Bennett and Goodhart Punch Their Ticket to State Championship

In a fitting conclusion to the District 3 wrestling tournament from the Hershey Park Arena last night, Seniors and Co-Captains, Tommy Bennett at 195 and Joey Goodhart at Heavyweight, punched their ticket to the Giant Center, for the PIAA  AAA State Championships on March 6,7, and 8th. In the final bout of an exciting Final Round of matches, Goodhart was not able to defend his Heavyweight title versus the undefeated Thomas Haines of Solanco. He lost 13 to 1 to the Ohio State bound Haines, who seemed determined to impress his future coach Tom Ryan, who happened to be in the stands to witness his star recruit pick up his 3rd straight District Championship medal. As for Bennett, the third time proved to be the charm for him yesterday. In a semi-final match-up against fellow senior Dylan Herb of Shippensburg, Bennett dropped a close 4-0 decision. He followed that up by winning his next two matches to earn his entry to the Big Dance in Hershey in March. The first came against Trenton Cook from Cumberland Valley, whom Bennett had pinned in the opening round on Friday night. Round 2 proved a little stiffer test, but he prevailed by winning a closely contested 8 to 6 victory. And in another rematch from Friday night’s quarterfinals,  came against Adam Gilson of Cedar Crest. Bennett edged Gilson in the quarterfinals 4-3, and in an almost identical replay of that match, edged Gilson once again by a 3-2 margin to nail down the bronze medal. Goodhart takes a stellar 35-3 record with him to the State tournament, while Bennett brings a 36-6 record. Aidyn Miller went 2-2 on the weekend, losing a heartbreaker  to Cumberland Valley’s Wyatt Long in the blood round, or he might have been joining his teammates for States. He was winning 2-1, when he locked up a tight cradle near the end of the second period, and with 10 seconds to go rolled onto his back in an effort to open up a bigger lead, and got caught for a reversal at the buzzer to fall behind 3-2. In  the 3rd period, Miller got in deep on several shots only to get stalemated by the defensive Long and came up a point short. Miller ends his sophomore campaign at 30-12. Jordan Ortiz at 182, completed  his Junior season at 29-7, by falling to eventual 182 pound Champion Kyle Koser of Northern in the quarterfinals, and then dropped a nailbiter 6 to 4 to senior Trey Baker of Spring Grove. And our final entrant to the District tournament was Junior David Good, he lost 2 very close decisions, the first was to eventaul 5th place finisher, Cal Reichard, from Cumberland Valley, 3-2, and in a match he led almost from start to finish, dropped a 9-8 decision to Lake Laughman of New Oxford on literally a last gasp, bear hug throwdown, for the winning 2 point takedown. He finishes at 29-8. I am very happy that my reporting skills will be needed for 2 more weeks, so until then, Go Black Knight wrestlers!

Courtesy of Steve Bennett

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