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Blue Raider wrestlers take 2nd at Dutchman Duals

Posted 1/15/20

It was another busy, and successful, week on the mats for the Blue Raider wrestlers.

The Raiders finished the week with 5 dual meet wins, 1 loss, and a second-place finish at the Dutchman Duals …

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Blue Raider wrestlers take 2nd at Dutchman Duals

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It was another busy, and successful, week on the mats for the Blue Raider wrestlers.

The Raiders finished the week with 5 dual meet wins, 1 loss, and a second-place finish at the Dutchman Duals at Annville-Cleona High School on Saturday.

“I was really pleased with our guys’ focus and how they were ready to compete this week,” coach Dan Riggs said. “Not only did our team leaders wrestle really well, but we had some younger guys really step it up like Vinny Corradi, who went 5-1 for the week. I think if we wrestle like we did this week, we will be able to finish the season strong and maybe even make the postseason.”

The Raiders travel to Palmyra on Thursday and then have a two-day tournament in New Oxford on Friday and Saturday. The Raiders will close out their regular season with a (rescheduled) home match-up against Susquehanna Township on Wednesday, Jan. 22, and then go on the road to face East Pennsboro on Thursday, Jan 23.

Riggs had a clear message to the team in order to get them ready for a potential postseason run.

“I think our main focus needs to be on constant movement and putting moves together. I want our guys to always be creating action and looking to score as many points as possible,” he said.

Middletown 48, Milton Hershey 33

On Thursday, Middletown played host to the Spartans of Milton Hershey in an important Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division showdown.

The Spartans took the early lead with a pin at 138 pounds. Then senior Joey Spear registered a second-period pin over Jarred Hewes at 145.

While it was Senior Night, a couple of underclassman came up with key victories. Freshman Isaac Lupp and sophomore Vinny Corradi each earned critical wins, both by fall, at 160 and 170 pounds.

Middletown seniors Arthur Dash and Quincy Reinnagel both had exciting matches that ended in pins at 195 and 220 pounds, extending the Raider lead to 30-15.

The Raiders and Spartans traded forfeits at 285 and 106 pounds, and then traded pins at 113 and 120 pounds.

Senior Zach Malay (113) picked up the pin for the Raiders in 2 minutes, 33 seconds. Luke Fegley wrapped up the senior night action with a first-period pin over Xavier Webb, making the final team score 48-33 in favor of the Raiders.

Middletown 54, Greencastle Antrim 21

The Blue Raiders faced off against a depleted Greencastle-Antrim team in the first round of the Dutchman Duals on Saturday.

The Blue Devils surrendered forfeits to Middletown’s Sam Miller (106), Joey Spear (145), Vinny Corradi (160), Case Woodley (170) and Quincy Reinnagel (285).

The Raiders also earned four pins en route to a 54-21 victory.

Luke Fegley (132) pinned Greyson Weller in 1 minute, 29 seconds. Damion Williams (182) locked up a second-period pin over Seth Hoch, and Arthur Dash took only 48 seconds to earn the fall at 195 pounds.

Junior Matt Mitchell jumped back into the Raider lineup for a third-period pin over Jack Sullivan at 220 pounds.

Middletown 45, West York 30

Like Greencastle, the West York team was dealing with a number of injuries and were forced to give up six forfeits to Middletown.

Evan Smallwood (132), Luke Fegley (138), Joey Spear (145), Vinny Corradi (160), Ayden Miller (182)  and Arthur Dash (220) each won by forfeit for the Blue Raiders.

Middletown’s Case Woodley scored a 6-2 decision at 170 pounds, and fellow senior Quincy Reinnagel got the first-period pin at 285 pounds.

Middletown 45, Annville-Cleona 31

The Dutchman Duals would start to get progressively more challenging, starting with the host of the event in round 3. Action started at 170 pounds and the Dutchmen jumped out to a quick 15-0 lead, earning pins at 170 and 182 and a decision at 195 pounds. Middletown seniors Arthur Dash and Quincy Reinnagel gave the Raiders some momentum with first period pins at 220 and 285 pounds.

After dropping the 106 pound bout, the Raiders would go on to win 6 of the final 8 matches. Senior Zach Malay (113) scrapped his way to a 7-4 decision over District 3 ranked Ethan Missimer. Middletown’s Evan Smallwood, Jake Buffington and Vinny Corradi were awarded forfeits at 138, 145 and 160 pounds. Team captains Luke Fegley and Joey Spear closed the door on the Dutchmen with pins at 132 and 152 pounds, securing the 45-31 win.

Middletown 41,
Central Dauphin East 33

Damion Williams and Arthur Dash gave the Raiders a 12-0 lead with pins at 182 and 195 pounds.

The Panthers evened the team score with a pin and a forfeit at 220 and 285 pounds. Middletown freshman Sam Miller picked up 6 team points for the Blue Raiders at 106 pounds, and senior Zach Malay put on a takedown clinic for the crowd en route to a 27-10 technical fall at 113 pounds.

The Raiders and Panthers traded blows throughout the rest of the match. The Panthers picked up pins at 126, 138 and 170 pounds. Middletown’s Luke Fegley and Joey Spear took care of business again, earning pins at 132 and 145 pounds. Middletown freshman Isaac Lupp continues to be a valuable addition to Middletown’s varsity lineup, locking up another pin at 152 pounds and securing a 41-33 victory for the Blue Raiders.

Solanco 43, Middletown 30

In the championship bout of the Dutchman Duals, the Blue Raiders faced off against a talented Solanco squad. Quincy Reinnagel got the Raiders off to a fast start, pinning Jacob Frampton in 1 minute 10 seconds. The Raider lead would not last long. Middletown had to give up forfeits at 285 and 126 pounds, and suffered tough losses at 106 and 113 pounds. Alex Hatt did pick up 6 team points by forfeit for the Raiders at 120 pounds.

The Raiders brought the match within striking distance with solid performances in the middle weights. Luke Fegley (132) and Joey Spear (145) both finished the day with pins and a perfect 5-0 outing. Sophomore Vinny Corradi closed out an impressive week of action with another pin at 160 pounds, which brought the team score to 33-30 in favor of the Mules.

Despite valiant efforts, the Blue Raider upper weights could not match Solanco’s experience.

Case Woodley (170) took Conner Charles into overtime, but dropped the match by a score of 3-1. Damion Williams (182) lost by a score of 12-6 and fellow senior Arthur Dash dropped a 14-2 major decision, bringing the final team score to 43-30 in favor of the Mules.