Indians bounce back at Penn Manor
BucksLocalSports Editor AAfter dropping a tough match Dec. 12 to sister school Council Rock South in the annual battle for the Unity Cup, Council Rock North bounced back with last weekend’s performance in the Penn Manor Holiday Tournament held Dec. 14 and 15 at Penn Manor High School.
The Indians were the top team from the lower Bucks area, finishing sixth with 94 points. John Dutrow took the tournament trophy at 138 pounds when he edged Hanover’s Ian Brown by a 2-1 score in the championship round. Dutrow reg- istered a 15-1 major over Marple Newtown’s Matt Wilkinson to get to the final.
Tim Ambacher took a fifth-place medal after posting a 3-0 decision over Jonah Fisher of dovernor Mifflin. Mike Jeronis grabbed a seventh-place trophy when he outpaced dovernor Mifflin’s Colin Johnson by a 3-1 score.
The Rock also trounced Abington 66-10 Dec. 19 in Newtown. Six Indian wrestlers pinned including 113-pounder Wesley llsen, Chris Davis (1T0), Mike Rodemacher (182), Matt l’Neill (195), Andrius Dincia (220) and Dutrow (138).
Dueling against a field of 29 teams, Neshaminy finished 13th with 69 points at Penn Manor. The Redskins won 26 matches over the two-day tournament held annually in Millersville. Sixteen of Neshaminy’s wins came from the grapplers who took trophies in the tourney.
Ryan l’Connor took top honors for the Redskins when he placed third in the 145-pound bracket. l’Connor went 4-1 for the tourney.
Nate Russell and Kody Lupfer each took fifth-place trophies. Russell went 5-2 in the 152-pound group while Lupfer went 4-2 at 182 pounds. Sam Rudolph took sixth after going 3-3 in the 113-pound bracket. Neshaminy also got past Bensalem Dec. 19 in a dual meet at home against Bensalem.
Meanwhile, Council Rock South placed 1Tth competing against 32 schools in the King of the Mountain wrestling tournament Saturday, Dec. 15 at Central Mountain High School.
P.J. Steinmetz captured the tournament title at 195 pounds when he blanked Landon Hanna of Dubois High by a 3-0 score. Steinmetz decisioned Nezar Haddad, 6-4, to get to the final.
Dan Martoccio decisioned Erie McDowell’s Paul Deitz, 3-1, to take third place in the 120-pound bracket. Martoccio had lost his semifinal match to Ryan Pomrinca of North Hunterdon, by a 3-1 score but took just 2:13 to pin Tyler Kuzma of Fort LeBoeuf in the consolation semifinals.
Meanwhile, Tom Shaatiel fell to eighth place when he dropped a 3-1 decison to Gray Garber of Boyertown.
Pennsbury is also off to a quick start on the mat. After placing second to the hosts in the Saucon Valley Tournament on Dec. 8, Pennsbury went 4-1 Dec. 15 in the Abington Duals.
The Falcons registered dual meet triumphs over Central (68-9), CB East (58-14), Father Judge (5017) and Upper Darby (5025) before dropping a 33-21 match to Spring-Ford.
Seniors Jason Bing (126) and Josh DiSanto (132) went unbeaten at Abington. Bing registered a pin, a major and a pair of tech-fall wins at Abington. DiSanto pinned all four of his foes at Abington (the fifth was a forfeit) and has five wins by fall on the season.
Seniors Ernie Tessein (195) and Mike O’Brien (182) also went unbeaten at Abington. O’Brien is 6-1 on the season while Tessein is is 7-2 (to date: Dec. 18).
Senior Josh DiEmidio and sophomore Luke Kowal are both 6-3. Having missed the Saucon Valley tourney, sophomore 106-pounder Eric Mongiello went 4-1 at Abington, with two pins and a major in his first three bouts of the season.
Pennsbury also registered a 45-27 dual meet win at home Dec. 19 over William Tennent.
Council Rock South wrestler P.J. Steinmetz captured the King of the Mountain tournament title at 195 pounds when he blanked Landon Hanna of Dubois High by a 3-0 score.
CR North senior John Dutrow took the Penn Manor Holiday tournament trophy at 138 pounds when he edged Hanover’s Ian Brown, 2-1.
Pennsbury’s Mike O’Brien went unbeaten in the Abington Duals.