This part of the season for wrestling gets a little confusing as AA and AAA schools take different paths to the PIAA State Championships. This weekend, AA schools Annville-Cleona and Northern Lebanon traveled to Central Dauphin East to take part in the District 3 Championships. Their large school, AAA counterparts were at Spring Grove to compete at the South Central Regional Championships, which is the final step prior to States. The AA schools will have their Regional Championships next weekend.
When all of the wrestling was done this weekend, there were nine Lebanon County wrestlers who extended their seasons through impressive performances. Among those were Lebanon’s Griffin Gonzalez and ELCO’s Ashton Kriss who punched their tickets to Hershey where they will compete at the PIAA State Championship. At the District 3 Championship, Northern Lebanon’s Aaron Seidel extended his record to 41-0 en route to winning gold for the second straight year (he’s only a sophomore). Seidel will lead a very large Viking contingent into next weekend’s Regional tournament.
AAA – Regionals
The PIAA South Central Regional Tournament was held on Friday and Saturday at Spring Grove. Wrestlers from fifty-two teams, who qualified at last week’s Sectional tournaments, were in attendance. Among those competing were nine Lebanon County student-athletes representing ELCO, Lebanon, and Palmyra. This was the last stop before the PIAA State Championships that will be held March 9-11 at the Giant Center.
In this tournament, the top four in each weight class qualified for States. The top six in each weight class were awarded a spot on the podium.
PIAA State Championship qualifiers are colored blue.
19th – ELCO
26th – Lebanon
47th – Palmyra
4th Ashton Kriss (107#)
6th Kyle Miller (215#)
Additional wrestlers that did not place in the top six: Zane Trostle (121#), Steven Rosado (127#), Landen Brubaker (139#)
Congratulations to Ashton Kriss for placing 4th this weekend @ the District III 3A Championships at 107lbs – Ashton is a 3A PIAA qualifier! #ElcoExcellence 🤼♂️ @LebCoSports1 @ELCOSupt pic.twitter.com/5B9wffu8ho
— ELCO Athletics (@ELCOAthletics) February 25, 2023
4th Griffin Gonzalez (152#)
Tyler Detwiler (107#) went 2-2 in the tournament, but fell one match short of a landing on the podium
Additional wrestlers that did not place in the top six: Joshua Smith (114#), Mason Bucks (152#)
Now that Regionals are complete, up next for the Gonzalez (Lebanon) and Kriss (ELCO) is the PIAA State Championship Tournament that will take place on March 9-11 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Click here to find out which Lebanon County Wrestlers were chosen as Lancaster Lebanon League All-Stars for how they performed during the regular season.
AA – Districts
The District 3 AA Championship was held at Central Dauphin East in a single day tournament that took place on Saturday. This event welcomed a total of fourteen Lebanon County wrestlers representing Annville-Cleona and Northern Lebanon.
While the Top Eight placed, only the Top Seven advanced to the Southeast Regional Tournament that will be held next weekend at Bethlehem Freedom High School.
Regional qualifiers are colored blue.
4th – Northern Lebanon
19th – Annville-Cleona
5th Phoenix Music (160#)
8th Cael Harter (133#)
8th Oliver Funck (107#)
Additional wrestlers that did not place in the top eight: Landon Hostetter (139#), Oliver Carey (145#), Jahmar Gonzalez-Allie (152#)
1st Aaron Seidel (107#)
– Of his three victories, two came by way of falls. The finals match was a 13-0 major decision.
2nd Sam Wolford (114#)
2nd Clayton Erb (189#)
4th Owen Lehman (127#)
5th Conor Leonard (152#)
6th Hayden Adams (285#)
8th Julian Zaragoza (121#)
Additional wrestler that did not place in the top eight: Eli Ostermayer (172#)
The PIAA District III 2A 107 pound champ Aaron Seidel of Nothern Lebanon pic.twitter.com/OLL1AFxT0h
— PIAA District III (@piaadistrict3) February 25, 2023
Up next for the qualifying AA wrestlers is the Southeast AA Regional Championship, which will take place on March 3-4 at Bethlehem Freedom High School.
Revisit what took place at last weekend’s Sectional Championships.
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