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Raider wrestlers win to end regular season; no postseason as a team, but individuals might qualify

Posted 1/31/18

The Blue Raiders wrestling squad closed out its regular season with a convincing 38-28 win over a solid Milton Hershey squad on Thursday, Jan. 25.

As the team celebrated Senior Night, Middletown …

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Raider wrestlers win to end regular season; no postseason as a team, but individuals might qualify

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The Blue Raiders wrestling squad closed out its regular season with a convincing 38-28 win over a solid Milton Hershey squad on Thursday, Jan. 25.

As the team celebrated Senior Night, Middletown seniors Zac Dailey and Zach Souders continued a season-long trend, bumping up a weight class to help the team secure a victory and a shot at the postseason. Middletown’s hopes of making the district championship came to a close on Saturday, however, when Kennard-Dale defeated Brandywine Heights and snatched the eighth and final seed in the District 3 AA team championships. 

The Blue Raider team ended the dual meet season with a 12-4 record and was ranked ninth out of 31 teams in District 3 AA. The Blue Raiders now set their sights on the individual postseason, which begins with the District 3 AA Section 2 Championships at CD East High School on Feb. 16.

Middletown 38, Milton Hershey 28

Senior Zoey Bright, three-year wrestling manager, made sure the Blue Raiders’ regular season ended on a high note as she kicked off the action with a performance of the National Anthem.

Wrestling began at 170 pounds, and the Raiders knew they needed to keep the match close as they navigated through a solid group of Milton Hershey heavyweights. The young Middletown upper weights came out battling. Arthur Dash earned another hard-fought victory with an 8-5 decision over Joe Morcos at 182. Middletown sophomore Quincy Reinnagel bumped up to 285 to lock up a 35-second pin over Rajuan Boyd, which brought the team score to 14-9 in favor of the Spartans after five matches. 

This set the stage for the aggressive Raider lightweights to go to work on the Spartans.

Middletown sophomore Luke Fegley locked up another punishing double-arm bar and a pin at 106 pounds. Fellow Raider sophomore Zach Malay outmaneuvered Joshua Minners to win a 9-4 decision at 113.

Middletown junior Ryan Berstler put on a great show for the home crowd as he maneuvered his opponent into a spladle to earn the pin at 120 pounds. The Raiders’ Nathan Brady made the drop from 132 to 126 pounds to earn another Raider 6 points, and position himself for the individual postseason.

With Brady dropping to 126, the Raiders were able to get Kenny Britcher into the lineup at 132 after being out with an injury for most the season.

With Middletown up 30-25 and three tough matches remaining, the Raiders looked to senior Devin Martin to find bonus points, and he did not disappoint. Martin put on a point scoring display on his way to a 15-0 technical fall at 145 pounds.

Middletown junior Sterling Gray also looked sharp, and ready to make a statement in the postseason, as he hustled to earn a 9-4 decision at 152 and guarantee the Raider victory.