York set to host top wrestlers for Cadet National Duals

Patrick Strohecker
  • This is the second of three years that York County will host the Cadet National Duals.
  • The five-day event is expected to generate an estimated $1.2 million in local economic impact.
  • More than 1,000 wrestlers will be competing in the Greco-Roman and Freestyle divisions.
  • Spring Grove's Dalton Rohrbaugh is competing for Team Pennsylvania at 113 pounds.

For the second straight year, some of the best young wrestlers in the country will visit York County.

Beginning Tuesday and lasting until Saturday, York County will play host to the 2016 Cadet National Duals, pitting some of the nation's best wrestlers against each other in Greco-Roman and Freestyle wrestling. This year, wrestlers competing at the Cadet level were born in either 2000 or 2001.

Spring Grove's Dalton Rohrbaugh won the state bronze medal at 106 pounds as a sophomore last year after wrestling the entire year at 113. He's learned to stick to a stricter diet to help him compete at a higher level.

More than 1,000 wrestlers will come to the area for the event, an increase from 2015. Wrestlers will compete for their respective states in dual meets, with a national champion crowned by the end of the event on Saturday.

"It's a dual-meet tournament, so you're competing for your team," said Joe Stabilito of the Pennsylvania Amateur Wrestling Federation. "So, all the kids who wrestle for Pennsylvania will be competing for Pennsylvania. So, there's no individual champions. It's strictly a team event."

Different styles: On display this week at the York Expo Center's Memorial Hall will be two very distinct styles of wrestling.

On one hand, you'll have Greco-Roman wrestling, which is purely an upper-body competition. Wrestlers can't attack below the waist, so they'll try to score points on take downs by tossing their opponent to the mat.

Meanwhile, Freestyle wrestling is the more conventional style of wrestling, where wrestlers can shoot for the legs to score take downs. It's a style that closely resembles high school wrestling, which is called Folkstyle.

Even though the two forms of wrestling are very different, most of the high-school-aged wrestlers will compete in both styles.

Local impact: This is the second year of a three-year contract that York County signed to host the Cadet National Duals.

Last year, there were 640 out-of-town wrestlers who competed in the week-long event. This year, 960 of the more than 1,000 wrestlers will be coming from out of town. Because of that, this year's event is expected to generate an estimated $1.2 million in local economic impact, according to Andrew Staub of the York County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

To put that figure in comparison, last year, the event generated $940,000 in economic benefits for the county, so this year's event should see an estimated $260,000 spike.

Local flavor: Competing on the Pennsylvania team at this week's event will be Spring Grove's Dalton Rohrbaugh.

Rohrbaugh will be wrestling at 113 pounds for the "red" team, one of two teams that Pennsylvania will field for the event.

Spring Grove's Dalton Rohrbaugh 3rd at national event

Rohrbaugh just completed a very strong sophomore season for the Rockets. He's coming off a bronze medal result at the PIAA Class AA state tournament, which is the best result ever by a sophomore in Spring Grove history. He followed that up with a third-place result at the National High School Coaches Association National Wrestling Championships in Virginia Beach, Virginia, back in April. He also went 43-2 during the high school season, a school record for wins in a year.

However, in both of those events, Rohrbaugh competed at 106 pounds, despite wrestling the entire regular season for the Rockets at 113 pounds. Rohrbaugh will compete in both the Greco-Roman and Freestyle divisions this week.

Spring Grove's Seth Worley will also compete in the event this week.

Following the Cadet National Duals, the next stage will be the Cadet National Championships, an individual event which will be held from July 16-23 in Fargo, North Dakota.

— Reach Patrick Strohecker at