HERSHEY - Owen J. Roberts senior Ryan Resnick looked at the bracket and saw he had to wrestle undefeated Eric Hong of North Allegheny in the first round of the PIAA Wrestling Championships.
Time to give up on a dream since Resnick was facing the second-ranked 160-pounder in the country according to Intermat? Not for Resnick.
"I try not to pay attention to the names," Resnick said. "I just go out and do my thing every time."
Resnick pulled off the biggest upset Thursday on the first day of the three-day tournament, scoring a 7-3 decision in a first-round bout in the Giant Center.
Resnick was one of two Owen J. Roberts wrestlers and among five from the Pioneer Athletic Conference to advance to the semifinals, which start at 2:15 this afternoon. Nine other PAC wrestlers are in the consolations and still in contention for medals.
Many figured Resnick (41-3) would be in the consolations after a matchup with Hong (30-1). But Resnick took a 4-1 lead with a pair of takedowns in the first period and stayed in command the rest of the way to pull off the shocker.
"I've got to believe in my training and my preparation and I really believed in it going into that match," Resnick said. "I think that was the difference."
Also advancing to the quarterfinals were Nick Duliakas of Owen J. Roberts at 195, Elijah Jones of Boyertown at 182, Ryan Finn of Pottsgrove at 170 and Michael Modugno of Upper Perkiomen at 220.
Resnick admitted that beating Hong was one of the biggest of his 133 career wins. But it won't mean much if he can't follow it up with a win over Nazareth's Cade Wilson (31-11) in the quarterfinals.
"It feels nice," Resnick said. "But at the end of day I've still got to go do the same thing (today). I've got to keep winning."
Duliakas scored a 10-0 major decision over Altoona's Parker McClellan. That moved him to a quarterfinal date with Big Spring's Blake Barrick (37-6).
Despite Resnick's win, it was an otherwise down day for PAC wrestlers. Three other OJR wrestlers lost to drop into the consolation round and Jones was the only one of six Boyertown state qualifiers to reach the quarterfinals.
Jones (44-6) was dominant in an 8-1 decision over Cedar Cliff's Emorson Wentz. In the quarterfinals, Jones will take on State College's Cole Urbas (29-0).
Wilde (43-4), the top-ranked 113-pounder, suffered a 3-1 overtime loss to Easton's Diego Santiago. Jakob Campbell (35-5) lost a 6-4 overtime decision to East Stroudsburg South's Patrick Gould.
Finn (32-4) reached the quarterfinals with a 5-4 win over Dallas' Xavier Barber. He will face Clearfield's Luke McGonigal (34-1) in the quarterfinals.
Modugno (35-5) scored a pair of two-point decisions to advance to the quarterfinals to face Ian Edenfield (30-4) of Laurel Highlands. Modugno scored a 3-1 win over Roman Catholic's Michael Leyland, then pulled off a 12-10 upset win over Northwest Regional champion Pete Haffner of State College.
Also in the consolations for OJR are Luke Resnick at 120, Cole Meredith at 138 and Daniel Mancini at 145.
Also in the consolations are Jack Folk of Upper Perkiomen at 160 and Brandon Meredith of Spring-Ford at 113.