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2019-2020 Sun-Gazette wrestling all-stars

WRESTLER OF THE YEAR

Cameron Wood, Montoursville

Was the most decorated of those returning to the Montoursville lineup having finished fourth at the state tournament as a junior. Wrestled all season like the team’s leader by example. Maybe the most consistent performer on the team whose only losses came at the Powerade to state third-place finisher Duane Knisely and national preps runner-up Kolby Franklin, and Southern Columbia two-time state champ Gaige Garcia. Won the Outstanding Wrestler award at the Flynn Propane Duals in Towanda when he went 5-0 with five falls for the Warriors. Finished off one of the best upperweight careers in school history with his first state championship and the third-most wins in a season in school history. He is the sixth consecutive Montoursville wrestler to be named Wrestler of the Year following Garrett Hoffman (2015), Gavin Hoffman (2016, 2017, 2018) and Gable Crebs (2019).

Runner-up: Nate Higley, Sullivan County

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

Branden Wentzel, Montoursville

Saved his best wrestling for the final two weeks of the season when he won the Northeast Regional and PIAA Class AA championships at 106 pounds. Was twice ranked No. 1 in the state during the course of the season. Finished the season with 46 wins, which is the most by a freshman ever in Montoursville history. Also became just the second freshman in school history to win a state championship. Announced his presence on a statewide level by reaching the semifinals at the Powerade Tournament before eventually finishing sixth. Finished tied for third in District 4 with 46 victories.

Runner-up: Scott Johnson, Muncy

BREAKOUT PERFORMER

OF THE YEAR

Garrett Storch, Canton

It wasn’t as if Storch was an unknown coming into the season. He did have more than 20 wins a year ago when he finished sixth in the district. But he became a pure force in the Canton lineup as the Warriors took a huge step forward as a program and won their first Northern Tier League championship since 2005. He went 29-4 in the regular season and helped Canton go 9-1 in dual meets. He placed in all four tournaments in which Canton participated, taking first place at the DKI and the Tunkhannock Tournament, fourth at the Penn Cambria Tournament, and fifth at New Oxford. He went 4-0 during the District 4 Duals, including a win over then Top-10 ranked Ethan Gush of Muncy. Won a North Section championship before taking second at districts and regionals to Gaige Garcia. He went 1-2 at the state tournament.

Runner-up: Bobby Gardner, South Williamsport

COACH OF THE YEAR

Matt Yonkin, Montoursville

Guided the best performance at the PIAA tournament in school history as all five qualifying Warrior wrestlers placed helping the team take second place. For the first time in school history the Warriors had two state champions with Branden Wentzel at 106 pounds and Cameron Wood at 220 pounds. Along with assistant coaches Paul Finicle, Bob Vanderwall and Jamie Yonkin, helped the Warriors go 25-3 in dual meets, winning the Flynn Propane Duals and Clearfield Duals along with the HAC-II championship. Warriors finished third at the District 4 Duals before going 2-2 at the state team championships. Became the first District 4 program to have two state champions in the same season since Muncy in 2011.

Runner-up: Brian Nasdeo, Williamsport

First team

(Grade, season record, career record)

106 pounds

Branden Wentzel, Montoursville

(Freshman, 46-7, 46-7)

PIAA Class AA champion … Northeast Regional champion … District 4 third place … Central Sectional fourth place … Went 27-1 in dual meets for the Warriors with all 27 wins earning bonus points … Went 8-1 during district duals and the state team championships … Helped Warriors finish the dual season 25-3, including winning the HAC-II title and titles at the Flynn Propane Duals and Clearfield Duals … Won his final nine matches of the season … Became Montoursville’s first freshman state champion since Luke Frey in 2008 … First-time selection.

