PREP NOTES: Local wrestlers earn hardware over holidays
It was another busy, and successful, weekend for York-Adams League wrestlers.
Several local athletes brought home hardware from some notable holiday tournaments.
A few local teams took part in the Governor Mifflin Holiday Tournament, with two York County products winning their weight classes.
Right off the bat at 106 pounds, York County flexed its muscles with Dover's Matthew Rodriguez capturing the title. Along the way, he knocked off Cael Turnbull of Dallastown, who won his first three bouts by pins before falling to Rodriguez by major decision (15-6).
At 126 pounds, Dalton Daugherty won the weight class for the Wildcats, winning all four of his bouts by decision. In the championship, he scored a 2-1 win over Neshaminy's Jackson Erb.
Drake Pew made it to the championship bout at 170 pounds, only to fall to Isaiah Mayes of Pottstown, 6-5. At 220 pounds, Bryce Shields made the final round as well, dropping a 3-2 decision to Bryan Kennerly of Upper Darby.
Northeastern and a few other Y-A League schools took part in the Trojan Wars event at Chambersburg. The Bobcats had two wrestlers finish in the top three of their respective weight classes. Cole Wilson finished in third place at 113 pounds, defeating Gettysburg's Luke Sainato in the bout, 6-0. At heavyweight, Blaine Yinger finished second, losing to Shippensburg's Cameron Tinner, 6-4.
Central York sophomore Michael Wolfgram continues to dominate the heavyweight division wherever he goes this season. Wolfgram won the division at the Conestoga Valley Holiday Classic over the weekend, defeating Exeter Township's Oscar Daniels by major decision in the championship round, 14-1. Prior to that, Wolfgram recorded pins in his first two bouts and then won a 5-2 decision in the semifinals to reach the championship bout.
Spring Grove sent most of its team to Mount Mat Madness in Maryland. One of the toughest high school wrestling competitions in the entire country, the Rockets' Dalton Rohrbaugh nearly won the 113-pound weight class, falling the championship bout, 9-3, to Michael Colaiocco of Blair Academy (New Jersey) in the final.
Spring Grove boys face challenges this week: The Spring Grove boys' basketball team will face a daunting schedule over the next few days.
It starts Tuesday, when the Rockets travel to Northeastern to face the unbeaten Bobcats in a York-Adams Division I battle. Spring Grove enters at 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the division. Northeastern is 9-0 and 4-0. The game is expected to draw a packed house in Manchester.
The very next night, Spring Grove will play host to Middletown (5-0) in a non-league battle. The game was scheduled for early in the season, but was pushed back because the Blue Raiders' football team was playing for a state championship that weekend.
Then on Friday, the Rockets play host to Dallastown, which stands at 7-1 overall and 3-1 in Division I.
It's a mighty big challenge for Eli Brooks and company. Brooks, who leads the York-Adams League in scoring at 24.9 points per game, recently became Spring Grove's all-time leading scorer. He is set to play for the Michigan Wolverines next season.
The combined record of the Rockets' three foes this week is 21-1.
Girls' showdown in Division I: The top two teams in York-Adams Division I girls' basketball will square off on Tuesday night.
Central York (8-1 overall, 3-0 in D-I) will travel to New Oxford (7-1, 4-0) for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off. The winner will take over sole possession of first place.
New Oxford is led by multi-sport standout Kaelyn Long, who is averaging 14.6 points per game, and Haley Luckabaugh, who pumps in 10.3 per game.
Central will counter with Emma Saxton (14.6 ppg) and Nikson Valencik (14.1).
The Panthers' only loss came on Dec. 10 to Lampeter-Strasburg, 56-50. The Colonials' only loss came to Northern Lebanon, 53-38, on Dec. 28. Lampeter-Strasburg is 7-1 and Northern Lebanon is 8-1.