HERSHEY – Corey Bush of Ridgway finished eighth at 119 pounds at the PIAA Individual Wrestling Championships which concluded Saturday at Giant Center in Hershey.
“My goal was to finish higher, but a medal is pretty good,” Bush said.
It is Bush’s second state medal after a fourth-place finish last year at 103 pounds.
“It’s rare to get two and still have a shot at another one next year,” Gerber said. “I told him, 'Let’s do this again next season and finish higher up the podium.' It’s well within his reach and he works hard, I think it can happen.”
Bush wrestled Nate Giorgio of Schuylkill Valley in the seventh-place match, a rematch of the preliminary round which ended up as a second-period pin for Giorgio.
After a scoreless first period, Giorgio added a set of two back points 23 seconds into the second period and added a set of three more to take a 5-0 lead at the end of the second period. In the third period, Bush was able to secure a reversal but an escape and late takedown enabled Giorgio to take an 8-2 decision.
After losing his preliminary bout, Bush wrestled and won two consolation bouts to have the opportunity to medal.
“I started to get going a little better after that first match,” Bush said.
Bush wrestled back for third place at the Northwest Regional Championships at Sharon High School and Gerber said he is impressed with the fight Bush showed during the consolation rounds the last two weekends.
“Last week, he was very sick,” Gerber said. I don’t know how he even got here, he did a tremendous job. That put him in a bad spot in the bracket but he still wrestled extremely well with some tough matches. He fought through for a medal, it just tells you a lot about how tough the kid is and how dedicated he is to the program. His hard work pays off. He never gives up, he doesn’t know how to give up. He works hard and never stops wrestling hard.”
Other District 9 wrestlers who placed included Jacob Shields (189) of Brookville with a fourth-place finish and Joel Yahner (289) of Brockway, he also placed fourth.