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HERSHEY, Pa. – District 9 and District 10 wrestlers didn’t win any gold medals at the PIAA individual wrestling championships, but did take home an impressive six silvers.
In Class 2A, Hickory’s Louie Gill (106), Brockway’s Mark Palmer (126), Brookville’s Owen Reinsel (132), Harbor Creek’s Connor Pierce (138), and Greenville’s Cole Karpinski (189) all wrestled for goad, as did Cathedral Prep’s Kaemen Smith in Class 3A at 152.
Gill began his championships with a first-round pin of Mount Union’s Mason Beatty, followed by a 6-3 decision against Ayden Smith of Notre Dame-Green Pond. In the semifinals, he got a 15-0 tech fall in 4:18 against Cole Hubert of Saucon Valley before falling in the title match to Aaron Seidel of Northern Lebanon. The sophomore finished the season with a record of 42-2.
Palmer, a senior, started the championships with a 17-1 tech fall in 3:57 against Noah Doi of Camp Hill, followed by an 11-6 decision over South Williamsport’s Robert Gardner. In the semifinals, he edged Kaden Millheim of Warrior Run before dropping a 9-2 decision against before dropping a 9-2 decision to Scott Johnson of Muncy in the final. Palmer finished the season with a record of 34-8.
Brookville’s Reinsel started his championship run with a 16-0 tech fall in 3:58 against Peter Chacon of Montour before a hard-fought 3-0 quarterfinal win over Ethan Kolb of Benton. In the semifinals, the senior Reinsel got a thrilling 2-0 sudden victory over Southern Columbia’s Mason Barvitskie, setting up a showdown with Notre Dame-Green Pond’s Brandan Chelstos, which ended in a 1-0 decision. Reinsel finished the season at 44-3.
At 138, Pierce, a senior, entered with an unbeaten record and began with an 11-5 decision over Kole Biscoe of Southern Columbia, followed by a 10-2 quarterfinal triumph over Boling Springs’ Kobin Karper. In the semifinals, he won by tech fall, 16-0 in 3:32 against Ambrose Boni of Central Valley before falling 5-1 in the title match to Ryan Crookham of Saucon Valley. He finished with a record of 37-1.
Karpinski, a senior who also entered with an unbeaten record, got a 10-0 major decision over Noah Foltz of Bald Eagle in the first round before a third-period pin against Ty Csencsits of Saucon Valley in the quarterfinals. In the semis, he earned a hard-fought 8-5 win over Patrick Cutchember of Quaker Valley before dropping a 5-1 decision to Isaac Cory of Montoursville in the final. He finished with a record of 41-1.
In 3A, Smith began his run at 152 with a 4-3 first-round decision over William Morrow of North Penn. In the quarterfinals, he earned an 8-3 decision over Griffin Gonzalez of Lebanon, and in the semis defeated Kelin Laffey of Pine-Richland via a 4-2 decision. That set up a showdown against Dylan Evans, with the Chartiers Valley senior earning a 3-2 decision. Smith, a senior, finished with a record of 31-4.