WEST LAWN — It came down to sudden victory for Camp Hill’s Luca Colestock at the PIAA Class 2A Regionals quarterfinal round at Wilson High School Friday night.
The junior middleweight (170) missed the chance at states last season, and this year he wanted to make up for it. And one opponent wasn’t going to give him his 17-15 solid victory without a fight.
Hitting the mat against Mahoney’s Matt Lewandowski, all was quiet as Colestock took the lead 4-2 with two solid takedowns. The second period, however, took a turn and the wrestlers found themselves knotted at 9-9 going into the third.
Colestock fell behind early in the third period and, as time ticked down, he found himself in a 15-13 hole. Quick thinking and quick movements gave Colestock one last takedown to tie the bout once again, forcing it into sudden victory.
Locked up for most of the overtime period, Colestock and Lewandowski traded stares and fake-outs before Colestock took one last chance, lunging at Lewandowski.
And it worked.
Colestock managed the takedown he needed to end the match, and with fists raised in the air and breathing heavily, Colestock earned himself one more victory before Day 2 on his way to a regional medal.
“I felt good throughout the match,” Colestock said. “I took advantage of his mistakes. Last year I didn’t make it out of districts.”
This season for the middleweight is different with a trip to states secured and one more day of regionals ahead of him. But, when talking about states, Colestock can’t help but smile.
“It feels really good — I can’t describe it,” Colestock said. “I want to have fun and enjoy it. I’m only a junior, so I’ve got one more year to do it.”
The Lions also moved another wrestler to Day 2. Gus LaTorre (138) moved into the next round of consolations on a bye. Jacob Coniglio (126) unfortunately did not make it out of the first round and consolations.
Boiling Springs moves more than a few wrestlers to Day 2
After a not-so-perfect time at districts, the Boiling Springs Bubblers moved a handful of wrestlers to Day 2 of regionals — something that may help boost the mentality and confidence moving into state contention.
At 126, Kollin Myers dominated his bouts, quickly moving past the first round with a pin over Northern Lehigh’s Seth Frohnheiser in just 1:04 and then pulling off a major decision victory, 16-2 over Church Farm’s Sebastian Corrales. Austin Taylor (195) moves into the semifinals after a fall in both of his bouts — a pin in 1:43 over Palmerton’s John Iles in the first round and a pin in 4:50 over Newport’s Brady Herr in the quarterfinals.
Cameron Palmer (145) and Nick Kostyak (160) will both move into the next round of consolations.
For Trinity, Caleb Bentley (120) and Colten Drawbaugh (182) have both moved on to Day 2 consolations.