Ryan Hembury was bummed out as he left the University of Pittsburgh’s Fitzgerald Fieldhouse on Sunday.
He knew losing his 189-pound match at the prestigious Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic was a possibility, but losing by fall, even to No. 1-ranked Morgan McIntosh of California, was not what he had in mind. Still, the Muncy senior couldn’t help but be happy to be a part of one of just two Pennsylvania teams to beat the USA all-stars since 2001.
The Pennsylvania seniors beat five wrestlers ranked No. 1 in the country by Intermat on the way to a 27-18 win over the USA all-stars. Three of those five wins over No. 1-ranked wrestlers came from PIAA Class AA wrestlers. It was Pennsylvania’s first win over the USA team since 2009. Prior to that Pennsylvania hadn’t won since 2000.
“It just shows Pennsylvania is the best place for wrestling,” Hembury said. “(Penn State head coach) Cael Sanderson moved to Pennsylvania because he knows it’s the best place to be for wrestling.”
Hembury said he was surprised at just how quick and strong McIntosh was once he got on the mat with him.