Local wrestlers came away with one medal at the 2015 Pennsylvania Junior High State Wrestling Tournament held last weekend in Hershey.
Union City’s William Burgess took home a sixth place to earn his spot in youth wrestling history. Burgess started the tournament on fire with three straight wins. He decked Jacob Gardner of Canon McMillan in 1:13, followed by another fall over Jeffrey Russell of Shippensburg in 1:10. Burgess then scored a 10-0 major decision over Matt Mayer of Bethlehem.
Burgess was put into the consolation bracket by Ryan Miller of Stroudsburg by losing 5-1. In the wrestlebacks he fell to eventual fourth-place finisher Chris Kim of Wissahickon, 3-0. In his medal match he fell to Kurtis Phipps of Norwin 3-1 to settle for the sixth-place medal.
Corry’s representative, Hunter Fink, won his first match over Adam McCann of Franklin regional by fall in 2:57. Fink then lost via fall to Jaden Youwakim of Whitehall in 1:56. His last match was against Cade Balestrini of Shikellamy where he lost by fall in 56 seconds.
Union City’s other representatives also did not earn medals, but did earn a few wins.
Judah Gardner lost his first match 8-4 to Enzo Angelicchio of Latrobe. Then he picked up a victory over Reese Volmer of Port Allegany by a score of 5-0. Gardner’s state run came to an end with a very close 2-0 loss to Hunter Hickle of Trinity.
UC’s James Leyda lost his first match 8-0 to Christian Good of Muncy. In the consolation bracket, Leyda then fell to Gage Burford of St. Marys 5-1.
Sam Bacon also picked up a few wins in Hershey. He started out smoking hot with a fall over Noah Blankenship of Kane in 2:29. Then Bacon earned a technical fall in 4:28 over Alan Cortright of Williamsport. Kenny Kiser of Saegertown, an eventual sixth-place finisher, put Bacon into the consolation bracket by winning 6-0. Bacon needed to win one more to be guaranteed a medal but fell short dropping a close 2-0 decision to Jonathan Miers of Easton.
Gavin Henry of Union City won his first match 6-1 over Will Chess of Mercer. Henry then fell to Aurelius Dunbar of Greencastle-Antrim 10-0. He then picked up three more wins. Henry blanked Logan Kaye of Franklin Regional 8-0. Then he won a close one 2-0 against Luke Hirtzel of Warwick. Luke Ewing was Henry’s next victim falling 9-2. He then lost his final match of the state tournament to Kane’s Alec English, 5-2.
Union City’s Matt Long was the final local participant. Long lost his first match by fall to eventual third-place finisher Zach Rohaley of Canon McMillian in 32 seconds. Long came back and picked up a 1-0 win over Russell Cyphery of Laural. Long’s trip to states ended with a 5-1 loss to Glendale’s Nathaniel Simmers.
All in all, the local grapplers picked up 12 wins at the state tournament and one medal.