Sem With Dominant Showing At States
Wyoming Seminary wrestling will be heading to nationals fully loaded.
The Blue Knights won their 13th consecutive championship at the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Wrestling Tournament on Saturday at Malvern Prep. Their latest state title almost could not have been more dominant; all 14 Sem wrestlers made the finals, and 11 won championships.
Troy Spratley (113 pounds), Drew Munch (126), Beau Bartlett (132), Connor Kievman (145), Benny Baker (152), Jake Stefanowicz (160), Cole Rees (170), Darrien Roberts (182), Austin Cooley (195), Jake Kaminski (220) and Mike Leyland (285) won their weight classes for Sem.
Baker, Roberts, Kaminski and Leyland had pins in all three of their bouts. Cooley tallied three pins plus a decision. Munch had two pins and a tech fall, and Bartlett had two pins and a major decision.
Nick Fea (106), Lachlan McNeil (120) and Jonathan Miers (138) were second-place finishers.
Those efforts helped lift Wyoming Seminary to 371.5 team points, well ahead of runner-up Malvern Prep’s 250.5 and more than double the other 16 teams’ final totals.
This year’s win marks the Knights’ highest-scoring state title since 14 finalists brought them to 373.5 points in 2017. It’s also their largest margin of victory since topping Malvern Prep 355-183.5 in 2014.
Sem’s 11 champions is a new high during its 13-year run, topping the 10 title winners in 2016 who helped the Knights score 378.5 team points.
All 14 of Wyoming Seminary’s medalists advance to the 84th National Prep Wrestling Tournament scheduled for Feb. 22-23 at Lehigh University. It’s another shot for the Knights to dethrone Blair Academy, winners of the last four national championships following Sem’s 2014 title.