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Raider wrestlers go 4-3; Berstler wins 100th varsity match

Posted 1/16/19

The Blue Raider wrestlers are battling through a gauntlet of tough matches in hopes of reaching the PIAA District 3 AA tournament.

The Raider wrestling squad was 4-3 on the week after hosting …

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Raider wrestlers go 4-3; Berstler wins 100th varsity match

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The Blue Raider wrestlers are battling through a gauntlet of tough matches in hopes of reaching the PIAA District 3 AA tournament.

The Raider wrestling squad was 4-3 on the week after hosting Trinity last Tuesday and visiting Milton Hershey on Thursday, followed by the Dutchman Duals on Saturday.

The highlight of the week was Ryan Berstler’s 100th career varsity win at the Dutchman Duals, the eighth Raider to reach that number.

The Raiders are now 7-5 on the season, keeping hope alive for a postseason run. They stand at No. 10 in the AA power rankings, with the top 12 qualifying.

The Blue Raiders were also in action Monday, Jan 14 at Bishop McDevitt. Upcoming events include a home match against Palmyra on Jan. 17 (7 p.m.), a tournament in New Oxford on Jan. 18-19, and a match at Susquehanna Township on Jan. 21 (7 p.m.).

Middletown 40, Trinity 33

The Blue Raider wrestlers got off to a slow start Jan 8, spotting the Shamrocks a 15-point lead through the first three matches. Junior Case Woodley (170) sparked some Raider momentum with a 5-2 decision over Zach Scherr. Damion Williams kept the drive going with a 4-1 decision at 182 pounds.

The Shamrocks earned a couple wins by fall at 195 and 285, but the Raiders’ Quincy Reinnagel scored a pin of his own in just 58 seconds at 220 pounds.

With the team score tilted 27-12 in favor of the Shamrocks, the match entered the final six lightweight matches.

Middletown’s Krea Schaeffer picked up a win by forfeit and 6 team points at 106. Junior Luke Fegley (113) and Senior Nate Brady (120) each made quick work of their opponents, scoring pins in 36 and 39 seconds.

The Raiders would surrender a forfeit to PIAA state runner-up Patrick Demark at 126 pounds, and bumped Senior Ryan Berstler up to 132 to score an 11-0 major decision over Alex Bachman.

Junior Joey Spear capped the evening with a win by forfeit to earn the Raiders the 40-33 victory.

Milton Hershey 45, Middletown 32

Thursday evening started very similar to the matchup against the Shamrocks, with the Raiders spotting the Spartans a 15-point lead through the first three matches.

Quincy Reinnagel earned the first Raider team points with a win by forfeit in the 285-pound weight class.

After giving up a pin at 106, the Raider lightweights surged to a lead. Junior Zach Malay (113) started the streak with an 8-3 decision over Joshua Minners. Luke Fegley scored a pin and 6 Raider team points at 120. Nate Brady racked up 16 points, earning the technical fall and 5 team points at 126. Ryan Berstler (132) pinned Tim Burge in 1 minute 32 seconds. Joey Spear (138) dispatched Jayson Dodds in just 40 seconds, giving the Raiders a 32-21 lead entering the final four matches.

The Spartan upperweights proved too much for the Blue Raiders, scoring pins in each of the last four bouts and handing the Raiders a 45-32 loss.

Middletown 65, Northeastern 12

Middletown kicked off a busy Saturday of action with a decisive 65-12 win over a depleted Northeastern squad.

The Bobcats only managed to secure one win by fall at 220 and a win by forfeit at 126. Otherwise, this match was all Raiders.

Quincy Reinnagel dominated Tyler Webb, securing the pin in just 1 minute 6 seconds in the 285-pound class. Luke Fegley (113) scored a 14-2 major decision over Thomas Gradwell. Nate Brady (120) followed with an 8-5 decision over Cole Perry. Joey Spear earned a 9-0 major decision at 138 pounds. Senior Kenny Britcher looked impressive, earning the Raiders 6 more team points with a pin at 145 pounds.

Junior Case Woodley also locked up 6 Raider team points with a pin at 182 pounds.

The Raiders also received 6 wins by forfeit: Krea Scheaffer (106), Ryan Berstler (132), Chris Joseph (152), Vinny Corradi (160), Ayden Miller (170) and Matthew Mitchell (195).

