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Fegley advances to states in wrestling; Berstler, Spear fall short of Hershey in regional action

Posted 3/6/19

Middletown Area High School junior Luke Fegley will compete in the state championships starting Thursday in Hershey after finishing third in the PIAA Class 2A Southeast Regionals last weekend.

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Fegley advances to states in wrestling; Berstler, Spear fall short of Hershey in regional action

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Middletown Area High School junior Luke Fegley will compete in the state championships starting Thursday in Hershey after finishing third in the PIAA Class 2A Southeast Regionals last weekend.

He was one of three Blue Raider wrestlers to compete in the regionals at Wilson High School in Reading, along with senior Ryan Berstler and junior Joey Spear. The top six places in each weight class moved on to the state championship at the Giant Center.

Fegley went 4-1 at 113 pounds, with his only stumble in the semifinals when he dropped a 4-2 decision to David Kreidler of Central Catholic. Otherwise, Fegley continued to find ways to win the tough matches.

Fegley rode out Ethan Slaybaugh of Biglerville for a 4-1 win, and then made quick work of Camp Hill’s Christian Doi, earning the fall in 1 minute and 44 seconds. In the consolation final match, Fegley outworked Jace Beegle of Pequea Valley for a 1-0 decision.

Fegley will carry a season record of 39-4 into the state championships.

Spear saw his terrific season come to a close as he was unable to find a win in a strong 138-pound bracket. In the opening round, Spear dropped a 10-7 decision to Nick Vonelli of Notre Dame-Green Pond. In the wrestle-backs, Spear fell to Shane Strausser of Hamburg, 13-2.

Spear ended the season with a 32-8 record.

Berstler came up just one win short of advancing to Hershey at 126 pounds.

Berstler started with an 8-3 victory over Isaiah Vizcarrondo of Faith Christian, but fell 10-1 to Brandon Chletsos of Notre Dame-Green Pond. Berstler dominated Greg Stevens of Conwell-Egan, earning the technical fall by a score of 17-1.

Unfortunately, Berstler’s season came to a close after dropping a 6-4 decision to Seth Hoopes of Octorara.

Berstler closed out his Middletown wrestling career with 119 wins, making him the sixth all-time winningest wrestler in Middletown history. 

The all-time Middletown wins leader is four-time state place winner and 2007 PIAA state champion Tyler Nauman, who amassed an amazing 156 wins during his brilliant career as a Blue Raider.