Phoenixville notches first PAC-10 victory, defeats PJP
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.