Sunday, March 6, 2011
Fischer, 33-12, qualified for the state tournament with a fourth-place finish at the Southeast Regional championships Friday and Saturday at Wilson High School in Berks County. The regional tournament featured the top wrestlers from Districts One, Three and 11.
When the state tournament begins Thursday, Fischer, who was ranked 13th in the state last week, will face Brockway senior Joel Yahner (33-0) in his first match. Yahner won the 285-pound title in the Northwest Regional.
For the third straight week, Fischer made it to the semi-finals. This week, he ran into a road block against Ben Ancheff of Williams Valley, who used a weight advantage to pin Fischer in 1:50.
Fischer, who had a first round bye, because of his second place finish the week before at the District Three championships, opened the regional tournament with a pin of Mike Williams of Notre Dame Green Pond.
After losing in the semifinals, Fischer needed one win to qualify for states. He got it with a 4-2 decision over Omni Johnson of Milton Hershey. That put Fischer into the third-fourth place bout against Kirby Mutton of Penn Argyl and he was pinned in 4:02.
Two other Columbia wrestlers, both unerclassmen, also made the trip to Wilson.
At 119 pounds, junior Derek Zercher, lost his first two matches and saw his season end with a 30-11 record. In his first match, Zercher was a tech fall loser to Michael Fleck of Wilson Area, 15-0, and then saw his season end when he wasa 19-5 loser to James Elphick of Penn Argyl.
At 135 pounds, junior Jordan Halter, also lst his only two matches at regionals, to finish his season with a 35-6 record.
Halter was a tough luck 11-10 loser in his opening round bout to Sam Tascone of Delco Christian and then lost to Blake Bowman of Tri-Valley, 14-4.