Faith Christian’s Eric Alderfer wanted to make his second trip to the PIAA state tournament a more memorable one after exiting the tournament early last year.
The sophomore wasn’t totally satisfied, but he did have an eventful stay.
Alderfer finished eighth overall in the 120-pound Class 2A weight class and earned the school’s first medal in the program. He was among several local wrestlers who placed throughout various places at the tournament.
“It is pretty cool to come home with a medal,” said Alderfer. “However, I felt I could have done better.
“I think it was as difficult as I thought it would be. My weight class had a lot of seniors and guys who have placed pretty high before.”
Faith head coach and Athletic Airector Ben Clymer realized Alderfer had the deck stacked against him. Along with Alderfer, A.J. Stayton (113), Max Schultz (152), Damon Waltenbaugh (170) and Leo Muzika (195) made the trip to Hershey.
“He lost three matches to guys who had previously placed at states and some of them were seniors,” said Clymer. “Overall, it was a long weekend in which our guys had a combined 2-11 record.
“But it was awesome to see Eric placing and we are very grateful for the experience. We have some seniors moving on, but we have three underclassmen back who were at states to provide us some great leadership.”
Council Rock North senior Cam Robinson finished as a runner-up in the 152-pound weight class for the second consecutive season. He lost an 11-8 decision to DuBois’ Ed Scott in the final before he recorded a pair of decisions and a fall to reach the final stage.
As a team, the Indians finished fifth in the Class 3A bracket. Senior Luke Lucerne recorded a third-place finish at 126, junior Kyle Hauserman netted a fourth at 120, and senior Dillon Sheehey garnered a seventh-place finish at 160.
“I am disappointed a little that I didn’t reach my overall goal, but I know the future is bright,” said Robinson, who will continue his career at Iowa State next fall. “I put it all on the mat when I wrestled out there.
“Overall, it was fun. Our team performed well, and our coaches were awesome.”
Council Rock South’s Kyle Waterman was the next highest finisher as he was sixth in the 3A 126-pound weight class.
Pennridge senior Logan Green (195) advanced to the third round of consolations. He defeated Central Bucks West sophomore Carl DiGiorgio, the Bucks’ highest finisher, in the first round of consolations.
In the 2A tournament, Palisades junior Ben Haubert (152) made it to the third round of consolations and freshman Ashton Campbell (120) ended his tournament after the first round.