HERSHEY — It was a rematch. A rematch Boiling Springs' Collin Nester wanted. He also wanted a different outcome.
Upper Dauphin's Bronson Garber stood as the No. 1 seed at 126 pounds in the District 3 Class 2A Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday at Giant Center. He had defeated Nester 4-3 in the District 3 Class 2A Team Championships not too long ago. That match stayed in the minds of both Nester and Bubblers head coach Rodney Wright.
A penalty for an untied shoelace deducted a point the last time the two met. It was Nester's main motivation for revenge. And he got it in a 4-3 decision.
"That was [a match] in the making after our team duals with Upper Dauphin," Wright said. "We gave him two points in that match... we should have been the one's winning that match, but it is what it is. We were ready for him today. Collin said, 'I'm wrestling two matches today and that's it.' Until tonight anyway.
"And he did that. He went out and wrestled a great match, and that's good for him. Collin hasn't had the best record this year, but he's wrestled a lot of great, quality kids and he's always on the mats. For him to get his hand raised against Garber is a good thing."
Garber started off the match with a quick takedown, but Nester climbed back with two escapes of his own to tie the score moving into the third period. An escape at the 1:22 mark put Bronson back in the lead 3-2 before Nester went in for the takedown with just a minute to go.
"I went out there and I really couldn't get any shots on him," Nester said. "He was wrestling tough. He kept getting in on my leg, and I didn't fix that. I got out and still couldn't take a shot. Then I finally took a shot, and I just had to ride him out."
Although the match wasn't the cleanest win for Nester, he'll still take the W to move into the semifinals, which begin at 5:30.
"That was nice," Nester said with a smile after being asked about getting the upset. "I wrestled him last time and it didn't really go my way, but I figured that I could definitely beat him this time."
Along with Nester, Boiling Springs moves a total of six wrestlers into the semifinals: Austin Taylor (220), Damon James (285), Jack Coulston (132), Kollin Myers (145) and Lucas Shoop (138). Andrew Stafford (113), Colby Tennyson (182), Kaiden Karper (152), Nick Kostyak (170) and Zach Martin (160) will all fight to stay alive in the consolation rounds, also continuing at 5:30.
Other noteable locals
Camp Hill's Luca Colestock (182) and Nate Teeter (195) will battle it out in the semifinals, while Micah Springer (220) continues through the consolation rounds.
For Trinity, Patrick Demark (106) is the lone Shamrock in the semifinals, while Caleb Bentley (152), Colton Zimmerman (138) and Maximus McMurray (220) all battle in the consolation rounds.
Trinity's Quentin Milliken, the No. 1 seed at 170, was scratched in the morning.