Boys Varsity Wrestling
Game Summaries & Headlines.
The Blue Raiders kicked off the varsity wrestling season over the weekend at the 22nd annual Mule Classic, a two-day tournament at Solanco High School in Quarryville.
The tournament featured 23 teams from Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland. With still a few early holes to fill in the lineup, Coach Dan Riggs’ squad managed a 12th-place finish overall. This year’s team will be guided by a solid core of seniors.
Senior Luke Fegley led the team with a championship performance at 132 pounds. Fegley started Friday evening with an 11-3 major decision victory over Ashton Deller from Dallastown. In the quarterfinal round, Fegley dominated Aiden Stewart from Kennard Dale, earning the pin in 3 minutes, 16 seconds.
In the semifinals, Fegley controlled Trevor Grassel from Penn Manor in a 5-1 decision that propelled him into the finals. In the championship bout, Fegley faced off against Kyle Vernon from Hamburg. Vernon earned a first-period takedown and carried a 2-0 lead into the second period. Fegley came alive in the second period, putting Vernon on his back three times in route to 12-4 major decision victory and a first-place finish.
Fegley recently announced he will wrestle at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia. He made it to the PIAA Class 2A state wrestling championships last season and wrapped up last year with a 40-6 record. He is closing in on 100 total wins in his career.
Fellow senior Joey Spear had a brilliant tournament en route to a second-place finish at 145 pounds. In the opening round, Spear went head-to-head with Conor Leonard of Northern Lebanon, and started the tournament with an impressive second-period pin. Spear increased the intensity in the second match, pinning Nathan Vance of Oxford Area in just 56 seconds.
He earned his third victory by fall in the semi-final round against Daniel Farrell of Blue Mountain. Spear dropped the championship match to Bailey Gimbor of Hamburg, but concluded the tournament with a solid 3-1 start to the season.
Another Blue Raider veteran, senior Quincy Reinnagel, earned a spot on the podium with a fifth-place finish at 220 pounds. Reinnagel also earned three wins by pin, starting with Chad Carter of Solanco in 2 minutes 59 seconds.
Reinnagel took just 1 minute and 20 seconds to dispense Bronson Rineholt of Kennard Dale to punch his ticket into the semifinal round. Blue Mountain’s Kevin Croley and Logan Bradley of Lampeter-Strasburg got the better of Reinnagel in the next two bouts, but Reinnagel responded in impressive fashion in the medal round. Reinnagel locked up a tight arm bundle for the pin in 2 minutes, 37 seconds for the fifth-place finish.
Zach Malay rounded out the four Middletown seniors who earned medals at the Mule Classic. Malay competed in a talented 120-pound bracket and walked away with a 2-3 record and an eighth-place finish.
Malay opened with a pin over Cooper Geppert of Northern Lebanon in 4 minutes, 38 seconds, before dropping a heartbreaking 4-2 decision to Dominic Caldwell of Susquenita.
Malay bounced back with a quality 5-0 decision over Tanner Macbeth of Hamburg. A highly questionable call in the next consolation round left Malay on the wrong side of a 3-1 overtime decision. Malay also surrendered a 3-0 decision to Benjamin Smith of Oxford Area in the last match and was forced to settle for eighth place.
The Blue Raiders have three other seniors who competed at the Mule Classic and are all expected to make a significant impact this season.
Chris Joseph (160 pounds) won his first match in explosive fashion, earning a pin in just 47 seconds. Joseph hit a roadblock in his next two matches, facing Ethan Walmer of Northern Lebanon and Avery Cummings of Kennard Dale to knock him out of the competition.
Teammate Damion Williams (182 pounds) suffered a similar fate. After coming out on fire and pinning Rowan Canaday in just 46 seconds, Williams dropped two tough losses in a row and was eliminated from the action.
Arthur Dash (195 pounds), who returns to the lineup after an injury last season, battled through the flu in a 5-4 loss to Parker Owens from Lampeter-Strasburg. Dash was forced to drop out of the tournament due to his illness.
Also making their varsity wrestling debut for the Raider squad were freshmen Sam Miller and Isaac Lupp, and sophomores Alexander Hatt and Vinny Corradi. Junior varsity competitors this weekend included juniors Matthew Mitchell and Ayden Miller, and sophomores Mason Swartz and David Ordonez.
The Blue Raiders open their dual meet season with a home matchup against Bishop McDevitt at 7 p.m. Thursday.
The Raiders will travel to the Snacktown Duals in Hanover on Saturday.