Fal­cons, Tigers, Skins hop­ing to be in mix for SOL crown

The Advance of Bucks County - - SPORTS - By Rick Fortenbaugh PENNS­BURY TRU­MAN Coach: Steve Given NE­SHAMINY

Although most ev­ery­one seems to agree the road to the Sub­ur­ban One Na­tional League cham­pi­onship prob­a­bly goes through one of the Coun­cil Rocks, it is en­cour­ag­ing to note the Penns­bury High School wrestling team is once again very part of the mix.

Once one of the top pro­grams in the enWLUH DUHD, 3HQQVEuUy LV PDNLQJ VLJQL­fiFDQW progress un­der sec­ond-year coach Phil Kealey. The sched­ule has been im­proved, the Fal­cons look strong in most of the weights and there’s a new sense of op­ti­mism in Fair­less Hills fol­low­ing a dry spell.

Also keep an eye on Tru­man, which isn’t among the con­fer­ence’s elite teams, but could have a .500 sea­son if a few things fall right.

STRENGTHS: Led by DiSanto, the Fal­cons have one of the best sets of lightweights around. On course to be the school’s all-time win­ningest wrestler, DiSanto has 107 ca­reer vic­to­ries af­ter win­ning a re­gion ti­tle and tak­ing a sev­enth at states. DiEmidio has 82 ca­reer wins and was sec­ond at re­gions last year. Bing has 73 ca­reer wins and was third at re­gions. The team also has some strengths up top with 2’BULHQ DQG UHJLRQ TuDOLIHU 7HVVHLQ. 7KH

OUT­LOOK: In ad­di­tion to all the in­di­vid­ual hon­ors, Penns­bury projects as one RI WKH WRS fivH WHDPV LQ WKH DUHD. 7KH WHDP VKRuOG FKDOOHQJH IRU D OHDJuH WL­WOH, TuDOLIy for the District 1 Duals, and be a force in sec­tions and dis­tricts.


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OUT­LOOK: If Tru­man can get some points out of the mid­dle, it will have the abil­ity to beat a lot of the lesser teams and put to­gether a win­ning sea­son.


The Red­skins went just 3-4 against SOL Na­tional Con­fer­ence foes last sea­son with wins against Tru­man, Wil­liam Ten­nent and Abing­ton. Ne­shaminy lost to both Rocks, Penns­bury, and Ben­salem. With only two wrestlers grad­u­at­ing in 2012, the ‘Skins re­turned most ev­ery­one else in­clud­ing Sec­tion One cham­pi­ons Ryan O’Connor at 145 and Kody Lupfer at 182.

“We think we can com­pete for a league ti­tle though the ul­ti­mate goal is to get as many guys through re­gions and on to states,” said Ne­shaminy head coach Dan Win­ter.

Along with 2012 grad­u­ate Harry Wil­son, O’Connor (3rd in District I) and Lupfer (4WK) TuDOL­fiHG IRU UHJLRQV ODVW yHDU. APRQJ VRPH RI WKH UHWuUQLQJ JUDSSOHUV wKR TuDOL­fiHG IRU GLVWULFWV LQ 2012 DUH DRPLQLF 6WDELOLWR, wKR fiQLVKHG IRuUWK DW VHFWLRQDOV DQG goe Sim­cox, who took third. Dan Ru­dolph, DQRWKHU GLVWULFW TuDOL­fiHU wLWK D WKLUG-SODFH tro­phy at sec­tions, has since grad­u­ated.

Among the pleas­ant sur­prises thus far for the Red­skins is heavy­weight Bruce Grae­ber who went 4-1 Dec. 8 at the nu­ak­er­town Duals.

“We like the work be­ing turned in by our fresh­man classs so far,” said Win­ter. “Bruce went 4-1 with four falls and that’s not an easy thing to do for a fresh­man 2S0-pounder.

“We are ex­pect­ing a lot of good things from him this year.”

Ne­shaminy went 2-3 in the nu­ak­er­town Duals with wins against Ha­zle­ton Area and the host team, both by the same 4527 score. The ‘Skins dropped dual meets against Wy­oming sal­ley West 42-24 and Up­per Perkiomen (45-27) along with a close one with Pittston Area, 39-33.

Ne­shaminy com­peted in the Penn Manor Tour­na­ment Dec. 13 and 14 in Millersville. The Skins open SOL Na­tional com­pe­ti­tion Dec. 19 at home against Ben­salem.

Photo by Bob Raines

Wood’s An­drew Guckin cuts be­tween two de­fend­ers in the Vik­ings’ loss to Cathe­dral Prep Dec. 14 in the PIAA Class AAA ti­tle game.

Penns­bury se­nior Ja­son Bing, who placed third at re­gion­als last sea­son, is back on the mat for the Fal­cons at 119 pounds.

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