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Middletown wrestlers earn co-championship of Mid-Penn Capital Division by beating Indians

Posted 2/13/19

The Blue Raider wrestling team soundly defeated Susquehanna Township on Thursday evening to earn a share of the Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division championship.

The Raiders split the …

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Middletown wrestlers earn co-championship of Mid-Penn Capital Division by beating Indians

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The Blue Raider wrestling team soundly defeated Susquehanna Township on Thursday evening to earn a share of the Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division championship.

The Raiders split the championship with Trinity, with each team having one conference loss on the season. Middletown’s only conference loss came at the hands of Milton Hershey on Jan 10. Trinity’s conference loss was delivered in a 40-33 match against the Blue Raiders on Jan 8.

With the team duals in the rearview mirror, the Blue Raiders now set their sights on the individual postseason. The Raiders will compete in the District 3 AA Section 1 tournament on Feb 15-16 at CD East High School. The Section 1 tournament features 17 teams in District 3. The top 6 wrestlers in each weight class will advance to the District 3 championship at Hersheypark Arena on Feb. 22-23.

Middletown 54, Susquehanna Township 23

It was evident from the start that it was February in a long wrestling season. Wrestlers were banged up on both sides, but Susquehanna Township was definitely coming in the most short-handed.

The Indians were able to jump out to an early lead with Fatorma Mulbah earning the pin over Middletown senior Ivan Henderson in the 285 pound matchup. It was all Raiders through the next 6 matches as Krea Sheaffer (106), Zach Malay (113), Luke Fegley (120) and Joey Spear (138) each earned wins by forfeit.

Nathan Brady (126) was poised for another quality win over the Indians’ Kody Evans, but that win came a little quicker than expected as Evans’ injury led to a default  early in the second period.

Middletown’s Ryan Berstler (132) earned his 110th career win by fall over Donavan Wertz. 

The Indians’ Steven Graves was able to collect 3 team points with an 8-6 decision over Kenny Britcher at 145.

The Raiders put the match out of reach with Chris Joseph (152) and Vinny Corradi (160) each earning wins by forfeit, which extended the Raider’s lead to 48-9.

At 170 pounds, the Indians sent out their two-time state champion, Edmond Ruth, to give their team some life and 6 team points.

The Indians also picked up wins at 182 and 195 with Troy Ambush pinning Middletown’s Marcus Williams, and Armoni Caraballo snatching an 11-6 decision from Damion Williams.

Middletown junior Quincy Reinnagel (220) locked up his 18th win, and 15th pin, of the season to seal the Raiders’ 54-23 victory.