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By From Staff Reports - | Mar 17, 2021

Five local wrestlers earn state medals; Muncy’s Scott Johnson finishes 2nd at 126 pounds

Scott Johnson continued his impressive run of the last few weeks reaching the 126-pound final of the PIAA Class AA State Wrestling Championships on Friday finishing second to top-ranked Joey Fisher, of South Park, 3-2. He’s Muncy’s first state finalist since Joe Klock in 2018. He was also just the third sophomore in school history to reach a state final, joining Harold Hill in 1942 and Larry Lauchle in 1955.

Johnson’s teammate and a senior wrestler, Ethan Gush, wrestled his final match of his high school career to take seventh place in the 172 pound weight class. Gush beat Timmy Church, of Fort LeBoeuf, 7-4, to claim the seventh spot on the podium

Montgomery’s Conner Harer became the first freshman in school history to win a state medal by placing fifth at 138 pounds. Harer fell into the consolation bracket when he lost to Burrell’s Ian Oswalt in the quarterfinals, 2-1, in ultimate tiebreaker. Harer defeated David Kreidler, Allentown Central Catholic, 3-2, to capture fifth place. Joining Harer in Hershey was Montgomery’s Devon Deem. Deem earned his first state medal finishing fourth at 152 pounds after being defeated by Michael Duggan, Boiling Springs, 8-3.

Hughesville’s Caleb Burkhart became the Spartans first heavyweight in school history to earn a state medal. The senior finished his wrestling career with an eighth-place medal in the 285 weight class and is the first state medalist since Zach Fry in 2015. Burkhart dropped his match to Marvin Beatty of Marion Center in a 4-2 tiebreaker.

Results of Class AA state champions

Championship finals

106: Louie Gill, Hickory, dec. Cooper Hornack, Burrell, 6-2. … 113: Jaden Pepe, Wyoming Area, dec. Gavin Bradley, Athens, 3-2. … 120: Brett Ungar, Notre Dame-Green Pond, pinned Mason Gibson, Bishop McCort, 4:12. … 126: Joey Fischer, South Park, dec. Scott Johnson, Muncy, 3-2. … 132: Jackson Arrington, Forest Hills, dec. Brandan Chletsos, Notre Dame-Green Pond, 10-3. … 138: Brock McMillen, Glendale, dec. Ian Oswalt, Burrell, 1-0. … 145: Levi Haines, Biglerville, pinned Nate Higley, Sullivan County, 2:19. … 152: Grant Mackay, Laurel, dec. Dalton Gimbor, Hamburg, 1-0. … 160: AJ Corrado, Burrell, pinned Avery Bassett, Midd-West, 6:20, sv. … 172: Rune Lawrence, Frazier, dec. Malachi Duvall, Penns Valley, 9-7. … 189: Cael Crebs, Montoursville, pinned Ethan Finch, Sheffield, 5:00. … 215: Dayton Pitzer, Mount Pleasant, dec. Dylan Bennett, Montoursville, 6-1. … 285: Nathan Taylor, Brookville, de. Riley Robell, Bishop McDevitt, 5-3.

Third-place consolations

106: Branden Wentzel, Montoursville, dec. Ayden Smith, Notre Dame-Green Pond, 8-4. … 113: Chris Vargo, Bentworth, dec. Coen Bainey, Bald Eagle Area, 2-0, sv. … 120: Gary Steen, Reynolds, maj. dec. Owen Reinsel, Brookville, 9-0. … 126: Gable Strickland, Benton, dec. Gabe Gramly, Mifflinburg, 2-1, UTB. … 132: Zack Witmer, St. Joseph’s Academy, dec. Connor Pierce, Harbor Creek, 4-0. … 138: Amonn Ohl, St. Joseph’s Academy, dec. Eric Alderfer, Faith Christian Academy, 2-0. … 145: Patrick Edmondson, Southern Columbia, dec. Kaeden Berger, Reynolds, 3-2. … 152: Michael Duggan, Boiling Springs, dec. Devon Deem, Montgomery, 8-3. … 160: Nolan Lear, Benton, dec. Bailey Gimbor, Hamburg, 3-2. … 172: Gavin Garcia, Southern Columbia, tech. fall Jacob Jones, Saucon Valley, 15-0, 3:27. … 189: Trent Schultheis, Freedom, dec. Wes Barnes, Southern Columbia, 4-3. … 215: Nate Wickersham, Tamaqua, pinned Savauri Shelton, Bermudian Springs, 4:09. … 285: Hogan Swenski, Bermudian Springs, dec. Jordan Schell, Girard, 7-0.

Fifth-place consolations

106: Hunter Robison, Saegertown, dec. Landon Bainey, West Branch, 3-1. … 113: Bryce Beatty, Mount Union, dec. Bobby Gardner, South Williamsport, 8-7, tb. … 120: Mason Barvitskie, Southern Columbia, dec. JoJo Przybycien, Fort LeBoeuf, 3-2, UTB. … 126: Chase McLaughlin, Greenvile, dec. Connor Saylor, Hickory, 3-1. … 132: Kaiden Wagner, Lewisburg, dec. Cade Wirnsberger, Meadowbrook Christian, 4-2, sv. … 138: Conner Harer, Montgomery, dec. David Kreidler, Allentown Central Catholic, 3-2. … 145: Kenny Duschek, Blackhawk, dec. Cooper Warshel, Richland, 11-4. … 152: Connor Yoder, North Star, dec. Alan Alexander, Pope John Paul II, 1-0. … 160: Ryan Weyandt, Forest Hills, dec. Holden Garcia, Notre Dame-Green Pond, 4-0. … 172: Ben Haubert, Palisades, dec. Ethan Barr, McGuffey, 5-4. … 189: Bryce Enders, Halifax, dec. Cole Karpinski, Greenville, 5-2. … 215: Eli Reese, Knoch, dec. Dante Mahaffey, Saucon Valley, 4-2, sv. … 285: Emmanuel Ulrich, Mifflinburg, dec. Jalen Stephens, Meyersdale, 7-3

Seventh-place consolations

106: Chase Burke, Benton, dec. Steven Harris, Conwell-Egan, 4-2. … 113: Adam Schweitzer, Notre Dame-Green Pond, pinned Justin O’Neill, Hickory, 1:19. … 120: Ethan Kolb, Benton, dec. Parker Davidson, Hamburg, 5-0. … 126: Ross Dull, Chestnut Ridge, pinned Nolen Zeigler, West Perry, 4:41. … 132: Conner Heckman, Midd-West, dec. Kyle McCollum, Beth-Center, 1-0. … 138: Carson Filer, Mercer, dec. Logan Bartlett, Lewisburg, 4-1. … 145: Carter Gill, Hickory, dec. Noah Frack, Brandywine Heights, 4-3. … 152: Luke Moore, Chestnut Ridge, dec. Jack Rimpa, Fort LeBoeuf, 3-0. … 160: Cole Casilio, Johnsonburg, dec. Oleg Melnyk, Carlynton, 5-2. … 172: Ethan Gush, Muncy, dec. Timmy Church, Fort LeBoeuf, 7-4. … 189: Ian Eckenrode, Cambria Heights, pinned Ty Csencsits, Saucon Valley, 3:30. … 215: Hayden Linkerhof, Corry, dec. Parker Moore, Philipsburg-Osceola, 2-1. … 285: Marvin Beatty, Marion Center, dec. Caleb Burkhart, Hughesville, 4-2, tb.