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Fegley falls at state wrestling championships; three Blue Raiders are all-stars in Mid-Penn Capital

Posted 3/8/19

Middletown Area High School junior Luke Fegley lost his second match in the PIAA Class 2A state wrestling championships on Friday and wrapped up his season with a record of 40-6.

At 113 pounds, …

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Fegley falls at state wrestling championships; three Blue Raiders are all-stars in Mid-Penn Capital

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Middletown Area High School junior Luke Fegley lost his second match in the PIAA Class 2A state wrestling championships on Friday and wrapped up his season with a record of 40-6 and 95 wins total in his high school career.

When asked about the season, Fegley said: “One of our team goals was to make it to team districts, which we achieved. My individual goals included getting 40 wins and placing in states.”

Fegley got his 40 wins and, although he didn’t earn a spot on the podium at states, he said he still feels it was “an amazing season” and he is very excited for next year.

The biggest lesson he took away from competing at states?

“I learned that I rely on the same couple of moves throughout the year. At the state level I need to be able to adapt my style of wrestling and try new things,” he said.

At 113 pounds, Fegley had a bye into the Round of 16 on Thursday at the Giant Center in Hershey. He lost his first match to Gabe Gramly of Mifflinsburg, 8-5.

That kicked him into the consolation round, where in the Round of 16, he beat Mason Leshock of Line Mountain High School, 10-2.

On Friday, however, he lost 4-2 to Cole Bayless of Reynolds High School.

“Luke has been a key contributor to the team’s success this season,” coach Dan Riggs said, adding that the results at the state tournament “will drive him to work very hard over the offseason. Because of who Luke is, we definitely can see him making it on the podium at the state tournament next year.”

The Blue Raiders lose six seniors next season — Nathan Brady, Ryan Berstler, Kenny Britcher, Diante “Sterling” Gray, Ivan Henderson and Marcus Williams. 

“It was a pleasure to watch them grow over the past four years. Their leadership and commitment to the team will definitely be missed,” Riggs said of the seniors.  

“This group of seniors helped lay the foundation and shape the future of the wrestling program for the better. We are hoping that next year’s team won’t skip a beat and are able to build off of the many successes we experienced this year,” he added.

Fegley said his goals for next season are not quite so focused on the number of wins or placing in states. 

“I want to be more of a leader during practice and push everyone to be their best,” he said. “Next season, I think that our team could be just as good, if not better. There are many rising seniors on our team, and I think that many of them can have a great season next year.” 

Fegley told the Press & Journal he was very excited about the opportunity to wrestle in states.

“Before my matches I wasn’t nervous, I just got very focused and in a good state of mind to wrestle my best match,” he said via text. Everyone is a good wrestler at the state tournament, he said.

“ I think I’m a close match with anyone who was in my bracket, and with more hard work in the offseason I’ll be right back out there competing for next year,” he said.

Fegley, Berstler, Spear honored

Fegley recently was named a Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division All-Star, second team, at 113 pounds. Adam Jacob of East Pennsboro was first team.

Berstler was first team at 132 pounds. Berstler closed out his Middletown wrestling career in the regionals with 119 wins, making him the sixth all-time winningest wrestler in Middletown history. 

Junior Joey Spear was first team at 138 pounds.

He ended the season at regionals with a 32-8 record.