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Blue Raider wrestlers suffer first setback of the season

Posted 12/27/17

The Blue Raider wrestling team earned a convincing 48-30 win over East Pennsboro on Tuesday, Dec 19. However, the Raiders would suffer their first loss to Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division …

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Blue Raider wrestlers suffer first setback of the season

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The Blue Raider wrestling team earned a convincing 48-30 win over East Pennsboro on Tuesday, Dec 19. However, the Raiders would suffer their first loss to Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division powerhouse Bishop McDevitt on Thursday by a score of 42-36.

With both teams missing some key wrestlers, the coaches from both teams had to make some bold lineup adjustments to try to secure the win.

The match featured 2017 AA state runner-up Chase Shields vs. Middletown standout Nate Brady, as well as Middletown’s 2017 regional qualifier Devin Martin vs. McDevitt’s Bodee Tolbert, who placed eighth in the 2017 AA state championship tournament.

The Raiders are now 5-1 on the season and 2-1 in the Mid-Penn Capital Division.

Middletown 48,
East Pennsboro 30

The Blue Raiders jumped out to a quick 18-0 lead.

Middletown sophomores Joey Spear and Chris Joseph each secured first-period pins and 6 team points for the Raiders at 138 and 145 pounds, and senior Devin Martin would win by forfeit at 152.

East Penn responded with a pin of their own at 160 and a 5-3 decision between Andrew Black and Middletown senior Zach Souders.

Brothers Marcus and Damion Williams each earned wins by forfeit for the Blue Raiders at 182 and 195 pounds. East Penn senior Robert (McGee) Schnarrs was too strong for Middletown’s promising young sophomore Quincy Reinnagel, and was able to secure a second-period pin for the Panthers.

After surrendering a forfeit at 285, the Raiders held a 30-21 lead. Sophomore Zach Malay received a forfeit and 6 team points at 106 before Luke Fegley faced off with East Penn standout Adam Jacob at 113. Jacob would hand Fegley his first loss of the season by a score of 5-0.

East Penn managed to avoid Middletown’s Ryan Berstler at 120, conceding the forfeit and bumping Noah Pritchard up to earn East Penn a win by forfeit at 126. Nate Brady closed out the match with a nice first period pin over the Panthers Jared Little.

Bishop McDevitt 42,
Middletown 36

The Crusaders gained an early 9-0 lead receiving a forfeit at 126 and then winning the important match-up between Middletown’s Nate Brady and AA state runner-up Chase Shields.

Brady came out on the attack and scored an early takedown, but Shields snuck away with a 6-4 decision.

Joey Spear breathed some life back into the Raiders with an aggressive first-period pin at 138 pounds.

The 145-pound bout featured another marquee match-up between Middletown senior Devin Martin and McDevitt’s Bodee Tolbert.

McDevitt would once again come out on top with a close 3-2 decision.

McDevitt standout Tanner Updegraff was too much for Middletown’s Sterling Gray, and secured a fall at 152.

Perhaps Middletown’s best performance of the night came at 160 pounds. Middletown senior Zac Dailey showed his strength, pinning Max Wrabel in 1:46.

Although Raider sophomore Quincy Reinnagel earned another pin at 220 pounds, the Crusader heavyweights were too much for the Raiders.

The Crusaders locked up pins at 170, 182, 195 and a forfeit at 285 to put the match out of reach.

With the match already secured, McDevitt conceded to Middletown’s solid lightweights, granting wins by forfeit to Zach Malay at 106 and Luke Fegley at 113.

Middletown junior Ryan Berstler would end the match on a positive note with a 58-second pin over Jackson Shields at 120.

The Blue Raiders will be in action next at the Governor-Mifflin Tournament on Dec 28-29.

The Raiders will return home to face local rival Lower Dauphin on Jan 3.

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