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Sloboda, Chappell reach state quarters

HERSHEY — Butler’s Santino Sloboda and Seneca Valley’s Tyler Chappell both advanced to the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class 3A Wrestling Championships by escaping Thursday’s action unscathed.

Sloboda, the Golden Tornado’s freshman at 107 pounds, defeated Perkiomen Valley’s Max Tancini, 3-0, in his only bout of the day.

A takedown in the first period proved all that Sloboda would need. He will carry a 38-1 record into Friday’s quarterfinal against Altoona’s Braiden Weaver.

Chappell’s day began in the 127-pound preliminary round, where he dispatched Shane McFillin of Bethlehem Catholic with a 6-0 decision.

Chappell then defeated York Suburban’s Tyler Adams, 3-1, in the first round and will meet Hayden Cunningham of State College in the quarterfinals.

SV’s Connor Smith is also still competing. Following a 2-0 preliminary decision over Quakertown’s Isaac Williams at 114 pounds, Smith lost 4-2 to McDowell’s Logan Sallot.

Smith will face Drew Scherer of Boiling Springs High School in the second round of consolations on Friday.

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