Phoenixville notches first PAC-10 vic­tory, de­feats PJP

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - SPORTS - By BARRY SANKEY

UP­PER PROV­I­DENCE — Emo­tions ran high on both sides as Phoenixville and host Pope John Paul II each en­tered the night search­ing for their ini­tial Pi­o­neer Ath­letic Con­fer­ence wrestling vic­to­ries of the sea­son.

The Phan­toms and Golden Pan­thers have been in sim­i­lar shape for sev­eral years in terms of low num­bers that make it dif­fi­cult to field a full lineup with 14 dif­fer­ent weight classes.

This time out, Phoenixville uti­lized four vic­to­ries by fall as well as five for­feit vic­to­ries to post a 54-24 Pi­o­neer Ath­letic Con­fer­ence vic­tory over the Golde.n Pan­thers Wed­nes­day night.

The Phan­toms be­gan the night in an 18-0 hole fol­low­ing a loss by pin to

Chase Shel­don at 170 and a pair of Pope John Paul II for­feit vic­to­ries.

But pins by Paul Hossler (220), David Rosati (285), D.J. Brock (145) and Bren­ni­gan Mey­ers (160) pro­vided big bonus points that helped carry Phoenixville through the rest of the night.

Phoenixville (1-5, 7-8) pro­duced its first PAC-10 win for first-year head coach Mike Sidlo, and it came against a PJP squad that is coached by Phoenixville res­i­dent Selden Sta­ples.

“It’s nice to get a win,” said Sidlo. “I told the guys they can be ex­cited. Th­ese are two teams that strug­gle to fill a lineup. We both give up three, four or five for­feits ev­ery year. We both have for­feit prob­lems. So I feel for Selden.”

The Phan­toms will be right back in ac­tion Thurs­day night with a PAC-10 home makeup match against Up­per Perkiomen. The meet will take place at the old Phoenixville High School main gym­na­sium start­ing at 6 p.m.

Phoenixville held a 36-24 lead fol­low­ing Mark Cer­man­ski’s for­feit win at 138 pounds with three bouts re­main­ing on the card. At 145, Brock and PJP’s Vin­nie Togno were locked in a tight duel dur­ing the early go­ing.

Brock took a 2-0 lead in the first pe­riod with a take­down. Togno started on top in the sec­ond pe­riod and picked up two near fall points be­fore Brock coun­tered with a re­ver­sal and sub­se­quent pin at the 2:46 mark.

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