Travis Shaffer (H.M. @ 140) Defeats Hunter Stieber (No. 1 @ 135), Named Pennsylvania?s Outstanding Wrestler
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Ending his high school wrestling career at Pitt?s Fitzgerald Field House could not have been more perfect for Travis Shaffer (H.M. @ 140). And doing it for the Pennsylvania team in the Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic was more than he could have expected.
Shaffer, a senior at Derry Area High School, was originally selected to compete in the preliminary match on the WPIAL All-Star Team at 140 pounds. But an injury to Solanco?s Dan Neff (No. 5 @ 135) gave Shaffer a chance to wrestle for the Pennsylvania squad at 135 pounds against the United States All-Stars.
Shaffer (147-22), a three-time WPIAL champion and four-time PIAA place-winner, made the most of his opportunity. He came up with a 7-2 decision against Hunter Stieber (No. 1 @ 135), a four-time Ohio champion from Monroeville High School.
?It?s unbelievable to have my high school career end this way,? Shaffer said. ?Pound-for-pound, Stieber is one of the best wrestlers in the country, in any weight class. It?s incredible to beat a kid ranked No. 1 in the country. There?s nothing to lose when you face a kid with his credentials.?
For his incredible performance, Shaffer was voted Outstanding Wrestler for the Pennsylvania team, which surprised a heavily favored United States team with a 27-18 victory.
For Complete Article by Ken Wunderley, Tri-State Sports & News Service
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