Champions Crowned as South Central Regional Finals Conclude

The first spots in the PIAA State Class AAA Tournament are filled as the South Central Regional concluded with top four finishers qualifying to Hershey again in two weeks. The day was full of surprises and impressive performances by District 3’s top talent.

At 106 lbs. Will Betancourt (Manheim Central) looked strong in a (4-2) win over junior and returning PIAA State Qualifier #4 Josiah Gehr (Cocalico) grabbing a takedown in the first period that would end up being the difference. Sophomore #11 JJ Wilson (Cedar Cliff) upset #3 Dalton Rohrbaugh (Spring Grove) and dominated the match in all aspects. Wilson looked aggressive and confident picking up a takedown early and earning a set of back points to start the match off. He added another takedown in the second and closed it out (7-4) for his first career Regional Championship.

At 120 lbs. senior #8 Zurich Storm (New Oxford) will be making his fourth straight appearance at the PIAA State Tournament in search of his first career State Medal. Storm looked to be on track in the Regional finals as he dominated Central Dauphin junior and 2x PIAA State Medalist #3 Chris Wright with a (8-2) decision. Storm was flawless from his feet getting three takedowns in addition to a set of backs. Exeter senior #2 Austin DeSanto showed just how tough he is as the returning PIAA State Runner-up cruised to a (22-10) major decision over #3 Chandler Olson (Shippensburg). The two will be teammates at Drexel as it was the second time this season DeSanto downed Olson the first coming (6-3) in the opening weekend.

Cumberland Valley senior #4 Wyatt Long edged out #6 Andrew Wert (Central Dauphin) at 132 lbs. winning (3-2). Stud freshman #18 Clayton Ulrey (Lower Dauphin) looked sharp in his first career postseason winning the 138 lbs. bracket with a (5-3) decision over Gary Clark (Garden Spot). Rivals #10 Tucker Brough (Big Spring) and #11 Cal Reichart (Cumberland Valley) continued to do battle this time in the Regional finals at 145 lbs. with Brough winning (1-0). This was the fourth time on the season that the two wrestled with Brough now owning all four of those meetings. #7 Brayden Wills (Mechanicsburg) had one of the biggest wins in his career winning the 152 lbs. Championship over #5 Will Kaldes (Cumberland Valley).

Senior PIAA State Medalist Jonah Barley (Penn Manor) fended off scrappy rookie Luke Nichter (Chambersburg Area) at 160 lbs. winning (4-3) en route to his third straight trip to the PIAA State Tournament. Exeter senior #4 Ty Bagoly made it two Champions for the Eagles and head coach Jonathan Rugg as he earned his first trip to the PIAA State Tournament with a (7-2) decision over #5 Tommy O’Brien (Wilson).

Returning PIAA State Medalist and senior #4 Drew Peck (Chambersburg) won his first career Regional Championship defeating #13 Ben Maack (Governor Mifflin) in an impressive (4-1) win at 182 lbs. Big Spring junior #8 Blake Barrick broke his curse of falling short at the South Central Regional winning the Championship title at 195 lbs. defeating #16 Ben Fromm (Cocalico) in the finals (7-1). 

In a battle of returning PIAA State Medalist #3 Francis Duggan (Cedar Cliff) claimed his first career Regional Championship at 220 lbs. with a (6-4) decision over #4 Jesse Enck (Daniel Boone). Duggan was a Regional runner-up two years ago as a freshman while at Cumberland Valley and the win gave Enck his first defeat on the season. One of the best performances of the afternoon came at heavyweight when sophomore #5 Michael Wolfgram (Central York) controlled a very tough #6 Cameron Tinner (Shippensburg). Wolfgram, a PIAA State Qualifier a season ago, dominated from his feet grabbing six takedowns in a (14-5) major decision over the senior.

Full brackets can be found below!

