Punxsutawney Sophomore Jordan Rutan, DuBois Senior Davey Augenbaugh Punch Tickets to PIAA Wrestling Championships

ALTOONA, Pa. (EYT/D9) — Punxsutawney sophomore Jordan Rutan (133 pounds) and DuBois senior Davey Augenbaugh (139 pounds) advanced to the PIAA Individual Wrestling Championship by virtue of their top-three finishes at this past weekend’s 3A North West Regional Wrestling Tournament held at Altoona High School (Feb. 23-24).

(Pictured above, DuBois senior Davey Augenbaugh, on top, advanced to the PIAA Individual Wrestling Championships/submitted photo)

The tournament featured wrestlers from Districts 4, 6, 8, 9, and 10.

Rutan had the best finish of the two state qualifiers, second to Augenbaugh’s third.

The Punxsutawney wrestler opened with a 3-2 victory against Kamyren Overly of Meadville and then pinned semifinal opponent, Erie Cathedral Prep’s Andrew Gammon, in the third period (4:49).

Rutan was decisioned by James Whitbread of State College in the finals, 9-3.

Jordan Rutan

The Chuck’s grappler will make his first trip to Hershey. He won the District 4/9 3A Individual Championship last week (Feb. 17-18).

Augenbaugh started off his tournament with back-to-back third-period falls, first pinning Donovan Neavins of Erie McDowell (5:55) and then sticking Selinsgrove sophomore Ryan Harpster (4:15).

The DuBois grappler’s run on the championship side of the bracket came to an end in the semifinals, where he was pinned in the second period by eventual runner-up Dalton Perry of Central Mountain (2:19).

In the wrestlebacks, Augenbaugh took a 17-2 technical fall (4:50) against State College’s Jacob Campell and then secured third place with a 2-0 decision over Meadville’s Jacoby Campbell in the consolation finals.

This is Augenbaugh’s first time qualifying for states, his previous best finish at regionals a fourth coming as a freshman. Augenbaugh was runner-up last week at the District 4/9 tournament, an event he won in 2021 and 2023.

Beaver’s 285-pounder Ja’Reece Stowe, a senior, just missed qualifying for the state tournament, losing to Jack Peters of Selinsgrove, 6-0, in the consolation finals.

DuBois had three advance to within one match of competing for a trip to states—127-pounder Samson Deeb and 172-pounder Carter Wilson losing in the consolation semifinals.

Deeb and Wilson won both won their placement bouts, earning fifths.

DuBois had six others who advanced from last week’s District 4/9 tournament that did not place.

Punxsutawney’s Dysen Gould, who will wrestle collegiately next year at American University, lost in the 121-pound “blood round,” coming within one match of wrestling for a spot at the state tournament. He ultimately finished sixth.

Five other Chucks grapplers competed at the regional tournament, but did not place.

Bradford was represented at regionals by a pair of wrestlers, though both fell short of placing.

In the team race, DuBois was the highest placed District 9 team, coming home 10th in the 22-team field with 77.0 points.

Punxsutawney (38.5 points) was 14th overall and Bradford (6.0 points) tied for 20th.

Central Mountain was the dominant squad at regionals, advancing seven to the state tournament,including five regional champions.

The Wildcats won the team event, their 177.0 points 55 better than Mifflin County (155.0 points), the Huskies second despite not having an event champion. Mifflin County is, however, sending six to the state tournament.

Shikellamy (153.0 points) was third – the Braves producing one champion, with four grapplers headed to Hershey.

Complete results can be found below.

The PIAA 3A Individual 3A Wrestling Championships are scheduled for March 7-9 in Hershey at the Giant Center.

Jordan Rutan

Regional Qualifiers by School (top-three advanced)

Central Mountain (7) – 1st (5), 2nd (2)
Mifflin County (6) – 2nd (2), 3rd (4)
State College (4) – 1st (2), 2nd (2)
Shikellamy (4) – 1st (1), 2nd (1), 3rd (2)
Altoona (3) – 1st (1), 2nd (1), 3rd (1)
Hickory (3) – 1st (1), 2nd (2)
Selinsgrove (3) – 1st (1) 3rd (2)
Holidaysburg (2) – 2nd (1), 3rd (1)
Meadville (2) – 3rd (2)
Erie Cathedral Prep (1) – 1st (1)
Jersey Shore (1) – 1st (1)
Punxsutawney (1) – 2nd (1)
Williamsport (1) – 2nd (1)
DuBois (1) – 3rd (1)

