Of the eight local wrestlers vying for state wrestling championships on Saturday, two came away with gold medals.
Mifflin County’s Trey Kibe and Northern’s Kyle Swartz won titles in the 160 and 195-pound weight classes, respectively, after a long weekend of bouts inside Hershey’s GIANT Center.
The two matches went much differently; Kibe controlled most of his title match against Lower Dauphin’s Clayton Ulrey, leveraging position as the final whistle sounded.
Kibe couldn’t help but shout out his supporters after the win.
“This county’s great,” he said of his hometown. “I love the support. Just the school, the fans, my family my friends…I wouldn’t want to wrestle for any other school, except Mifflin County.”
Swartz’ bout seemed to be taking similar route, as he held a solid 5-2 lead entering the final period. Cedar Cliff’s Donovan Ball found a boost of energy in the closing moments, tying the match at five-all with just 15 seconds left.
On the reset, Swartz was able to put Ball on his back as the buzzer sounded, securing a 7-5 decision.
“I mean, I knew I had to get out to win it,” Swartz said of his final move. “(There were) high stakes. It’s the state championship or a state silver, so we were both wrestling for it.”
Both wrestlers will have at least one more chance to add to their medal count. Kibe is a sophomore and Swartz is a junior.