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Raider wrestlers fall in team districts

Posted 1/29/20

The Blue Raider wrestling team moved on to the district championship tournament after a superb end to the regular season.

The Raiders dominated two Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division opponents …

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Raider wrestlers fall in team districts

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The Blue Raider wrestling team moved on to the district championship tournament after a superb end to the regular season.

The Raiders dominated two Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division opponents last week and concluded the regular season with a 12-4 dual meet record.

On Jan. 22, Middletown rolled over Susquehanna Township by a score of 72-12, and then capped the regular season with a 54-27 win over East Pennsboro on Thursday.

Middletown hosted Camp Hill to open up the District 3 AA team championship tournament as the No. 7 seed Monday but fell to the No. 10-seed Lions to end the team season, 41-32.

The individual postseason tournament begins with the sectional championship at CD East High School on Feb. 14-15.

Middletown 72,
Susquehanna Township 12

Middletown senior Case Woodley had a terrific week on the mats. He got the team rolling with a third-period pin over Ransome Turner-Rush at 170 pounds.

Fellow seniors Arthur Dash and Quincy Reinnagel continue to dominate their heavy-weight opponents. Dash pinned Brandon Arkward in 1 minute, 23 seconds and Reinnagel earned the fall in just 51 seconds.

In the middle weights, senior Luke Fegley wasted no time with Rai Kuan Bonner, locking up the pin in just 24 seconds at 132 pounds. Sophomore Vinny Corradi now has 10 wins on the season for the Raiders after ending Jeffrey McLean’s night in the first period at 160 pounds.

Susquehanna Township was obviously feeling the effects of the long season. Riddled with injuries and eligibility issues, the Indians surrendered seven forfeits to the Blue Raiders: Sam Miller (106), Zach Malay (113), Alexander Hatt (126), Joey Spear (145), Isaac Lupp (152), Damion Williams (182) and Matt Mitchell (195).

Middletown 54, East Pennsboro 27

Middletown senior Zach Malay earned his 22nd win of the season and got the Raiders on the board first with a 57-second pin over Jayce Pierce at 113 pounds. That lead was short-lived as the Panthers captured wins at 120, 126 and 132 pounds. 

Seniors Luke Fegley and Joey Spear tied up the team score at 18 with two big pins at 138 and 145 pounds. Fegley and Spear faced off against quality opponents in Logan Kramer and Malachi Harvey, but the two talented Raiders out battled their opponents to earn pins in the third period. 

Freshman Isaac Lupp and sophomore Vinny Corradi extended the Raider lead to 30-18 with wins by forfeit at 152 and 160 pounds. East Penn’s Jonah Bower was able to pick up 3 more team points with a close decision over Middletown junior Ayden Miller at 170 pounds.

The solid group of Raider seniors took control of the match in the heavy weights. Case Woodley kicked off the flurry by locking up a headlock and pinning Evan Furlong in 1 minute, 34 seconds. Damion Williams kept the Raiders rolling with a first-period pin over Jonathan Chernov at 182 pounds. Senior Arthur Dash is looking dominant approaching the postseason. Dash has now won 13 of his last 14 bouts, dispensing Antonio Nicolardi in 1 minute, 29 seconds.

Senior Quincy Reinnagel, now 24-5 on the season, remains the anchor for the Blue Raider heavy weights, and took only 58 seconds to pin Donavan Dignazio and seal the Blue Raider victory.