Journal Sports Editor
HERSHEY — After he sat back for a moment, a disappointed Michael Pollard knew it was worth it.
He could now enjoy the chocolate.
Pollard, after placing fifth at 189 pounds in Saturday’s Class AAA PIAA Wrestling Championships, had waited four days for this moment.
“I spent $50 on chocolate earlier today, I couldn’t have it in my room if I couldn’t eat it,” he said. “Now I can have whatever I want.”
Pollard lost twice on Saturday, first in the semifinals 7-3 to eventual runner-up Andre Petroski of Springdale, then 3-1 to Dallastown’s Phil Sprenkle.
In his final match at the Giant center, against Trinity’s Kyle McWreath, he built a 2-0 lead after a period, 5-2 edge after 4 minutes and led 9-3 when he decked his foe at 4:45.
“He was strong, he headlocked and almost threw me, that happened in my first match when I was a freshman and hasn’t happened since,” Pollard claimed.
“I wrestled hard, I really think I got some bad calls in the semifinals, but I can’t control that, I can only control what I do,” he said. “I knew this was going to be my last match so I wanted it to be a good one.
“There was no pressure like there was in the semifinals, but as soon as I lost, all the pressure was off me,” Pollard said. “I knew I could just go out and have fun, everything was just a bonus.”
Corry’s ‘other’ connection in the AAA finals, McDowell head coach Shane McChesney, helped that school gain its first-ever state champion. Steve Spearman, at 130 pounds, went overtime to prevail, 7-6.