By Pete Chiodo
Make it a cool dozen for the Reynolds wrestling team.
In the 16 years that District 10 has held a team championship, the venerable Raiders have now claimed the title a whopping 12 times. Their latest trophy was hoisted Saturday at Sharon High School after the Raiders downed Fort LeBoeuf 39-18 in the final.
It was Reynolds’ second championship in a row. And it was an even more commanding run to the title than a season ago.
In last year’s duals, Reynolds survived a couple close scrapes, beating Saegertown 35-22 in the semifinals before trimming LeBoeuf 28-24 in the championship.
This time around, the Raiders dropped just nine of the 42 bouts they faced during their three matches. Their day included a 68-6 rout of Youngsville in the quarterfinals and a 54-13 victory over Saegertown in the semis.
“If you’re in this sport you’re going to have to dislike losing very much,” said Reynolds head coach Casey Taylor. “So the excitement is always there to win something like this. The kids should be proud. They’ve done exactly what the coaching staff has asked them to do, and that is work hard all year long. The goal is to always get better and I think they’ve done that.”
Reynolds now moves on to the PIAA Class AA Team Wrestling Championship, which begins Thursday at the Giant Center in Hershey. In the first round, Reynolds will take on the winner of Monday’s preliminary matchup between District 11 runner-up Saucon Valley and District 4’s third seed, Wyalusing Valley.
Fort LeBoeuf, meanwhile, will host WPIAL third-seed Jefferson Morgan in a preliminary battle slated for Monday at 7 p.m. The winner advances to Hershey to face District 4 champion Towanda in Thursday’s first round.
Third place in District 10 went to Greenville, which defeated Saegertown 41-20 in yesterday’s consolation final.
The win for the Trojans reversed last year’s 39-21 loss to Saegertown in the consolation match.
“We avenged that loss to Saegertown,” said Greenville head coach John Reynolds. “It’s always good to turn those things around. But I have a lot of respect for that program. Both programs, I think, are headed in the right direction. We wanted this win. It’s been awhile since we were in the state playoffs. We were in the state semifinals in 2007. So it’s been quite some time. We’re looking forward to getting back there and hope to make a run.”
On Monday, Greenville will travel to New Bethlehem for a preliminary match with District 9 runner-up Redbank Valley. The winner of that match advances to Hershey to face District 3 champion Boiling Springs in the first round.
Saegertown, meanwhile, ends its dual meet season with a record of 11-7 and will now focus on the upcoming sectional tournaments, which take place Feb. 14 and 15.
“Things just didn’t work out there,” said Saegertown head coach Jim Mulligan. “We were a couple guys short. Greenville’s just a good team. ... We’re disappointed. But we wrestled a solid match. We just got beat by a better team today. And we can handle that.”
Earlier in the day, Saegertown posted a 46-24 victory over Cambridge Springs in the quarterfinals.
Also participating was Cochranton, which fell to Fort LeBoeuf 64-9 in the quarters.