HERSHEY – Kyle Krasavage visited nearby Chocolate World after Friday’s PIAA Class 3A Championships.
If the Wyoming Valley West senior wins two more times today, he might want to go to Disneyland.
Less than an hour after the start of the afternoon session, Krasavage’s day was finished with a 2-1 decision over Dustin Rook from Big Spring so he had more than enough time to take a tour of the next door factory that makes chocolate.
“I’m freakin’ pumped. Now I get the whole day off to go to Chocolate World. It’s what I wanted to do the whole time,” said Krasavage, who extended the Wyoming Valley Conference’s streak of state semifinalists to 12 consecutive years.
The 126-pound Krasavage was joined at Chocolate World by good friend and Coughlin 285-pounder Brad Emerick, who also won his quarterfinal to advance to this morning’s semis, which begin at 9.
Krasavage only scored points on a second-period reversal. But he probably should’ve been given two points for a takedown in the first period as the officials ruled the play out of bounds.
After netting the reversal, he rode out Rook the last 56 seconds. Rook got his point on a third-period escape with 56 seconds remaining. Krasavage then had to fend off several shots to hang on for the win.
“He was pretty tough on bottom. He had a nice little roll and I just put my hips down on the mat and countered it and I held him down as long as I had to do before I let him up,” Krasavage added.
The unbeaten Spartan with a 40-0 record will face three-time finalist and two-time past champion Connor Schram (42-3) from Canon-McMillan in the semis.
“I’m gonna come out tomorrow and give it hell. Give it the best I could,” the Spartan star said. “He’s a three-time state finalist, but that doesn’t bother me. That’s just a number. He’s just another name. I’m 40-0, he has (three losses) so I look at it that way.”
Emerick, who pushed his record to 38-1 with a 4-1 win over Tracey Green from Methacton, used a method he used in the past and not so much this year to get the win: piling up back points with the tilt.
Green chose down position in the second period of the scoreless match and Emerick wrapped him around the waist and got the turn for three back points. Green, who is much smaller than Emerick, scrambled and nearly reversed the action but settled for an escape point to trim the lead to 3-1. Emerick added an escape in the third period to secure the win.
“I’m trying to go back to scoring points like I did in the past,” Emerick said. “I’m a bigger kid and some kids here are quicker than me. He was quicker, but I just had to slow him down to my pace.”
In this morning’s semis, Emerick sees Andrew Welton from Central Tech, who won via pin and decision in his first two matches.
“Making it to (the semis) with Kyle Krasavage is great because it gives District 2 a little bit better rep,” Emerick added. “If I just stick to the gameplan then the chips will fall where they fall.”
Unfortunately for Crestwood’s Matt Hammerstone he didn’t advance to the semis, losing his quarterfinal bout. But he did secure a state medal in dramatic fashion. In the 145-pound second round consolation bout, the Comet senior won 2-1 over Neshaminy’s Ryan O’Connor by grabbing a takedown with just three seconds left in the match. With his second win of the event, he is guaranteed to finish at least eighth.
“That’s about as great a finish you can get,” Hammerstone said. “It’s a lot of pressure off right there (to secure the medal). To be honest, he was up 1-0 and I didn’t want to go at him too early and get a takedown too early in case he escaped and then I’d have to get another one. I wanted to wait until there was about 20 second left and then get a perfect shot.”
Hammerstone is now in the third round of consolations this morning, which will run simultaneously with the semifinals and he has a chance to finish as high as third with three wins today.