Wolf, Mueller win sectional titles, advance to Districts
By: TODD RUTH Review Sports Editor email@example.com, Staff Writer
It was a golden weekend for Cocalico seniors Teddy Wolf and Kam Mueller.
The top seeds at their respective weight classes lived up to that billing at the Section IV Wrestling Tournament held at Governor Mifflin Intermediate School.
Wolf captured his first sectional title Saturday night with a 7-2 victory over Garden Spot’s Tanner Leid in the finals at 152 pounds. Mueller followed in the 182-pound finals with an equally impressive performance, knocking off Governor Mifflin’s Marcus Johnson, 6-1, to claim his first section crown.
With the titles, both wrestlers punched their tickets to the District Three Tournament, which will be held Friday and Saturday at Hersheypark Arena. It will be the second-straight season Wolf and Mueller are heading to Districts after both wrestlers placed second at sectionals a year ago.
" It was a great accomplishment for Teddy and Kam to both win sectional titles their senior years," Cocalico Coach Matt Fittery said. "They have both worked very hard over the years and certainly deserve it. I was very happy for both of them."
While Wolf and Mueller survived the weekend, the rest of the Eagles’ squad did not. As a team, Cocalico finished in the middle of the pack, placing seventh out of 12 teams with 54 points. Governor Mifflin won the title with 151.5 points while Wilson was second (128) and Exeter (124.5) third.
Individually, Cocalico’s Hilton Martin had a shot to advance after qualifying for the third-place match at 138 pounds. But with the final berth on the line at 138, Garden Spot’s Will Finkey fought off a late flurry by Martin to nip the Cocalico wrestler, 6-4 to take third place.
"Hilton wrestled a good tournament," Fittery said. "Unfortunately he lost a heartbreaker in the consolation finals. He battled to the end and almost came back and got the pin, but lost a tough one. Overall, I was very pleased to have two sectional champs, but it would have been nice to sneak one or two other guys through to districts."
Wolf (36-3) opened the tournament Saturday morning, pinning Preston Hopkins of Twin Valley in five minutes. Things got a lot tougher in the semifinals as Wolf squeezed out a 1-0 victory over Wilson sophomore Parker Eidle to gain his spot in the finals opposite Leid.
Mueller (34-4) pinned his way to the championship, earning a fall in 39 seconds against Cody Barrows of Daniel Boone in the quarters before decking Reading’s Aboubacar Kallo in 3:27 of the semifinal round.
Both Mueller and Wolf then went on to impress in the finals.
"Teddy and Kam both wrestled good, smart matches in the finals," Fittery said. "Teddy was patient and didn’t make any mistakes. Kam wrestled a great match against a very tough opponent in Marcus Johnson. He jumped out to an early lead and wrestled very smart."
Looking ahead to this weekend, Wolf has drawn the fourth seed at 152 and will face Conestoga Valley’s J.P. Kramer (26-14) in the first round scheduled to begin Friday afternoon at 3:15 p.m.
Central Dauphin’s Garrett Peppelman (40-4) is the top seed at 152 while Mechanicsburg’s Rustin Barrick (33-5) and Solanco’s Joe Welk (33-5) are seeded second and third respectively.
At 182, Mueller, the third seed, has drawn Lower Dauphin sophomore David Wuestner (12-16) in Round One. Josh Thomson (30-4) of Mechanicsburg is seeded first while Elco’s Dylan Hickernell (39-0) is second.
The top three finishers at each weight class will advance to the State Championships to be held at Hershey’s Giant Center March 8-10.
"The top three go to States so obviously they are both right there," Fittery said of Wolf and Mueller’s chances. "I truly believe they can both make it to States. At this point it usually comes down to who wants it most, so as long as they come in with the right attitude, I am confident in both of their abilities." More CHS WRESTLERS, page B-4