HERSHEY - After a semifinal loss Saturday morning, Council Rock North's Luke Lucerne could have considered the circumstances and let a high placing at the PIAA Class 3A state wrestling tournament elude him.
Or, he could have done what standout wrestlers do and bounce back in style.
Lucerne did things in style as he rebounded from the disappointing loss to post a solid 6-2 win over Bellefonte Area's Jude Swisher in the match for third place at 126 pounds.
″(This morning) was the third time I've lost in the state semis and I knew I had to keep going," Lucerne said.
"I've learned you can't take your foot off the gas after you lose. I did that as a freshman and it cost me and I wasn't going to do it again. I just put my head down and went after it."
It gave the senior his third PIAA state medal, and highest finish, after he placed sixth as a freshman and fourth a year ago.
"I'm just grateful for all of the opportunities wrestling has given me," Lucerne said. "And I've been very lucky for all of the support I've gotten from my parents, coaches and teammates. I've done more reflecting on my wrestling career over these three days of this tournament that I've ever done and I have so much to be thankful for."
As a team, the Indians finished with four medalists and a top-10 team finish. No other District One team had four with the next closest being Spring-Ford with three.
The only other District One wrestler in Class 2A or 3A to make the final besides Lucerne's teammate, Cam Robinson (152), was Sun Valley's Hunter Catka (285).
In addition to Robinson, whose match ended too late for deadline, Council Rock North junior Kyle Hauserman (120) placed fourth.