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Girls Wrestling: LebCo Athletes Collect Twelve Medals at District 3 Sectionals


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On Friday, the first PIAA-sanctioned Sectionals for Girls Wrestling took place in Central Pennsylvania. District 3 was split into two events, with Section 1 taking place at Susquenita High School and Section 2 being held at Mechanicsburg High School.

LebCo was represented by five teams. In Section 1 are Annville-Cleona, ELCO, and Lebanon. Section 2 includes Northern Lebanon and Palmyra. When all of the wrestling was completed, LebCo wrestlers had claimed twelve medals. The highest finishers were silver medalists Kylee Trostle of ELCO and Isabella Poole Martinez of Lebanon.

The top six finishers in each weight class will now move on to Regionals, which will take place on Saturday, March 2nd, at Penn Manor High School.

Below is a list of all of the medalists from LebCo, along with a brief summary of how their days progressed.



Section 1

The District 3 – Section 1 Girls Wrestling Tournament was held at Susquenita High School. The event welcomed twenty-eight teams from across the region. McCaskey was the top team as they earned ten medals, including two golds.


Annville-Cleona (27th place)

While Annville did not have any medalists, they did have three wresters competing with two of them winning a match. Alena Merjudio and Abigail Gehards each won before being knocked out in the 2nd round of Consolations.



ELCO (17th place)

The Raiders only had one entry into the Sectionals and it just so happens that it way Kylee Trostle, the freshman wrestling sensation who spent the entire year competing against boys up until the postseason.

2nd  Kylee Trostle (112 pounds) – Trostle won her first three matches by pinning opponents from Gettysburg, Octorara, and York Suburban. In the Championship Finals, Trostle was matched up against McCaskey’s Journie Rodriguez. Trostle and Rodriguez had previously met in the LL Championships with Rodriguez earning a 2-1 decision. This match had a similar outcome, as Trostle lost a tough 4-3 decision to earn silver.




Lebanon (11th place)

The Cedars had one of the larger contingents of wrestlers at Susquenita on Friday. They fought hard on their way to earning five medals.

2nd   Isabella Poole Martinez (100 pounds)The freshman won her first two matches by pinning her opponents from McCaskey and Carlisle. In the Finals, she was matched up against Hempfield’s Harriet Mack. Though Poole Martinez fought hard, she lost in a 6-0 decision and earned the silver medal.

3rd     Staisy Martinez Severino (130 pounds) – The senior won her first two matches by pinning her opponents, including ending her second match in just :56. In the semifinals, Martinez Severino was pinned at the 3:48 mark of her match against her opponent from Hamburg. She then landed in the 3rd Place match, during which she won bronze by winning a 6-2 decision over McCaskey’s Liana Samuel.

6th     Katrina Leary (155 pounds) – The junior went 3-2 with two pins on her way to earning her spot in 5th place match. In the medal round, she was pinned at the 3:38 mark by Penn Manor’s Madelyn Frizado.

6th     Angy Martinez Severino (118 pounds) – The junior won her first two matches before losing a difficult 8-6 Sudden Victory Decision in the Semifinals. This then put Martinez Severino into the Consolation Semifinals where she lost a 6-4 decision. Exhausted by the 5th Place match, she fought McCaskey’s Janyce Santiago until the end when she lost 5-4 on an Ultimate Tie-breaker.

8th     Yilia Fernandez Gonzalez (148 pounds) – Suffered an injury before the start of the competition and had to forfeit her matches.




Section 2

The District 3 – Section 2 Girls Wrestling Tournament was held at Mechanicsburg High School. The event welcomed twenty-nine teams from across the region. Cumberland Valley was the big winner on the day, amassing twelve medals that included three golds.


Palmyra (15th place)

The Cougars entered two wrestlers and left with two bronze medals and an impressive team finish.

3rd     Riley Zettlemoyer (112 pounds) –The sophomore pinned her opponent from Cumberland Valley and then won a 9-2 decision over her opponent from West Perry. Zettlemoyer then lost in the Semifinals before scoring a 9-1 major decision to earn her chance at 3rd place. In the match for bronze, Zettlemoyer worked her way to a 10-7 decision over Central Dauphin’s Anaelis Morales.

3rd     Shayla Carl (148 pounds) – The sophomore pinned her first opponent before losing in the Semifinals. She then recovered for a quick 1:35 pin for her chance to wrestle for 3rd place. In her final match, Carl pinned Reading’s Lorianny Garcia in 3:16.


Northern Lebanon (18th place)

A school that is known for having a strong wrestling program began to show that the reputation should not just be reserved for the boys as they left Mechanicsburg with four medals.

7th     Johbrianna Long (118 pounds) – The sophomore won her first match on her way to a 3-2 day. In the 7th Place match, Long pinned Reading’s Anna Gomez in 2:00.

7th     Anna Lanka (130 pounds) – The sophomore went 2-2 on the day, including a 5-2 decision in the 7th Place match against Schuylkill Valley’s Naomi Frantz.

7th     Rebecca Hilton (142 pounds) – The freshman went 2-2, including winning her 7th place match with a pin of Spring Grove’s Ava Leggett at the 4:10 mark of their match.

8th     Sadie Ostermayer  (136 pounds) – Ostermayer went 2-3 on the day, with the junior pinning two opponents on her way to earning a spot on the podium.





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