Sports news and notes
Todd Ruth Ephrata Review Sports Editor I know there is a lot of history that goes with the Hersheypark Arena, but the place wasn’t built for 47-year-old big guys. Andy Fasnacht and I were reminded of that fact once again two weeks ago while attending the District Wrestling Championships. While it s awesome to be at the same place Wilt Chamberlain set his NBA-record 100-point game, the rest of my weekend was shot thanks to the sore back I received from being squeezed into those hard, wooden seats for an eight-hour stretch. I m probably one of the few who wouldn’t mind seeing that tournament get moved to the more spacious and certainly more comfortable Giant Center.
Just sayin’… Mounts headed back to Two?: I saw an interesting post on an online site recently regarding the next phase of football re-alignment for the L-L League. According to the post, Ephrata will be headed back to Section Two in 2012. While I have yet to be able to confirm this news, the person who made the post said it was a done deal. If it s true, that would be great news for the Mounts, who struggled in their initial season in Section One, going 0-7 in league play.
According to the post, Ephrata would move down to Two, Garden Spot would also drop, going from Two to Three, and Lancaster Catholic would make the leap from Section Three all the way up to One. I ll keep you posted. Chalk one up for the ladies: March is National Women’s History Month, and a Vermont freshman girl firmly placed her name in the history books last week.
Mount Anthony Union High School freshman Rachel Hale became the first female to win a State wrestling title in the continental United States when she captured the Vermont 103-pound title last week with an exciting 10-9 victory. Hale, who was the top seed at 103, nearly was pinned twice by Spaulding s Cody Jolley before holding on for the monumental victory. Fittery: Cocalico grad Steve Fittery has a chance to do something only one other Lancaster Countian has ever done and that s win an NCAA Division One wrestling title.
Currently ranked #1 at 157 pounds with an unblemished 28-0 mark, Fittery should be one of the top seeds going into the tournament, which incidentally is set for the Wells Fargo Center in Philly next week. If he does pull it off, he’ll join Manheim Central graduate Ben Bishop, currently the only countian to win NCAA gold. Bishop, who wrestled at Lehigh, concluded a brilliant career by winning the NCAA 155-pound championship in 1934, while voted the Most Outstanding Wrestler in the tournament.
Thanks to Mike Clair, local wrestling historian and father of Ephrata Coach Josh, for that tidbit. Watch NCAA Selection Show: If you are interested in seeing where Fittery is seeded and how the 157-pound bracket is laid out, the NCAA will announce the 330 student-athletes set participate in the 2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships via a Web stream selection show on NCAA.com on Wednesday, March 9 at 6 p.m.
Fans wishing to view the show can do so at the following link: http://www.ncaa.com/sports/wrestling/d1. Following the selection announcement, fans are encouraged to tune into Takedown Wrestling s annual NCAA Division I Championships Preview Show from 8-11 p.m. Should be real interesting. They will go weight by weight, breaking down each bracket while providing in-depth commentary on the wrestlers.