Edwards brings teammates to regionals

Blue Ridge's Zach Edwards, left, wrestles Lake-Lehman's Austin Harry in the Class AA 132-pound final Saturday at the District 2 tournament. TIMES-SHAMROCK PHOTO/MARK MORAN

Blue Ridge’s Zach Edwards, left, wrestles Lake-Lehman’s Austin Harry in the Class AA 132-pound final Saturday at the District 2 tournament. TIMES-SHAMROCK PHOTO/MARK MORAN

BY ASHLEY TEATUM

Times-Shamrock Writer

For the third straight year, Blue Ridge wrestler Zach Edwards competed at the Class AA Northeast Regional tournament.
And this time, he had some company.
Sophomore Dalton Hogle (120) and senior Troy Maby (126) both wrestled back at the District 2 tournament last weekend to take third and earn their tickets to the event at Williamsport High School.
“It’s great,” Edwards, who claimed his second district title in three years, said. “I never had two other guys with me at regionals. To have more of the team down there is a confidence booster.”
The three Raiders joined 13 other Lackawanna League wrestlers at the regional tournament
Montrose’s Jon Shaffer Jr. (285) and Elk Lake’s Isaiah Ofalt (182) also represented the Lackawanna League in Williamsport.
There, the competition gets tougher, and the stakes get higher – the top three wrestlers in each weight class advance to the state tournament in Hershey from March 7-9.
“It’s definitely true (that it’s tougher),” Edwards said. “District 4 is a whole different ballgame down there. A lot of those kids wrestle year round, and that’s how they’re ahead of us.
“We just have to go down there and just wrestle.”
Leading into the weekend, Blue Ridge head coach Zach Edwards, the father of the junior Raider, hoped his wrestlers learn from their past matches.
At districts, he said they could have worked their moves better, something he’d like them to improve upon at Williamsport.
“I thought they all did well,” he said. “I think our three could wrestle a little bit better. They weren’t hitting moves that we went over.
“They just need to do one match at a time. Concentrate on that one match.”