March 3, 1973 Palmerton's Billy Graver defeats Tom Biamon of Liberty in the semifinals and then downs Rich Crush of Dieruff in the finals to claim the 145-pound District 11 championship. Graver, coached by Emil Gerchak, becomes the Blue Bombers' first gold medalist at districts. In the semis, Graver gets an early takedown and never trails in the match. He finishes with three takedowns, a reversal and an escape to earn a 9-7 decision. Against Crush in the championship round, two takedowns and an escape lead to a 5-1 victory and the title.
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