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Blue Raiders wrestlers take fifth, with plenty of second-place finishers

Posted 1/3/18

The Blue Raider wrestling team traveled to Governor Mifflin on Dec. 28-29 for its annual Holiday Tournament, which featured 24 teams from as far away as South Carolina.

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Blue Raiders wrestlers take fifth, with plenty of second-place finishers

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The Blue Raider wrestling team traveled to Governor Mifflin on Dec. 28-29 for its annual Holiday Tournament, which featured 24 teams from as far away as South Carolina.

The Raiders pinned their way through the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, sealing an impressive fifth-place team finish and putting six Blue Raider wrestlers on the podium.  

Sophomore Luke Fegley placed second at 106 pounds. Fegley went 3-1 in the tournament, starting with a 12-4 major decision over Penn Manor’s Tanner Stefanick.

Fegley earned wins by fall in both the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, pinning Gio Luciano of Hempfield in 2:35 and Travis Anderson of Pine Grove in 3:43.

Fegley had to settle for runner-up after dropping a 5-2 match with Bailey Gimbor of Brandywine Heights in the finals.

Junior Ryan Berstler also earned a second-place finish at 120 pounds. Berstler defeated Nazmul Islam of Upper Darby, 9-2, before scoring a gutsy overtime victory against No. 1 seed Michael Shiffler of Hillcrest, South Carolina. Berstler earned his shot at the 120-pound championship with a 5-0 semifinal win over Corbin Houdeshell from Lake Norman, North Carolina. Berstler came up just short, dropping a 3-0 decision to Marco DiBattista of Plymouth Whitemarsh, who earned his 100th PIAA win in the match.

At 132 pounds, junior Nathan Brady also went 3-1 in the tournament and secured a second-place finish. Brady started with a pin over Pine Grove’s Jacob Rossi in 3:32, and would go on to dominate Joel Dionne of Hempfield en route to a 15-0 technical fall. Brady scrambled his way to a 4-3 victory and his own title shot by defeating Governor Mifflin senior Kyle Seibert in the semifinals. Brady also came up just short with a 5-0 loss to Dalton Harkins of Malvern Prep in the finals.

Joey Spear continued a solid start to his sophomore season with a second-place finish at 138. Spear pinned his way through Day 1 with wins over State College’s Jason Dry in 1:21 and Palmerton’s Matt Lalik in 2:39. Spear would join his three teammates in the finals after defeating Travis Lambert of Oley Valley by a score of 9-8. Like his teammates, Spear would also drop his finals match to Malvern Prep standout Micah Visuwan.

Middletown senior Devin Martin and sophomore Arthur Dash also earned spots on the podium. Martin faced a loaded bracket at 145 pounds. After getting caught in a headlock in his opening match, Martin battled back through the consolation bracket, winning three straight matches to earn a sixth-place finish in the tournament.

The Blue Raiders were happy to welcome sophomore Arthur Dash to the lineup at 170 pounds. Dash earned his first two varsity wins and a respectable eighth-place finish.

The Blue Raiders were at home to face rival Lower Dauphin on Jan. 3 and travel to Trinity for a match-up against the Shamrocks on Jan 4.

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