Bishop McDevitt junior Lucas Lawler

Lucas Lawler was the first wrestler on the mat in the District 3-2A championship and that was just fine with him.  "I love setting the tone. I feel like it's a good boost for my team and the crowd," he told SV Sports' Paul Roberts.  The Bishop McDevitt junior pinned Berks Catholic sophomore Palmer Reber at 215 pounds.  The Crusaders rolled to a 40-21 victory on Saturday at Cumberland Valley.  Bishop McDevitt improved its record to a perfect (16-0) and claimed its second District 3 title in the last three years.  The Crusaders' roster includes just one senior.  "It's a very young team. For years to come, you guys better watch out because we're gonna be really good," said Lawler.  The (14-2) Saints captured gold a season ago when they knocked off Bishop McDevitt in the semifinals.  Berks Catholic took a brief 9-6 lead after the Crusaders forfeited at 285 pounds and Neil Bitting edged Braiden Lotier 4-3 in a matchup of freshmen at 107 pounds.  The Saints forfeited at 114 pounds before freshman Greyson Music won a key 5-1 decision over Brayden Hartranft at 121.  Hartranft picked up his 100th victory last Wednesday.  Liam Lawler, the younger brother of Lucas, fell 7-3 to Gunnar Maciejewski at 127 pounds.  However, the next four matches went in the favor of Bishop McDevitt.  Ryan Lawler, who's not related to Lucas, pinned Liam Ottinger in the first period at 145 pounds.  Jaire Rawlison, the Crusaders' lone senior, beat freshman Eric Bennethum 13-4 in the final bout at 189 pounds.  Bishop McDevitt took home its third District 3 championship in school history.  Lucas Lawler is (24-5) this year and (89-28) overall.  He finished eighth in the state last season at 172 pounds.  Lawler will compete at 189 pounds this year.  He had 67 tackles and a team-high eight sacks during the football season.  Lawler likes their chances at the PIAA-2A team wrestling tournament.  "I feel like we're gonna win it all. That's always the goal," replied Lawler.



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