Butler wrestlers reach team finals

By Josh Rizzo
Eagle Staff Writer 

PLUM — JD Bojanac pointed across the gym at the now empty bleachers. 
That’s where the people he least wanted to disappoint were sitting. His family. 
Writhing on the mat in pain after rolling his ankle, the heavyweight for the
Butler wrestling team wasn’t ready to give in. 
“The thing that was going through my mind was I didn’t want to let down my family, my coach and my team,” Bojanac said. “I went with the pain and finished it off.” 
Bojanac squeaked out a 4-3 win at 220 pounds, helping the Golden Tornado topple previously undefeated
Plum 33-20 in the Section 3-AAA Tournament semifinalsWednesday night at Plum High School. While Bojanac also picked up a pin against North Allegheny, Butler fell short of a section title, falling 52-15. 
The Golden Tornado (9-4) also lost to
North Allegheny 46-16 Jan. 3 in Butler
“They are better. The assertiveness and aggressiveness. They are a tough team and they are starting to peak and they are looking good,”
Butler coach Scott Stoner said. “Their lightweights came at us and pushed the pace. I’ve been pulling my hair out trying to get us to rise to that level.” 
Plum (11-2), Butler showed some serious grit to pull out the win. The Golden Tornado won six matches decided by two points or less. 
Bojanac, who bumped down to 220 against the Mustangs to wrestle Nate Hoff, got taken down to start the second period. On the way down, Bojanac yelled in pain and the match was stopped for injury time. 
“This kid was going to take me down, so I built my base and didn’t have a sturdy-enough base,” Bojanac said. “She (trainer)told me I was alright to wrestle and I told coach I wanted to wrestle and finish off the match. I told him I was ready to win.” 
Bojanac scored a reversal in the third period and held on for the win that put
Butler ahead 24-8. 
Max Stalnaker (113 pounds), Scott Dietrich (120), Jeremiah Bortmas (152), Zach Raible (160), and Will Bortmas (285) also won matches decided by two points or less. Jeremiah Bortmas trailed
Plum’s Zach Martin 5-1 in the second period before rallying for an 8-6 win in overtime. 
Stalnaker capitalized when Anthony Borrasso let him go out of bounds to end the second period. Borrasso conceded an escape to open the third and Stalnaker held on to win 4-2. 
“He had a mental error,” He thought we were both out,” said Stalnaker, who is 7-12 on the season. “I’ve wrestled the kid before at a scrimmage in
Penn Hills, I knew we were pretty equal and had to go out and be aggressive.” 
Dietrich followed with an 8-7 win over Dom Davido that put the Golden Tornado ahead 33-14 and sealed the win. 
Butler got a jolt at the start of the match from senior David Slomers. Stoner decided to wrestle Slomers at 170 and bump Ryan Hannon up to 182. 
Slomers picked up a pin and Hannon followed with a decision to put
Butler ahead 21-5. 
“Part of me moving things was to challenge people,” Stoner said. “Putting David Slomers in, he was a senior who has been in-and-out with injury the last two years and hasn’t gotten an opportunity this year. I took a chance that he could do the job.” 
North Allegheny, the Golden Tornado only won three matches. 
Jeremiah Bortmas (152) won by injury default, Hannon (170) won by decision and Bojanac (285) won by pin. 
Butler 33, Plum 20 
(Match started at 138 pounds) 
106-Tony DiNinno (P) pin Hugh O’Neil, 1:24; 113-Max Stalnaker (B) dec. Anthony Barrasso, 4-2; 120-Scott Dietrich (B) dec. Dom Davido, 8-7; 126-Tony Zummo (P) dec. Connor Foust, 4-0; 132-Ronny Amato (P) dec. Mason Kauffman, 6-2; 138-Cody Houston (B) pin Nick Meyers, 1:31; 145-Eric Green (P) tech. fall Hank Finan, 18-2; 152-Jeremiah Bortmas (B) dec. Zach Martin, 8-6 OT; 160-Zach Raible (B) dec. Zeke Bonura 4-2; 170-David Slomers (B) pin Thomas McCoy, 2:53; 182-Ryan Hannon (B) dec. Hunter Fenk, 6-2; 195-Nate Turchick dec. Alex White, 5-3; 220-JD Bojanac dec. Nate Hoff, 4-3; Hwt.-Will Bortmas (B) dec. Stephen Turchick, 4-3 
North Allegheny 52, Butler 15 
(Match started at 145 pounds) 
106-Zach Stedeford (N) tech. fall Hugh O’Neil, 16-0; 113-Luke Landefield (N) pin Max Stalnaker, 1:53; 120-Scott Stossel (N) dec. Scott Dietrich, 13-6; 126-Dom Forys (N) tech. fall Connor Foust, 22-7; 132-Jake Hinkson (N) tech. fall Mason Kauffman, 18-3; 138-A.J. Boeh (N) dec. Cody Houston, 8-3; 145-Richie Boeh (N) pin Hank Finan,1:11; 152-Jeremiah Bortmas (B) inj. default Blynn Shideler; 160-Jake Woodley (N) pin Zach Raible 1:31; 170-Ryan Hannon (B) dec. Colton Byerly 5-2; 182-Clay Byerly (N) tech. fall Justin Johnson, 15-0; 195-Zach Smith (B) tech. fall Alex White, 16-1; 220-Lane Skundrich (N) dec. Will Bortmas, 2-1 OT; Hwt.-JD Bojanac (B) pin David Probert, 4:45