Middletown 51, CD East 24

The second match of the day began with Middletown senior Ivan Henderson earning a win by forfeit at 220 pounds. Quincy Reinnagel was once again bumped up to 285 pounds, and managed to hold Yonnie Harvey to a 7-4 decision.

The Panthers earned the pin at 106. Luke Fegley (113) kicked off a seven-match win streak for the Raiders with a 39-second pin over Hoang Nguyen.

Zach Malay earned the win by forfeit at 120. Nathan Brady seized a first period pin over Max Reilly at 126. Ryan Berstler scored an 11-1 major decision over Michael Dunleavy at 132. Joey Spear (138) locked up a first period pin and another 6 Raider team points. Kenny Britcher (145) secured his second pin of the day in just 59 seconds.

Chris Joseph capped the seven-match run with another first period pin at 152 pounds.

The Panthers kept the match respectable with wins at 160, 170 and 182 pounds. Middletown sophomore Matthew Mitchell closed out the match with a win by forfeit at 195 pounds.

Solanco 42, Middletown 31

The Raiders faced off against a talented Solanco team for match 3 of the day.

The Mules jumped out to an early 12-0 lead with pins at 285 and 106. Luke Fegley (113) earned a hard fought 5-1 decision over Jackson Houghton to get the Raiders on the board. The Raider’s Zach Malay came up on the short end of an 8-5 decision at 120. Nate Brady hustled for an 13-5 major decision and 4 team points at 126.

Ryan Berstler picked up another win by forfeit at 132 pounds and Joey Spear locked up an impressive pin over Joseph Vandergriff at 138, giving the Raiders a 19-15 lead.

The Raiders and the Mules traded pins at 145 and 152. Solanco’s Ronnie Fulton earned the pin at 145, and Middletown’s Chris Joseph locked up the cradle and the pin at 152. Freshman Vinnie Corradi earned the Raiders’ last team points of the match with a win by forfeit at 160 pounds.

The Mules won the last four weight classes (170, 182, 195 and 220) to hand the Raiders their first loss of the day.

Middletown 58, Annville-Cleona 18

The Raiders bounced back in impressive fashion against the hosting Dutchman squad.

Zach Malay kicked off the action with an 8-6 decision over Ethan Missimer at 113. Luke Fegley followed with a close 6-4 decision over Matthew Inman at 120. Nate Brady racked up 18 points en route to a win by technical fall in the 126-pound bout.

Ryan Berstler brought the crowd to its feet, celebrating his 100th career varsity win, outscoring his opponent 18-1 for the technical fall.

The Raiders awarded a forfeit to Dutchman standout Hayden Funck at 138, while Joey Spear bumped up to get the Raiders a pin and 6 team points at 145.

Kenny Britcher earned his third win of the day by forfeit at 152 pounds, and Chris Joseph earned his fourth win of the day with a pin over Evan Heilman at 160.

The Dutchmen picked up a pin at 170 pounds before Middletown sophomore Troy Stein managed a fantastic defensive pin at 182, which brought Raider fans to their feet for the second time in the match.

The Raiders ended by winning three of the last four matches. Matthew Mitchell (195) and Ivan Henderson (285) each earned wins by forfeit, and Quincy Reinnagel locked up a first-period pin at 220 pounds.

Lampeter-Strasburg 48, Middletown 24

With a superb 3-1 performance to start the Dutchman Duals, the Raiders earned the right to wrestle AAA powerhouse Lampeter-Strasburg in their final match. Although the team score did not end well for the Raiders, this dual offered the fans some exciting individual matches.

The first few matches pitted the Raider standouts against the Pioneer standouts. Luke Fegley needed triple overtime to secure a 9-6 decision, and his 20th win of the season. Nate Brady avoided catastrophe at 126 pounds. After getting caught on his back early in the first period, Brady battled back to earn a 9-8 decision over Riley Eckman.

Ryan Berstler was a perfect 5-0 on his 100th-win day, fending off a scrappy Andrew Bliss for the 4-2 decision. Joey Spear (138) and Chris Joseph (152) were also a perfect 5-0 on the day, earning their final wins by fall.

After the team suffered seven straight losses, Zach Malay was able to end the match on a positive note for the Raiders with a 2-1 decision over Hunter Erb.