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WRESTLING: Young Raiders fall to seasoned Colts, 72-3

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You wonder how they do it. How Cedar Cliff's wrestling team stays focused while a teammate is missing, during weeks of searches for him on the Susquehanna River.

Their classmate and friend, Medard Kowalski, went missing while canoeing on the river on Dec. 1. A chair is draped with his wrestling singlet on the Cedar Cliff sidelines during the Colts' matches, and it was there when they came to Middletown to wrestle the young Blue Raiders on Thursday, Dec. 18.

Yet despite all that's happened, the Colts win. Strong, quick and experienced, Cedar Cliff (8-0, 3-0 in the Mid-Penn Conference's Keystone Division) dispatched the Raiders, 72-3. "We're not focused,'' admitted Cedar Cliff Coach Rob Rapsey. "The wins are coming but, honestly, it's so secondary to what's going on.''

Middletown Coach Dan Riggs knew his inexperienced Raiders (0-5, 0-4) had a tough assignment against the Colts. "I wanted the guys to step up to the challenge,'' Riggs said afterward. "Even though the score doesn't show it, I saw improvements. That's what I ask for.''

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