Camp Hill’s Luca Colestock has definitely made more of a name for himself.
In the final of the 182-pound bracket at the PIAA Individual Wrestling Southeast Regional tournament, Colestock stepped on the mat to face Hamburg’s Reese Mason. What was on his mind was a gold medal — and history.
He had fallen to Mason in the District 3 championships the week before. Colestock was set on revenge.
And he got it.
The senior got back at Mason with an 8-5 victory Saturday, claiming his gold and history for his school as the Lions wrestler in history to claim a title at regionals.
With a regional title and district silver under his belt, Colestock spent the week preparing for the PIAA Class 2A Individual Wrestling Championships, which begin Thursday, and is hungry for more. He craves a better finish than last year.
A year ago, Colestock found himself in the consolation rounds of the 170 bracket after falling to Reynolds’ Joel Leise in the first round. He made it to the third round of consolations before Mahoney’s Matt Lewandowski knocked him out.
Colestock answered some questions for The Sentinel ahead of Thursday’s first round.
Q: When did you get into wrestling?
A: I started wrestling when I was 4 years old at our team’s “Wrestle for Fun” program.
Q: What made you stick with it?
A: I stuck with it all these years because it’s something that me and my dad shared and bonded over, and then over time I just fell in love with it.
Q: Did you play any other sports growing up?
A: Yeah, I did almost everything growing up. Besides wrestling I played baseball, soccer and basketball through elementary school. I swam for a while and also played football.
Q: Is there anything that’s your favorite about the sport?
A: My favorite part of wrestling is how it’s all for yourself. I love how you have to rely on yourself for your success and how it’s something that’s very objective: you either win or you lose.
Q: What about something that’s not your favorite?
A: I wouldn’t say I dislike anything about wrestling, but I’d say the hardest thing about it is how long the season is. Four months is a long time to be beating yourself up and it wears on you at times.
Q: Take us back to regionals on Saturday. What was that day like leading up to your finals match?
A: On Saturday I really didn’t think about the finals at all until I started my warm-up for it. Initially, I was completely focused on my semifinal match and after that I asked who won the other semifinal and that was it. So, basically, I just tried to relax and focus on the things I could control.
Q: Were there any nerves going in?
A: I was a little nervous, but I think that was a good thing. I felt as if I had a chip on my shoulder and was more excited than anything.
Q: What was the feeling like after you realized you had won gold?
A: It was awesome. Once I heard the final whistle I just felt like I redeemed myself from the week prior and was really happy about that.
Q: How about when they put the medal around your neck?
A: Getting the medal hung around my neck was really cool and I was kinda relieved I could now just focus on going out with a bang.
Q: You also made Camp Hill wrestling history with your win. What does that mean to you?
A: It means so much making history for my team. We had a great team season, and I can’t help but smile thinking about being able to add to that and leave a legacy for myself in our wrestling program.
Q: You made it to the third round of consolations last season. What do you think didn’t go your way then?
A: Last year at states, I feel as if I let my nerves get the best of me and kind of let off the gas a little. And then once I realized I could place it was hard to totally refocus.
Q: What’s your mindset moving into states now?
A: Going into this week I am just taking it moment by moment. Also, I’m just gonna wrestle my matches, and I feel like if I do that I’ll be successful.
Q: Anything you’re working on to try and improve before Thursday?
A: This week we are just emphasizing doing my stuff and keeping up my pace. So we’re not trying to change anything, just focusing on doing what I’m best at.
Q: How much have you been training to prepare for states?
A: I’ve just been really focusing in on having good, hard drilling sessions all postseason. So I’ve been getting hard workouts in, but making sure I’m not wearing myself down at all.
Q: Anything your coach has been telling you or helping you work on?
A: My coaches have been telling me to enjoy myself and making sure I stay focused on myself, not anyone else.
Q: Any teammates helping you out?
A: I have a couple alumni coming in to workout with me and also have had about three to four other teammates in the room to workout with me.
Q: Any pump-up music you like to listen to?
A: I don’t really listen to music before my matches. I just throw my headgear on, zone out everything around me and focus on getting ready.
Q: What’s your motivation going into states this season?
A: My main motivation was just doing better than I did last year. Losing in the blood-round last year stuck with me and made me want to come back and do better than I did.
Q: As a senior, what was your favorite moment from your high school career so far?
A: [Last] weekend was definitely the high point of my career so far, but if everything goes as planned this week it won’t be for long.
Q: Any plans to wrestle after you graduate? Any colleges you’re looking at?
A: I definitely plan on wrestling in college next year. I don’t know where yet, but I have it narrowed down to a few schools.