He's already been featured in newspapers, magazines and prominent websites.

And he's been at or near the top of the rankings of the best high school heavyweights for a couple years.

Combine that with the humble nature of Dover native Brooks Black, and it's easy to understand his reaction when his mom, Pam, told him by phone late last week that he is mentioned in the Feb. 18 issue of Sports Illustrated magazine.

"He had no idea," Pam Black said. "He's like 'That's cool.' And that was it."

On page 24 of the magazine, Brooks Black is one of six athletes mentioned in the weekly "Faces in the crowd" section that recognizes accomplishments at the high school and collegiate levels.

Among the highlights, the section mentions that Black, a senior who wrestles for top-ranked Blair Academy (Blairstown, N.J.), won the heavyweight titles this season at the prestigious Ironman, Beast of the East and Powerade tournaments.

Pam Black said Brooks, the No. 2-ranked heavyweight in the country by intermatwrestle.com, is busy preparing for the upcoming National Prep Wrestling Championships, a two-day tournament set to begin Feb. 22 at Lehigh University.

Brooks Black will wrestle at NCAA Division I Illinois next season.

District pairings: The Class AAA and Class AA first-round pairings for the upcoming individual District 3 wrestling tournaments at Hersheypark Arena were released Sunday evening.


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The most intriguing weight class is at 160 pounds. There, Kennard-Dale junior phenom Chance Marsteller (32-0) and Central Dauphin's Garrett Peppelman (40-0), who is also a junior, are likely on track to meet in the district final Saturday. Peppelman is ranked No. 5 in the country at 160 pounds in the latest intermatwrestle.com rankings.

Marsteller, who dropped down to 160 pounds for the post-season tournaments, is the top-ranked grappler at 170 pounds in the website's latest rankings. While Marsteller is a two-time Class AAA district and state champion and 117-0 for his career, Peppelman was the 152-pound state AAA champ in 2012 and has a 133-12 career record. Both took first in their respective sectional tournaments over the weekend.

Up first for Peppelman, though, will be Spring Grove senior Austin Barley (30-10), who took third at the Section V tourney Saturday. Barley is one of 11 Rocket grapplers who qualified for the district tournament.

Of grapplers from the York-Adams League who qualified for the district tournament, Dallastown is next in line with six wrestlers followed by South Western (five), New Oxford (five) and West York (three).

Central York, Dover, Eastern York and Kennard-Dale are all sending two wrestlers to Hershey. And Northeastern, Red Lion, York Suburban and York Tech each have one grappler going. Four York-Adams wrestlers are returning to the district tourney after taking gold or bronze last year.

In Class AA, Bermudian Springs (13) and Biglerville (12) will send a combined 25 grapplers to the district tourney, followed by Fairfield (six), Delone Catholic (five), Hanover (five) and Littlestown (three).

Four York-Adams wrestlers are returning there who won gold, silver or bronze last year.

The two-day tournament begins Friday at Hersheypark Arena, with the championship rounds set for 6 p.m. on Saturday.

-- Reach John Walk at jwalk@yorkdispatch.com.