Boyertown's Jakob Campbell wins 150th career match at 3A Southeast Regional

by Dennis Weller, Reading Eagle

Posted on March 4, 2017

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SOUDERTON - Boyertown's Jakob Campbell earned his 150th career win Friday night at the Class 3A Southeast Regional at Souderton High School and is among four Bears, five wrestlers from Owen J. Roberts and one from Pottsgrove to advance to today's semifinals.

They will each need a semifinal or consolation win to finish in the top four and move on to next week's PIAA championships in Hershey.

Wrestling resumes at 9:30 a.m. and the first, third and fifth-place finals begin at 6 p.m.

Campbell won by a pin in 4:27 in the 126-pound quarterfinal after rolling up a 15-4 advantage. He broke a tie with Jordan Wood for fourth place on Boyertown's all-time win list. But as significant as that might seem, the senior wants to accomplishment a lot more before the season comes to an end.

"It's a great accomplishment for me," said Campbell, who finished second, third and second in regionals the last three years. "But that's not what I came here for and the job's not done yet. I want to put together two more wins right in a row. I'm trying to break the streak (of not winning the regional) and get to the top of the podium for this one."

Campbell fell behind early when he was taken down by Pennsbury's Antonio Martoccio. But he quickly tied it with a reversal and took the lead on a three-point nearfall before the end of the first period.

That all happened while his brother, David, was wrestling in the 120-poud match on an adjacent mat.

"He (Martoccio) caught me off guard a little bit," said Jakob Campbell. "I was, honestly, focused on my brother's match. That woke me up a little bit. I try to say I take it one match at a time, but I'm looking to win two more matches and win the regional championship. I'll have two more tough opponents."

Matt Wilde (2-1 decision at 113 pounds), Chris Berry (5-2 win at 152) and Elijah Jones (a pin in 30 seconds at 182) also advanced to the semifinals for the Bears.

Another wrestler who still has a lot left to accomplish is Roberts senior Ryan Resnick, who dominated his 160-pound quarterfinal right from the start and won by an 18-2 technical fall in 3:28. He'll try to qualify for states for the first time today.

"(Today's) the day," he said. "I'm ready to go. My mind's where it needs to be. When I go out on the mat, I feel that I've worked harder than any other kid. I worked all summer. I put in the work. I've got to trust it."

Last year, he made it to the semifinals, but lost three in a row on the second day to finish sixth and placed fifth two years ago.

"I did a semi-slide (last year)," he added. "It's going to be a little different this year."

Other Roberts semifinalists are Luke Resnick (technical fall at 120), Antonio Petrucelli (win by injury default at 132), Daniel Mancini (14-5 win at 145) and Nick Duliakas (9-1 decision at 195). Pottsgrove 170-pounder Ryan Finn won his quarterfinal 11-3.

Council Rock South, with a tournament-high 11 wrestlers, leads the team standings with 40 points. Owen J. Roberts is second with 35.5 and three-time defending champion Boyertown is third with 26.

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