Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Trio of Wrestlers Take Silver Medals in State Finals

If Will Detar, Greyson Music and Camden Baum were nervous entering the PIAA Wrestling Championships in front of a packed house at the Giant Center in Hershey on Saturday, March 9, they certainly didn’t show it.

Lined up along the side of the boys’ AA championship mat as cheers rained down from a darkened arena, the trio smiled as they looked up at a jumbotron video highlighting all the finalists’ best moments, reacting with first-bumps and claps on the back as they caught flashes of themselves on the highlight reel.

Although Trinity’s Detar and Bishop McDevitt’s Music and Baum fell short of their quests for state gold, the underclassmen’s grit and perseverance throughout the season point to the promise of great returns to the podium as their careers continue.

A bronze medalist last season in his freshman year at Trinity, Will Detar squared off against Notre Dame Green Pond’s Ayden Smith in the 114-pound finals, losing 7-4 to the former state champion.

Detar’s 77 career wins through his second season include a gold medal at this year’s District 3 Class AA championships and silver at the Southeast Regionals.

With his state finals appearance, Detar became Trinity’s first PIAA wrestling finalist since Patrick DeMark in 2018.

“It’s pretty cool just being able to go out there and build up the program,” Detar told the media after his finals match. “It’s showing everyone the culture that we have and everyone just working hard, pushing each other and getting to levels that we haven’t been and where we want to be.”

In the 121-pound final, Bishop McDevitt’s Greyson Music was up against Northern Lebanon’s Aaron Seidel for the third time this year. Although the Crusader freshman fell 8-0 in the finals, he showed grit and determination in making it to the title match, beating the odds after clawing back from an earlier loss to Reynolds’ Louie Gill in the final seconds of the semis.

Music’s teammate Camden Baum squared off against returning state champion Brandt Harer of Montgomery at 133 pounds. While Baum – who ends his sophomore season with gold medals at sectionals, districts and regionals – fell just short of state gold in a 2-1 loss. He said taking the mat in the state finals was an amazing experience.

“Being out there and getting a warm-up in with Greyson before the finals – we had fun,” Baum told The Witness after receiving his silver medal. “But yeah, I’m bummed. We didn’t reach our goals of getting gold medals, even though we worked hard and had that potential.”

Reflecting on a season with the Crusaders that also include a team district title and a team run to the state semifinals, Baum said “This is the best season I’ve ever had. I’ve had the most fun with all my teammates this year, and I’m just so thankful to be a part of this team.”

(Photos by Jen Reed, The Catholic Witness.)

By Jen Reed, The Catholic Witness

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