PURE PREPS: In PSAC wrestling battle of West York brothers, Kyle Narber edges Ryan Narber
It was a special night for the Narber brothers on Tuesday.
The West York High School graduates faced off in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference wrestling match pitting Millersville University against Shppensburg University.
Kyle Narber is a redshirt junior for Millersville, while Ryan Narber is a sophomore at Shippensburg.
In their 174-pound contest, after each evaded shots from one another through the first period, it was Millersville’s Kyle Narber who notched takedowns in each of the final two periods and posted a 6-1 decision over his younger brother.
After the match, Kyle Narber posted the following message, with some minor edits, on his Twitter site (@K_narb40).
"Wanted to say thank you to all the family members who came out (Tuesday) to watch the 'battle of the brothers,' as well as support the Millersville and Shippensburg wrestling teams.
"My apologies to anyone who I did not get to speak with after the match.
"When I refer to 'family' in this post, I'm not talking about the Narbers. It was amazing to see so much of the West York community, the BULLDOG family, make the trip.
"I've been so blessed to grow up with this amazing support system and beyond thankful for where I come from. I hope Ryan Narber and I can continue to be inspiring role models to the young Bulldogs who also came out to support (us). And to you guys, sports or not, stay on the grind and keep chasing what you love because these moments will dwindle and time will not wait for you. ... don't wait for it.
"God bless and 'DOGS up."
Kyle Narber was a PIAA Class 3-A state qualifier as a junior at West York, advancing to the quarterfinals. He was a three-time PIAA South Central Region Qualifier and was ranked as high as sixth in the state during his senior season by PA Power Wrestling. He posted career record of 91-48. He was a four-time letterwinner with the wrestling team and three-time letterwinner with football. He was also a two-year wrestling team captain and football team captain as a senior. At Millersville, he is majoring in art/graphic design.
Ryan Narber earned four varsity wrestling letters for the Bulldogs under head coach Brian Gross. He also earned three varsity letters in football. At Shippensburg, he is majoring in exercise science while seeking a minor in coaching.
They are the sons of Robert and Richelle Narber
Shippensburg won six of the 10 contested bouts to defeat Millersville, 21-14, at Heiges Field House.
Shippensburg improved to 4-3 overall and 1-1 in the PSAC. Millersville improved to 3-4 and 0-4. Shippensburg is ranked No. 25 in NCAA Division II.
York County products get preseason baseball recognition: Three York County products were named to the preseason National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) All-Atlantic Region Second Team on Wednesday afternoon.
Spring Grove High School graduate Levi Krause, West York grad Cash Gladfelter and Dover grad Grant Hoover were recognized.
Krause is a California University of Pennsylvania senior third baseman.
A three-year starter, Krause led the team and ranked ninth in the Atlantic Region with nine homers last season while finishing third in the region with 107 total bases. He recorded a .382 batting average (60-for-157) and a .688 slugging percentage after entering the year with a .228 career average. He paced the team with 45 runs scored and finished second with 19 doubles and 38 RBIs. Krause received first-team all-region accolades from three major organizations last spring after earning All-PSAC West first-team laurels.
Hoover and Gladfelter both play for Shippensburg University. Hoover is a senior utility player and Gladfelter is a junior shortstop.
Hoover contributed on both sides of the ball for the Raiders in 2017, hitting .327 while also going 4-2 on the mound en route to All-PSAC honors. Hoover was third on the team in on-base percentage at .386 while recording 52 hits, including seven doubles and two home runs. On the mound, the lefty worked 46 2/3 innings, striking out 38 and walking 12.
Gladfelter hit .370 and recorded 70 hits, both marks good for second on the team last season. The all-conference shortstop led the Raiders in doubles with 19 and was third on the team in RBIs with 40. Gladfelter sported a .455 on-base percentage and recorded a perfect stolen base-percentage, stealing seven bags on seven attempts.
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