WRESTLER OF THE YEAR
Alex Cooley, 195, Sr., Eastern York: The standout athlete earned a second straight berth in the PIAA Championships, this time in the Class AAA portion of the event, and another state medal. This one was of the eighth-place variety. On his way to a final record of 36-5, he turned a perfect regular season and then won a sectional crown. He reached the District 3 semifinals before losing, but bounced back for a fourth-place finish to earn his state trip.
Dalton Becker, 113, Jr., Bermudian Springs: The Eagle lightweight reached the regional tournament after placing fifth at the district showcase. He finished the season at 33-15.
Ian Brown, 132, Jr., Hanover: The Nighthawk star reached the PIAA semifinals, losing in the tiebreaker. He came back to finish with a third-place medal to go with his previous pair of fourth-place medals. The 40-3 season included regional, district and sectional championships.
Caleb Garland, 120, Fr., Hanover: The Nighthawk lightweight had a solid first time around the varsity tour, finishing 27-10. He finished third at sectionals to advance to the District 3 tournament.
Gary Hake, 132, Sr., York County Tech: The Spartan standout reached the district tournament, where the eventual champ knocked him into the consolation bracket. He won his first two consolation matches by fall before ending his 32-8 season with a decision. A third-place sectional finish earned him that district slot.
Nate Newberry, 113, Fr., Biglerville: The Canner lightweight just missed out in qualifying for the state tournament, losing a 1-0 decision in the deciding match at the regional tournament. He reached that event with a fourth-place District 3 finish. He ended up 35-10.
Tyler Lieberum, 160, Sr., Biglerville: The Canner middleweight advanced to regionals, where his tournament ended with a tiebreaker loss. The 37-6 season included a sectional championship and a fifth-place district finish.
Brock Linebaugh, 195, Sr., Bermudian Springs: The Eagle heavyweight finished 37-8 with runner-up finishes at both sectionals and districts. He combined with fellow all-star Sponseller to lead Bermudian's return to the state team tournament.
Nick Mort, 160, Jr., Fairfield: The Green Knight turned a tremendous regional tournament into his first state tournament berth. He won three straight matches, including an upset of the District 11 champion, to reach the regional final. Part of his 39-6 season included a silver medal at sectionals and a bronze at districts.
Tyler Shafer, 138, Jr., Hanover: The Nighthawk middleweight earned his first trip to Hershey with a third-place finish at regionals. He won the District 3 tournament and finished 28-9 in his third year of varsity action.
Britton Shelton, 145, Soph., Bermudian Springs: The Eagle middleweight brought home an eighth-place medal from his first trip to Giant Center. He followed up his first District 3 crown with a third-place in the Southeast regional to earn his spot in states. He finished his second year in the starting lineup with a 43-10 mark.
Tristan Sponseller, 170, Jr., Bermudian Springs: The Eagle standout earned a berth in the PIAA Class AA championship match, where he dropped a tough decision to Pete Renda of Brandywine. The state silver medal is the second PIAA medal of his career. He finished third at regionals and second at districts. His 47-4 season pushed his career mark to 140-12.
Camden Stoops, 220, Sr., Eastern York: The Golden Knight heavyweight reached the District 3 tournament in his first year at Class AAA, running into the defending district and state champion in the first round. A consolation loss to another state qualifier left him at 27-7 for the season. A third-place sectional finish earned him his district tournament berth.
Trevor Stover, 285, Sr., Biglerville: The Canner big man responded to being upset in the first round of the PIAA tournament with five straight consolation wins, including two falls and a win over a defending state champion, to claim third place. His mark reached 41-4 after a District 3 championship and a Southeast regional runner-up finish.
Honorable mention: Josh Asper, Biglerville; Colton Dull, Bermudian Springs; Giuliano Graziosi, Hanover; Brady Mentzer, Biglerville; Chiam Smith, York Suburban; Nicole Small, Fairfield; Alex Watson, Hanover; Wayne Wivell, Fairfield.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Bob Gano, Biglerville: This is the last season at the head of the Canner program for Gano.
And it ended on a positive note as the Canner went 24-3 and reached the District 3 Class AA Team Tournament semifinals, losing to eventual champion Boiling Springs. He spent 16 years at Biglerville after eight at Delone Catholic.