HS WRESTLING: Hester Takes Bronze, Trip To States
WILLIAMSPORT — With everything Joe Hester accomplished over the last two weekends, he still wanted more at the Class 2A Northeast Regional individual wrestling tournament.
A state berth.
The Montrose senior captured bronze at 132 pounds Saturday at Williamsport High School.
More importantly, he earned a trip to Hershey.
“It feels great,” Hester said. “It’s something I’ve been working toward for a long time. It’s nice that we finally made it this year.”
Hester was the only wrestler from the Lackawanna League to qualify for states in 2A.
After losing to Sullivan County’s Nathan Higley, 7-3, in the semifinals, Hester made sure to capitalize on his final opportunity to reach Hershey.
He dominated the consolation semifinal as he piled up takedowns and back points before pinning Line Mountain’s Ian Coller in the second period to secure a spot in the state tournament.
“I was embarrassed for dropping a semifinal match,” Hester said. “I didn’t feel like I wrestled my best so I wanted to come back and kind of prove a point and hopefully I see him in the state
After that, Hester faced Lake-Lehman’s Bob Long in a rematch of the District 2 final. For the second time in two weeks, Hester won by decision to claim third place.
“He’s a very talented wrestler,” Hester said. “I enjoy wrestling with him. It’s nice to be able to wrestle him again and get another win against him.”
The PIAA tournament starts Thursday and runs through Saturday.
“I want to go out there and have some fun and score some points and do what I’ve been doing this year and see what happens,” Hester said.
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DISTRICT 2 RESULTS
120: David Evans (TUNK) dec. Kyler Crawford (MIL), 12-6.
152: D.J. Erickson (HAN) dec. Nolan Lear (BEN), 3-2 UTB.
120: Noah Hunt (WR) maj. dec. Joe Rowley (HAN), 13-4.
132: Joe Hester (MON) dec. Bob Long (LL), 6-2.
145: Gavin D’Amato (TUNK) dec. Hunter Burke (LL), 5-3.
220: Preston Zachman (SC) pinned T.J. Meehan (LL), 1:38.
120: Evans (TUNK) pinned Hunt (WR), 5:45.
132: Patrick Edmondson (SC) dec. Long (LL), 10-4; Nathan Higley (SUL) dec. Hester (MON), 7-3.
152: Erickson (HAN) dec. Adam Roe (BR), 9-4.
170: David Galasso (ATH) maj. dec. Nick Zaboski (LL), 11-2.
220: Cameron Wood (MONT) pinned Meehan (LL), 2:17.
106: Blake Wirt (LM) pinned Owen Woods (TUNK), 2:06.
113: Michael Bluhm (LT) dec. Liam Goodrich (JS), 4-3.
126: T.J. Walter (MIL) pinned Nathaniel McArthur (BR), 4:20.
138: Josh Bonomo (LL) pinned Michael Miner (SC), 2:29.
152: Shane Miller (SC) maj. dec. Roe (BR), 12-4.
160: Joshua Rodriguez (MW) pinned Savon Collins (MEY), 4:38.
170: Dylan Bennett (MONT) dec. Zaboski (LL), 5-0.
182: Shane Weidner (MC) pinned Jeff Meader (TUNK), 2:51.
195: Bryan Ryan (MON) pinned Trey Lauver (MW), 3:43.
285: Nevin Rauch (MIL) pinned Jack McAllister (WW), 1:13.
106: Kaiden Wagner (LEW) tech. fall Woods (TUNK), 16-0
113: Kole Biscoe (SC) pinned Bluhm (LT), 1:52.
120: Joe Rowley (HAN) pinned Broc Lutz (MONT), 3:53.
126: Matthew Carpenter (WILL) dec. McArthur (BR), 6-4.
132: Hester (MON) pinned Ian Coller (LM), 3:53; Long (LL) pinned Devon Deem (MONT), 0:46.
138: Mario Barberio (MUN) pinned Bonomo (LL), 3:55.
145: D’Amato (TUNK) dec. Eric Gessner (MIF), 7-5; Burke (LL) dec. Nate Snyder (CC), 7-0.
152: Isaac Cory (TROY) dec. Roe (BR), 1-0.
160: Ty Nixon (MUN) tech. fall Savon Collins (MEY), 20-4.
170: Ethan Gush (MUN) dec. Zaboski (LL), 3-1.
182: Cameron Andrews (NP) pinned Meader (TUNK), 1:41.
195: Jack Schechterly (CC) dec. Ryan (MON), 5-2.
220: Meehan (LL) pinned Jackson Chilson (WYA), 3:48.
285: Owen Zechman (MW) dec. McAllister (WW), 5-1.
106: Wirt (LM) pinned Mason Konigus (LL), 1:45; Woods (TUNK) pinned Kristofer Fonseca (MEY), 2:10.
113: Goodrich (JS) pinned Gavin Crawford (BR), 2:32; Bluhm (LT) pinned Jack Lynett (SP), 2:36.
120: Rowley (HAN) dec. Aidan Steininger (MW), 3-2; Jacob Bruyn (WYA) dec. Antonio D’Apollonio (SP), 3-1 SV.
126: McArthur (BR) forfeit bye; Ben Heinrich (HUGH) pinned Ayden Berndt (SP), 1:17.
132: Deem (MONT) dec. Dalton Klinges (LT), 5-3.
138: Miner (SC) dec. Joe Monahan (SP), 4-3; Bonomo (LL) pinned Connor Wrobleski (WA), 0:43.
145: D’Amato (TUNK) dec. Matthew Leslie (WW), 3-2; Burke (LL) dec. Preston Rogers (TOW), 3-2.
152: Cory (TROY) forfeit Jake Trumbower (LL).
160: Collins (MEY) forfeit Kasen Taylor (WW); Rodriguez (MW) pinned Tom Gudykunst (BR), 0:57.
170: Gush (MUN) pinned Robin Wrobleski (WA), 2:57; Jansen Houdeshell (MIF) pinned Alex Hollister (WW), 2:00.
182: Weidner (MC) pinned Marc Avila (MON), 1:37; Meader (TUNK) pinned Vincent Bowers (WA), 0:15.
195: Lauver (MW) pinned Nick Marabell (TUNK), 0:32; Ryan (MON) pinned Thomas Nalbone (LL), 0:48.
220: Chilson (WYA) pinned Eli Aldrich (BR), 0:29; Zach Poust (BEN) pinned Bryce VanFleet (LT), 1:34.
285: Randy Wildrick (WYA) pinned Justin Kelly (MON), 1:52; McAllister (WW) dec. Jhamal Zacharias (TUNK), 2-1 TB1.