113 pounds

Derek Keen,

Central Mountain

(Sophomore, 32-10, 63-20)

PIAA Class AAA eighth-place finisher … Northwest Regional champion … District 6 champion … Only losses at the state tournament were to eventual second, fourth and seventh-place finishers … Went 12-3 in dual meets helping the Wildcats win Heartland-I championship … Finished third at Top Hat tournament and fourth at the King of the Mountain … Defeated two-time state placewinner Nathan Holderbaum at the King of the Mountain … Two-time selection.

120 pounds

Carter Weaver, Williamsport

(Freshman, 25-6, 25-6)

PIAA Class AAA state qualifier … Northwest Regional runner-up … District 4/9 champion … Went 1-2 in his first state tournament … Top Hat tournament champion … Went 12-1 in dual meets, including 4-0 at district duals and state duals … First-period fall against Clearfield helped Millionaires win first district duals championship … Earned bonus points with 20 of his 25 wins … One of four Millionaires to record multiple technical falls … First-time selection.

126 pounds

Jacob Blair, Muncy

(Senior, 37-5, 114-15)

PIAA Class AA state qualifier … Northeast Regional runner-up … District 4 champion … Central Sectional champion … Went 2-2 at the state tournament, losing in the blood round … His 114 career wins are 12th-most in school history despite wrestling just three full seasons … Never had fewer than 37 wins in a season … Went 18-1 in dual meets, including 5-0 in district duals … Defeated four eventual state qualifiers during regular season … Helped Muncy to 20-5 record and Mid-Penn championship … Three-time selection.

132 pounds

Noah Hunt, Warrior Run

(Senior, 32-13, 112-53)

PIAA Class AA eighth-place finisher … Northeast Regional runner-up … District 4 fourth place … Central Sectional runner-up … Went 3-3 at the state tournament, losing to eventual seventh and sixth-place finishers … Finished with a career high 32 wins … Won 12 matches in a row after the turn of the New Year … Defeated returning state qualifier Mason Leshock with a fall at district duals … Went 13-1 in dual meets with only loss to Jacob Blair … Only fifth four-time state qualifier in school history … First-time selection.

138 pounds

Riley Bower, Williamsport

(Sophomore, 34-6, 68-16)

PIAA Class AAA state qualifier … Northwest Regional champion … District 4/9 champion … Most consistent performer on the team, went 12-2 in dual meets … Only Williamsport wrestler to place at the Top Hat (third), King of the Mountain (first), Bethlehem Holiday Classic (first) and Tool City (second) tournaments … His 1-0 win over DuBois’ Chandler Ho put Williamsport in district duals final … Went 9-4 against returning state qualifiers … Had 19 of his 34 wins go for bonus points … Two-time selection.

145 pounds

Nate Higley, Sullivan County

(Junior, 39-2, 110-14)

PIAA Class AA fourth-place finisher … Northeast Regional champion … District 4 champion … North Sectional champion … His 39 wins were a school record … Became the first three-time state qualifier and two-time state placewinner in school history … Took first place at both the DKI and the South Williamsport tournaments … Had 33 of his 39 wins earn bonus points … Went 20-0 in dual meets and 6-1 against returning state qualifiers … Three-time selection.

152 pounds

Devon Deem, Montgomery

(Sophomore, 31-10, 63-24)

Northeast Regional fifth-place finisher … District 4 third place … Central Sectional second place … Overcame displaced vertebrae and pinched nerves in his back to have his best season … Finished in first place at both the DKI and the Matness at the MACC … Earned bonus points in 21 of his 31 wins … Went 6-1 in limited dual-meet appearances … Went 3-0 against state qualifier Christian Good … Two-time selection.

160 pounds

Isaac Cory, Montoursville

(Sophomore, 42-12, 69-24)

PIAA Class AA seventh-place finisher … Northeast Regional third place … District 4 third place … Central Sectional runner-up … Went 3-2 at state tournament to earn first state medal … Outperformed his rank by 12 spots at state tournament … Went 25-3 in dual meets to help Montoursville win the HAC-II championship … Also helped Warriors finish third at district duals and go 2-2 in the state duals tournament … Went 7-2 in district and state duals matches … Losses at states were to eventual third and fourth-place finishers … First-time selection.

