After an exciting season, 23 York-Adams League wrestlers will embark upon Hershey starting Thursday for the right to earn a PIAA medal.
In total, 15 local grapplers will participate in the 3-A draw, while eight additional wrestlers are entered in the 2-A bracket.
A total of three Y-A individuals enter the draw as District 3 champions. That list includes Dallastown standout Brooks Gable (145) as well as Gettysburg teammates Luke Sainato (152) and Dylan Reinert (170).
Notables to look out for: While those three figure to be favored to be on the medal stand Saturday, a handful of other notables around the York area could be poised for a surprise or two.
Dover’s Mason Leiphart suffered his first loss of the season two weekends ago in the 113-pound District 3 3-A title match against Cumberland Valley’s Ben Monn. The normally offensively explosive Leiphart was held in neutral throughout the title bout by Monn, who claimed a 5-0 decision.
As a freshman, Leiphart failed to place at last year’s state meet despite an impressive 34-5 record. As a sophomore, the Eagle standout enters the draw with a 33-1 mark.
While Leiphart was disappointed at the district finals, so too was Northeastern’s Cole Wilson. A nosebleed early in his title bout with Central Dauphin’s Josh Miller set the Bobcat standout on his heels.
He eventually needed to have a bandage placed over his entire nose, making it much harder to breath. While Wilson did mount a late comeback, he fell short in surrendering a 9-5 decision.
Wilson can put those memories behind him with an outstanding run at the state meet starting Thursday. As a sophomore, Wilson placed fourth in the state, but last year he missed the podium completely.
Now, in his final go-round as a senior, the Campbell University recruit has his eyes set on gold. Wilson enters the draw with a 34-3 mark, which includes 28 victories by pinfall.
Central York’s Mason Myers hopes to continue the recent trend of Panthers winning medals at the state meet. Michael Wolfgram, who is now at West Virginia University, finished fourth as a junior and third as a senior last year.
Myers, who is making his first venture to the state draw in Hershey as a senior, is also 34-3 on the season. The Panther standout fell by a 5-3 decision in the semifinals to eventual champion Bryce Brennan of Red Land before claiming third-place at districts.
Another one to watch is York Suburban’s Nasier Spellman. A Section IV winner, Spellman placed fourth at 285 at the District 3 meet.
While Spellman (22-5) lost two matches at districts, both were to Garden Spot’s Charles Martin. In the quarterfinal round, Spellman suffered a heart-wrenching 7-6 setback. In the third-place bout, Martin was able to earn a fall in the second period.
Those losses to Martin were the only one’s Spellman has suffered in 2020, where he is 15-2.
Following is a list of Y-A wrestlers who qualified for the state draw with their District 3 (3-A) or Southeast Regional (2-A) finish as well as their weight class.
Brooks Gable (Dal) – 1st 145
Luke Sainato (Get) – 1st 152
Dylan Reinert (Get) – 1st 170
Mason Leiphart (Dov) – 2nd 113
Cole Wilson (NE) – 2nd 126
Tim Uhler (NO) – 2nd 132
Andrew Christie (NO) – 3rd 120
Mason Myers (CY) – 3rd 132
Ethan Baney (SW) – 3rd 152
Colby Romjue (Sus) – 3rd 160
Max Gourley (Get) – 3rd 182
Lance Beckner (NO) – 4th 126
Caden Dobbins (Dal) – 4th 106
Dylan Forbes (NO) – 4th 182
Nasier Spellman (YS) – 4th 285
Connor Brown (Lit) – 2nd 113
Levi Haines (Big) – 2nd 126
Savauri Shelton (BS) – 2nd 220
Blake Showers (Big) – 4th 138
Ayden Dillon (Lit) – 5th 132
Jake Moyer (F) – 5th 285
Tate Neiderer (DC) – 6th 160
Trenton Harder (BS) – 6th 152
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