PennLive’s 2016-’17 wrestling awards: Top wrestlers, freshmen and more in District 3 and across the state
Bishop McDevitt’s Cole Nye. (Sean Simmers, PennLive)
PennLive’s 2017 wrestling all-star team was released last week and featured the top talents in District 3, highlighted by 2017 wrestler of the year Austin DeSanto from Exeter. Those wrestlers earned every bit of that recognition, but we wanted to go a couple steps further.
This edition of postseason “awards” dives deeper into team performances, top coaches and top freshmen from across the state and District 3. We will also name our top team performances at both the district and state level.
Mighty Nazareth had an unforgettable season to win the Class 3A team championship, while Reynolds was dominant on the Class 2A side. Where District 11 had a stranglehold on the Class 3A bracket, District 3 had two semifinalists in Bishop McDevitt and Northern Lebanon in the PIAA Class 2A team championships.
And, of course, who could forget DeSanto’s big moment at Hershey’s Giant Center, when he took Franklin Regional’s Spencer Lee down at the buzzer to hand him the first loss of his career. DeSanto’s name appears below after that stunning victory gave him first state title.
It was an incredible season in Pennsylvania high school wrestling. Here’s one final look back it before we shift fully into the offseason.