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STATE BOUND: Blue Raider wrestlers Spear, Fegley, Reinnagel move on after regional success

Posted 3/4/20

Middletown seniors Luke Fegley, Joey Spear and Quincy Reinnagel began a journey together 12 years ago that has taken them thousands of miles and brought them right back to Hershey.

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STATE BOUND: Blue Raider wrestlers Spear, Fegley, Reinnagel move on after regional success

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Middletown seniors Luke Fegley, Joey Spear and Quincy Reinnagel began a journey together 12 years ago that has taken them thousands of miles and brought them right back to Hershey.

These three wrestlers have trained together since elementary wrestling, and their Middletown Area High School careers will come to a close at the PIAA state championships at the Giant Center starting Thursday.

Over the last four years, this trio has amassed an astounding 316 varsity wins with 190 of those coming by pin. Coached by Daniel Riggs, this has been the core of a solid group of wrestlers that have enjoyed four straight winning seasons. Riggs said he looks forward to taking Middletown wrestlers to the state tournament for the third straight season.

“This group is going to be missed, big time!” he said.

Fegley (132 pounds) is peaking at the right time as he makes his third and final appearance at the state tournament aiming for a spot on the podium for the first time.

Fegley kicked off the southeast regional tournament at Bethlehem Freedom High School by pinning Conwell-Egan’s Dylan Culver in 2 minutes, 39 seconds. In the quarterfinals, Fegley trailed Notre Dame Green Pond’s Joshua Bauman 1-0 entering the third period, but rolled his way into a reversal and a 2-1 victory.

In the semifinals, Fegley dropped a 4-3 decision to East Pennboro’s Adam Jacob, but bounced back quickly with a 3-0 decision over Littlestown’s Ayden Dillon. Fegley secured a third-place finish and a state tournament qualification with a 2-0 decision over Northern Lebanon’s Brandon Breidegan.

Fegley is 39-8 on the season with 134 career wins, which ties him for second all-time for wins in Middletown history with Chris Kochinsky, who graduated in 2008. The leader is Tyler Nauman, with 156 wins. He graduated in 2007.

At 220 pounds, Reinnagel simply continues to win in what can be described as nothing short of a brilliant season. Focused and determined, Reinnagel launched into the southeast regionals with a second-period pin over Dawit Kahesay of Church Farm School.

After suffering a tough loss in the quarterfinals, Reinnagel ripped his way through the consolation bracket. Neither Kyler-Raye William of Steelton-Highspire nor Pat Whittle of Lower Moreland were able to survive the first period with Reinnagel.

Although Reinnagel trailed Joe Tinari of North Schuylkill 3-2 with seconds ticking down on the clock, a quick shot and a takedown locked up the 4-3 Reinnagel victory.

Reinnagel capped the tournament, and got some redemption for a sectional tournament loss, by pinning Bishop McDevitt’s Devyn Clair in just 57 seconds to secure third place. Reinnagel is 35-8 on the season and looking to make a statement in Hershey.

Spear (145 pounds) showed no signs of slowing down after reaching 100 career wins last week. He rolled his way to the semifinals with a 13-1 major decision over Andy Muzika of Faith Christian, and followed that up by pinning Northern Lehigh’s Trevor Amorim with only 7 seconds left on the clock.

Two-time PIAA state qualifier Dorian Gonzalez got the best of Spear this week after Spear shocked him, and the crowd, with a cradle and an upset at the district tournament. Spear responded with a little redemption of his own, throwing Octorara’s Michael Trainor to his back to earn the 9-5 victory and avenging an overtime loss in the sectional tournament.

Although Spear had to settle for fourth place after dropping an 11-7 decision to Boiling Springs’ Michael Duggan, he is looking relaxed and confident entering the state tournament. Spear is 36-9 on the season with 105 career wins. Spear rounds out the trio of Middletown wrestlers ready to enjoy some sweet victory in Chocolate Town this weekend.

Senior Arthur Dash saw his terrific season come to a close last weekend as he was unable to find a win in a strong 195-pound bracket. Dash ended his senior season with the Blue Raiders with a 30-11 record.