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Wrestling: Pennridge’s Green sets sights on Hershey

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Last season, Pennridge’s wrestling team began to make some strides in always challenging District One.

The Rams were in the hunt with Quakertown for the Suburban One League Continental crown until the Panthers upended them in a showdown.

Junior Logan Green was a district champion as well as regional and state qualifier at 195 pounds and senior Evan Widing finished sixth at regionals in the 145-pound bracket.

This season, Green appears to be on an early track to Hershey, but the rest of his Rams’ teammates will need some time to mature and develop.

“This season, we will be very young,” said second-year head coach J.T. Lewis, a Pennridge wrestler who placed at districts and regionals. “We are growing and getting better.

“We should have several individuals who can have a strong end to their season.”

Green, who finished with an overall 36-12 record with 19 falls last year, is off to a 8-2 start with six falls this year.

He recently won his lone match with a forfeit in the Executive Education Academy Raptor Duals in Allentown. The Rams finished fourth overall in the dual meet, as they lost to Franklin Towne Charter, 57-24.

Green has his sights set solely on reaching states.

“The goal for this year is to make it to the podium in Hershey,” he said. “Last year, getting there was a great experience, but I unfortunately couldn’t seal the deal.

“That will not be the case this year with the amount of time, energy and hard work I’ve put in on the mat in the past offseason. There are a lot of young guys coming through the program, and I want to set an example of how to accomplish things on the next level.”

Freshman 106-pounder Ryder Martinelli is currently injured, but he is expected to make an impact in the lineup.

Sophomore Stephen Gagliardi, who posted an 11-15 mark last season, recorded a fall in 1:27 against Franklin Towne Charter.

Junior Marquez Brockington, who struggled last season, raised his record to 4-3 this season with a fall in 1:07; and fellow junior Luke Wahlers, a transfer from Faith Christian Academy and who was second at districts and a regional qualifier last year, recorded a quick fall in 33 seconds. Wahlers has an overall 3-1 record.

“Wahlers has been doing well and Brockington has had the best season so far of his career,” said Lewis. “Stephen Gagliardi and sophomore Andrew Minko are steadily improving match by match.”

The Rams certainly will be tested with a match with Quakertown and the MyHouse X-Calibur tournament at Wilkes University and the Bethlehem Holiday Classic later this month.

“Martinelli is a stud who will help us,” added Lewis. “We have some other young guys and juniors who can get better. We’ll see how they develop.”


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