READING — Boiling Springs' Zach Martin was out of breath as he leaned over one of the folding tables set out at Wilson High School on Friday night.
As he tried to catch it after his match against Hamburg's Brendan Hamilton, head coach Rodney Wright came over, hitting him lightly with his packet of brackets.
Martin was all smiles. All smiles after dropping Hamilton in the 160-pound bracket 9-6.
There was a chance that Martin wrestling in the PIAA Class 2A Southeast Regional tournament wouldn't happen.
But after that victory, Martin's pretty glad everything worked out.
"I've been sick the entire past week," Martin said. "So I haven't got to train much. To come out here and perform like I am, it means the world to me."
With 1:28 left in the first period, Martin got himself on the board first with crucial takedown points. A reversal from Hamilton came a minute later to tie it up before Martin notched an escape point to end the first. Later up 5-2, Hamilton notched a reversal just five seconds into the third period. An escape from Martin and another takedown from Hamilton tied the score again 6-6 with 1:22 remaining.
Moments later, another Martin escape led to one last takedown to get the win.
And fist pumps.
"I'm ecstatic," Martin said. "It's my second time doing individuals and my first time making it to states senior year. I couldn't be any more proud of myself and how I wrestled."
With states locked up, Martin now faces another tough challenge against the No. 1 seed, Northern Lebanon's Blaise Bressler.
However, Martin is staying focused and keeping it simple.
"Honestly, go after it, attack it," Martin said. "Push the pace and win."
Another big day belonged to 220-pounder Austin Taylor, who received a bye in the first round. And before anyone could blink, he pinned his first opponent, Salisbury's Jonah Nisenbaum, in just 44 seconds.
Taylor, who sits at the No. 1 seed in the bracket, is keeping it calm and collected.
"I really don't try to think about the outcome," Taylor said. "I kind of just think about what I'm going to do, how I'm going to approach the match, how my opponent's build is, and I just go in doing my stuff.
"My mindset is just to wrestle. Go at it like I've been the past few weeks and just keep my head in it."
Boiling Springs moves a total of nine into Day 2. Joining Martin and Taylor are: Collin Nester (126 consolations), Jack Coulston (132 consolations), Kaiden Karper (152 consolations), Kollin Myers (145 semifinals), Lucas Shoop (138 consolations), Nick Kostyak (170 consolations) and Damon James (285 consolations).
Colestock in semis
Camp Hill's Luca Colestock was, just like Martin ahead of him, ecstatic to move into the semifinals.
After pinning his opponent, Faith Christian's Jonathan Vizcarrando, in 5:06, Colestock chest bumped with his coaches and then ran to his dad, grabbing him in a tight embrace.
This is Colestock's chance to redeem himself for the second-place finish at districts. It's something he knows could be big if he wins gold here.
"My [district] finals match was one move — one move's difference," Colestock said. "If I take that back, I think I win that match, but it happened last week and it's over now."
With that in the back of his mind, Colestock is only focused on the road ahead, which includes a meeting with Mahoney's Matt Lewandowski in the semifinals.
"If I come back and beat the guys that are in front of me, it's huge," Colestock said. "I'm hungry. The rest of the kids had knocked me out of states last year and I had a couple back-and-forth matches last year. I'm excited, it's kind of working to how I've wanted it to all along.
"I got to beat the best guys and right now, [Lewandowski's] a favorite right now. I gotta go."
Camp Hill moves all three of it's wrestlers into Day 2: Colestock at 182, Nat Teeter at 195 (consolations) and Micah Springer at 220 (consolations).
Trinity moves all 4
All four of Trinity's wrestlers have moved on to Day 2: Patrick Demark (106 semifinals), Caleb Bentley (152 consolations), Colton Zimmerman (138 consolations) and Maximus McMurray (220 consolations).