Manheim Central’s Will Betancourt has been voted the best male athlete in the Lancaster Lebanon League by the LNP news organization.
He won his coveted state wresting title this past season.
He defeated Seneca Valley’s Dylan Chappell 4-2 at Hershey’s Giant Center to capture the PIAA Class 3A wrestling championship in the 120 pound weight class.
Chappell had not had one point scored against him in the state tournament.
“It’s been a dream of mine since I began wrestling in grammar school. Not a day went by where I did not think and train for this moment,” Betancourt said.
Betancourt is just the ninth wrestler in Manheim Central’s program history to win a title.
Betancourt’s record as a wrestler at Manheim Central is 147 wins with only 12 losses.
He has won the District 3 wrestling title 4 times.
Betancourt was named the D. Kenneth Ober Outstanding Wrestler of the Tournament, and he joined Central’s Mike Bires, Solanco’s Thomas Haines, Manheim Township’s Cortland Schuyler, and Archie McConnell, who won titles for Hempfield and Solanco, as the only four-time L-L League winners.
After earning a 16-0 tech-fall win over Cumberland Valley’s Ruslon Dzielak in the District Three Class 3A Southcentral gold-medal match, Betancourt became just the fifth four-time regional champ, and only the 17th wrestler overall to win four district championships in the 82 years of the tournament. He won titles at 106, 113 and a pair at 120.
And in the grand finale — the PIAA Class 3A 120-pound state-title bout against Seneca Valley’s Dylan Chappell — Betancourt earned a 4-2 victory to cap his incredible season, and career. He became the ninth wrestler from Central to win a state crown, and he’s the 24th wrestler from Lancaster County to win a state title.
Interview with Will Betancourt: