Troy's Nick Stephani won the Silver Medal in the 170 lb. class at the PIAA Wrestling Championships.
Nick wrestled Daniel Brett, Bedford in the first round. Nick scored the first takedown, but Brett escaped. Another takedown by Stephani and a near pin ended the scoring in the first period.
In the second period, Brett took down position and scored an escape. Stephani then scored with a takedown and got the fall at 2:20.
In the quarter finals, Nick faced a very good Taylor Cahill, Berlin-Bros. After a scoreless first period, Nick took bottom position and scored an escape. That would put the match into overtime. In the first overtime neither wrestler could score. In the second overtime Stephani took down position and scored an escape. In the third overtime, Cahill had 30 seconds to escape but Stephani wouldn't allow it, and win 2-1.
In the semi-finals, Stephani faced Levi Neibauer, Cambria Heights. In the first period Stephani took Neibauer down but Neibauer escaped. Stephani scored a second takedown and Neibauer escaped again. Stephani took Neibauer down for a third time and that would end the first period
In the second period, Stephani took down position and escaped and took Neibauer down and that concluded the scoring.
The third period saw Neibauer scored an escape and a technical violation for one point. Stephani then scored a takedown. Neibauer scored an escape. Points were scored with a stalling call on Stephani, but Nick pulled it out with a 11-6 win.
In the state final, Nick faced Greg Bulsak, South Park. After an exciting first period, the score was still 0-0. In the second period, Bulsak took the down position and after a grueling minute or so, Bulsak scored a reversal.
The third period was scoreless, and Nick took home the Silver Medal. His second place finish is the highest attained by a Troy High School wrestler.
The wrestling community salutes Nick and all the local wrestlers. The NTL did well in the tourney. The area is proud of you.