LOWER PAXTON TWP. — Boiling Springs took a road trip to CD East for the District 3 Class 2A Section II Wrestling Tournament, moving 10 total wrestlers into next week’s District 3 championships.
The effort gave Bubbletown a second-place finish as a team with 183.5, trailing fellow district power Northern Lebanon.
With just three grapplers in each weight class guaranteed a spot in districts, Boiling Springs moved six wrestlers into the finals and six others into the consolation finals. Kollin Myers (pin), Jalin Hankerson (technical fall), Cameron Palmer (major decision), Zach Martin (two pins), Austin Taylor (pin) and Eric Wilson (pin) all qualified for the finals.
Of those, four took home a title.
Myers (126 pounds) kicked things off in the championship bouts and rolled Hayden Funck of Annville-Cleona twice before securing the head lock for the fall in 1:28.
“I was proud of our team effort today,” Myers said. “We had a couple of kids who didn’t qualify but they have next year. We need to take that same mentality we had today into districts.”
Palmer (145) won with a solid 5-0 victory over Township’s Mabrur Musrial. Martin (170) followed up, taking an early 4-2 lead over Northern Lebanon’s Ethan Herb. He lost a stalling point but picked up the 5-3 decision to win his section title.
Taylor (195) picked up a heavyweight title for the Bubblers, carrying a 3-0 lead into the final period against Northern Lebanon’s Maxx Emborsky. Taylor rode him the entire final period en route to a 4-0 win.
“I wasn’t on the mat too long today but I was happy with our team effort,” Taylor said. “We worked with our 220 (Eric Wilson) and heavyweight (Damon James) in the room this week and it was nice to see them use some of the things we worked on with them. Both qualified for districts. We had a couple of matches not go our way but we will continue to work in the room to get better for next weekend and next year.”
In the next bout, Hunter Wallace (Northern Lebanon) caught Wilson and pinned him in 40 seconds in the 220 bout
Jalin Hankerson (132), who returned in the regular season finale against Bermudian Springs, was the only other Bubbler to finish second. He took a 4-1 lead and appeared to have Trevor Leonard on his back, but Leonard rolled through a move and was awarded a takedown and two near fall points to earn a 6-4 decision.
The Bubblers converted four of their consolation championship bouts into district berths. Only Mason Herrera (106) missed out, dropping a 4-3 decision to Middletown’s Luke Fegley.
Andrew Stafford (113 pounds) took the mat and fell behind Brandon Breidigan 4-0 on back points in the first period. He couldn’t roll Breidigan, who took the final spot by the 4-0 score. The Indians’ Tyger Evans won the 113 title by a 5-1 score.
Jack Coulston (138) won a decision by a 5-0 count over Annville-Cleona’s Tyler Speraw, Nick Kostyak (160) handed Middletown’s Wyatt Smith a 9-3 loss, and Colby Tennyson (182) punched his ticket with a solid 13-6 win over Middletown’s Quincy Reinnagel.
Damon James (285) wrapped up the team’s run of third-place finishers, earning his way with a 5-0 decision over Lancaster Catholic’s Jacob. The Bubblers finished with four champions, two runners-up and four third-place finishers.
“I was okay with today’s results but we did a couple of things that cost us when we were wrestling,” Bubblers coach Rodney Wright said. “We had a couple of things and calls that didn’t go our way but that is wrestling. They were things that we couldn’t control.”
Herrera picked up a defensive pin in the consolation semifinals to earn his shot at districts. Also in the consolation finals were Stafford, Coulston (a 17-1 tech. fall winner), Kostyak (a fall in 3:38), Tennyson (a fall in 1:42), and James (a fall in 35 seconds).
It was an expectedly busy day atop the podium for the Bubblers despite Northern Lebanon and Susquehanna Twp. slotted into the same section.
Northern Lebanon advanced 11 wrestlers into the finals and two others into the consolation finals where a win would earn them the third spot. A surprising Susquehanna Twp. team moved 11 wrestlers into the final four and seven into the championship round.