HERSHEY — Before the wrestling season began, Nathan Haubert grabbed a Sharpie and wrote “2018 state champ” on a wall in his bedroom. His parents responded generously.
“If you’re going to write it,” they said, “you’d better do it.”
Haubert took their advice, becoming the first Palisades wrestler in 21 years to win a PIAA championship. And the junior did so ferociously with a 9-3 decision over Boiling Springs’ Kollin Myers in the 145-pound final at the Class 2A tournament.
Three District 11 wrestlers won titles Saturday at the Giant Center, the district’s best showing since Bethlehem Catholic’s last year in Class 2A in 2014.
Northwestern’s Caleb Clymer became the third member of his family to win a state title, scoring an 8-0 major decision at 160 pounds. And Tri-Valley’s Danny Scheib capped a 41-0 season with a 3-2 victory at heavyweight.
Lehigh Valley wrestlers went 5-1 in the medal session, with the loss producing one of the session’s better performances. Saucon Valley’s Josh Jones fell 2-0 to Jefferson-Morgan’s Gavin Teasdale, who became Pennsylvania’s 13th four-time champion.
Jones gave Teasdale, a Penn State recruit with a 162-2 career record, a true duel at 126 pounds, not allowing a takedown and nearly securing one in the second period. In fact, Jones got closer to scoring offensively than Teasdale.
“So close,” said Jones, a junior. “I learned that I’m better than I thought I was.”
Haubert (31-3) was among the most dominant wrestlers in the 2A field, adding a pin and technical fall to his championship performance. Haubert beat Myers for the second consecutive week by driving the action and scoring physical takedowns.
“He was definitely a lot more driven this week than I’ve ever seen him,” said Bryan Smith, who capped his first season as Palisades’ head coach with a state champion. “He’s always been a little frightening, but he just looks so much more hungry now. He wants to get inside his opponents’ heads. He wants them to know he’s going to win, and whatever they’re going to do isn’t going to be good enough to beat him.”
Haubert, who tends toward the quiet side, cut loose with the victory. After leaping into his high-school coaches’ arms, Haubert climbed a railing to hug his father David and club coach Jason Magditch. Everyone, Haubert said, pushed him to become a better wrestler.
Haubert also reveled in history. He became just the second state champ in Palisades history, joining 1997 winner Andrew Povenski.
“My favorite part was bringing home a gold medal that no one has done in 21 years,” he said. “That was the best part of this weekend. And making my family and coaches happy. I just love to see the looks on their faces, to see how proud they are of me,”
Smith, a one-time wrestler at Palisades, hoped the gold medal marks the beginning of a wrestling revival.
“It’s really a big thing for a school,” the coach said. “It’s hard for Palisades to pull numbers, with how small we are and how big a football school we are. So I think this will be something to get the numbers out.”
Northwestern is a big wrestling school, in part because of the Clymer family and its three state titles. This year, Caleb Clymer won Corn Cob High’s (a longtime school nickname printed onto T-shirts for states) ninth championship.
Before the match, Clymer’s brothers Scotty and Ben (also state champs) pressed him to be aggressive on offense. Clymer (43-1) did that in an 8-0 win over Port Allegany’s Jacob Kallenborn, stretching the win to a major decision in the third period.
“There was a lot of preaching, especially from my brother Scotty, to just run up the points, keep scoring,” Clymer said. “That’s all I was focused on: score points.”
The title bout was Clymer’s best of states, a consolidated six minutes of aggressive and dominant wrestling. Before the match, Scotty and Ben needled Caleb, wondering whether he’d even win.
That happens often in the Clymer family. In fact, for Caleb, it’s calming. And now, he has a gold medal to add to the family’s trophy cabinet.
“All along I knew they had confidence in me,” he said “To join my brothers as top wrestlers in the state, and one of the best in the country, it’s indescribable right now.”
PIAA 2A WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
106: Gary Steen (Reynolds) dec. Patrick Demark (Trinity) 5-2.
113: Josh Boozel (Mount Union) dec. Brock McMillen (Glendale) 7-3.
120: Jaret Lane (Southern Columbia) dec. Chase Shields (Bishop McDevitt) 3-2.
126: Gavin Teasdale (Jefferson-Morgan) dec. Josh Jones (Saucon Valley) 2-0.
132: Joseph Klock (Muncy) dec. Cole Rhone (Benton) 4-3.
138: Cole Matthews (Reynolds) dec. Caleb Dowling (St. Joseph’s) 5-2.
145: Nathan Haubert (Palisades) dec. Kollin Myers (Boiling Springs) 9-3.
152: Thayne Lawrence (Frazier) dec. Justin McCoy (Chestnut Ridge) 8-1.
160: Caleb Clymer (Northwestern) dec. Jacob Kallenborn (Port Allegany) 8-0.
170: Edmond Ruth (Susquehanna Township) dec. Robert Patrick (Ligonier Valley) 6-4.
182: Cody Mulligan (Saegertown) dec. Julian Gorring (Fort LeBoeuf) 5-3.
195: Gavin Hoffman (Montoursvile) tech. fall Chase Dull (Bermudian Springs) 18-3 in 3:24.
220: Anthony Walters (Bishop McCort) dec. Dominic DeLuca (Derry) 16-8.
285: Danny Scheib (Tri-Valley) dec. Bishop McCoy (South Side Beaver) 3-2.
120: Richie Markulics (Notre Dame-Green Pond) dec. Isaac Crowell (Fort LeBoeuf) 3-2.
132:Ryan McGuire (Notre Dame-Green Pond) dec. Nathan Higley (Sullivan County) 4-0.
138: Jason Jones (Saucon Valley) dec. Braeden Swab (Central Martinsburg) 5-0.
THE MEDAL TABLE
Six Lehigh Valley wrestlers won medals at the PIAA 2A wrestling championships.
145: Nathan Haubert (Palisades)
160: Caleb Clymer (Northwestern)
126: Josh Jones (Saucon Valley)
120: Richie Markulics (Notre Dame-Green Pond)
132: Ryan McGuire (Notre Dame-Green Pond)
138: Jason Jones (Saucon Valley)