HERSHEY — As Camp Hill’s only wrestler to qualify for states, there is a lot riding on 182-pounder Luca Colestock.
Coming off of PIAA Class 2A Southeast Regional gold, Colestock was riding the momentum into Thursday’s first rounds in the PIAA Class 2A Individual Wrestling Championships at Giant Center.
He needed to just wait out his first-round bye. And it didn’t take long after that for Colestock, who faced Warrior Run’s Christian Wachter, to get his states run started.
Up 7-2 going into the final period, Colestock added two more takedowns to eventually win 11-6 and move into Friday’s quarterfinals, which begin at 9 a.m.
“Getting that first win out of the way early feels good,” Colestock said. “It helps calm the nerves a little bit and gives me some momentum moving on. I felt I wrestled well. There’s still some adjustments I’m going to need to make, but all in all it went well.”
Colestock and Wachter traded some points in the first half of the bout. Colestock picked up a takedown 30 seconds in, but Wachter earned an escape in the first period and another early in the second to tie it.
But Colestock took control nearly 30 seconds later with a takedown, adding a nearfall with 30 seconds to go in the second period.
Colestock advances to face Fort LeBouf’s Julian Gorring on Friday morning. Even on the big stage, Colestock is sticking to what he knows instead of changing it up.
“My mentality is staying the same as it’s been,” he said. “Just take everything moment by moment and focus on what I need to do.”
HERSHEY — A lot of names pop out from the 120-pound bracket at the PIAA Class 3A Individual Wrestling Championships.
James soaking it up
After missing states last season, Boiling Springs’ Damon James finally made the big show.
It’s a big accomplishment for the heavyweight, but he knows just being here isn’t enough.
“I’m glad to be here, but I know that I’m capable of as best as I can go,” James said. “I can wrestle with the best, I can wrestle with anyone, so I feel like just making it isn’t enough. My coaches preached that just making it isn’t enough. He knows what our standards are and he knows our wrestling abilities. With that being said, all of us have the ability to reach the top or as high as we can go.”
James’ season won’t end with a gold medal, however. In the 285-pound first-round match against Southern Columbia’s Connor Fulmer, James had a bit of trouble.
It took Fulmer 3:26 to take down James and drop him into the consolation round.
“I went out kind of flat,” James said about what went wrong. “I [knew] having wrestled him before what he was going to go for, and I went out flat and I had to choose bottom. I give all the credit to the kid, he’s pretty tough on top and I gave him everything he needed to just catch me, and I got caught.”
James will wrestle again in the consolation second round Friday, and he knows what needs to be done to get back on track.
“My mentality going into tomorrow is just do or die,” he said. “You get it done now or you have to wait to do it again next year. I’d rather get it done while I’m a junior so it’s easier when I’m a senior.”
Four of the five Bubblers wrestlers will battle another day, including James. Kollin Myers (145) moves into the quarterfinals to face South Side Beaver’s Joe Demor, while Austin Taylor (220) and Jack Coulston (132) move into the second round of consolations. Zach Martin (160) was knocked out in the first round of consolations by Coudersport’s Julian Smith 3-1.
Day 1, Thursday, at Giant Center
Trinity advances two
Both of Trinity’s wrestlers advanced past the first day of states.
Patrick Demark moved into the quarterfinals at 106 after a 4-3 decision over Elizabeth Forward’s Ryan Michaels. He faces Jamestown’s Chase Mclaughlin in the quarterfinals Friday.
Colton Zimmerman beat Mifflinburg’s Trevor Bingaman in the prelims, then fell to St. Joseph’s Caleb Dowling in the first round. Zimmerman wrestles again in the consolation second round Friday.