Fegley joins 100-win club, Blue Raider wrestlers 2nd in Snacktown Duals
It was a busy week of action on the mats for Blue Raider wrestlers last week as Middletown fell to Bishop McDevitt in their home opener on Thursday and traveled to Hanover for the Snacktown Duals on …
Fegley joins 100-win club, Blue Raider wrestlers 2nd in Snacktown Duals
It was a busy week of action on the mats for Blue Raider wrestlers last week as Middletown fell to Bishop McDevitt in their home opener on Thursday and traveled to Hanover for the Snacktown Duals on Saturday, picking up a second-place finish.
But in the loss to McDevitt, a milestone was achieved.
Middletown senior Luke Fegley joined an elite group of Blue Raider wrestlers when he became only the ninth wrestler in Middletown history to earn 100 varsity wins. He extended his win total to 103 in his career at the Snacktown Duals last weekend.
“I’m super excited about reaching the 100-win milestone,” he said. “I’ve been blessed with a great family, coaches and teammates that push me to be better every day. This is another big step, but we have a lot more work to do this season. Now I’m focused on helping my team accomplish all our team and individual goals.”
Teammate Ryan Berstler joined this group last season, concluding his career with 119 total wins, and becoming the first for coach Dan Riggs, who took the helm for the Blue Raiders in 2014.
Fegley is 8-0 on the season, winning the annual Mule Classic in Solanco to open the year. He is trying to improve on his mark of 40-6 from last season, and find a spot on the podium at the PIAA Class AA state championship tournament in Hershey.
The second-place finish in Hanover showed promise for Riggs.
“I was very pleased with how our younger guys wrestled on Saturday,” he said. “They came ready to wrestle and brought excitement to each dual. I think their performance over the weekend is definitely something they can build off of. I think they got a good taste of what it feels like to win an important match.”
When speaking about their continued development this season, he added that their “improvements and adjustments” will help them to be more successful, and ultimately “help the team succeed.”
They traveled to Trinity on Monday and will play to host Camp Hill at 7 p.m. Thursday before taking a holiday break and then taking part in the Governor Mifflin tournament Dec. 27-28.
Bishop McDevitt 51, Middletown 30
The Blue Raiders started the week with a difficult 51-30 loss to a talented young Bishop McDevitt squad.
The Crusaders jumped out to an 18-0 lead with Sawyer Morgan (285 pounds) and Ananual Estifamos (113 pounds) each earning wins by forfeit, and Alex Tyson earning the win by fall over Middletown’s Sam Miller at 106.
The Raiders responded by winning four out of the next five bouts to tie the score at 2 at the halfway point of the match.
Krea Scheaffer claimed 6 Blue Raider team points by forfeit at 126. Seniors Zach Malay (120) and Joey Spear (145) both dominated their opponents. Malay got the fall in 3 minutes, 41 seconds, and Spear dispensed Michael Gontis in 1 minute, 7 seconds.
Middletown senior Luke Fegley (138) earned his 100th varsity win in impressive fashion, throwing Nathan Davis to his back to earn the fall in just 51 seconds.
The young talent of the Crusaders proved too much for the Raiders through the upper weights. McDevitt standout Tyler Martin, who placed sixth in the PIAA Class AA state tournament last season, led his young teammates by pinning freshman Isaac Lupp in 39 seconds.
Crusader freshmen Kade Werner, Collin Minto and Riley Robell each earned wins by pin over Matt Monro (160), Ayden Miller (170) and Arthur Dash (195).
Middletown senior Damion Williams put up a valiant performance at 182, but would eventually fall to Justin Piper in a 9-7 decision. Senior Quincey Reinnagel gave the Middletown fans something to cheer about to end the night as he outmaneuvered Devyn Clair and earned the pin in 3 minutes, 6 seconds.
Middletown 46, Littlestown 20
The Blue Raiders jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in their opening matchup at the Snacktown Duals in Hanover on Saturday.
Four seniors opened the duals. Case Woodley earned 6 team points by forfeit at 182 pounds. Damion Williams secured a quick pin and another 6 team points at 195. Arthur Dash battled to an 8-5 victory at 220 pounds. Quincy Reinnagel bumped into the heavyweights and pinned Thomas Carucci in 45 seconds to give the Raiders a 21-0 lead.
Middletown freshman Sam Miller won by forfeit at 106, and there was no contest in the 113-pound weight class to bring the team score to 27-0.
The Raiders and Thunderbolts traded blows through the rest of the match. Littlestown earned pins at 120, 132 and 160 pounds, and Colby Hall outlasted Middletown freshman Isaac Lupp in a 10-9 decision at 152 pounds. Middletown’s Zach Malay (126) earned a 9-0 major decision over Austin Ressler, and Luke Fegley (138) secured a 5-4 decision over Mason Hurst.
Senior Joey Spear and sophomore Vinny Corradi closed the door on the Thunderbolts with pins at 145 and 170 pounds. Spear pinned McKinley Dell in 1 minute, 20 seconds, and Corradi beat the buzzer to earn a third-period pin over Tyler Rock.
With the 46-20 victory, the Raiders advanced to the semifinals against Reading.
Middletown 66, Reading 18
While the Blue Raider squad is anchored by a solid group of seniors, it was the young talent of the Raiders who made their presence known against the Red Knights of Reading.
Freshman Isaac Lupp earned his first varsity win by fall in 2 minutes, 43 seconds at 152 pounds. Middletown sophomores Matt Monroe and Vinny Corradi followed suit with pins at 160 and 170 pounds. Freshman Sam Miller (106) and junior Matthew Mitchell (195) each won by forfeit.
Six of the Middletown seniors also earned pins in the matchup. Zach Malay (120), Luke Fegley (132), Joey Spear (145), Damion Williams (182), Arthur Dash (195) and Quincy Reinnagel (285) took less than 8 combined minutes to buzz through the Red Knights lineup en route to a 66-18 win and a shot at the championship.
York Suburban 53, Middletown 24
Quincy Reinnagel needed only 27 seconds to give the Blue Raiders an early 6-0 lead with a pin over Brock Ahrens at 220 pounds.
The Blue Raiders fortune turned upside down just as quickly, dropping the next five matches and surrendering a 27-6 lead to the Trojans. Luke Fegley tried to change the momentum with a 35-second pin and 6 Raider team points at 132 pounds. The Trojans responded with another pin at 138, and then Noah Rice (145) snatched a last-second reversal to knock off Joey Spear in a 2-1 decision.
Freshman Isaac Lupp (152) capped his impressive day and kept the Raiders’ hopes alive with another pin in 2 minutes, 26 seconds, over Dakota Shue. The Raiders’ hopes slipped away quickly though, suffering losses by pin at 160, 170 and 182.
Senior Arthur Dash silenced Trojan fans and brought Raider fans to their feet in an amazing come-from-behind victory in the final match. Dash, who trailed most of the way, was able to throw a stout Mike Jury to the mat and earn the fall in 4 minutes, 29 seconds. Dash ended the day at 3-0.
“Arthur has made a lot of progress,” Riggs said, “not just on his wrestling skills, but also his attitude and work ethic. I think after sitting out last season with an injury, I think he was hungry to get back on the mat.”
Riggs said, with continued hard work and focus, Dash “will be surprising a lot of people” this season.
The championship match concluded with York Suburban in front 53-24, and Middletown walking away with second place.