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HERSHEY — There’s something about Boiling Springs’ Collin Nester.

The 126-pounder flew through the first round in the District 3 Class 2A Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday with a fall in just 51 seconds over Wyomissing’s Roberto Valez.

Then came the rematch against an opponent he had seen before: Upper Dauphin’s Bronson Garber.

The No. 1 seed in the tournament defeated Nester 4-3 not long ago at the District 3 Class 2A Team Championships. This time, it was Nester that got away with the 4-3 decision.

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“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 [in the first session] and that’s it.’

“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.”

This wasn’t the cleanest match of the day for Nester, but he’ll take the W.

He rode the momentum all the way to a 7-1 decision over Middletown’s Nate Brady in the semifinals later Friday to create a finals showdown with Northern Lebanon’s Colin Leonard on Saturday.

“That was nice,” Nester said with a smile after being asked about getting the upset over Garber. “I wrestled him last time and it didn’t really go my way, but I figured that I could definitely beat him this time.”

Myers’ big test

Boiling Springs’ Kollin Myers was flying through the 145 bracket on the first day of competition. A bye in the first round led to a pin in 3:25 over Hamburg’s Andre Selesky in the quarterfinals and a 22-7 technical fall in the semifinals against Schuylkill Valley’s Jack Bennett.

But the easy part of his bracket ends there.

Myers’ championship opponent, Pequea Valley’s Gabe Miller, racked up plenty of takedowns and other points last year on his way to gold at 132, including former Bubbler Jalin Hankerson 10-7 in the quarterfinals — a match that ended in Hankerson tearing his MCL.

This season Miller is undefeated and pinned both of his opponents Friday.

“It’s just one more step to the show, you know?” Wright said. “He’s coming off a pretty good win here... and hopefully he builds some confidence and gets his hand raised.

“The idea is to punch your ticket through to the next week. It doesn’t matter if you take second, you take third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh — as long as you get your ticket on to next week.”

Absense for Trinity

The top seed in 170, Trinity’s Quentin Milliken, was scratched before the start of the Class 2A tournament.

“He broke a school policy and unfortunately he wasn’t able to participate today,” Shamrocks coach Chris Barrick said, not specifying what policy was violated.

The final matchups

The final matchups for Saturday are set with first-, third- and fifth-place matches all taking place simultaneously.

In 2A, Boiling Springs’ Austin Taylor faces Pequea Valley’s Joe Coblentz in the 220 final, and Damon James faces Kennard-Dale’s Tanner Harkins at 285. Jack Coulston (132) battles Upper Dauphin’s Zach Rupp, and Lucas Shoop (138) battles Trinity’s Colton Zimmerman for third. Kaiden Karper (152) faces off with Columbia’s Marcus Falcon, Nick Kostyak (170) faces Northern Lebanon’s Ethan Herb and Zach Martin (160) faces Elco’s Trey Donmoyer for fifth.

Camp Hill’s Luca Colestock (182) battles Hamburg’s Reese Mason for gold, while Nate Teeter (195) battles Susquehanna Twp.’s Troy Ambush for fifth. Trinity’s Patrick Demark (106) faces Biglerville’s Blake Showers for gold, while Maximus McMurray (220) faces Wyomissing’s George Nanouh for fifth.

In 3A, Cedar Cliff sends four to the final: Aiden Lewis (106) vs. Cumberland Valley’s Ben Monn, Donovon Ball (182) vs. Big Spring’s Blake Barrick, JJ Wilson (120) vs. Carlisle’s Rafael Portilla and Michael Cassidy (132) vs. Central Dauphin’s Andrew Wert.

Northern sends three to the finals — Jake Koser (195) vs. Cocalico’s Ben Fromm, Micah Hoffman (145) vs. Chambersburg’s Tate Nichter and Paul Feite (138) vs. Lower Dauphin’s TJ Elhajj — and one to the third-place bout, Liam Strouse (106) vs. East Pennsboro’s Adam Jacob.

Cumberland Valley’s Cade Reichart (126) faces off against Chambersburg’s Cole Grove, and Jake Lucas (170) faces Manheim Twp.’s Jose Lao-cooper for fifth. Carlisle’s Colton Jumper (138) faces Gettysburg’s Joseph Pecaitis for third.

Shippensburg’s Cole Forrester (220) faces Exeter Twp.’s Dennis Karas for first, while Jeffrey Russell (113) faces Lampeter-Strasburg’s Arik Harnish for fifth. Mechanicsburg’s Nick Tewell (145) battles Red Land’s Bryce Brennan for third. West Perry’s Jake Quaker (195) faces Exeter Twp.’s Michael Crane, and Caden Morrison (160) faces Exeter Twp.’s Matt Ward for fifth.

Email Mallory at mmerda@cumberlink.com or follow her on Twitter @MalloryMerda

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