Notebook: CR South looking for more big things at districts

by Tom Waring, Bucks County Courier Times

Posted on February 22, 2017

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Council Rock South will be bringing all 14 of its wrestlers to Saturday's District One East championships at Council Rock North.

The top four finishers in each weight class qualify for the Class 3A Southeast Regional, March 3-4 at Souderton.

"Our goal is to get everyone through," senior Zack Trampe said.

CR South's Suburban One League National Conference champions were Braden Ricchini (113 pounds), Ben Radner (120), Trampe (132), Cary Palmer (138), Riley Palmer (145), Nik Korbich (182) and Joe Doyle (220).

Seven teammates finished in the top four to extend their seasons.

"It's awesome. We worked really hard for this," Korbich said afterward.

South will almost certainly win districts, but getting all 14 to regionals might be tough.

"There's a chance we can. You can't count anyone out," Riley Palmer said.

Trampe on verge of record
Trampe is 156-22 in his career. He is tied with former Council Rock North standouts Oliver Hertzel and Jamie Callender for most wins in area history.

According to PA Power Wrestling, Trampe is ranked second in PIAA Class 3A at 132 behind Altoona's Cole Manley.

All the contenders at 132 caught a break when Exeter's Austin DeSanto dropped to 126, a weight dominated by three-time state champion Spencer Lee of Franklin Regional.

Trampe is confident at 132.

"I feel great at this weight," he said.

Are leagues necessary?

Expect the District One wrestling steering committee to take a look this offseason at whether to continue having league tournaments serve as a district qualifier.

There are five leagues, consisting of nine conferences, in District One Class 3A. Only the Pioneer Athletic Conference Liberty - with Owen J. Roberts, Boyertown and Methacton - can be considered better than the SOL National. And the SOL National isn't exactly a juggernaut.

At Saturday's SOL National championships, there were some tough weight classes, particularly 126.

But there were more weak weight classes. At 113 and 195 pounds, there were just three competitors. And that's in a tournament with the top four finishers advancing.

Maybe it's time to go back to the old District One North and South setup.

Wood takes title

Archbishop Wood edged Father Judge for the team title at Saturday's Philadelphia Catholic League championships, despite having only two champions.

Wood's champs were Stephen Veneziale (120) and Alex Shaffer (126).

Conwell-Egan finished eighth among 10 teams. The Eagles' top finishers were Gianni Scancella (106), Todd Hartman (138) and Danny Bentley (195), who all placed fourth.

Two other local wrestlers won titles. Judge's Trevor Elfvin, of Levittown, won the 152-pound crown. Archbishop Ryan's Mike O'Brien, of Feasterville, was the gold medalist at 182.

Projected District One East champs

106: Luke Lucerne (CR North); 113: Braden Ricchini (CR South); 120: Matt Parker (Pennridge); 126: Gunnar Fuss (Truman); 132: Zack Trampe (CR South); 138: Cary Palmer (CR South); 145: Riley Palmer (CR South); 152: Colin Shannon (North Penn); 160: Josh Stillings (Pennridge); 170: Max Fitzgerald (Academy Park); 182: Collin Stevens (CB East); 195: Paul O'Neill (Pennridge); 220: Joe Doyle (CR South); 285: Kyle Osterhoudt (Neshaminy).

Cimato helps Drexel beat Penn

Drexel senior Matt Cimato, a Yardley resident who wrestled at La Salle High School, won by injury default on Sunday as the Dragons slayed Penn 26-13 at the Palestra.

The 149-pounder was ahead 3-0 when his opponent hit his head on the mat and could not continue.

Cimato is a two-time NCAA Division I qualifier. He wrestled for Vic Stanley at La Salle.

At Drexel, a first-year assistant coach is former Council Rock South and Pennsbury standout Josh Dziewa. He formerly served as the director of wrestling operations for Penn.

Dziewa made states twice at Pennsbury, sat out his junior year after transferring, then won a PIAA title at CR South. At Iowa, he was a two-time NCAA qualifier and was a four-time Academic all-Big Ten selection.

Meets to watch

The District One East Class 3A championships will be on Saturday at Council Rock North.

Also on Saturday, the District 1-12 Class 2A championships will be at Church Farm School.

The District 12 Class 3A championships will be Saturday at Abraham Lincoln.

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