Three pins in as many matches earned Valley View senior Brett Uhrin the 138-pound title at the Northeast Regionals Class 2A Championships in Williamsport.
But while the first two pins were pretty straight-forward — 4:14 over Noah Ettinger of Midd-West in the quarterfinals, 5:36 over Caleb Shaffer from Line Mountain in the semifinals — the pin Uhrin got in the final helped him rally from a deficit. He trailed Milton’s Noah Stamm, 7-0 and 8-2, before hitting a move and pinning Stamm in 3:31.
“He took a shot in on me,” Uhrin said. “I got him in a front headlock and I was able to clamp it, twist and get him on his back.”
Uhrin earned his second consecutive trip to Hershey for the PIAA Championships. Seeded fourth, he has an opening-round bye and will face either Alex Caldwell of Ligonier Valley or Angelo Mahaffey from Saucon Valley in his opening match.
You wrestled against Stamm at regionals last year in the consolations and wound up winning by injury default. Was that at all on your mind in this year’s final? Last year, in the match to make it to states, I went to throw him on his back and popped his elbow out. Dislocated it. So it was kind of on my mind. But you can say to yourself, “I didn’t really deserve it because I didn’t technically win.” Finally this year I could really say I earned it.
This is the second year in a row that you’re going to states. What did you learn there last year that can help you this time around? I won my first match, but lost my next two. It definitely is the real deal down there. You’re not going to be wrestling any scrubs, you really have to work hard down there. There’s not going to be many pins or major decisions or tech falls. They’re going to be decisions, real close matches. You can’t make any mistakes at all.
Describe what this week of preparation is going to be like: I’m going to be working hard. I’ll go and wrestle with other state qualifiers, leaving Valley View’s wrestling room and go practice with kids from other teams.
Is there a food you don’t eat during wrestling season that, as soon as the state meet is over you are going to eat? Wing bites. That’s the first food I’ll get after Hershey.
You said you plan on entering ROTC in college. What got you interested in the military? My family has been involved in the military. It’s just something that I’ve wanted to do since I was a little kid. I felt like it was in me.