Eagles Wrestlers Open Season At CV Kickoff Classic

Dennis Karas
Dennis Karas working for the fall.

Mechanicsburg, PA – The Exeter wrestling team saw their first action in competition since wrapping up last year’s storybook season. After graduating 10 seniors – 7 starters – some growing pains are to be expected in the short term, but the team has a solid group of wrestlers that have been battling in the room for years with the departed class of 2017. The Cumberland Valley Kickoff Classic is unforgiving. Diving head first into the season, the tournament is viewed as one of the Top 5 tournament’s in all of Pennsylvania this season. The Eagles entered 13 wrestlers into the opening tournament that featured 22 teams from across the state. Like any opening weekend, there were some ups and downs. A few wrestlers outperformed their seed, while some came up short. Ultimately, the team would see 3 wrestlers end the day on the podium.

Leading the way was Exeter senior and 4-year starter Denny Karas (220). Karas carried a #7 state ranking into the tournament. After two first period falls, Karas took on a returning PIAA AA State Qualifier in the semifinal. The match was all Karas, as he rolled on to a 17-2 technical fall. Karas would see his bid for a championship come up just short as he dropped a 4-3 decision to nemesis #6 Cole Forrester of Shippensburg.

Another highlight for the Eagles was freshman Jevin Guldin (106). Guldin showed some explosiveness throughout the day. Posting a :25 second fall in his first ever high school bout, Jevin advanced to the quarterfinals to face the #2 seed. Trailing early 6-1, Guldin had no quit. After a shot was countered, he came up top with a nasty headlock and threw his opponent to his back for a fall in 1:26. Guldin would fall 9-5 in the semis, but bounced back winning by injury default (blood time) and a spectacular spladle for a fall in the 3/4 bout to take home third place.

Jon Harrell (SR, 195) was the final placer for the Eagles. Harrell would drop a 5-3 sudden victory loss in the opening round, and bounce back rattling off 3 wins in a row (two by fall and one 5-0 shutout) before falling in the consolation semifinals. Harrell would add another fall in the 5/6 bout to place 5th for the Eagles.

The team fared well, considering the competition, placing 12th out of 22 teams. Exeter will see it’s Berks’ League actions start on Wednesday 12/13 vs. Governor Mifflin at Governor Mifflin Senior High School Gymnasium. The Junior High will compete at 4:30, followed by the high school dual at 6:30. #workday #whosnext

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Landis, Harkness, Bagoly, and Karas receive All-Academic Honors

Justin Landis (SR, 3.86 GPA), Tyler Harkness (SR, 3.78 GPA), Tyler Bagoly (SR, 3.78 GPA), and Dennis Karas (JR, 3.82 GPA) were all selected by the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association (PWCA) as a 2nd team selection for outstanding achievement in Academics and Wrestling. Wrestlers who are in 10th-12th grade and had a season record with a winning percentage above .600 are selected to the All-Academic teams based on their overall GPA. This is the first year Landis and Harkness received honors. Karas has made the all-academic team for the 2nd straight year, and Tyler Bagoly was selected in each of the past 3 seasons. Congratulations to these young men on being outstanding students as well as successful wrestlers.

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