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PHOTOS: PIAA Swimming and Diving

The York Area Sports Hall of Fame will have three new inductees for the Class of 2016.

Longtime Dallastown varsity wrestling coach David Gable, current Dallastown varsity swimming coach Rich Howley and West York track and cross country athlete and current Hershey varsity track and field coach Kevin Stover will be inducted on May 15.

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In a time when single sports specialization is becoming more and more common among youth athletes, Dallastown junior Drake Pew has become the outlier, playing four different sports for the Wildcats.

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Spring Grove sophomore Dalton Rohrbaugh capped off a strong wrestling season with another top result over the weekend.

Taking part in the National High School Coaches Association National Wrestling Championships in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Rohrbaugh finished with a bronze medal in the 106-pound sophomore division.Taking on Drew Bennett from Iowa, Rohrbaugh needed overtime to earn the victory. He recorded a takedown in the OT and then scored a near fall, giving himself the 9-5 victory.

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PIAA Wrestling Championships

Central York’s Dylan Chatterton, seen here with his nose plugged in his preliminary bout, became the first wrestler in PIAA state wrestling championship history to lose his prelim bout and still win a bronze medal this past weekend at 145 pounds. Amanda J. Cain photo.(Photo: The York Dispatch )

In a remarkable high school wrestling career, you could argue that Central York senior Dylan Chatterton saved his best performance for last.

Chatterton’s final state wrestling tournament got off to about as rough a start as possible on Thursday. After scoring the first points of his preliminary bout against Dieruff’s Ronald Nguyen, the blood started flowing from Chatterton’s nose. A few blood stoppages to plug it couldn’t help matters, so after the first period, Chatterton had his face wrapped, completely covering his nose. Ultimately, looking more like a comic book villain than a wrestler, Chatterton was defeated, 4-3 and sent to the consolation bracket.

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PIAA Wrestling Championships

Kennard Dale’s Michael Bracey, pins North Allegheny’s Luke Landefeld in their 126 pound preliminary round bout Thursday, March 10, 2016, during the PIAA Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey. Amanda J. Cain photo.(Photo: The York Dispatch )

HERSHEY — Spring Grove sophomore Dalton Rohrbaugh remembers the unpleasant feeling he had during last year’s PIAA Class AAA state wrestling tournament.

As a freshman, Rohrbaugh was one victory away from placing in the state competition. Instead, with a 1-2 record, he was left sitting in the locker-room area wondering what he could’ve done differently.

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Coach Cael Sanderson will attempt to lead Penn State to its fifth national title in six years from March 17-19 at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in New York City.(Photo: Matthew Holst, AP)

Welcome to Pennsylvania Mat Madness.

It’s well known that college basketball’s March Madness has long dominated the national sports landscape during the month that welcomes the long-awaited metamorphosis from winter to spring.

In these parts, however, high school and college wrestling will soon take center stage.

That’s because the Keystone State has long been recognized as the red-hot center of the national wrestling universe, and over the next dozen days, regional interest in the sport will reach its absolute zenith. In fact, all the wrestling stars are aligning perfectly.

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Brandon Rodriguez

Rodriguez(Photo: The York Dispatch)

When Dover senior Brandon Rodriguez steps on the mat at the Giant Center on Thursday evening in the PIAA Class AAA wrestling tournament, it will be the first time since 2007 that the school will have a competitor taking part in the state’s premier event.

The Dover wrestling program isn’t a powerhouse. The Eagles were 2-16 this year. Even on struggling teams, however, there are a few wrestlers who shine individually. but usually are eliminated in the postseason before the state stage by competitors from traditional power schools where wrestling reigns supreme.

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Kevin McCleary show here during his standout wrestling career at West York High School.(Photo: Photo courtesy of westyorkwrestlingalumni.com)

One of the truest tests of a coach’s worth comes outside of the field of play.

More value should be placed on what their athletes achieve after their participation days are over, rather than on the immediate victories. Also, the more prized coaches often bring a new approach that lasts beyond their tenures.

With those notions as a barometer, the York County wrestling scene will miss a man of great value next season.

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PHOTOS: Bermudian Springs vs Dallastown wrestling

Dallastown’s Bryce Shields, top, enters this weekend’s District 3-AAA tournament with a 26-1 record.(Photo: YORK DISPATCH FILE PHOTO)

Dallastown junior Bryce Shields understands the amount of work and effort that goes into being a good wrestler, let alone a great one.

His whole life, he had a front-row seat to the career of his older brother, Nick. Growing up, the two were always around the same weight and served as partners for each other in practice and at home, when they would get in extra work. During his four years at Dallastown, Nick twice qualified for the PIAA Class AAA state tournament, but could never crack the podium.

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Heavyweights may see lot of each other

Posted: February 17, 2016 in Wrestling

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Dallastown vs Red Lion wrestling

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On Jan. 28, Red Lion’s Jared Schell and Northeastern’s Blaine Yinger faced off in a battle of heavyweight standouts.

That day, Schell scored a 2-0 decision over Yinger. It was a showdown of the top two wrestlers in PennLive.com’s District 3-AAA rankings, with Schell holding the top spot and Yinger right behind him.

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