James Haynes

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  • January 11, 2024
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Up until 2007, Mount Carmel Area had only had 4 athletes who had achieved 100 wins in their varsity wrestling careers. They were Mike Garcia at 140-9, Eric Lupatsky at 122-24, David Evans at 112-23, and David Fantini at 105-17. MCA has added three more grapplers to that special club, all under the tutelage of head coach Randy Reidler.

James picked up his 100th win at the Biglerville Duals on 1/4/2008. James has placed 6th at the PIAA meet in 2006 and 5th in 2007, He is a three-time SIAL Champion, a two-time Sectional Champion, and the District IV Champion in 2007. James went 16-1 as a freshman wrestling at Pottsville, went 34-10 as a sophomore at MCA and 39-4 in his junior year. James has wrestled his matches at 189 – 215 and some at heavyweight. Haynes would earn his third consecutive Sectional title, his second consecutive District IV Championship. And also win his first Regional Championship at 215 lbs. He entered the state tourney with a 44-2 mark. James won his preliminary match and then went on to pin one of the pre tournament favorites, Justin Peterson, in the 1/4 finals. Haynes would lose his semi final bout, but came back to win a third place medal. He finished at 48-3 – the most wins ever in a season at MCA and 137-18 for his career. James is the son of Ernie Haynes and at this point is undecided as to his college selection.

Categories: 2008 Hall of Fame