106 LBS
1st #13 Will Betancourt (Manheim Central) DEC #4 Josiah Gehr (Cocalico), 4-2
3rd #8 Cole Wilson (Northeastern) DEC Patrick DeMark (Cumberland Valley), 5-1
5th Austin Jones (Ephrata) DEC Cole Baer (Cedar Cliff), 1-0

113 LBS
1st #11 JJ Wilson (Cedar Cliff) DEC #3 Dalton Rohrbaugh (Spring Grove), 7-4
3rd Rafael Portilla (Carlisle) DEC CJ Morton (Twin Valley), 7-3
5th Kayde Althouse (Cocalico) F #25 Cameron Terry (Ephrata), 4:08

120 LBS
1st #8 Zurich Storm (New Oxford) DEC #3 Chris Wright (Central Dauphin), 8-2
3rd Brandon Connor (Wilson) DEC Clay Baker (Spring Grove), 4-2 SV
5th Nevin Estevez (McCaskey) DEC Matthew McCann (Waynesboro), 7-3

126 LBS
1st #2 Austin DeSanto (Exeter Township) MD #3 Chandler Olson (Shippensburg), 22-10
3rd #5 Jake Cherry (Central Dauphin) DEC #25 Josh Mclaughlin (Cedar Cliff), 3-0
5th Austin Rowzer (Red Land) DEC #21 Dalton Daugherty (Dallastown), 6-2

132 LBS
1st #4 Wyatt Long (Cumberland Valley) DEC #6 Andrew Wert (Central Dauphin), 3-2
3rd #19 TT Elhajj (Lower Dauphin) MD Jake Meyer (Spring Grove), 8-0
5th Cole Grove (Chambersburg) DEC Christian Schilling (Garden Spot), 7-1

138 LBS
1st #18 Clayton Ulrey (Lower Dauphin) DEC Gary Clark (Garden Spot), 5-3
3rd #5 Micah Hoffman (Northern York) MD #19 Dylan Reinert (Gettysburg), 12-2
5th Joey Stoak (Central Dauphin) DEC Tyler Wilkes (Wilson), 5-3 TB2

145 LBS
1st #10 Tucker Brough (Big Spring) DEC #11 Cal Reichart (Cumberland Valley), 1-0
3rd Stefahn Mayo (Muhlenberg) F Connor Finkey (Garden Spot), 3:53
5th Pavel Dariychuk (Conestoga Valley) FOR #18 Paul Feite (Northern York)

152 LBS
1st #7 Brayden Wills (Mechanicsburg) DEC #5 Will Kaldes (Cumberland Valley), 3-1
3rd #24 AJ Wilson (Solanco) DEC #14 Drake Brenize (Chambersburg), 1-0
5th #15 Matthew Danner (East Pennsboro) DEC Luke Hirtzel (Warwick), 7-3

160 LBS
1st #5 Jonah Barley (Penn Manor) DEC #12 Luke Nichter (Chambersburg), 4-3
3rd #13 Quentin Milliken (Cumberland Valley) DEC Dylan Gurreri (Red Lion), 9-2
5th Tyler Borton (Exeter Township) FOR Jose Lao-Cooper (Manheim Township)

170 LBS
1st #4 Tyler Bagoly (Exeter Township) DEC #5 Tommy O’Brien (Wilson), 7-2
3rd #22 Ben Root (Solanco) DEC Britain Shields (Big Spring), 11-5
5th Donovan Ball (Cedar Cliff) FOR Neamiah Diggs (Harrisburg)

182 LBS
1st #4 Drew Peck (Chambersburg) DEC #13 Ben Maack (Governor Mifflin), 4-1
3rd #15 Emorson Wentz (Cedar Cliff) MD #19 Leo Higgins (Palmyra), 10-2
5th #20 Brendan Shaffer (Lower Dauphin) F Connor Brinton (Conestoga Valley), 3:56

195 LBS
1st #8 Blake Barrick (Big Spring) DEC #16 Ben Fromm (Cocalico), 7-1
3rd #5 Jake Koser (Northern York) DEC #11 Cole Forrester (Shippensburg), 7-0
5th #7 Dennis Karas (Exeter Township) F #19 Seth Egolf (Waynesboro), 1:53

220 LBS
1st #3 Francis Duggan (Cedar Cliff) DEC #4 Jesse Enck (Daniel Boone), 6-4
3rd #8 Bryce Shields (Dallastown) F #19 Nathan Young (Spring Grove), 2:33
5th #18 Dedrick Turner (Northeastern) FOR Isaiah Hall (Harrisburg)

285 LBS
1st #5 Michael Wolfgram (Central York) MD #6 Cameron Tinner (Shippensburg), 14-5
3rd #9 Oscar Daniels (Exeter Township) FOR #8 Blaine Yinger (Northeastern)
5th #11 Ryan Stewart (Warwick) F #17 Brady Maxwell (Cocalico), 2:22


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