Laike Gardner, Biglerville: The junior reached the PIAA Class AA 130-pound championship bout, but lost an 8-6 decision to Benton's Coltin Fought. The first Canner state finalist since 1999, the middleweight broke through in a postseason that featured District 3 and Southeast Regional championship victories against a former PIAA champion. His season record of 43-5 pushed his career mark to 123-21.
Ian Brown, Hanover: The freshman reached the Class AA 103-pound PIAA semifinals, where he lost a one-point decision but bounced back to earn a fourth-place finish. The Nighthawk went 41-5 and won a Class AA Section I title to go with a pair of third-place finishes at the district and regional tournaments.
Tanner Coyle, Bermudian Springs: The senior had his season ended at regionals, when the medical staff wouldn't allow him to continue. A third-place finish at the District 3 tournament earned him a berth at the Southeast Regional championships. His 35-5 mark and a second section title capped a stellar career.
Brad Farley, Bermudian Springs: A second trip to Hershey gave him a second state medal, this one eighth place at 112. The 40-5 junior reached his second consecutive regional final, earning a silver medal, and won his first District 3 crown after placing second last season.
Tyler Fitzkee, Bermudian Springs: The junior 160-pounder earned a state tournament spot the hard way, finishing fifth at the Southeast Regional tournament. His postseason also included a silver medal at districts and a gold medal at sectionals, ending the season 40-6.
Kyle Flohr, Fairfield: The senior ended one of the best Green Knights careers, short of a return trip to the PIAA championships. The 152-pounder made the District 3 semifinals before settling for a third-place finish. He finished the season with a sectional title as part of his 35-6 record.
Jesse Gardner, Biglerville: The senior went over the century mark for his career and earned the coveted state berth with an overtime victory in the fifth-place match at the Southeast Regional tournament. He won the 140-pound section championship and followed up with a fourth-place finish at districts, completing his season at 33-12.
Trevor Hernandez, Biglerville: The 119-pound junior became a first-time PIAA qualifier with a fifth-place regional finish. The 39-12 Canner lightweight had five falls in the postseason, including a pair to win the section title and two in the regional tournament.
Buck Kauffman, Eastern York: The Golden Knight reached the regional tournament during his first extended postseason. His 31-8 junior season included a fourth-place finish at 215 in the District 3 championships and a second-place showing in the sectional tournament.
Nick Luchessi, York Suburban: The junior heavyweight earned a berth in the District 3 Class AAA tournament in his first year of big school postseason competition. He won the 285-pound Section V championship, defeating three YAIAA Division I heavyweights on the way to the title, and finished 28-4.
Josh Ruppert, Delone Catholic: The senior made a second trip to Hershey and came back with a state medal, finishing seventh at 130. Always dangerous because of his unorthodox style, the four-year starter for the Squires was 29-5, which included third at regionals and districts, plus a runner-up finish to Laike Gardner at sectionals.
Tristan Sponseller, Bermudian Springs: This freshman had quite the first varsity season, going 44-5 for the Eagles. The 152-pounder was impressive in capturing a District 3 championship and Southeast Regional crown before bowing out in the state tourney with two straight losses.
Matt Wolf, Bermudian Springs: The senior made a second trip to the state tournament with a third-place finish at regionals, topping off a 41-4 season. A four-year starter for the Eagles, he finished the regular season undefeated and captured the Class AA Section I 215-pound title before suffering his first loss in the District 3 finals.
Derek Wolford, Hanover: The junior earned a sixth-place PIAA medal in the Class AA 189-pound weight class to cap a 40-7 season. That medal was part of solid postseason -- second at districts and fourth at regionals -- that followed up an impressive one-loss regular season for the Nighthawk big man.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Bob Gano, Biglerville: The veteran Canner coach guided his squad to a 25-4 record, with just one loss in league play. A runner-up finish in the District 3 Class AA Team Wrestling Championships earned Gano's team its first trip to the PIAA Team Championships.