08 Mar February Team of the Month: Reynolds Raiders Wrestling
Gilbert’s is very proud to honor the Reynolds Wrestling Team as the February Team of the Month! Led by Coach Casey Taylor, Reynolds kicked off February by winning the District 10 AA Team Championship. The Region 1 Champs defeated three straight Region 3 opponents (Fort LeBoeuf 51-15, Eisenhower 52-12, and Harbor Creek 46-21) on their way to the title.
The following weekend at the PIAA AA Team Wrestling Championship in Hershey the Reynolds Wrestlers cruised to the championship match by defeating Honesdale (64-6), Bishop McDevitt (55-9), and Muncy (40-16). However, the championship match against Southern Columbia brought some excitement! Reynolds led 27-25 going into the final bout – meaning whoever won the last tilt of the day would earn his team the Dual Team State Championship! Reynolds Raider standout Rocco Bartolo earned the victory by decision and gave his team a 30-25 victory and their second straight PIAA AA Dual Team State Championship!
The following weekend brought about the AA Sectional Tournament for individuals. Reynolds was victorious at this tournament as well and advanced wrestlers in 13 of the 14 weight classes to the District 10 tournament.
The District 10 AA Tournament for individuals was held the last weekend in February, and Reynolds again steamrolled the competition to a victory. Reynolds advanced 12 wrestlers out of the District 10 tournament and into the AA Regional Tournament. Reynolds also had 4 individual District 10 Champions – Gary Steen, Beau Bayless, Cole Matthews, and Hunter Michaels!
We won’t leave you hanging! The success continued the first weekend in March as Reynolds once again was victorious in the PIAA AA Northwest Regional Tournament. Reynolds advanced 8 wrestlers to the PIAA tournament this weekend in Hershey, PA and had 3 wrestlers win a Regional Championship – Gary Steen, Beau Bayless, and Cole Matthews. Also advancing to Hershey are Andrew Ischo (3rd), Kaeden Berger (4th), Rocco Bartolo (2nd), Hunter Michaels (2nd), and Jarod Miller (4th).
Wrestling at the PIAA AA Individual Championships begins on Thursday, March 8th and wraps up on Saturday, March 10th. Congratulations and best of luck to the 8 Reynolds Raiders wrestling this weekend!