Jonah Niesenbaum is a student of the game when it comes to wrestling.
The Salisbury senior has proved time and again he is a quick learner.
After punching his ticket to states for the second straight year, Niesenbaum showed that he’s still just scratching the surface.
A third-place finish Saturday at the Southeast Regional Tournament helped Niesenbaum secure his spot in Hershey for the second year in a row. The result was an improvement on his fifth-place finish at regionals a season ago.
Jonah Niesenbaum stood outside Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium, peering through the doorway to get a glimpse of the action inside.
As the crowd noise swelled, so did the Salisbury senior’s interest.
Clearly, it wasn’t where Niesenbaum envisioned himself on the second night of District 11 Wrestling Tournament.
Niesenbaum pictured himself alongside his peers, competing for a title. As the No. 2 seed at 220 pounds, a third-place finish in the Class 2A bracket wasn’t the outcome he had hoped for.
But it might have been the one he needed.
HERSHEY – Alex Nicholas’s season has been anything but ordinary.
Due to low numbers on the Salisbury wrestling team, the senior spent much of the year training with wrestlers from a variety of Lehigh Valley area high schools.
The unusual circumstances never bothered Nicholas, who captured 285-pound Class AA District 11 and Southeast Regional titles in consecutive weeks, and entered his first PIAA Wrestling Championships this past weekend with a sterling 30-1 record.
The talent and youth of Salisbury's track and field athletes was ever-present last weekend at the PIAA Track and Field Championships.
The Falcons left Shippensburg University's Seth Grove Stadium with a total of six medals, highlighted by sophomore Lindsay Bauer, who stood on the podium twice.
"I am just so proud of everyone," said Bauer, who placed fourth in the Class AA triple jump (37-0.25) and fifth in the long jump (17-7.5). "We all support each other and we're a really close team, too. So it's great to see everyone's hard work pay off.
HERSHEY - No one will ever question Kyle Gonoude's toughness.
Salisbury's talented junior battled back from a leg injury at the beginning of the year to capture not only the Colonial League meet title, but also the District 11 Class AA meet championship.
It was fitting that Gonoude would have one last hurdle to clear at the PIAA Championships this past weekend.
BLOOMSBURG - The Salisbury baseball team showed its dominance from the very beginning of the year as the Falcons went on a season-opening 17-game winning streak, which led to a 19-1 regular season record. That momentum helped them win a second straight Colonial League title and the second District 11 Class AA title in the last three seasons.