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Hepler becomes four-time league wrestling champion

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MIKE LEITER/For The Citizen-Standard Tri-Valley’s Sammy Hepler works on turning over Tamaqua’s Tanner McHugh during the 138-pound final at the Comprehensive Women’s Health Services Schuylkill League Wrestling Championship Jan. 21 at Jim Thorpe Area High School. Hepler won the bout by major decision 11-3 to become a four-time Schuylkill League wrestling champion and was named the tournament’s outstanding wrestler.

JIM THORPE — Tri-Valley’s Sammy Hepler became the 14th wrestler since 1985 to become a four-time Schuylkill League Champion.
Hepler, who was named the outstanding wrestler at this past weekend’s Comprehensive Women’s Health Services Schuylkill League Wrestling Championships at Jim Thorpe Area High School, won the 138-pound title with an 11-3 major decision over Tamaqua’s Tanner McHugh, raising his record to 21-1.
His win, along with titles from Kolt Schaeffer and Dan Scheib, helped Tri-Valley to a third-place finish in the standings. Upper Dauphin, who crowned two champions in Brandon Garber and Jackson Kennerly, finished second in the standings with 173. Pottsville was named team champions.
The area’s other Schuylkill League Champion was Halifax’s Jakob Paul, winning the 220-pound title while remaining undefeated on the season.
Championship finals
106: Wi. Kahler (PO) dec. Paul (UDA), 4-2 SV; 113: Onea (PO) dec. Schoffstall (TV), 7-5 SV; 120: Garber (UDA) dec. Green (PO), 7-3; 126: Mason (BM) pinned Rupp (UDA), :27; 132: Madden-Edwards (NS) tech. fall L. Bruner (HAL), 19-4 5:42; 138: Hepler (TV) maj. dec. McHugh (TAM), 11-3; 145: Bentz (PO) pinned Gehring (SH), 2:25; 152: T. Kennedy (PV) dec. Scherer (LEH), 4-3; 160: Kennerly (UDA) dec. Fegley (MAH), 7-6; 170: Painter (PO) dec. Lewandowski (MAH), 9-3; 182:

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