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Tasty weekend for the Blue Raider wrestling squad: They win Snacktown Duals event in Hanover

Posted 12/20/17

The Middletown Area high school wrestling team won the Snacktown Duals on Saturday, which followed a convincing win over Susquehanna Township on Thursday.

The team beat the Indians, their Mid-Penn …

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Tasty weekend for the Blue Raider wrestling squad: They win Snacktown Duals event in Hanover

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The Middletown Area high school wrestling team won the Snacktown Duals on Saturday, which followed a convincing win over Susquehanna Township on Thursday.

The team beat the Indians, their Mid-Penn Capital Division rival, 54-30.

In Hanover on Saturday at the Snacktown Duals, the Blue Raiders earned the championship with a 42-30 win over Warwick.

They started the day with a matchup against Twin Valley. After trailing 24-18 early in the match, the Raiders would pull away, winning six of the last seven matches, in route to a 51-30 victory. The Blue Raiders then knocked off Halifax in the semifinal round, 49-18, before beating Warwick.

The Blue Raiders continued action this week against two Mid-Penn Capital Division rivals. The Raiders visited East Pennsboro on Tuesday and will be at home against Bishop McDevitt on Thursday.

Middletown 54, Susquehanna Township 30

Back in action after the football postseason, Middletown senior Devin Martin started the Raiders off with a second-period pin over Drake Quesenberry at 152 pounds. Fellow senior Zac Dailey received a forfeit at 160 to give the Raiders a 12-0 lead.

The Raiders then came up against the strength of the Indians’ lineup, including Austin Watkins at 170 and 2017 AA state champion Edmond Ruth at 182. After suffering three pins and falling to an 18-12 deficit, sophomore Quincy Reinnagel would bring the momentum back to the Raiders by pinning Jadon Johnson in 1:23.

The teams traded forfeits at 285 and 106, with Middletown sophomore Zach Malay earning the forfeit at 106 and tying the score at 24-24. There was an exciting matchup at 113 as Middletown’s Luke Fegley faced off against former teammate Camdyn Allen. While Allen was able to secure an early lead, Fegley came out on top earning the fall in 3:53.

After giving up a forfeit at 120, the Raiders would go on to dominate the last four matches. Raider junior Ryan Berstler had another dominant performance at 126, securing a pin in 1:21. Middletown’s Nate Brady received a forfeit at 132.

In the middle weights, sophomores Joey Spear and Chris Joseph capped off the Blue Raider victory in impressive fashion. Spear secured a pin over Steven Graves in 4:14 and Chris Joseph threw his opponent to his back for a pin in 1:40. 

Middletown 51, Twin Valley 30

At the Snacktown Duals, senior Devin Martin once again started the action for the Raiders with a 49-second pin at 152 pounds.

After suffering a Raider loss at 160, Middletown’s Zach Souders secured his first win of the season with a first-period pin over Jared Lewis at 170.

Twin Valley’s solid heavy-weights earned two more pins over the Raiders at 182 and 195, but Quincey Reinnagel squashed Twin Valley’s momentum with an exciting performance at 220. Reinnagel traded 25 points with opponent Zach Hubert before earning the fall in 4:21.

After giving up the forfeit at 285, the Raiders found themselves in a 24-18 deficit. Middletown sophomore Zach Malay kickstarted the Raider lineup with a pin over Tony Madonna in 1:25. Luke Fegley followed suit with a pin over Twin Valley’s Michael Luciano at 113, and Ryan Berstler would win by forfeit at 120, bringing the Raider lead to 36-24.

After a no-contest at 126, Middletown junior Nate Brady earned a hard-fought 2-0 victory at 132. Sophomores Chris Joseph and Joey Spear would cap off a resounding 51-30 victory, earning pins at 138 and 145.

Middletown 49, Halifax 18

The Raiders jumped out to a quick 6-0 advantage, led by Middletown senior Zac Dailey, who secured the fall in just 50 seconds.

Fellow senior Zach Souders received a forfeit at 170.

Middletown junior Marcus Williams suffered a tough loss at 182, but would be avenged by his younger brother, sophomore Damion Williams, who was able to earn his first varsity win by fall in 2:23.

Middletown’s Quincey Reinnagel continued an impressive streak of pins at 220, shutting down Gabe Bailey in just 38 seconds. After a no-contest at 285, Luke Fegley continued the Raider momentum with a 59-second pin over Kyler Schadel at 106.

Middletown’s Zach Malay suffered a gut-wrenching loss at 113. After leading Halifax standout Ryan Stahl throughout the match, Malay got caught for a pin with just 20 seconds remaining.

Ryan Berstler got things going again for the Raiders with a pin in 3:39 at 120 pounds. With a no-contest at 126, Nate Brady was up next for the Raiders, and secured a 14-2 major decision over Trenton Howard.

At 138, sophomore Joey Spear would earn another 6 Raider points with a second-period pin over Dan Enders.

Middletown junior Sterling Gray stepped into the Raider lineup at 145 to face Landon Bruner, who would earn Halifax their last points of the match.

Devin Martin topped the Raider win with a 6-3 decision over Reece Bruner.

Middletown 42, Warwick 30

In the Snacktown Duals Championship match, the Warwick Warriors jumped out to an early lead with pins at 182 and 195.

Middletown’s Quincy Reinnagel slowed the Warriors momentum by earning his fourth pin of the week at 220.

The Raiders surrendered a forfeit at 285, and the Warriors returned the favor with forfeits to Raiders Zach Malay at 106 and Luke Fegley at 113.

With a no-contest at 120 and the score tied at 18, Ryan Berstler prompted a Blue Raider surge with a tech fall over Connor Esbenshade in 3:50. Nate Brady would follow up with a 9-2 decision over Mateo Chacon at 132, and Joey Spear secured his fourth pin of the week at 138.

Middletown’s Chris Joseph received a forfeit at 145, and Devin Martin secured the Blue Raider’s first-place finish with a 14-6 major decision at 152.