HERSHEY — Jalin Hankerson's season is done two steps too soon.
Boiling Springs' 132-pounder exited Friday morning's District 3 Class 2A Individual Wrestling Championships with a fractured knee and torn medial collateral ligament, a sobering end to the Clarion-bound grappler's career, Jalin and his father, Alonzo Hankerson, told The Sentinel.
Hankerson, a senior, was forced to pull out of competition after initially suffering the injury during his quarterfinal loss to Gabe Miller of Pequea Valley (10-7 decision). He forfeited his subsequent consolation matchup to Kutztown's Noah Reasoner.
He was not available for comment.
Hankerson, who finished fifth in last year's PIAA Class AA championships at 120, had missed nearly all of the 2016-17 regular season dealing with a hip injury before returning in the finale against Bermudian Springs on Jan. 28.
He lost to Northern Lebanon's Trevor Leonard last weekend in the District 3 Class 2A sectionals in the championship bout, but was still considered a state medal contender.
The Gettysburg Times first reported Hankerson's early exit on Twitter.
Tough break for Bubblers, as senior Jalin Hankerson forfeits out after injury in quarters. Was a state medalist last year.— Josh Martin (@JoshMartin33) February 24, 2017
The Bubblers moved a total of seven wrestlers into the evening's Session 3 at in Hershey's Giant Center.
Kollin Myers (120), Cameron Palmer (145), Zack Martin (170) and Austin Taylor (195) all move into the semifinals, which are scheduled to start at 5:30 along with Class 3A semifinals.
Jack Coulston (138), Nick Kostyak (160) and Damon James (285) all move into the consolation quarterfinals.
Camp Hill moves Jacob Coniglio (126, consolations), Gus LaTorre (138, semifinals) and Luca Colestock (170, consolations) to the next session of competition.
Trinity has Maximus McMurray (285, consolations) and Caleb Bentley (120, semifinals) moving into Session 3.
This story has been updated from it's original version to include the specific injury.