Six YAIAA wrestlers in hunt for regional titles
Eastern York's Dakota Mackley knocked off an undefeated district champion, and Bermudian Springs' Noah Fleshman also beat a reigning district champ Friday as the pair advanced to the semifinals of the PIAA Class AA Southeast Regional tournament at Wilson High School in West Lawn.
Mackley and Fleshman will face off in a 170-pound semifinal Saturday. The winner gets either Quinn Blatt, the District 3 champ from Northern Lebanon, or Camp Hill's Tita Nyambi, as the four District 3 wrestlers dominated the 170-pound field.
Four other YAIAA wrestlers advanced to the semifinals, which begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Wilson.
Bermudian's Austin Clabaugh was the first local wrestler to punch his ticket to the semifinals after a tech fall in the first round and a fall in 2:36 in the quarters. He'll face District 11 champ Jack Hill of Saucon Valley in the semifinals in a battle of Top 5 wrestlers in the state, as ranked by papowerwrestling.com. Clabaugh enters the match ranked fourth and Hill fifth. Hill defeated Boiling Springs' Jalin Hankerson in the quarters.
Two locals are still alive in the 152 pound semifinals. Reigning District 3 champ Nate Newberry of Biglerville advance with a first-round bye followed by a tech fall in 4 minutes against Panther Valley's Ali Capobianco. Delone's Brian Shermeyer picked up a pair of decisions to advance, besting Palisade's Liam Kelleher in the quarterfinals. Newberry will meet Tri Valley's Chase Schaeffer, and Shermeyer will meet Brandywine's Hunter Gimbor.
The last semifinalist and current PIAA qualifier is Delone's Brady Repasky who qualified at 182 pounds after beating YAIAA foe Colton Sentz of Biglerville, 3-2, in the quarterfinals. The victory followed up a pin in 3:06 against Panther Valley's Dylan Moyer. Repasky will take on the District 3 champ, Northern Lebanon's Luke Funck, in the semifinals.
Hanover's Caleb Garland is one of several YAIAA wrestlers who need at least two wins in Saturday's wrestlebacks to qualify for the state tournament. Garland, the District 3 champ at 126, picked up a fall in the first round before dropping a 4-2 quarterfinal decision to Palisade's Nathan Haubert.
Others still seeking a state bid are Bermudian's Landon West (106), Bermudian Springs' Darren Beall (138), Biglerville's Scott Cooper (145), Bermudian Springs' Ashton West (145), Littlestown's Carl Harris (145), Biglerville's Sentz (182), Littlestown's Connor Geiman (182), Bermudian Springs' Logan Luckenbaugh (195) and Bermudian Springs' Brady Linebaugh (285).
Three locals saw their seasons end with an 0-2 showing Friday: Biglerville's Victor Lopez (195) and Delone Catholic's duo of Damien Rodriguez (220) and Bryce Perkins (285).