Bellefonte: Ethan Richner takes sixth at States

By DAVID BOHR

For The Express

HERSHEY – Ethan Richner of Bellefonte took sixth place in the 152-pound weight class at the PIAA Class 3A wrestling championships at Giant Center Saturday evening.

Richner was already assured a medal entering Saturday’s action, having won a quarterfinal on Friday.

“It’s an amazing feeling,” said Richner, a sophomore. “Now I’m just trying to get higher on the podium. Placing is awesome, but it gives me more confidence going into following years.”

His fifth-place match in the night session was an 11-9 overtime loss to Carlisle’s Colton Zimmerman. Zimmerman recorded a takedown 12 seconds into the extra period for the victory.

Richner (37-7) was down 4-1 after the first period, scoring only on an escape between two Zimmerman takedowns. But the Raider sophomore tied the score, 4-4, by the end of the second period with an escape and a takedown of his own.

The third period had more action, with Zimmerman going up 8-5 in the first 40 seconds with a pair of takedowns again around a Richner escape. With 1:11 on the clock, Richner scored on a reversal to make it 8-7. After what appeared to be a deliberately-allowed escape with 23 seconds left, Richner scored the tying takedown with two seconds remaining.

Carlisle’s Zimmerman then recorded a takedown 12 seconds into the overtime period to capture the win.

In the morning semifinals, Cam Connor of Kiski Area posted a 9-3 win over Richner.

Connor was up 4-2 after he and Richner exchanged takedowns for escapes. For the last minute of the first period, they were in a standoff before Connor picked up another takedown with five seconds to go for a 6-2 lead. The bout was not in much question after that.

Later in the morning, Richner faced Tanner Updegraff in a consolation match, won by Updegraff 6-1 to put Richner in the fifth-place contest.

Updegraff registered a takedown with 40 seconds left in the first period to go ahead 2-0. Richner had an escape for the only point of the second period, but a takedown and two nearfall points in the third clinched the bout for Updegraff.

“I learned a lot,” Richner said of his three days in the state tournament. “I’m used to these kind of atmospheres, but I have to learn some things and try to get better each and every day.”

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