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Local girl comes in second in state wrestling tournament

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Posted: Monday, March 18, 2019 5:00 am

The first girl ever to qualify at for the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling tournament out of the Titusville Junior Wrestling program came home with a silver medal in tow. 

Jenna Greer, 7, took down challenger after challenger to make her way to the finals of the tournament.

For Greer, who wrestled in the 50 pound weight class of the 8 and under girls bracket, winning is in her blood. She was escorted from Titusville to Hydetown by police cars and a full entourage of fire trucks, who announced the victorious youth’s return with sirens and lights. When she arrived at the Hydetown Fire Hall for a surprise party in her honor, she was greeted by friends, family and her fellow 2019 state medalist, Hunter Thompson, who just happens to be her cousin.

Greer said that she liked standing up on the podium in victory, and that there was never any cause to be afraid. She said she didn’t get nervous going into her matches and when asked why not, she simply said, “I wrestled at practice.”

Greer strung along three victories against Erra Wolfe, Maylee Jo Scholl and AnnaMarie Putt. Putt, who Greer knocked into the blood rounds with a 10-6 decision, beat Greer earlier in the season. Finally, Greer was defeated by Makenna Williams in the finals, with a 15-0 technical fall, but that didn’t stop her from being the first girl from the program ever to medal and the only person to bring home a medal this trip.

Greer was far from the only youth to give Titusville residents some hometown pride this weekend. She was one of nine young wrestlers to take to the matts in action this week.  

“I was very impressed by our kids,” said Titusville Youth Wrestling Coach Adam Huck. “They were there to wrestle and I couldn’t be prouder of them.”

Among the others were Trenton Rodgers (11-12, 85), Kameron Mong (11-12, 160), Brock Middleton (9-10, 105), Jaxon Covell (11-12, 100), Dalton Knapp (8-under, 110), Sawyer Wolfkiel (9-10, 55), Landen Wolfkiel (11-12, 95) and Isaac Roberts (9-10, 65).

Huck said that Trenton Rodgers and Kam Mong both lost “heartbreakers” in the consolation bracket, coming up one win shy of a medal. 

Mong was knocked down to the blood rounds with a fall to Ayden Wysocki in the round of 16 after winning his first match with a 4-1 decision over Connor Jordan. He then won twice before being losing to Cooper Roscosky in a 1-0 decision, who made a late escape in the third period. Wysocki and Roscosky both went on to place after defeating Mong.

Rodgers lost early to Carter Wilson in the round of 31 on a 5-3 decision and battled his way through the consolation rounds with three consecutive wins against Logan Matrisch, Michael Sutton and Jackson Albert, on a major decision and two decisions, respectively.

In his last bout against Nico Fanella, the eventual fourth-place winner, he got an initial takedown in the first period and held the lead. Fanella reversed twice before being taken down again, holding the score at 4-4 in the third period. A final reversal with seconds left pulled Fanella into the next round.

Sawyer Wolfkiel started out with an 10-2 major decision against Van Ward and then suffered a 15-0 technical fall against Fred Bachmann, who went on to win the 55 pound weight class. Wolfkiel won his first match in the consolations but then lost in a 2-0 decision against Gavin Morris. 

Dalton Knapp went two for four in the tournament, losing to the fourth- and eighth-place winners, according to Huck. Landon Wolfkiel also lost in a narrow match with the eventual bronze medalist, falling 7-4 by decision.

Isaac Roberts went one for three in his matches, beating Evan Shepherd with a 5-0 decision. Jaxon Covell lost his first two matches, although the second was only by a two point decision. Brock Middleton won his opening match against Archie Shattuck with a 15-7 decision before falling twice in a row by a two point margin. 

Overall, Huck said he was proud of the season and grateful to his assistant coaches, Ryan Wolfkiel and Shaun Roberts.

“They are awesome coaches,” he said.

Additionally, he said that Greer began the season in the novice program working with coaches Justin Snyder, Jeff Greathouse, Andrew Reagle, Travis Bryant, Josh Johnson and Jeremy O’Toole.

Huck was also proud of the parents, who he said represented the kids well. 

“We had the loudest and best group of fans in the arena,” Huck said. “I’m honored to be a part of such an amazing group of people.” 

Brown can be reached, by email, at tbrown@titusvilleherald.com.

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1 comment:

  • Noahs Bark posted at 9:09 pm on Mon, Mar 18, 2019.

    Noahs Bark Posts: 118

    WOW! What a fantastic year for the grapplers! I'm so thrilled for all the wrestlers!!!! I love that the Titusville Herald is celebrating their victories. I love the fact that there was a fire engine being used to celebrate. Every kid loves fire engines and their lights. And a party! This is great for a child's self-esteem. We need more of this in Titusville. And Hunter there to celebrate. WOW! WOW! WOW!

     

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