PIAA AA State Qualifier - Taylor Smith

On February 17th and 18th, members of the Juniata Indians Wrestling team traveled to Altoona Area High school for wrestling district championships. Among them was Anthony Maradiaga, Joey Baumbarger, Colton Rowles, Ryder Smith, Taylor Smith, Javier Lopez, Harrison Mummah, Lane Piper, Kelton Bonnel, and Jason Goss. At 107, Anthony Maradiaga won a match 6-5. Joey Baumbarger, wrestling 114, won a match and pinned his opponent in 1 minute and 15 seconds. Rider Smith also won a match 10-5. Taylor Smith won three of his matches, only losing in the finals, earning second place and advancing to regionals in the 139 weight class. At 152, Charlie Telfer won a match, pinning his opponent in 1 minute and 38 seconds. Harrison Mummah, wrestling 172, won two matches, one 9-0 and one with a pin. At 189, Kelton Bunnel won a match 9-2, and at 215, Lane Piper won a match by pinning his opponent in 2 minutes and 37 seconds. 

Taylor Smith was the only wrestler to move on to both Regionals, March 3rd and 4th , and States last week. At Regionals, he placed third, winning four matches, 3-1, 10-2, 7-6, and 12-8. At states, Smith did not place but won two matches 6-4 and 7-2. 

Taylor Smith on the podium at districts

Taylor Smith wrestling at Regionals

Taylor Smith in the Finals at Districts

Harrison Mummah at Districts