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Raider wrestlers drop close matchup with Lower Dauphin

Posted 1/9/19

The Middletown wrestlers dropped a close match Jan. 2 to neighboring Lower Dauphin, 39-37.

Senior Ryan Berstler got the Raiders off to an early 6-0 lead with a pin over Denver Kalenevitch at 126 …

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Raider wrestlers drop close matchup with Lower Dauphin

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The Middletown wrestlers dropped a close match Jan. 2 to neighboring Lower Dauphin, 39-37.

Senior Ryan Berstler got the Raiders off to an early 6-0 lead with a pin over Denver Kalenevitch at 126 pounds. Lower Dauphin’s TT Elhajj responded by pinning Middletown’s Damien Leach.

At 145 pounds, Joey Spear earned 4 more team points by scoring a 14-3 major decision over Mason Clingan. LD’s Sean Donnelly brought the team score to 10-9 in favor of Middletown by defeating Diante “Sterling” Grey by a match score of 7-1.

Lower Dauphin pulled away in the upper weights. With wins in five of the next six matches by fall, LD extended its lead to 39-16.

With four matches remaining, the Raiders needed 24 points, four straight pins, to take the lead. A forfeit at 106 to Krea Schaeffer earned the Raiders the first 6 team points. Zach Malay earned another 6 team points with a 15-second pin over Carter Powell at 113.

Luke Fegley kept hope alive with a pin at 120, bringing the Raiders within 5 points. Nathan Brady had the unenviable task of having to deliver another pin in the final 126-pound match. Despite a decisive 8-4 victory, it wasn’t enough to pull out the come-from-behind upset.

The Raiders were in action at home against Trinity on Tuesday, then will travel to Milton Hershey on Thursday, and will compete in the Dutchman Duals at Annville-Cleona on Saturday.