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6 Raider seniors advance to districts in wrestling

Posted 2/20/20

The individual wrestling postseason kicked off last weekend for the Blue Raiders with the District 3 AA Section 2 tournament at CD East High School.

The Raiders sent 11 wrestlers to compete in …

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6 Raider seniors advance to districts in wrestling

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The individual wrestling postseason kicked off last weekend for the Blue Raiders with the District 3 AA Section 2 tournament at CD East High School.

The Raiders sent 11 wrestlers to compete in the 18-team sectional tournament, and six from the outstanding senior class advanced to the District 3 championships, which also will be held at CD East High School on Friday and Saturday.

Senior Quincy Reinnagel continued his tremendous season by leading the Raiders with a second-place sectional finish. Reinnagel made quick work of Dakota Graham of Annville-Cleona, getting the takedown and the fall in 1 minute, 45 seconds. In the semifinal round, Reinnagel faced off with Bailey Beamesderfer from ELCO. Reinnagel seized the early lead with another first-period takedown and carried that momentum to a 13-5 major decision victory. 

Reinnagel matched up with Devin Clair of Bishop McDevitt for the 220-pound championship. The match was scoreless through the first period. Reinnagel chose bottom position and scored a reversal to take a 2-point lead to start the second period. The match was locked up at 4 when Clair earned an escape with 6 seconds remaining in the match to deliver Reinnagel his only loss of the tournament, 5-4.

Reinnagel is 27-6 on the season with 25 of those wins coming by pin.

Fellow senior Arthur Dash hit an early speed bump in a 10-4 loss to Hamburg’s Nicholas James in the opening bout at 195 pounds. However, Dash responded in impressive fashion, blazing through the consolation bracket en route to a third-place finish.

Dash had already amassed a 9-0 lead against Pequea Valley’s Conor Brown when he earned the second-period pin. It only took Dash 48 seconds to eliminate Michealangelo Stewart of Columbia to advance to the consolation semifinals.

Dash carried a 2-1 lead into the second period against Northern Lebanon’s Levi Arms and would earn the pin in 2 minutes, 36 seconds. That win propelled Dash into a much anticipated consolation finals rematch against James of Hamburg. Dash would not be denied as he outmaneuvered and frustrated his opponent in a convincing 3-1 victory.

Dash is now 26-7 on the season and looking tough to beat as he enters the District 3 championships.

Senior Joey Spear started strong and finished strong en route to his third-place finish at 145 pounds. Spear put Bishop McDevitt’s Kade Werner right to his back to earn a first-period pin in his opening bout. In the semifinals, Spear suffered a tough overtime loss to Mike Trainor of Octorara, but responded with a dominant performance over Danny O’Neil of ELCO, earning the fall in 2 minutes, 52 seconds.

In the consolation finals match, Spear trailed Conor Leonard of Northern Lebanon 1-0 entering the third period. Spear was able to get a quick escape and takedown to seize a 3-1 lead, and then rode out Leonard for the third-place finish.

Spear is 29-5 on the season and poised to make more Blue Raider history at the District 3 tournament this weekend.

Senior Luke Fegley survived a bloody 132-pound bracket to earn a fourth-place finish and a ticket to the district tournament.

Fegley started with a takedown and a first-period pin over Kutztown’s Trenton Delp. In the semifinal match, Fegley dropped a difficult 4-1 decision to Hamburg’s Kyle Vernon.

After a suspected broken nose early in the match, Fegley battled through to earn the pin over Lancaster Catholic’s Evan Hart in just more than 4 minutes of action. In the consolation finals, Gary Deyarmin of Schuylkill Valley caught Fegley in an early headlock to take a 4-0 first-period lead, and extended that lead to 7-0 in the second period. Fegley finished the match strong with an escape and takedown in the third period, but was unable to turn Deyarmin for the win.

Fegley is 31-5 entering the District 3 championships.

Yet another Blue Raider senior, Zach Malay, will advance to the district tournament after navigating a gauntlet of talented wrestlers in the 113-pound bracket.

Malay kicked off the tournament with a first-period pin over Ananual Estifamos of Bishop McDevitt. Malay lost a tough quarterfinal bout against Dillon Reinert of Brandywine Heights, but responded with an 8-0 major decision victory over Trent Mourar of Octorara and a 7-0 win over Landen Brubaker of ELCO.

In the consolation semifinals, Malay surrendered a 6-1 decision to Eric Howe of Lancaster Catholic, but bounced back yet again with a gutsy 3-2 decision over Owen Breidegan of Northern Lebanon to earn fifth place and advance to districts, where he will takes a 26-12 record.

Damion Williams also earned a spot on the podium at 182 pounds. Williams started the tournament with a second-period pin over Kalani Adams of Northern Lebanon, but couldn’t keep pace with Bishop McDevitt’s young phenom Riley Robell. 

Williams started his journey back through the consolation bracket with a quick 55-second pin over Colby Newton of Berks Catholic, and won his next bout by forfeit when Seth Jamison of Annville-Cleona was unable to compete. Schuylkill Valley’s Gabriel Kolasa got the better of Williams in the consolation semifinal match, but Williams finished the tournament strong with a 7-5 decision over Owen Kahl of ELCO. 

Senior Case Woodley earned an eighth-place finish after defeating Mason Iswalt of Berks Catholic by a score of 5-4, and senior Evan Smallwood finished his wrestling career for the Blue Raiders with a quality win, pinning Jacob Stelluti of Schuylkill Valley in 39 seconds, but both came up short of the district tournament.

Likewise, sophomore Vinny Corradi and freshman Isaac Lupp each earned a couple of nice wins that would not be enough to advance.

Corradi put Columbia’s Taylor Berntheizel on his back for a 52-second pin. Lupp showed tremendous promise for a bright future with the Blue Raiders, pinning Alex Vazquez of Lancaster Catholic in 3 minutes, 13 seconds.

Freshman Sam Miller rounded out the Raider competitors. Miller was an undersized 106-pounder this year, but showed improvement throughout the season and will be a valued contributor to the Raider squad next year.