Milano wins PIAA gold, McGill captures silver

Milano makes history as Spring-Ford’s first-ever state gold medalist.

Spring-Ford senior Joey Milano (right) and Jack McGill celebrate following a win earlier this season. Milano won the school’s first-ever state wrestling championship on Saturday at the PIAA Class AAA Tournament. Teammate Jack McGill earned a silver medal.

Staff Report

Spring-Ford senior Joey Milano made history Saturday night with the school’s first-ever PIAA Class AAA Wrestling championship, scoring a 15-5 major decision in the 189-pound final at Hershey’s Giant Center.

The senior, who had previously won fourth-place twice, ended a historic career in impressive fashion by dominating early in the final and never letting up against Hampton’s Justin Heart.

Milano scored an early takedown and 4-1 lead after the first period of the final. He more than doubled that margin in the second period, posting a 9-2 lead with just two minutes left. He would not be denied in the third period with a 6-3 advantage to win 15-5.

Milano, who will wrestle at North Carolina State next year, looked equally impressive early in the tournament. The senior scored a 9-0 major decision in his first bout to best Penn Manor’s Colt Barley. Milano followed that up with a 6-4 decision over Nazareth’s Drew Clearie in the semifinals.

Teammate Jack McGill wrestled just as well in earning a silver medal at the tournament in the 160-pound bracket. The senior posted two early victories to earn his trip to the finals, pinning Red Lion’s Ryan Fry in the quarterfinals before winning by decision over Pine Richland’s Cole Spencer in the semifinals.

The victories set up a rematch with Northampton’s Jagger Condomitti, who McGill had lost to, 9-3, in the final at the Class AAA East Super-Regional last week. McGill wrestled to an early lead in the rematch before losing a 7-3 decision for the silver. The senior will wrestle at Columbia University next year.

Both student athletes end their careers among the best to ever wrestle for Spring-Ford.