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March 7, 2014

Lee, Wheeling survive Day 2 in Hershey

HERSHEY — Ehrin Lee’s smile following his quarterfinal win Friday at the PIAA Individual Wrestling Championships told the whole story.

Lee has had his eyes on the state championships all season long, and just getting there wasn’t enough. The Titusville 160-pounder has wrestled like one of the best grapplers in the state during the tournament thus far, and his 3-2 overtime win over Northampton’s Bobby Fehr proved that if nothing else, he’s one of the four best wrestlers in his weight class.

A nail biter throughout, Lee escaped for a point in the third overtime, and held off a flurry by Fehr in the final seconds to earn a trip to the semifinals today.

It was a win that lee so desperately deserved.

“I’m going to live off that rush for a bit,” Lee said. “(Fehr) was ranked ahead of me, so it feels pretty good knocking him off.”

Knocking off Fehr was easier said than done, as the Northampton senior didn’t allow for much offense from Lee. After a scoreless first period, Lee scored a point on an escape to take a 1-0 lead. In the third period, Fehr was on bottom when he reversed Lee for two points, followed by another escape from Lee to even the bout.

The first overtime period went scoreless, as did the second when Lee rode Fehr out. Less than 10 seconds into the third overtime, Lee escaped, and avoided any chance of a Fehr comeback to snag the win.

“Ehrin has a good head for the sport,” Titusville head coach Mo Burns said. “We put a game plan together and knew (Fehr) would come straight at us. We had to weather the storm, and we did.”

As for reaching the championship semifinals, Lee has been waiting a long time for this moment. Friday’s win may be the momentum jolt that gets Lee to the finals.

“It’s definitely a big momentum boost,” Lee said. “Hopefully it carries into the semifinals. It gives me high hopes to make the finals now.”

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