A busy and entertaining Day 2 of wrestling at the PIAA Individual Wrestling Championships in Hershey came and went, as did the dreams of a gold medal for a handful of local wrestlers.
The one local wrestler that doesn’t apply to is Lakeview’s Sam Breese, who had the Giant Center crowd in aw during his two matches Friday. The two bouts equated to two wins, which means a shot a defending his championship.
Breese returns to title match
When you’re Sam Breese, anything but winning a title doesn’t suffice.
The Lakeview senior gets his shot at defending his heavyweight title today thanks to two impressive victories Friday, the first coming in the quarterfinals when he pinned his opponent, Bolling Springs Noah Davis, in 10 seconds. The second came in the semifinals, when he tossed Burrell’s Allan Beattie around the mat for six minutes.
Two matches, two impressive wins, but the focus remains the same.
“I’m happy,” Breese said after his semifinal victory. “There’s one more step though. I’m going to be happy about this win, but I’m not done.”
Breese will face Pen Argyl’s Brady Mutton in the championship.
Overman secures his first medal
CASH 220-pound wrestler Connor Overman has been a problem for every opponent he has faced during the state tournament.
Though he started the day in the consolation bracket, Overman won a pair of matches to secure a medal before falling in his fourth round consolation bout.
Overman still has a shot at fifth place, an incredible feat considering the inexperience the senior has on the mat. Not only is this his first trip to states, but it’s his first full year of wrestling at all.
Overman won a 4-1 decision to start the day over Canton’s Connor Route, before knocking off North East’s Andrew Phelps in the third round of the consolation bracket.