It’s not enough for Spring Grove standout wrestler Dalton Rohrbaugh to just win.
He’s done plenty of that before.
The senior Lock Haven University recruit wants to leave little doubt during his run at the District 3 Class 3-A wrestling tournament. Rohrbaugh picked up a pin in his first-round bout before scoring a major decision in the quarterfinals Thursday at Hershey’s Giant Center.
He's one of 10 York-Adams League wrestlers to make the semifinals.
“I want to be aggressive, score points. I don’t want to have any close matches, I want to go out and score as many points as possible,” Rohrbaugh said after his first day wrapped up. “Every once and a while, you’re going to have a close one, but if I can avoid that I will. I want to go out and score 10 points in the first period, take everything away from them to where they don’t even want to wrestle me anymore, basically.”
Those two victories put Rohrbaugh (39-1) into Friday’s 126-pound semifinal, where he’ll take on Chambersburg’s Cole Grove (28-8) for a spot in the district championship bout.
A medal in the 126-pound division would be Rohrbaugh’s fourth of his high school career. He won the 106-pound title in 2016 before finishing second at 113 pounds last year. He was second at 106 as a freshman.
Rohrbaugh got his day off to a fast start by pinning Daniel Boone’s Samuel Zummo in 1 minute, 47 seconds. He followed that up with a 9-0 major decision against Penn Manor’s Nicholas Fafel.
“I feel like I’m moving my feet. I feel like I’m doing good on my feet, which is where I’ve struggled in past years, and even this season a little bit,” Rohrbaugh said. “Knowing that I’m getting it going today is a confidence builder going into the next two days.”
Wolfgram cruises: Speaking of wrestlers leaving little doubt, Central York senior Michael Wolfgram stayed undefeated, improving his record to 34-0 and cruising into Friday’s 285-pound semifinals with a pair of pins.
Wolfgram first got the best of Conestoga Valley’s Tyler Oakley in 1:01 before making short work of Cedar Cliff’s Anthony Shires in 1:03.
“I’m feeling good but it’s only the first day, I’ve got to come back here tomorrow and put my shoes on like everyone else and keep scoring points if I want to be a district champ again,” said Wolfgram, the defending district champion at 285. “Stay on my offense, control the pace of the match, not wrestling that guy’s match and not letting him slow me down. I think all they’re going to do is try to slow my hands down because they know I can score a lot of points if I stay on my offense.”
Wilson reaches semis: Northeastern sophomore Cole Wilson is another Section 4 champion still in the hunt for a district title. Wilson pinned Carlisle’s Seth Bloomquist in 3:57 in the first round before winning an 8-3 decision against Central Dauphin’s Tye Weathersby in the quarterfinals.
Wilson is trying to become only the second Bobcats wrestler since 1978 to win a District 3 tile. The last was heavyweight Blaine Yinger in 2016.
After his day concluded, an exhausted Wilson admitted his performance wasn’t up to his high standards.
“Before the match started, I was like 'if I get to the third period the weight cut might hit me a little bit,' so I wanted to finish that match quick. But I wasn’t aggressive enough and didn’t execute moves right,” Wilson said. “I’m kind of disappointed, because great wrestlers don’t really give up points at the end and I did, just easy points I shouldn’t have let up.”
The day wasn’t as kind to Wilson’s Bobcats teammate and fellow Section 4 champ Thomas Gradwell (106). After picking up a pin in his first-round bout, Gradwell dropped a tight 8-7 decision to Northern York’s Liam Strouse in the quarterfinals. He then suffered a tough 14-1 major decision loss against Governor Mifflin’s Jalon Lavine, ending Gradwell’s sophomore season with a record of 25-9.
Other York-Adams semifinalist: Spring Grove’s Anthony Hinson (160) was the only other York-area Section 4 champion to reach the semifinals. Hinson earned his spot by pinning Cedar Cliff’s Isaiah Auman in 3:47 before winning a 15-3 major decision over Exeter Township’s Matt Ward in the quarterfinals, moving Hinson’s record to 37-3.
Two other York-area wrestlers also reached the semifinals.
Dover’s Matt Rodriguez (18-5) scored a 6-4 decision over Shippensburg’s Jeffrey Russel and followed that up with a 12-2 major decision over Garden Spot’s Josh Groff to reach the 113 semis.
Dallastown’s Raymond Christas (285) moved to 36-2 on the season by picking up back-to-back pins. A victory against Lower Dauphin’s Kyle Wuestner on Friday, paired with a Wolfgram victory Friday, would see an all-York County district title match.
In addition, four other York-Adams League wrestlers made the semifinals: New Oxford Jared Bair (30-11) at 132, Gettysburg's Dylan Reinert (27-3) at 152, South Western's Ethan Baney (33-5) at 160 and New Oxford's Darrick Rudisill (33-8) at 195.
Staying alive: Y-A League wrestlers who kept their seasons alive by reaching the consolation quarterfinals were: New Oxford's Timothy Uhler (113), Dallastown’s Cael Turnbull (120), Spring Grove’s Chase Bricker (120), Central York’s Logan Paluch (126), Dallastown’s Dalton Daugherty who will next face Spring Grove’s Clay Baker (132), Spring Grove’s Jacob Meyer (138), Gettysburg's Joseph Pecaitis (138), Red Lion’s Cole Daugherty who will face Susquehannock’s Colby Romjue (145), Dallastown’s Jarrett Feeney (160), Susquehannock’s Joey Romjue (170) and Gettysburg's Michael Fortney (182).
Reach Elijah Armold at firstname.lastname@example.org.