Rock The Boat

Boy­er­town’s run of con­sec­u­tive Duals ti­tles ends against CR South

The Boyertown Area Times - - SPORTS - By Jeff Stover js­tover@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Mer­curyXS­tover on Twit­ter

Mo­men­tum swings and win­ning ral­lies.

Boy­er­town has been a mas­ter of both dur­ing its re­cent run of suc­cess. The Bears mas­tered both con­cepts on the way to their var­i­ous reg­u­lar sea­son match vic­to­ries and tour­na­ment tri­umphs ... par­tic­u­larly in the District 1 duals com­pe­ti­tion, where they were the masters the last three sea­sons.

But its hopes for a “fourpeat” were ended by one of those mo­men­tum swings. That one car­ried Coun­cil Rock South to a streak-end­ing 38-24 vic­tory Satur­day at Potts­grove, in this year’s Class AAA duals cham­pi­onship match.

The Hawks’ first surge car­ried them to a 17-3 lead five bouts in; their sec­ond over­turned the Bears’ lone lead of the day and put the lo­cals in the un­fa­mil­iar po­si­tion of hav­ing to fight back for two six­point out­comes in the day’s last two weights. Boy­er­town was un­able to ac­com­plish that task, left with the run­ner-up team tro­phy and sil­ver medals af­ter three years of cham­pi­onship gold.

“In a match like this,” Rock South head coach Brad Silimperi ex­plained, “there are go­ing to be mo­men­tum swings. You have to work strat­egy and min­i­mize bonus points.”

C.R. South was able to do both. The Hawks lim­ited the Bears to Eli­jah Jones’ pin at 195, and ma­jor de­ci­sions by Chris Berry (160), Ja­cob Miller (182) and Matt Wilde (113). They also made a cou­ple sig­nif­i­cant tweaks to their lineup from their pre­vi­ous match with Spring-Ford, bump­ing Eric Woloshyn up to 138 while Zach Trampe went down to 132 and mov­ing Tyler Gettman up to 220 from 195.

The highly-re­garded Trampe (21-1) — a two-time state medal­ist — got Coun­cil Rock’s first mo­men­tum swing go­ing with a ma­jor de­ci­sion of Jakob Camp­bell at 132, while Woloshyn weath­ered Brett Brei­dor’s late charge for a three-

point win at 138. Then Gettman con­trolled Michael Por­reca for a 7-3 de­ci­sion at 220 af­ter Jones pinned Giani Gilch five sec­onds be­fore the end of the first pe­riod at 195.

“They were great strate­gic moves,” Silimperi said. “The matchups we got were worth the gam­ble.”

Boy­er­town’s best run of the af­ter­noon was the 17 unan­swered points it scored in the four weight classes from 160 to 195. Be­yond that, the Bears’ only other points came from David Camp­bell’s match-open­ing 9-4 de­ci­sion of Mike McKin­ney at 126, and Wilde’s 15-5 ma­jor de­ci­sion on Braden Ric­chini.

“I think we got the most out of our kids,” Boy­er­town head coach Pete Ven­tresca said. “They wres­tled well to get here.”

The big­gest high­light for the Bears was Hunter Vo­gels reach­ing the 100-win mark for his scholas­tic ca­reer. Vo­gels han­dled Robert Cooper in a 5-1 de­ci­sion at 160, break­ing out of a 0-0 dead­lock af­ter one pe­riod to be­come the pro­gram’s 29th wrestler to ac­com­plish that feat.

“He’s pretty strong ... def­i­nitely one of the stronger guys I’ve ever faced,” Vo­gels, clutch­ing the plaque com­mem­o­rat­ing his feat, said. “I knew he was go­ing to be tough. I stepped up, and the way things matched up, it was a good match.”

An an­kle sprain he sus­tained dur­ing Wed­nes­day’s match with Spring-Ford lim­ited Vo­gels to one ap­pear­ance Fri­day: An 8-4 de­ci­sion at 160 in Boy­er­town’s 48-18 semi­fi­nal vic­tory over Gar­net Val­ley. Though con­ced­ing he is “pretty banged up,” Vo­gels nonethe­less was ready to steel him­self for a tour­na­ment grind con­tin­u­ing for five more weeks.

“This close to 100 and Her­shey, I didn’t want to miss any­thing,” he said.

“Hunter has been a big part of our lineup,” Ven­tresca added. “He’s an ex­cep­tional tal­ent. This was a re­ally big mo­ment for him.”

The Bears (20-3) will face a some­what-rec­og­niz­able op­po­nent in the first round of states. Ex­eter (22-1) is com­ing off a cham­pi­onship run in the District 3-AAA Duals, top­ping Cedar Cliff Satur­day 32-27.

“That’s some­thing, go­ing to Her­shey to wres­tle a team that’s 20 min­utes away from us,” Ven­tresca said with a laugh. “But we’ll put our best team out there, and see what hap­pens.”

