Biglerville's Levi Haines cruises to state 2-A wrestling championship at 145 pounds

STEVE HEISER
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Levi Haines

Biglerville’s Levi Haines left no doubt this year.

After consecutive silver-medal finishes in his two previous appearances at the PIAA Class 2-A Wrestling Championships, the Canners' junior standout cruised to the 145-pound crown in 2021.

Haines won all of his three matches on Friday at Hershey's Giant Center in easy fashion, including a pin in the final against Sullivan County’s Nathan Higley. He won his first two matches 11-2 and 11-3.

Haines finished off a perfect 30-0 season. His career record now stands at 100-5.

Haines joins John Johnston (1985), Chris Marshall (1994) and Shain Leggett (1999) as state wrestling champions from Biglerville.

He's the first York-Adams League state wrestling gold medalist since since 2014, when Kennard-Dale's Chance Marsteller, Hanover's Ian Brown and Bermudian Springs' Tristan Sponseller each finished first. His father, Ken, also won a state championship for Gettysburg in 1995. Ken is Levi's head coach at Biglerville.

Higley finished at 27-2, with both losses coming against Haines.

Haines' effort was just part of a strong effort by Adams County wrestlers on Friday in state 2-A competition.

Bermudian Springs' Hogan Swenski took third place at 285. He won his opener, 8-4, before dropping a 5-1 decision in the semifinals. A 3-0 consolation victory moved Swenski into the third-place bout, where he captured a 7-0 triumph.

Swenski's teammate at Bermudian Springs, Savauri Shelton, finished in fourth place at 215 pounds in the 2-A meet. Shelton lost his opener, 8-0, before bouncing back with 3-0 and 4-2 consolation wins. He then dropped the third-place match, 1-0.

Swenski finished 2021 at 25-4 and finished his career at 84-31. Shelton's 2021 record ends at 25-6 and he ends his career at 75-14.

Leiphart takes third in 3-A at 120 pounds: In Class 3-A competition on Saturday, the top York-Adams performer was Dover's Mason Leiphart in third place at 120.

Liephart cruised to a 13-2 first-round triumph before falling to eventual champion Mac Church of Waynesburg in the semifinals, 1-0. In consolation action, Leiphart captured a pair of impressive 8-0 victories to grab third place. The junior finished the year at 26-3 and stands at 93-11 for his career.

Red Lion's Ryan Fry added a sixth-place at 160 pounds and Dallastown's Brooks Gable took seventh at 189 pounds. Fry lost his opener, 5-1, before bouncing back with a 7-2 consolation victory. That was followed by a 6-2 consolation loss and a 11-9 setback in the fifth-place bout. Gable lost his opener, 8-1, and then dropped a 1-0 consolation decision before winning his seventh-place bout by forfeit.

Gable finished his season at 26-5 and finished his career at 108-53. Fry finished the season at 26-7 and leaves the Lions with a career 58-32 mark.

All of the competitors over the weekend were considered state medalists. Swenski, Shelton, Leiphart, Fry and Gable were all first-time state medalists for their careers.

Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com.