State Champion #12 Jon Gabrial Commits to Navy

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Bedford's State Champion Jon Gabriel

Bedford’s State Champion Jon Gabriel

The Class of 2016 recruiting decisions are heating up and the latest commitment came from 2015 PIAA State Champion Jonathan Gabriel (Bedford). The #12 recruit from PA’s Class of 2016 committed to the Naval Academy where he will join several Pennsylvania wrestling natives.

In 2015 Gabriel rebounded from a South West Regional defeat to Tristan Law (Forest Hills) in the finals at 120 lbs. (6-3) to advance into his second straight PIAA State Finals appearance. In the State finals Jonathan outlasted fellow junior Seth Hogue (Reynolds) with a (8-4) decision. In 2014 Gabriel faced Hogue in the PIAA State semifinals earning a fall (3:50) to advance into the 113 lbs. PIAA State Finals where he finished runner-up to Luke Karam (Bethlehem Catholic). It was the sophomore’s first trip to Hershey.

As a freshman Gabriel had a solid season at 106 lbs. finishing (32-4) missing a trip to States going (2-2) in a loaded South West Regional bracket. Prior to his freshman season at Bedford Jonathan was ranked #16 in the Top Incoming Freshmen of 2013 by PA Power Wrestling.

Gabriel projects to compete at 125 lbs. for the Blue and Gold.


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