District 3 wrestling event moving to Giant Center

  • The 2017 District 3 Individual Wrestling Championships will be held at the Giant Center in Hershey.
  • Since 2003, the event had been held at the neighboring Hersheypark Arena.
  • The championships and consolation finals be conducted on Saturday, Feb. 25.

The 2017 District 3 Individual Wrestling Championships will be held at the Giant Center in Hershey.

PIAA District 3 wrestling chairman Randy Umberger confirmed the move on Tuesday on the District 3 website.

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.

According to an announcement on the website: "The move will give District 3 some distinct advantages in the operation of the wrestling championships and provide greater comfort for fans attending the event, which has been held at neighboring Hersheypark Arena since 2003."

The 2017 District 3 M&T Bank Wrestling Championships will be conducted over a three-day period for the first time since 2004. The Class 3A preliminaries and quarterfinals will be conducted on Thursday, Feb. 23, beginning at 3 p.m. Only Class 3A will be wrestled on Thursday.

Class 2A will begin on Friday, Feb. 24, at 10 a.m. with preliminaries and quarterfinals. Both classes will wrestle concurrent championship semifinals Friday, beginning at roughly 5:30 p.m.

The championships and consolation finals will be conducted on Saturday, Feb. 25, beginning with the Parade of Champions at 9:45 a.m. The approximate time of finish will be 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., at which time Giant Center must be cleared for the Hershey Bears hockey game that evening.

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District 3 will post a detailed time schedule at www.piaadistrict3.org in the near future.

The PIAA District 3 M&T Bank Team Wrestling Championships will be conducted on Tuesday, Jan. 31 (Class 3A preliminaries and quarterfinals), Wednesday, Feb. 1 (Class 2A quarterfinals and semifinals), Thursday, Feb. 2 (Class 3A championship semifinals and consolation quarterfinals and semifinals at Spring Grove High School) and Saturday, Feb. 4 (Class 3A and 2A third-place matches and championships at Spartan Center, Milton Hershey School).

OT rule not properly followed in boys' soccer match involving York-Adams schools: In other recent District 3 news involving a pair of York-Adams League programs, district officials ruled that the boys' soccer game between Gettysburg and Biglerville on Saturday, Sept. 3, will be removed from the District 3 boys' soccer power ratings because the overtime procedure was improperly conducted.

According the District 3 adopted policy in the 2015-2016 school year, all tournament games must adhere strictly to the National Federation of High Schools/PIAA overtime rules, or the game will not count in power ratings.

Although Gettysburg and Biglerville did go to penalty kicks (Gettysburg won on PKs), they did not play the mandatory sudden-victory period(s) as provided in the overtime rule on the advice of game officials.

According to the District 3 website: "Although the error was not the lack of diligence on the part of the schools, which had arranged a compliant OT setup, the policy makes no exception or waiver for an incorrect procedure. District 3 schools are reminded to follow the soccer and field hockey overtime procedures that are explicitly described in the PIAA’s preseason bulletin for both sports."