HERSHEY — Battered and bloodied, Colton Jumper stood on the sidelines out of breath, fresh off of a second-round consolation win.
The Carlisle middleweight’s bottom lip, which took a knee courtesy of his opponent, was still swollen and bleeding from a 138-pound quarterfinal match earlier in the day at the District 3 Class 3A Championships at Hershey’s Giant Center — one that ended in a tough-fought loss to Gettysburg’s Dylan Reinert 12-10.
Jumper didn’t like to lose — something he said straight-out. However, Jumper wasn’t a quitter either. After some words he’d like to take back were directed at his coaches after the first loss, he gathered himself and went back out for consolations.
Jumper was quick to run out ahead on Spring Grove’s Chance Jackson, and the determination that was present on his face was unmistakable — and he used that for a 7-2 decision in a comeback that allowed him to move into the second day of districts.
“It feels pretty good (right now), but I don’t do well with losing,” Jumper said. “I was just really ticked off. I said some things I didn’t mean to say to my coaches. But, they got my head right and they got me to push forward. I can’t really thank anybody else but them.”
That anger was received well with head coach Joe Wilson, who understands what type of person Jumper is.
“I expect that out of Colton — he’s a passionate kid,” Wilson said. “We have a great relationship with him as far as the coach to the wrestler goes. We know when he’s upset, and with something he says right when he first comes off the mat, he doesn’t mean it, so you just gotta give him his time.”
Moving into Day 2 for districts, Jumper’s mindset is different, and his coach believes he has what it takes to fight all the way back to a more coveted spot.
“Don’t wrestle flat,” Jumper said about what he needs to do in Day 2. “When I wrestle defensively, I lose. I have to stay on the aggression, stay in line and just have to come in tomorrow and put points on the board.”
“He regrouped and he came out (of the first match),” Wilson said. “He didn’t wrestle great (in the consolation) match, but he wrestled great enough to win. It’s important that he had a tough match there that he had to fight through it. He could have given up, but he attacked, put the kid on his back and that was a good solid win.”
Jumper will join freshman lightweight (113) Rafael Portilla in Day 2 of districts. Portilla lost in the quarterfinal round to Dalton Rohrbaugh of Spring Grove and won in the consolations against Gettysburg’s Luke Sainato. Drevan Howard (160) and Kyle Seibert (145) were knocked out of the tournament with consolation losses.
Both Carlisle wrestlers join a whopping 17 locals who advanced to Day 2, including Cumberland Valley’s Patrick DeMark (106), Wyatt Long (132), Cal Reichart (145), Will Kaldes (152) and Quentin Milliken (160), Cedar Cliff’s J.J. Wilson (113), Donovon Ball (170) and Francis Duggan (220), Shippensburg’s Chandler Olson (126), Cole Forrester (195) and Cameron Tinner (285), Big Spring’s Tucker Brough (145) and Blake Barrick (195), Northern’s Micah Hoffman (138) and Jake Koser (195), Mechanicsburg’s Brayden Wills (152) and East Pennsboro’s Matt Danner (152).