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MAHS wrestlers earn district quarterfinal spot, will travel to take on Northern Lebanon

Posted 1/29/19

The Blue Raider wrestling team traveled to Eastern Lebanon County High School on Monday for the first round of the District 3 AA team tournament and came away with a 45-32 victory, advancing to the …

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MAHS wrestlers earn district quarterfinal spot, will travel to take on Northern Lebanon

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The Blue Raider wrestling team traveled to Eastern Lebanon County High School on Monday for the first round of the District 3 AA team tournament and came away with a 45-32 victory, advancing to the district quarterfinals at Northern Lebanon at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

ELCO came into the match with a 16-5 record and the No. 8 spot in the district power rankings. Middletown held the No. 9 spot with a 10-5 record.

The Blue Raiders showed no signs of being an underdog on the road, as they took control of the match early. The Raiders bring an 11-5 record into the district quarterfinals.

Middletown 45, ELCO 32

The District 3 AA tournament got underway at 195 pounds with ELCO seizing a pin, and a short-lived 6-0 lead. Sophomore Jeremy Wells continued to show promise for the Blue Raiders, earning a critical 4-3 decision at 220 pounds.

Quincy Reinnagel (285 pounds) came up big for the Blue Raiders, slipping out of a headlock to earn a pin and extend the Blue Raiders’ lead to 9-6. ELCO grabbed their last lead of the night with a pin at 106 pounds, before surrendering a forfeit to Zach Malay at 113, bringing the team score to 15-12 in favor of the Blue Raiders. Luke Fegley extended Middletown’s lead to 21-12 with a 30-second pin at 113.

Middletown standout Nate Brady had a tall order, bumping up to wrestle Trenton Brubaker at 126. Brady held the lead early, but got caught late in the match and fell by an 8-6 decision. Ryan Berstler got the Blue Raider momentum going with an important pin and 6 team points at 132 pounds. Middletown junior Joey Spear (138) was relentless, battling a tough opponent and eventually earning the pin at 5 minutes, 22 seconds. Sterling Gray (145) had another big win for the Blue Raiders. Trailing 1-0 entering the third period, Gray chose top position and found a way to pin his opponent and extend Middletown’s lead to 39-15.

Senior Kenny Britcher wrestled a crucial 152-pound match for the Blue Raiders. By holding ELCO standout Carson Nell to the 5-point technical fall, Britcher ensured the Blue Raider victory.

Junior Chris Joseph was not done scoring points for the Blue Raiders, though. Joseph took only 40 seconds to lock up the cradle and the pin at 160 pounds.

ELCO was able to keep the score respectable with pins at 170 and 182, but the Blue Raiders came out on top, 45-32.

Middletown 47, East Pennsboro 22

The Blue Raiders played host to the Panthers of East Pennsboro for Senior Night on Thursday and came away with the win.

The Panthers got on the board first with Colin Reddick earning an 11-3 major decision over Middletown senior Marcus Williams at 182 pounds.

Brother Damion Williams (195 pounds) responded by pinning Derek Sipe in 3:23 to give the Raiders a 6-3 lead.

East Penn won by pin at 220, but surrendered forfeits to Quincy Reinnagel (285) and Krea Scheaffer (106) to extend the Raider’s lead to 18-10.

Middletown’s Zach Malay (113) made quick work of Ryan Kreiser, locking up the pin in just 50 seconds. East Penn’s Adam Jacob held off Middletown’s Luke Fegley for a 4-3 decision, in a match that featured the No. 1- and No. 2-ranked wrestlers in District 3 AA.

The Middletown seniors took control of the match starting at 126 pounds. Seniors Nathan Brady (126) and Ryan Berstler (132) each won big matches by major decision, in what was the final home match in two brilliant high school wrestling careers. Berstler was only the eighth Middletown wrestler to hit the 100 career win mark, and Brady has his eyes set on being the ninth as the Raiders enter the postseason.

Junior Joey Spear didn’t waste any time getting his senior teammates back on the mat. Spear took just 16 seconds to flatten his opponent at 138 pounds. Middletown senior Diante “Sterling” Gray (145) ended his home wrestling career on a positive note, with a 12-10 decision over Malachi Harvey. Fellow senior teammate Kenny Britcher (152) was not as fortunate, coming up on the short end of a hard-fought 7-5 decision.

The match concluded with the Raiders and the Panthers trading pins at 160 and 170. Middletown’s Chris Joseph cradled Matthew Hartman for a 37-second pin at 160. Middletown freshman Vinny Corradi held a lead through most of the 170-pound match, but got caught and pinned with only 31 seconds remaining.

The match concluded with the Raiders earning a convincing 47-22 victory.