Carbaugh wins wrestling sectional championship

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

Cody Carbaugh made the most of the first step in the wrestling postseason last weekend.

The road to Hershey for Pennsylvania high school wrestlers begins at the sectional level and the Greencastle-Antrim junior put himself in the driver’s seat of the 106-pound weight class. Carbaugh used two pins, including a fall in the championship final, to capture the sectional title at the weight during the District 3-AAA Section I event and punch his ticket to the District Championships.

It was Carbaugh’s first section title. He took a 23-1 record into the event and will now head to Hersheypark Arena Friday with a 26-1 mark.

Top-ranked Carbaugh wasted little time in opening the tournament, securing a pin in under a minute. The junior drew Lane Sherman (26-11) of Gettysburg in the semifinals and stayed dominant for a 14-6 major. Carbaugh’s opponent in the final was a bit of a suprise. Alex Spaseff of Mechanicsubrg came out of the pigtail matches with a 14-16 record. He used a technical fall, pin and decision to work his way to the unenviable task of taking on Carbaugh.

It took the Blue Devil junior just 10 seconds to secure a takedown in the final. An arm bar thrown in and Carbaugh had a 5-0 lead. A guillotine produced several more back points before the first period expired. Carbaugh worked the move again after a reversal in the second to build more points. Spaseff elected to work from the top in the third, but Carbaugh reversed him to his back and eventually adjusted for the pin in 5:08.

District wrestling gets underway Friday with a 10 a.m. session. As a sectional champ Carbaugh will open with a third place finisher from another section. Carbaugh drew Tristen Watts of Exeter who has a 24-17 record. The district event is the south central state qualifier and gets three berths into the PIAA Championships.

Also competing for G-A were Wade Rider (113), Jake Heuer (126), Aaron Grossman (132), Ryan Wolf (138), Aryan Bowen (152) and Dwight Henning (195). Rider, who went into the tournament with a 12-9 record, opened the event with a 9-0 major decision before a quarterfinal loss. Rider also advanced in the consolation bracket by default, but came up one match short of qualifying for the district round. As a team, G-A was 12th out of 13 schools with 26 points. Mechanicsburg won the sectional title with 183.5 points.