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MAHS wrestling standouts Fegley, Spear, Reinnagel end careers at Giant Center for states

Posted 3/11/20

Middletown senior wrestlers Quincy Reinnagel, Joey Spear and Luke Fegley ended their high school careers over the weekend at the state PIAA championship tournament in Hershey — widely …

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MAHS wrestling standouts Fegley, Spear, Reinnagel end careers at Giant Center for states

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Middletown senior wrestlers Quincy Reinnagel, Joey Spear and Luke Fegley ended their high school careers over the weekend at the state PIAA championship tournament in Hershey — widely considered the toughest state high school event in the country.

At 132 pounds Luke Fegley, who placed third at the PIAA southeast regional tournament, dropped a tough opening match to 2019 state place winner Kaeden Berger from Reynolds at the Giant Center.

Fegley gave a good showing as he battled back through the consolation bracket, first by defeating Kaleb Miller of Chestnut Ridge. After a scoreless first period, Fegley got a reversal and near-fall points early in the second period, which he rode out to a 5-2 win.

Fegley followed a similar strategy against Nate Yagle from McGuffey. After surrendering 2 points early in the second period, Fegley reversed Yagle and put him to his back for the near pin. With a dominant performance in top position, Fegley rode out a 7-2 victory.

Fegley’s season would end one match short of reaching the podium. Fegley found himself down 5-2 against Forest Hills’ Noah Teeter with less than 20 seconds to go. Fegley got a reversal to make the score 5-4, but was unable to turn his opponent for the win.

Fegley ends his Middletown career as a three-time PIAA state qualifier with 136 wins, the second most all-time wins in Middletown history. He will continue his wrestling career next season at the Virginia Military Institute. 

Reinnagel (220 pounds), also a third-place winner at the southeast regional tournament, drew Glendale standout Cory Johnston, who placed sixth in the 2019 state tournament, for his opening match. After a tough loss, Reinnagel showed focus and determination as he squared off against Joe Tinari of North Schuylkill. He earned three takedowns and three near-fall points before pinning Tinari in 4 minutes, 45 seconds. 

While Reinnagel’s wrestling career came to a close with a 12-4 loss to Evan Miller of Reynolds, he ended the season with a superb 36-10 record. As a four-year anchor to the Middletown heavyweight lineup, Reinnagel earned 78 varsity wins and brought Middletown fans to their feet each of the 63 times he pinned his opponents.

Spear faced a difficult test coming in to Hershey, after a fourth-place finish at the southeast regional tournament at 145 pounds. Although Spear wasn’t able to find a win at the state tournament, he capped a terrific high school wrestling career with an outstanding senior season. Spear had a season record of 36-11 and was the champion of the New Oxford Invitational tournament.

Spear capped his Blue Raider wrestling career as a PIAA state qualifier with 105 career wins, only the 10th Blue Raider wrestler to ever reach that 100-win milestone.