HERSHEY You can hear the whispers through the Giant Center. Anytime there are two returning state champions in the same bracket, it is bound to start.
After the 160-pound quarterfinals, the thought of a Brian Brill-Chance Marsteller final is slowly becoming a reality.
"We have talked about it," Central Mountain coach Doug Buckwalter said. "Brian has been around long enough to know he has to wrestle one match at a time. He needs to keep advancing along and wrestle the match put in front of him."
Brill is quick to agree.
"For me to get to the finals, I first need to win in the semis," Brill said. "You can't overlook anyone in the bracket."
Returning champion or not, the Wildcat senior knows he must wrestle his way there first.
Brill started his day against Governor Mifflin's Mike Shermot. Brill scored the only points in the first period, with a takedown on the edge of the mat. He padded his lead with an early escape and quick takedown in the second period. In the third, Shermot matched Brill's second, with an escape and takedown of his own, however Brill was eager to escape.
"It feels good to get a tough match here," Brill said. "It gets me ready for the semifinals. It was nice to have to dig deep to find victory."
Brill will face Norristown's Jake Harner this morning.
Brill's teammate Dillon Gavlock also found himself in a semifinal battle, with Cole Sheptock of Northampton, but lost 5-4.
Gavlock later advanced to the third-round of consolations, clinched a place on the all-state podium, and will face Erie Prep's Garrett Chase.