170 pounds

Cael Crebs, Montoursville

(Junior, 46-6, 103-17)

PIAA Class AA third-place finisher … Northeast Regional champion … District 4 champion … Central Sectional champion … Went 4-1 at the state tournament to earn first medal, losing only to state champion Tyler Stoltzfus … Went 28-0 in dual meets for Warriors … Didn’t place at Powerade, but defeated state placewinner Nick Delp and state runner-up Trent Schultheis … Went 14-6 against 2019 state qualifiers … Finished with a 9-0 record at district and state duals … Two-time selection.

182 pounds

Dylan Bennett, Montoursville

(Junior, 39-1, 110-21)

PIAA Class AA runner-up … Northeast Regional champion … District 4 champion … Central Sectional champion … Opened the season with 39 consecutive wins after missing the first month with a broken thumb … Went 27-0 in dual meets helping Warriors to HAC-II title and District 4 Duals third place … Had nine wins over Top-10 wrestlers … Went 10-0 as Warriors won Flynn Propane Duals and Clearfield Duals … Only sixth three-time district champ in school history … Three-time selection.

195 pounds

Nik Miller, Central Mountain

(Junior, 24-12, 41-25)

PIAA Class AAA state qualifier … Northwest Regional champion … District 6 runner-up … Went 0-2 at his first state tournament … Top Hat Tournament runner-up … Finished third at the Conestoga Valley Tournament … Went 10-5 in dual meets to help Wildcats win sixth consecutive HAC-I title … Posted 16 bonus-point wins, including 14 falls which was tied for fourth-most on the team … Was 4-1 when bumping up to 220 pounds … First-time selection.

220 pounds

Cameron Wood, Montoursville

(Senior, 47-3, 144-38)

PIAA Class AA champion … Northeast Regional champion … District 4 champion … Central Sectional champion … His 47 wins were a career-high and third-most in a single season in school history … Finished sixth on Montoursville’s career wins list … Top Hat Tournament champion … Finished fifth at the Powerade Tournament … Defeated three eventual state placewinners at the state tournament … 38 of his 47 wins went for bonus points, including 32 falls, which was sixth-most in the state … Three-time selection.

285 pounds

Nevin Rauch, Milton

(Senior, 37-9, 87-35)

Northeast Regional fifth-place finisher … District 4 fourth place … South Sectional third place … Became Milton’s first Cumberland Valley Kickoff Classic champion since Ryan Preisch in 2013 … Defeated state placewinner Stephen Schott in Cumberland Valley semifinals … Went 5-1 at Trojan Wars, finishing in third place … Went 20-3 in dual meets for the Black Panthers … Recorded 30 falls, tied for third-most in District 4 … Went 29-4 in regular season, with each loss to a state placewinner or national preps All-American … Two-time selection.

Second team

(Season record is followed

by career record)

106: Cade Wirnsberger, Meadowbrook Christian, Fr., 32-4, 32-4

113: Scott Johnson, Muncy, Fr., 41-4, 41-4

120: Caiden Puderbach, Hughesville, Fr., 29-9, 29-9

126: Taylor Weaver, Central Mountain, So., 32-10, 56-19

132: Kyler Crawford, Milton, Jr., 36-10, 70-25

138: Luke Gorg, Hughesville, Sr., 35-6, 135-33

145: Roman Morrone, Williamsport, So., 32-11, 46-30

152: Christian Good, Muncy, Sr., 39-17, 117-66

160: Hadyn Packer, Jersey Shore, Fr., 33-12, 33-12

170: Timmy Ward, Canton, Jr., 40-9, 100-27

182: Derek Atherton-Ely, Canton, Jr., 30-16, 51-39

195: Garrett Storch, Canton, Sr., 37-8, 87-51

220: Trevor Williams, Canton, Sr., 29-10, 73-49

285: Charles Crews, Williamsport, So., 28-14, 44-33

–Compiled by

Mitch Rupert

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