BLOG: Dallastown's Pew suffers Grade 2 MCL sprain

Patrick Strohecker

With as much pain as Dallastown senior Drake Pew was in during and after his 182-pound bout against Spring Grove's Jared Barley on Tuesday night, things looked bleak.

As it turns out, the news about his injured left knee wasn't as bad as feared. Of course, that doesn't mean things are golden, either.

Pew suffered a Grade 2 sprain of his MCL, he confirmed to The York Dispatch on Wednesday. He underwent an MRI on Wednesday morning, where the diagnosis was determined. He also said he's expected to miss "a few weeks," based on what he saw as the approximate recovery time while doing his own research on the injury. That could impact his postseason availability

"It was kind of what I expected," Pew said on Wednesday. "I went to a friend's house yesterday, whose dad works at OSS Health, and he said it wasn't a tear or anything and that kind of reassured me, but when they said it was a second-degree sprain, I knew it was still kind of bad though, and was going to take some recovery time."

Dallastown's Drake Pew reacts as Jared Barley of Spring Grove uses Pew's injured leg to take him down during the 182-pound match on Tuesday. Pew suffered a Grade 2 sprain of his MCL. John A. Pavoncello photo

Pew suffered the injury right at the end of the second period in his bout with Barley, which was the final bout of the match. He said the injury happened when he went for an inside trip, but he overextended his leg and Barley fell on top of his leg and pushed his knee in, causing a medial sprain. After receiving medical attention between the second and third periods, he elected to carry on. At the time, he trailed Barley 5-4.

He eventually lost to Barley, 9-6, and had to receive medical attention again with two-tenths of second remaining in the bout following another Barley shot attempt that pushed in the knee in a similar fashion as the first time. After Barley and the Rockets' coaching staff elected to allow Pew to get back to a neutral position for the restart, he finished the bout, but immediately dropped to the mat and sprawled on his back.

"If I would've stopped (after the second period), I think it wouldn't be as bad," Pew admitted. "I was still able to put weight on it and stuff, but after that last shot, it really stung it and made it a lot worse than it would've been."

It took several minutes to get him back to the team bench area after the match ended and he was immediately given a bag of ice to place on his knee. After a few minutes with ice on his knee, he underwent a few tests with the team trainer, and with each movement, he continued to writhe on the floor in pain.

"It's hard to tell sometimes. You got a kid who's tough," Wildcats' head coach Rob Jansen said after the match. "...When I went out there the first time, he was like, 'No, it's all right, I just tweaked it. I can move. I'm OK.' And he was walking around a little bit and then when he shot on it, I said, 'We can't go on any further here,' and there was only two-tenths of a second left and they were nice enough to let him up and finish the match out instead of medical forfeit out."

Pew, who typically wrestles at 170 pounds, is undoubtedly one of Dallastown's top wrestlers and makes up a four-headed monster at the heavier weights for the Wildcats, along with Cameron Green (182), Bryce Shields (220) and William Anderson (285). According to, Pew is 17-4 on the year, which includes seven pins, three tech falls and two major decisions.

The injury may derail any postseason possibilities for Pew in his senior year, a season that had the potential to wind up in the state tournament. It could also have a huge impact on Dallastown's team postseason. Right now, the Wildcats (9-3) are 10th in the District 3 Class 3-A power ratings, with the top 16 making the field. Team districts begin Tuesday, Jan. 31.

Pew, who is a four-sport athlete at Dallastown, taking part in soccer and football in the fall, wrestling in the winter and lacrosse in the spring, has been in talks with a few schools about potentially playing football or soccer, or both, at the college level.

Dallastown's Drake Pew wraps up Tyler Osborne of South Western in the 170-pound match earlier this season. Pew is 17-4 on the year with seven pins. John A. Pavoncello

Always active, Pew plans to continue working out his upper body and right leg while he slowly works his left knee back to 100 percent. He said he'll consult with his parents, the school trainer and Jansen about wrestling in the individual postseason, which starts with sectionals on Saturday, Feb. 18, even if his knee isn't fully healed.

"We don't want to risk anything for college because wrestling isn't something I'll be doing in college," Pew said. "But, to have the chance of winning counties, placing in districts and being a state qualifier has always been the goal and why I did wrestling."

As for having any regrets about continuing to wrestle in the bout on Tuesday night and making his injury worse, Pew has none.

"I'd never want to quit," he said. "I had a talk with my teammates and I'm not going to quit on them. ...I've been with these guys for way too long to quit on them. We're like a small family and I didn't want to let them down."

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