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Seven Raider wrestlers move to district championship this weekend in Hershey

Posted 2/20/19

Seven of 13 Middletown wrestlers competing in the District 3 AA Section 2 tournament Friday and Saturday at Central Dauphin East High School punched their tickets to the district …

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Seven Raider wrestlers move to district championship this weekend in Hershey

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Seven of 13 Middletown wrestlers competing in the District 3 AA Section 2 tournament Friday and Saturday at Central Dauphin East High School punched their tickets to the district championship.

This sectional championship featured representatives from 17 teams, with the top six wrestlers in each weight class earning the right to move on to the District 3 Championships at Hershey Arena on Feb. 22-23.

Junior Luke Fegley led the Raiders with a championship performance at 113 pounds. Fegley went 3-0 in the tournament, starting with a pin over Michael Alvarado of Columbia. In the semifinal round, Fegley earned a convincing 11-4 decision over Dillon Reinert of Brandywine Heights. Fegley locked up first place with an 8-7 decision over Matthew Inman of Annville-Cleona. Fegley carries a 33-2 season record into the district championship.

Junior Joey Spear continued his impressive season with a second-place finish at 138 pounds. In his opening match, Spear racked up 19 points in route to a technical fall over Jacob Caskie of Brandywine Heights. In the semifinal round, Spear earned a quality win over Michael Trainor of Octorara, 6-0. Spear had to settle for runner-up after a meeting with Bishop McDevitt standout Tyler Martin in the finals. Spear will carry a 30-4 season record into districts.

Senior Ryan Berstler traversed a stacked 126-pound bracket to come away with a fourth-place finish. Berstler started with a pin over Michael Beals of Pequea Valley, and then got redemption for an early season loss with a big win over Anthony Gust of Wyomissing. In the semifinals, Berstler fell to Bishop McDevitt’s PIAA state runner-up Chase Shields, but bounced back with a consolation semifinal win over Sam Lobeck of Lancaster Catholic. Berstler dropped a close 3-0 loss to Octorara’s Seth Hoopes to come away with fourth. Berstler is 31-8.

Sophomore Matthew Mitchell (195 pounds) had a great tournament, also earning fourth place and the right to move on to districts. After suffering a first round setback to ELCO’s Adam Firestone, Mitchell battled his way back through the consolation bracket. Mitchell earned big wins over Caleb Turner of Annville-Cleona and Larson Stichler of Northern Lebanon. Mitchell ran into Firestone once again in the consolation finals match, and another loss put him in fourth.

Senior Nathan Brady went 2-2 in the tournament and earned fifth place at 120 pounds. Brady opened with a 12-4 major decision over Nick Geary of Brandywine Heights. In the semifinals, Brady fell to Hamburg’s Bailey Gimbor, and would slip again to Gary Deyarmin of Schuykill Valley in wrestle-backs. Brady finished on a positive note with a 7-3 decision in the medal round. Brady holds a 28-8 record entering the district tournament.

Junior Quincy Reinnagel (220 pounds) earned a fifth-place finish and a trip to districts. Despite an early loss, Reinnagel battled back through the consolation bracket, pinning Ben Bomberger of Northern Lebanon and Matt Busby of Octorara. Reinnagel is 20-12.

Junior Chris Joseph finished in sixth at 152 pounds and will join his teammates in Hershey. His performance was highlighted by a 58-second pin over Alex Vazquez of Lancaster Catholic and a hard-fought 10-7 decision over Troy Sharpless of Octorara.

Senior Sterling Gray (145 pounds) and Junior Damion Williams (182 pounds) each had two wins in the tournament, but it would not be enough to advance. Krea Scheaffer (106 pounds), Kenny Britcher (160 pounds), Case Woodley (170 pounds) and Ivan Henderson (285 pounds) also competed for the Blue Raiders.