Championship Round

107 – Gavn Heverly (Central Mountain) pinned Noah Young (State College), 4:40
114 – Eljah Scriven (Hickory) dec. Braiden Weaver (Altoona), 4-2
121 – Aiden Kuns (Central Mountain) dec. Brody Bishop (Hickory), 6-1
127 – Keagan Oler (Erie Cathedral Pep) dec. Brady Slicker (Hickory), 9-5
133 – James Whitbred (State College) dec. Jordan Rutan (Punxsutawney), 9-3
139 – Brock Wess (Jersey Shore) dec. Dalton Perry (Central Mountain), 9-8
145 – Luke Simcox (Central Mountain) dec. Pierson Manville (State College), 3-2 – UTB
152 – Luke Sipes (Altoona) dec. Griffin Walizer (Central Mountain), 3-0
160 – Asher Cunningham (State College) tech. fall Deakon Schaeffer (Mifflin County), 27-11 – 4:41
172 – Connor Wetzel (Shikellamy) maj. dec. Avery Aurand (Mifflin County), 9-1
189 – Tucker Teats (Selinsgrove) pinned Nariq Burks (Williamsport), 1:45
215 – Rocco Serafini (Central Mountain) dec. Brody Rebuck (Shikellamy), 1-0
285 – Nick Pavlechko (State College) pinned Wyatt Maines (Holidaysburg), 0:59


107 – Andrew Alexander (Mifflin County) dec. Brayden Sidney (Holidaysburg), 1-0
114 – Ben Fuller (Meadville) dec. Collin Nasdeo (Williamsport), 7-0
121 – Alex Reed (Shikellamy) dec. Amir Johnson (Erie Cathedral Prep), 4-0
127 – Gavin Ciampoli (Altoona) dec. Alex Kadryna (Selinsgrove), 8-1
133 – Isaac McGregor (Shikellamy) dec. Dylan O’Brien (Hickory), 7-3
139 – Davey Aughenbaugh (DuBois) dec. Jacoby Thompson (Meadville), 2-0
145 – Colby Seiler (Mifflin County) dec. Ryder Say (Meadville), 4-2
152 – Parker Kearns (Mifflin County) dec. Brandon Byrd (Erie Cathedral Prep), 3-1
160 – Ethan Miller (Selinsgrove) dec. Bo Martucci (Erie Cathedral Prep), 13-11
172 – Mitchell Baronner (Holidaysburg) dec. Jacob Weaver (Central Mountain), 7-4
189 – Gavin Mickey (Mifflin County) pinned Mustafa Gurakar (Brashear), 1:48
215 – Ty Tidball (Meadville) maj. dec. Jarrod Bullington (Selinsgrove), 9-1
285 – Jack Peters (Selinsgrove) dec. Ja’Reese Stow (DuBouis), 6-0


107 – Dom Nardozza (Altoona) dec. Lauger Waldman (Williamsport), 3-1
114 – Jon Whitbred (State College) dec. Landon Krupka (Holidaysburg), 4-2
121 – Jake Knable (Mifflin County) forfeit Dysen Gould (Punxsutawney)
127 – Samson Deeb (DuBois) dec. Eben Kisner (Shikellamy), 3-1 – SV
133 – Andrew Gammon (Erie Cathedral Prep) dec. Kamden Everly (Mifflin County), 6-2
139 – Jacob Campbell (State College) dec. Mike Reardon (Hickory), 4-1
145 – Gabe Dorman (Erie Cathedral Prep) forfeit Lucas Kurelowech (Erie McDowell)
152 – A.J. Benedict (Shikellamy) forfeit Elijah Elser (Brashear)
160 – Cole Wetzel (Shikellamy) forfeit Brighton Anderson (Meadville)
172 – Carter Wilson (DuBois) dec. Connor Kearns (Meadville), 5-1
189 – Bryce Brungard (Central Mountain) forfeit Matthew Eggleston (Erie McDowell)
215 – Truitt Davis (Mifflin County) dec. Max Spaulding (Erie Cathedral Prep), 7-3
285 – Preston Spontarelli (Shikellamy) pinned James Peters (Meadville), 0:37


1. Central Mountain– 177pts.
2. Mifflin County – 155pts.
3. Shikellamy – 153pts.
4. State College – 151pts.
5. Erie Cathedral Prep – 126pts.
6. Selinsgrove – 109pts.
7. Meadville – 104pts.
8. Hickory – 100pts.
9. Altoona – 92pts.
10. DuBois – 77.0pts.
11. Williamsport – 72pts.
12. Holidaysburg – 70pts.
13. Jersey Shore – 41pts.
14. Punxsutawney – 38.5pts.
15. Brashear – 30pts.
16. Erie McDowell – 25pts.
17. Taylor Allderdice – 24pts.
18. Obama Academy – 20pts.
19. Columbus Montour Vo-Tech – 17pts.
20. Bradford – 6pts.
20. Carrick – 6pts.
22. Westinghouse – 0pts.

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