period, and scored an early three-point tilt to extend his lead to 10-0.

Hobson registered a reversal and two quick back points in a flurry with 40 seconds remaining in the bout, but Galasso quickly escaped and cemented the win with a takedown in the closing seconds.

“For the most part, David dominated on top,” said Bradley. “He was pressing forward, and controlling the pace of the match; that was really key.”

Galasso will now face top-seeded defending state champion Edmond Ruth of Susquehanna Township in the opening round. Ruth is 28-0 on the season.

“Oh yeah, it’s a big challenge,” said Bradley. “He faces one of the best kids in the country. He just has to go out, and go for it. He has nothing to lose.”

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IN PHOTOS: Athens’ David Galasso. … PHOTOS BY TIM BIRNEY.

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