Dunbar Finishes 4th at National Prep Wrestling Championships
Three Mercersburg wrestlers competed at the 2020 National Prep Wrestling Championships February 21-22 at Lehigh University’s Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, PA. Aurelius Dunbar ’20, the No. 4 seed at 160 pounds, placed fourth to become just the fifth wrestler in school history to place three times at National Preps.
is making his fourth National Preps appearance in four years, and went 3-0 on the first day of competition to advance to the championship semifinals.
Dunbar (35-7), who has signed with Penn State, won his first three matches at the event (def. Gavin Proutt, Boys’ Latin/Baltimore, fall/0:46; def. Will Turner, Gonzaga Prep/Washington, DC, maj. decision/9-1; def. No. 5-seeded Jack Wehmeyer, Malvern (PA) Prep, decision/4-2 OT) to advance to the championship semifinals. He fell just short in that semi against top-seeded Gabe Arnold (34-3) of Wyoming Seminary (Kingston, PA) by a 2-1 decision in overtime. Dunbar got back on track with a 6-0 decision over Ibraheim Mendheim of St. Benedict’s Prep (Newark, NJ) in the consolation semifinals before dropping the third-place bout to No. 3 seed Connor Strong of Mount St. Joseph (Baltimore), 2-1.
Alex Forrester ’23 (106 pounds) and Aiden Lorson ’22 (138 pounds) each went 1-2 in their respective draws. Both qualified for National Preps for the first time by virtue of their finishes at last weekend’s Pennsylvania Independent School State Wrestling Tournament.
Forrester (22-14) lost to No. 8-seeded Christian Petry of Phillips Exeter (NH) Academy by fall (5:40) before pinning Ronnie Boone of Norfolk (VA) Collegiate School in the first consolation round of 16 (3:25). He then faced No. 10 seed Cristian Diblasi of Governor’s Academy (Byfield, MA), but lost by fall (1:26).
Lorson (17-11) came up short against No. 12 seed David Barrett of Northfield Mount Hermon (MA) School in the championship round of 32 (fall, 2:48), but got back on track with a pin of Luke Malveaux of St. Thomas Catholic (Houston) in his first consolation round. He then dropped his second match to No. 11-seeded Jaren Powell of Liberty Christian School (Argyle, TX) by fall.
Results and brackets (free) and video (account required) are available at https://www.nationalprepwrestling.org/the-2020-championships