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March 1, 2014

Wrestling: Newman makes another trip to Hershey

WILLIAMSPORT — In a weight that was arguably the toughest of the PIAA Class AA Northeast Regional tournament at Williamsport, Montgomery’s Kyle Drick had spent the weekend turning in the  best effort of his career.

Drick opened the tournament with a dominating 9-2 decision over A.J. Luton, the District 2 champion from Wilkes-Barre GAR, and followed with a convincing 7-3 win over Troy’s Ethan Calkins, a state qualifier last year, in Saturday morning’s 113-pound semifinals.

That might have been bad news for Line Mountain’s Cameron Newman, who found a way to cool off another hot wrestler in the semis when he beat Lewisburg’s Jordan Gessner, 7-1.

Newman, a junior, collected his second regional crown and earned the 100th victory of his career with a steady 4-2 win over Drick in the evening finals and became the Eagles’ only wrestler to qualify for Hershey.

Two years ago, Newman was pinned in the 106-pound regional final by Dominick Degraba of Dallas Area and followed that with a quick 0-2 exit from the state tournament.

Last year, Newman beat Lewisburg’s Brian Friery to win his first regional title and then earned a medal at Hershey with an eighth place finish at 106 pounds.

Newman is hoping his progression up the podium in Hershey will continue after surviving such a tough weight class this weekend.

“I got to Hershey as a freshman and then won a medal last year,” Newman said. “I’m hoping to get higher on the podium this year.”

For the first time, Newman claimed sectional, district, and regional titles.

“I feel like I didn’t wrestle to my full potential at sectionals and districts, but I feel like I wrestled a lot better this weekend,” Newman said. Newman opened the tournament with a 6-4 decision over Warrior Run’s Eric Hunt and then topped Gessner, who finished third with a 5-2 win over Hunt.

Against Drick, Newman converted a takedown midway through the first period and added another takedown in the third period to nail down the victory.

In two previous meeting with Drick this season, Newman pinned him in the second period of a scoreless match and beat him 5-1 in overtime of the district semifinals last week.

“I knew what Drick likes to do, so I just tried to get my offense going,” Newman said. “I wanted to stop whatever he was doing. He’s a tough kid to wrestle and I have a lot of respect for him.”

With his third trip to Hershey earned, Newman has simple goals in mind for his third visit to the Giant Center.

“I want to wrestle as hard as I can, control the outcome if I can, and place as high as I can,” Newman said.

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