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Raider wrestlers defeat Shamrocks, fall to Lions

Posted 12/23/19

The Middletown wrestling team went 1 and 1 in Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division matchups last week, defeating Trinity 46-23 on Dec. 16 and falling to Camp Hill, 52-27, on Thursday.

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Raider wrestlers defeat Shamrocks, fall to Lions

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The Middletown wrestling team went 1 and 1 in Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division matchups last week, defeating Trinity 46-23 on Dec. 16 and falling to Camp Hill, 52-27, on Thursday.

The Raiders will be in action next at the Governor Mifflin Holiday Tournament on Friday and Saturday.

Middletown 46, Trinity 23

The Blue Raider wrestlers won an important division matchup at Trinity on Dec. 16.

The key to the victory came in the form of bonus points. The Raiders got the big pins they needed and refused to lay down in the tough matchups with the Shamrocks. 

Senior Joey Spear got the Raiders rolling with one of those big pins at 145 pounds. Just over a minute into the match, Spear put Lucas Puig on his back to give the Raiders the early 6-0 lead.

That lead was short-lived entering the strength of the Trinity lineup. The Shamrock’s standout senior Daniel Kosinksi was too much for Middletown freshman Isaac Lupp at 152 pounds, and evened up the team score at 6.

Trinity would proceed to win matches at 160, 170 and 182; however, the Blue Raiders escaped those tough bouts without giving up any pins and kept the match within striking distance. 

Middletown junior Matt Mitchell locked up a tight headlock and a pin at 195 pounds. Mitchell’s pin seized the momentum for the Blue Raiders, who would go on to win the next seven matches.

Senior Arthur Dash continued an impressive four-match win streak with a 9-0 major decision victory over Christian Cirelli at 220 pounds.

Senior Quincy Reinnagel (285 pounds) earned his eighth win of the season by fall, and has clearly established himself as the standout in a solid group of Raider heavyweights.

Trinity was short-handed entering the lightweights and surrendered forfeits to freshman Sam Miller (106), Krea Scheaffer (120) and Zach Malay (126).

Middletown’s Luke Fegley, who recently recorded his 100th career varsity win, sealed the Raider victory with an arm-bar and a pin at 132 pounds.

Camp Hill 52, Middletown 27

The Raiders hosted the Lions with a depleted roster.

Senior Joey Spear once again started the Raiders off with an important pin at 145 pounds. Spear locked up a cradle and ended Joe Carey’s night in just 1 minute, 35 seconds. Spear is now 8-2 on the season with all eight wins coming by fall.

The Lions roared past the Blue Raiders in the next five matches, earning pins at 152, 160, 170 and 182 pounds. Middletown senior Damion Williams could not match the skill of Camp Hill’s Paul Parise and surrendered a 12-3 major decision at 195 pounds, bringing the team score to 28-6 in favor of the Lions.

Senior Arthur Dash (220 pounds) got the Raiders back on track, pinning Ethan Branstetter in 2 minutes, 46 seconds.

Quincy Reinnagel (285 pounds) continued his impressive season, winning his seventh straight match by pin. Reinnagel earned the fall in just 58 seconds bringing his season record to 9-2. 

Middletown freshman Sam Miller (106 pounds) is showing tremendous improvement in his first year of wrestling. Miller kept the score close going into the third period but ultimately could not keep pace with Austin Slaybaugh, who earned the fall in 4 minutes, 56 seconds. The Raiders short-handed squad had to give up another 12 team points by forfeit at 113 and 120 pounds, putting the match out of reach at 46-18 in favor of the Lions.

The Raiders were able to finish the night on a positive note, earning wins in two of the last three matches. Middletown senior Zach Malay scrapped his way to a hard-fought 8-6 decision over TJ Kenny at 126 pounds.

Luke Fegley extended his season record to 10-0 with a pin over Nick Lamay in 3 minutes, 28 seconds at 138 pounds.