When Susquehanna Twp.’s Averee Robinson leaped to his feet, raised his arms and celebrated his heavyweight state championship Saturday night, it wasn’t just about personal gain or doing his coaches and high school proud.
It capped District 3-AAA dominance.
Looking back on the three-day PIAA Wrestling Championships extravaganza at Hershey’s Giant Center, it is glaringly apparent that the power in high school wrestling lies in the midstate and the surrounding communities.
District 7 standout Canon McMillan won the team championship, a nice accomplishment. But the numbers favor the local contingent. Overwhelmingly. Count them, six champions in 14 weight classes.
It was reminiscent of District 7′s 2009 romp that netted the region seven titlists, five of which came in the first five weight classes. “I think coaches really push each other in our district,” Robinson’s head coach Joe Scott said. “Central Dauphin has set the bar over the last few years, and everyone has been chasing them ever since.”