A silver medal for Carlisle senior Katelyn Coldren at 148 pounds highlighted Sentinel-area performances at Sunday’s Pennsylvania girls wrestling championships in a packed Central Dauphin gym.
In all, eight local wrestlers earned top eight medals. Cumberland Valley’s Elaina White-Vega (124 pounds) finished fourth while the Eagles’ Kyra Rau (142) and Aja’nai Jumper (235) took fifth-place honors. Camp Hill’s Keeley Nunn (130) and Cumberland Valley’s Mari Bruscino (136) and Veronica Guise (170) joined them on the podium with sixth-place finishes. Big Spring’s Sarah Lynn rounded out the local medalists with eighth place at 170.
The five Cumberland Valley medalists helped the Eagles finish third with 82 points behind team champion Canon-McMillan (137) and runner-up Bishop McCort (92.5).
Coldren, who finished sixth in the state tournament last year, pinned a pair of wrestlers on her way to the final, picking up falls in the second round against Lampeter-Strasburg’s Rylin Cirrincione (3:02) and the semifinals against Parkland’s Shannon Fratus (4:28). In between, she earned a 7-4 quarterfinal against North Allegheny’s Callie Rautenbach. North Allegheny’s Leyna Rumpler won the title, pinning Coldren at 4:25 to secure gold.
White-Vega advanced to the semifinals before a 3-1 loss to Easton’s Aubre Krazer, the eventual champion. She battled back with a 7-2 decision over Kiski Area’s Isabella Devito in the consolation semifinals before suffering a 4-0 loss to Downingtown West’s Sienna Landrum in the third-place bout.
Jumper, a bronze medalist at 190, earned her second consecutive state medal and clinched fifth place with a 2-1 tiebreak decision over Pottstown’s Vida Torres in the fifth-place bout. Rau earned a 5-2 decision over Garnet Valley’s Jessica Ayala in the fifth-place bout at 142.
Girls from more than 100 schools across the state wrestled in hopes of securing hardware. The PIAA took preliminary steps to sanction girls wrestling, approving a first reading of the sport’s application. Two further readings could make girls wrestling a PIAA-sanctioned sport.
Photos: Boiling Springs at Camp Hill girls wrestling