Dover native Brooks Black will compete in a high school wrestling festival at the York Expo Center on Saturday that is expected to attract two of the top teams in the nation.
Black wrestles for top-ranked Blair Academy in Blairstown, N.J. Black has compiled a 15-0 record at 285 pounds this season, including the championship at the prestigious Powerade Tournament near Pittsburgh. Black is ranked No. 2 in the nation in his weight class according to the latest Intermat rankings. He plans to wrestle for Illinois.
The National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) will sponsor the event, which is set to start 9 a.m.
The 13th annual event is actually comprised of three varsity divisions and 15 teams from across the Mid-Atlantic Region. The Final Four tournament features five teams, including Blair Academy and Wyoming Seminary from Kingston, Pa., which is ranked No. 3 in the nation according to Intermat. The other teams in the Final Four tournament are JW Robinson, Benton and Don Bosco Prep.
The other varsity divisions in the event are Wrestling Festival Red and Wrestling Festival Blue. Timberlane, Souderton, Neshaminy, Emmaus and Central Bucks West make up the Red Division, while DePaul Catholic, Springfield Central, St. Benedict's Prep, Pennsbury and East Stroudsburg South make up the Blue Division.
The festival is presented by Sport York, a division of the York County Convention and Visitors Bureau. According to the YCCVB, the tournament is expected to bring in approximately 1,200 athletes, coaches and spectators to area, along with an estimated economic impact of $1.5 million for York County.
Admission to the event is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Final-round action starts at 6 p.m., which is when Blair Academy and Wyoming Seminary are expected to face off.
For more information, visit nhsca.com.
BOILING SPRINGS 36, BIGLERVILLE 26: In a showdown of two of the top programs in District 3-AA, the Bubblers came away with the home victory. Trevor Stover (285) and Brady Mentzer (106) earned pins for the Canners. Boiling Springs improved to 10-0, while Biglerville fell to 13-1. Boiling Springs was ranked No. 1 in the most recent District 3-AA poll by the (Harrisburg) Patriot-News, while Biglerville was ranked No. 3.
SOUTH WESTERN 52, RED LION 9: At Red Lion, South Western captured 12 of the 14 bouts in the York-Adams Division I match. Owen Wherley, Derek Wilson, Brady Shultz and Aram Moffitt recorded pins for the Mustangs. Tyler Schell provided six of Red Lion's points when he pinned his opponent at the 2:47 mark of the 182-pound bout.
SPRING GROVE 46, WEST YORK 19: At West York, the Rockets received pins from Michael Hartman (138), Austin Barley (170), Andy Melhorn (195) and Derek Carlisle (113) to help secure the York-Adams Division I victory. For the Bulldogs, Garrett Stauffer (152) picked up a pin. Spring Grove improved to 6-0 in the division, while West York fell to 2-4.