HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING
Trojans claim Schuylkill division title
By Tony Matter CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Upper Dauphin Area won its second league title in as many weeks, this time claiming the Schuylkill League Division 2 title after a thumping of Tri-Valley in Hegins Jan. 23.
It was the Trojans’ final dual meet before the District 3-AA team championships kick off this week.
In other Sentinel-area wrestling action, Line Mountain topped Halifax, but the Wildcats bounced back to wallop Schuylkill Haven. Williams Valley lost to Panther Valley. The Vikes also competed at the annual Coal Cracker tournament at Panther Valley last weekend, placing two wrestlers in the 28-team tournament.
UDA 56 Tri-Valley 15
The Trojans scored 44 points before the Bulldogs got their first win Jan. 23 in Hegins.
The victory ensured a third consecutive Schuylkill League, Division 2 title for UD, which improved its season record to 13-2. Both of the Trojans’ team losses occurred at the Virginia Duals tournament earlier this month.
Chase Witmer (285) struck first for UDA, earning a hard-fought 6-0 decision over Stone Clouser to open the match. Matthew Schwenk collected a forfeit at 106, before Maxx Trexler topped Mason Boltz in an 8-2 decision to put UDA up 12-0 after three bouts.
Ethan Paul (120) kept the Trojan train rolling with a 13-1 major decision over Austin Miller. Bronson Garber (126) and Zach Rupp (132) expanded the UD lead with falls before teammate Kade Matter (138) notched a 10-2 major decision over Dawson Schwalm, whom he had beaten by an 8-3 margin in the Schuylkill League tournament the prior weekend.
Tyler Wright (145) and Dillon Johns (152) continued the Trojans’ bonus-point rally with falls before Aaron Heffron finally scored a victory for the Dawgs, as he pinned UD’s Darien Wiest in the 160-pound bout.
Wiest and Heffron were tied 1-1 before the Bulldog caught Wiest with his guard down and earned a fall midway through the final period.
Tri-Valley got a decision at 170 and a forfeit at 182 before Ben Cope (195) collected
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