SPRING GROVE — The West York wrestling program appears to be on the rise.
The Bulldogs can thank Kyle Narber for some of that improvement.
One of just two seniors for the Bulldogs this season, Narber's 91 victories over his career were a primary reason that a once-proud West York program is headed in the right direction again.
With his high school season complete, Narber got a fun "present" during Wednesday's York-Adams League Senior All-Star Match at Spring Grove High School.
The "present"? How about a bout with PIAA Class AA state champion Tristan Sponseller of Bermudian Springs in the 195-pound bout.
Sponseller, who finished his gold-medal winning season with an unblemished record, remained unbeaten after downing Narber 4-0. But the Bulldog senior was still upbeat.
"It was pretty cool," Narber said. "I actually practiced with him over this past summer and I think I wrestled him two years ago at a tournament in Gettysburg. It was fun to go against somebody like that because (Wednesday's match) didn't really mean anything. It was just kind of for fun."
For Narber, it capped a career in which the West York program rose to at least the .500 level over his past three years. And Narber believes it will get even better next year.
"This year we only had me and one other senior so they're a young team and hopefully they're going to work hard in the offseason," he said. "I think this could become a pretty good program soon."
While the Bulldogs are looking to rise to the upper echelon of the league, Spring Grove coach Tony Miller has steered his program to that point already. The Rockets won yet another Division I title this past year and had several wrestlers earn medals at the PIAA Class AAA Championships last week.
But what is probably more impressive is the fact that Miller's varsity club, as well as his elementary program, were both awarded sportsmanship awards by the York-Adams League wrestling officials chapter, which sponsored Wednesday's event.
"I thanked the officials ... I was just so happy," Miller said. "Not only for myself, but for our elementary staff. We're very privileged to win that award. I feel very lucky."
The match split the sides into a Green-Red contingent. Miller, who coached the Green side, came out victorious 34-30 over a Red team that was coached by Bermudian coach Dave McCollum.
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