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The Sweet Taste of “Hershey”

By Staff | Mar 15, 2011

Muncy senior and state champion Ryan Hembury defeated Commodore Perry's Stephen Ceremuga, 8-4 in the 189-pound weight class and became Muncy's most recent state champion. Muncy senior Zack Strickland defeated South Fayette's Nick Carr in the 152-pound weight bracket and became Muncy's first state champion in 55 years.

MUNCY – When Ron and Lori Hembury returned home from the state wrestling meet where sons Ryan placed first and Troy fifth, they found their Muncy/Exchange Road home decorated.

“We’re so proud of our sons,” Lori said when she shared that Muncy High School cafeteria worker Betty Baker had placed balloons on the entrance railings to their home. “Then our Scranton nieces came, added more balloons and put posters on the house. As one niece is a cheerleader for the Holy Cross High School basketball team, they’d been at a game in Montoursville against Hughesville,” Hembury said.

Another Muncy matman, senior Zack Strickland, dethroned one of three returning state champs by defeating Nick Carr of South Fayette’s in the 152-pound class. Strickland earned a yearly record of 44-3.

Senior Ryan Hembury dethroned another state champ when he was successful over the 189-pound contender. Ryan finished the year with a 43-3 record.

The future of the Muncy team looks bright with tenth grader Troy Hembury taking fifth place in the 145-pound division. His personal record for the season is 43-6. Muncy reportedly finished fourth in the team score behind Burrell coming in first, Reynolds at second, and in third place, Bethlehem Catholic. “It’s especially tough for our boys to compete in the double AA division against more populous schools,” Hembury said.

The proud mother also shared that a parade was held in Muncy Saturday night following their trip back from Hershey where the three state winners rode aboard the fire truck. It had been a long dry period for the Muncy wrestlers, garnering these wins 55 years after Larry Lauchle’s took gold at the 112-pound weight class in 1956.

The Hembury family is grateful to the many supporters and well wishers who’ve phoned and otherwise been in touch with them. “It’s been exciting,” she said.