Brashear’s Nyama becomes first City League wrestler to win state title

first_imgby Genaro C. ArmasHERSHEY, Pa. (AP)—In Class AAA, the referees overseeing the 120-pound bout got showered with a chorus of boos after overturning Brashear senior Godwin Nyama’s potential match-winning takedown of Canon McMillan’s Connor Schram with 20 seconds left in regulation. Nyama (38-2) became the first City League wrestler to win a PIAA championship.A replay on the video board appeared to show Nyama had the points on the returning state champ. The bout went into overtime, and nearly everyone in the Giant Center switched their allegiance to Nyama, who considered himself the underdog.“It’s Canon-Mac, it’s a powerhouse, you know?” Nyama said. “The ref always goes on their side. The crowd saw it, the other ref saw it. I just stayed positive and kept going.”They swooned after Nyama lifted Schram off the mat near the edge of the circle before taking him down with 22 seconds left for a 3-1 victory. Nyama jumped into the arms of coach Nate Geller, who lifted him in the air for several seconds.Nyama denied Schram (25-1) a PIAA title and an undefeated season.Nyama said he told himself before the match that he couldn’t “let the ref decide the call. I wasn’t going to let the ref take away my state championship. I knew (the first takedown) was getting waved off before his coach went over. So I stayed positive and kept pushing the action.” BIG TAKE DOWN—Brashear’s Godwin Nyama, left, takes down Canon McMillan’s Connor Schram during their Class AAA 120-pound finals match at the PIAA high school wrestling championships March 10, in Hershey, Pa. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) last_img