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Owen J. Roberts didn’t let a Fri­day loss put more of a damper on its spir­its.

To the con­trary, the Wild­cats ef­fected a sig­nif­i­cant re­cov­ery for the re­main­der of the District 1-AAA Duals Tour­na­ment. They won out af­ter an open­ing-round loss to fin­ish as the district’s third-place team, and one of its four qual­i­fiers for the PIAA AAA Team Cham­pi­onships this com­ing week.

Off its 39-23 loss to Gar­net Val­ley Fri­day, Roberts (16-2) went 3-0 in the con­so­la­tion bracket. OJR started the re­bound with a 39-33 win over West Ch­ester Rustin, then topped Methac­ton Satur­day by a 34-24 count.

The Wild­cats capped the week­end with a 39-24 vic­tory over Down­ing­town West in the third-place match. This is their first state-duals qual­i­fi­ca­tion since the 2012-13 sea­son, when they were district cham­pi­ons.

“I’m re­ally pleased with the way the kids re­sponded,” head coach Steve DeRafelo said. “The way they wres­tled (Satur­day) ... I couldn’t be prouder of them.”

The ‘Cats opened against Methac­ton with 16 unan­swered points. They coun­tered the War­riors’ pin by Bryce Red­ding­ton at 145, and Corey Mora­bito’s fall at 106, with two pins and a tech­ni­cal fall to make the state-duals cut.

Methac­ton, which came into dis­tricts as the third seed, had reached Fri­day’s semi­fi­nal round with a 3028 win over Down­ing­town West. But the War­riors fell short of Rock South, 31-24, and out of state con­tention with their sec­ond loss to the Wild­cats in four days.

“We have to get over the hump, win close matches,” Methac­ton head coach A.J. Maida said. “We lost 2-1 de­ci­sions that were the dif­fer­ence.

“There’s a lot left for us to do. But I was not at all dis­ap­pointed with the ef­fort.”

Along with the pins, the War­riors got de­ci­sions from Michael Blake­more (160), Bren­dan Mar­ion (182), Salaam McNair (195) and Tonee El­lis (285). Iron­i­cally, the 285-pound bout ended up be­ing OJR’s clincher, Methac­ton trail­ing 31-18 with two weight classes to be con­tested.

“You have qual­ity teams here, and that’s what hap­pens,” Maida said. “The ef­fort was there. I’m proud of the kids, and we’ll be ex­cited to get back to it.”

OJR’s pins came from An­to­nio Petru­celli (132) and Nick Du­li­akas (220), with Ryan Res­nick adding a tech-fall at 170. Luke Res­nick (120) and Dan Mancini (152) con­trib­uted ma­jor de­ci­sions.

Against Down­ing­town West, OJR got falls from Du­li­akas and Ale­jan­dro Acosta (285), tech-falls by the Res­nicks and ma­jor de­ci­sions from Mancini (145) and Jason Zollers (170). It opened a 13-0 lead through the first four weights — one West cut only to seven (22-15) through 195, and one that was bol­stered by the pins from Du­li­akas and Acosta.

“To­day, we con­trolled tieups on our feet,” DeRafelo said. “I don’t know how many stalling points we got.

We also got back points.”

While Roberts and Down­ing­town West are in the state field, they must first win pre­lim­i­nary matches Mon­day to qual­ify for the Her­shey phase. The Wild­cats will host Arch­bishop Wood, the Di­vi­sion 12 run­ner-up, in a 6 p.m. pair­ing while the Whip­pets face the win­ner of the Cum­ber­land Val­ley/Cen­tral Dauphin third-place match in District 3.

“It’s a rough thing, go­ing Mon­day night to qual­ify for Her­shey,” DeRafelo said. “We went through that one year and lost.”

NOTES >> Berry is the next Boy­er­town wrestler in po­si­tion to join the 100-win fra­ter­nity. The Bear se­nior came out of the district duals with 94 vic­to­ries; he boasts a 27-6 record to date. ... Owen J. will add to its busy sched­ule for the com­ing week by vis­it­ing SpringFord Wed­nes­day. The Wild­cats are look­ing to go 5-0 in the Pi­o­neer Ath­letic Con­fer­ence’s Lib­erty Di­vi­sion . ... If they’re able to get by AB Wood Mon­day, the Wild­cats’ first op­po­nent in the Her­shey phase of the state duals will be the District 11 cham­pion.

NATE HECKENBERGER - FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Boy­er­town ac­cepts its sec­ond-place medals af­ter a 38-24 loss to Coun­cil Rock South af­ter the District 1 Duals Cham­pi­onship.

NATE HECKENBERGER - FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Coun­cil Rock South’s Zack Trampe puts Boy­er­town’s Jakob Camp­bell in a vul­ner­a­ble spot dur­ing a 15-7 ma­jor de­ci­sion at 132 pounds.

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