WRESTLING: Public Opinion All-Stars
CHANDLER OLSON, Shippensburg, so., 126: Olson has had quite a start to his career, with two medals at states ... This year he was first in the Section I tournament, a District 3 Class AAA champion and sixth at the PIAA Championships ... Olson was 34-4, with 14 pins, bringing his career mark to 66-11 ... Greyhound coach Tony Yaniello said, "His goal was to be the state champion this year, but he made it to the semifinals, and that's pretty good. It's tough to come back after your dreams are dashed like that. He did a lot of offseason work and he was more mature physically this year. I think he'll be better next year."
DAVID RUMP, Chambersburg, sr., 138: Rump was rewarded for a fine career – in which he was 113-50 – with a seventh-place medal at the PIAA Championships ... In his senior season he was 38-8 ... He won a Section I title and was a District 3-AAA runner-up ... "David is a prime example of what hard work will do for you," Trojan coach Doug Rine said. "He didn't start wrestling until the seventh grade, and then he was in the room all the time – he dedicated himself to it and made himself into a state placewinner. He was outstanding at slowing matches down vs. kids better than him and keeping matches within a score of tying them."
GARRETT KYNER, Chambersburg, jr., 132: With one year to go, Kyner added to his laurels this year, scoring his third Section I title, his first District 3 crown and he qualified for states (where he was 1-2) for the second time ... Rine said, "His season didn't end up the way he wanted it to, but Garrett had a real good year. At states, 132 may not have been one of the best weights, but it was very balanced. I think he needs to open up against the better kids and start moving them around more, like he did in the District 3 Tournament. He's got one more shot at it." ... Kyner was 31-7 to jump his career record to 92-29.
DREW PECK, Chambersburg, so., 170: Peck put together a fine sophomore season – he won a Section I title, reached the final in the District 3 tournament, and went 1-2 in his first trip to the PIAA Championships ... He was 36-7 and has compiled a 65-21 career mark ... Rine said, "Drew was certainly better at being physical this year, and he'll be even more capable physically next year. He was a lot better on his feet this year. The kid is a pinner (16 this year) and he'll get better at that, too. At states, he was in one of the toughest weights and he got a real bad scenario with his line (in the bracket).
JARED STARLIPER, Greencastle-Antrim, sr., 285: Starliper took off in the 285-pound class, racking up a 31-7 record that included an area-best 26 pins ... He won a Section I title, took fourth in District 3-AAA and was 0-2 at states ... He was the first Blue Devil to qualify for states since Conrad Myers in 2006 ... G-A coach Rich Binkley said, "Jared did better than he planned this year. He works on football all year, so what he did in wrestling was just pure athletic ability. He used bars for a lot of his pins, but got a few using a petersen for a reversal right to the guy's back." ... Starliper finished with a career record of 65-33.
AARON RUMP, Chambersburg, so., 113: For the second straight year, Rump placed fifth in the District 3 Tournament, one win away from states ... He captured a Section I crown and compiled a record of 30-6 ... That gives him a two-year mark of 66-13 ... Rine said, "Aaron had a lot of high-caliber wins this year, and he wrestled a lot of state-caliber kids, but he just wasn't quite able to connect that into a trip to states. But he has a good attitude about it. He was improved this year on his defense – it was phenomenal, especially on his feet. We just have to get him to open up more and score more points."
CAMERON DELUCIA, James Buchanan, fr., 106: A freshman with high expectations, DeLucia did not disappoint ... He put up a 29-7 record, placed second in Section I and earned a fifth-place finish in the District 3 Tournament ... Rocket coach Matt Gordon said, "We knew Cameron was a very talented wrestler with a lot of experience at wrestling in big tournaments. I don't know that he expected high school wrestling to be as hard as it was, but when he saw it for real, that he needed his A game, he stepped it up. I believe it's the highest finish JB's ever had (in districts) for a freshman, so he'll do well."
KYLE LEE, James Buchanan, jr., 138: Lee, a late bloomer, had a career record of 26-26 until he zoomed to 25-9 this year ... He placed third in the Section I event and went 1-2 in districts ... "He only had those two years of experience before this year, but Kyle is a pretty unique kid," Gordon said. "He will run through a wall for you. He's strong as an ox for his size and he's an in-your-face wrestler. He went from being just another wrestler to being a force this year, because he's like a sponge in the practice room." ... Lee also drives a Late Model Sportsman race car and was fourth in the opener at Hagerstown last Saturday.
AARON LAYMAN, Waynesboro, sr., 132: Layman produced his best season as a senior and was the Indians' team MVP ... He led 'Boro in team points and in average score per bout ... He went 26-10 to finish with a 77-42 career mark ... Layman was fourth in Section I and went 0-2 at districts ... Indian coach Eric Mowen said, "Aaron tore his MCL last January and he did all the right therapy to get back. We had a scrimmage with Boiling Springs and Conestoga Valley and they went right after that knee pretty good. I knew then he'd be all right, and I think that helped his confidence."
STEFAUN JOHNSON: Greencastle-Antrim, sr., 220 (24-13)
CAMERON TINNER: Shippensburg, so., 182 (20-13)
KODY BROWN: Waynesboro, jr., 220 (22-14)
DRAKE BRENIZE: Chambersburg, fr., 126 (21-14)
WYATT BINKLEY: Greencastle-Antrim, sr., 126 (23-11)
CODY FREY: Waynesboro, jr., 145 (21-12)
DANIEL SHIELDS: Waynesboro, sr., 152 (21-14)
SETH CARBAUGH: James Buchanan, jr., 170 (18-10)
BRENNEN O'BRIEN: Shippensburg, so., 120 (14-7)
DAVID LAW: Chambersburg, sr., 152 (13-8)
Chambersburg — Colin Runshaw (jr., 145); James Buchanan — Zane Bray (so., 220); Shippensburg — Derek Watson (sr., 132), Steve Manders (sr., 195), Nick Kubala (so., 220), Ethan Davidson (so., 285); Greencastle-Antrim — Thomas Richmond (so., 120); Waynesboro — Ryan Neff (jr., 126), Elliott Swink (jr., 113), Seth Egolf (so., 195), Jake Wertz (jr., 145), Aiden Smith (jr., 182), Dalton Mowen (fr., 138); Mercersburg Academy — Nick Furigay (jr., 145).