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Middletown takes second at Snacktown Duals; Scheaffer first female to wrestle for MAHS

Posted 12/19/18

The Blue Raider wrestling squad welcomed several football players back into the wrestling room after completing another extended postseason run.

Among them are four juniors — Chris Joseph, …

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Middletown takes second at Snacktown Duals; Scheaffer first female to wrestle for MAHS

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The Blue Raider wrestling squad welcomed several football players back into the wrestling room after completing another extended postseason run.

Among them are four juniors — Chris Joseph, Damion Williams, Quincy Reinnagel and Case Woodley. They combined for 10 wins and only one loss over the weekend at the Snacktown Duals in Hanover.

When asked about his initial observations, Coach Dan Riggs said that “with only five days of practice, their performance on Saturday was more than what I expected. They worked hard this week and came ready to wrestle.”

This added a significant heavyweight punch to Middletown’s regional-and state-qualifying talent in seniors Ryan Berstler and Nate Brady, and juniors Luke Fegley and Joey Spear. The four combined for 12 wins and 0 losses on the weekend.

Middletown 54, York Suburban 24

The Blue Raiders began the day in Hanover with a matchup against AAA York Suburban. The Raiders took control early and never looked back.

Fegley started the action at 120 pounds with a hard-fought pin over Zach Emory with only 1 second remaining. Brady (126) and Berstler (132) each faced quality opponents and came away with wins, bringing the team score to 12-0.

The Trojans would surrender three forfeits in a row to Joey Spear (138), Kenny Britcher (145) and Sterling Gray (152), extending the Raiders’ lead to 30-0. Middletown’s Joseph (152) sealed the Blue Raiders’ victory early with a convincing first period pin over the Trojans’ Josh Raffensberger.   

The Raiders and Trojans slugged it out through the heavyweights, trading pins through the 170 to 285 pound weight classes. The Trojans picked up their first 6 team points at 170 pounds, but the Raiders’ Williams (182) got it back, pinning Moustafa Elhasany in 30 seconds.

The Trojans picked up 12 additional team points with wins by fall at 195 and 285 pounds. Reinnagel (220) looked impressive in his first appearance this season, pinning Andrew Frey in the second period.

The Raiders and Trojans traded forfeits at 106 and 113 to end the match.

A newcomer to the Raider wrestling squad, Krea Scheaffer, earned her first varsity wrestling win by forfeit at 106.

According to Earl Bright III, who has been around Middletown wrestling for more than 50 years, Scheaffer is the first female to wrestle a varsity match for Middletown, although she is not the first to be on the varsity team.

Notably missing from the Raider lineup this weekend was junior Zach Malay, who remains in concussion protocol following a hard fall to the head during the Solanco Tournament.

Middletown 47, Halifax 30

Brady (126) got the Blue Raiders off to a great start by pinning one of Halifax’s former district place winners, Ryan Stahl, in only 1 minute and 29 seconds.

Berstler (132) followed suit with a 37-second pin over Tanner Wright, and Spear kept the Raiders’ momentum going with a pin over Zander Conrade at 138 pounds, extending the Raiders’ lead to 18-0.

Halifax picked up their first team points as Bryce Enders hung on to a 2-1 decision over Gray. Joseph put on another dominant performance by racking up a 19-4 technical fall at 152 pounds. Another Middletown newcomer, Jules Stevens, a foreign exchange student from Germany, got his first taste of Pennsylvania wrestling as he fell to Halifax standout Reese Bruner.

At 170 pounds, sophomore Vinny Corradi gave the fans an exciting match. After trailing 9-2, Corradi scored a reversal and locked up a double arm bar to bring the score within reach. Although Corradi landed on the short end of a 14-7 decision, he showed his potential, and resiliency, by fending off the 8-point major decision.

The Middletown heavyweights looked solid as Woodley scored a fall at 182 pounds, followed by Williams locking up a 50-second pin at 182, and then Reinnagel closing out the heavyweights with yet another pin at 285.

Halifax picked up 12 team points, earning a pin at 106 and winning by forfeit at 113. Middletown’s Fegley (120) closed out the action, pinning Kyler Shadel in 1 minute and 39 seconds.

Reading 39, Middletown 34

With their eyes fixed on repeating as Snacktown Dual champions, the Raiders jumped out to an early lead against the Red Knights.

Berstler got the Raiders rolling with a first period pin over Joe Giesen in 1 minute, 32 seconds.

The Red Knights dodged Spear, preferring to surrender 6 points by forfeit at 138 pounds. The Red Knights’ maneuvering allowed them to pick up 9 team points with a decision at 145 and a win by fall at 152.

Joseph picked up an important victory for the Raiders at 160 pounds, defeating Marlowe Bowen in a high-intensity 8-5 decision.

The Red Knights took control of the match at 170 and 182 pounds, scoring two first period pins, and taking a 21-15 lead over the Blue Raiders. Middletown reclaimed a 27-21 lead with Williams’ win by forfeit at 195 pounds, and another Reinnagel win by pin at 220.

The Raiders hopes of repeating as champions would slip away through the next three matches, losing by fall at 285 and 106 pounds, and surrendering the forfeit at 113.

Now down by 12 points, the Blue Raiders needed pins from Fegley (120) and Brady (126) to have a chance for the win. The solid Red Knight lightweights would not go down that easy. Fegley had to settle for an 11-2 major decision, and Brady walked away with a 6-1 decision.

“It would have been nice to repeat as champions” Riggs said. “But overall I feel our team did OK for it being our first competition of the season. It is still early on, so I am optimistic that we will only get better as the season progresses.”

The Blue Raider wrestlers will enter Mid-Penn Conference action on Thursday evening at Camp Hill.

“It will definitely be nice to have Zach [Malay] back in our lineup on Thursday against Camp Hill,” Riggs said.

The Dec. 13 matchup vs. Bishop McDevitt was postponed until Jan. 14.