The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


February 27, 2014

Harold Raker's high school wrestling column: Bright future in district

Not that there was any doubt about the future of District 4 wrestling, what with the likes of a freshman-dominated team at Line Mountain, among others. But there is more evidence when you look over the results of last week's District 4 Class AA championships in Williamsport.

Just checking out the 56 wrestlers who finished in the top four and moved on to this week's Northeast Regional, there are only 23 seniors in the bunch. The weight class that really gets your attention is 285 pounds where there was just one senior, fourth-place Garrett Pratt, of Towanda.

The finals for the big boys saw sophomore Dalton Chilson of Wyalusing defeat freshman Garrett Kieffer of Line Mountain. Third place went to junior Jordan Troup of Bloomsburg over junior Dylan Brennan of Troy.

Let's hope the regional, which brings the top three place-winners from District 2 to do battle with the top five from D4, is just as exciting as last week, but without the misfortunes.

During the finals, tournament medical personnel were called to the concourse for a medical emergency. Then as they were making their way back to the gymnasium floor, Williamson senior Trevor McWhorter cast a pall over the crowd when his head struck the knee of his opponent, Southern Columbia's Todd Lane, leaving McWhorter motionless on the mat.

He remained that way for much of a half-hour delay before he was taken away by ambulance.

The good news is that McWhorter, a state qualifier last season, is scheduled to return in the regional and still has a chance to get back to Hershey.

In addition to the presentation of the latest District 4 Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame inductees, several other wrestlers, coaches and officials, were honored before and after the finals.

Rich Shnyder, brother of the late wrestling official and football coach, Milton's Max Shnyder, and other family members awarded scholarships in memory of Max.

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