York County woman earns championship at prestigious wrestling tournament in South Carolina
- The Soap Defense Super 32 wrestling tournament was held in South Carolina over the weekend.
- Stewartstown's Tiffani Baublitz won the 160-pound women's title in dominating fashion.
- Gettysburg's Montana DeLawder and Biglerville's Levi Haines each earned second-place finishes.
A York County athlete competed in one of the nation’s top wrestling tournaments over the weekend and came home a champion.
Stewartstown’s Tiffani Baublitz captured the 160-pound women’s title at the 2020 Defense Soap Super 32 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
The event, in its 21st year, is billed as the nation's toughest high school folkstyle tournament. Over the years, more than two dozen Super 32 wrestlers have gone on to win NCAA Division I men's wrestling championships.
Baublitz triumphed in dominating fashion, outscoring her four foes, 30-1. None of those four opponents scored more than a single point against the top-seeded Baublitz. Her wins came by scores of 6-0, 10-0, 10-1 and 4-0. The 4-0 win came in the championship match vs. No. 3 seed Jessi Johnson from New Jersey.
Another local wrestler, Gettysburg’s Montana DeLawder also nearly won a girls’ title, falling in a very close match in the 123-pound finals to Katie Gomez of California. The match ended in a 4-4 tie, but Gomez was declared the winner by virtue of scoring last. DeLawder was seeded No. 1 and Gomez was seeded No. 2. DeLawder had won three previous pins in the event.
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In men’s action, Biglerville’s Levi Haines also finished second, dropping his championship match at 138 pounds to No. 9 seed Caden McCrary of Georgia, 8-2. Haines entered as the No. 10 seed. On his way to the finals, Haines earned six victories.
Baublitz, DeLawder and Haines are among the top wrestlers from the York-Adams region.
Entering this season, DeLawder was ranked No. 2 in the nation at 127 pounds and Baublitz was ranked No. 5 at 164 pounds. USA Wrestling, FloWrestling and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum again partnered to create those preseason national rankings.
Baublitz and DeLawder are both seniors in high school and each has won two MyHouse Pennsylvania High School Girls’ State Wrestling Championships. Girls' wrestling is not yet a sanctioned PIAA sport.
Competing against boys for Gettysburg High School, DeLawder has compiled a 67-43 record.
Haines, meanwhile, is a junior and has twice finished second in Class 2-A at the PIAA Championships at 106 pounds as a freshman and 126 pounds as a sophomore. He has an overall high school record of 70-5.
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