Notebook: Faith Christian opens training center

by Drew Markol, The Intelligencer

Posted on January 16, 2018

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Faith Christian Academy has taken a nice step up as far as training goes with the recent purchase of Suelke's Roadstand on Old Bethlehem Pike in Sellersville.

The school purchased the building, which housed the Roadstand for 75 years, in October and began turning it into a wrestling club and athletic facility (called "The Den") thanks to the help of numerous volunteers and generous donors.

The 4,800-square-foot facility, which is about a mile from the school, is now available as a wrestling club for the community and a weight-training room for Faith Christian student-athletes. The Lions, who continue to make positive strides with their varsity wrestling program, are teaming up with the Lion's Den Wrestling Club to provide the youth program. The Lion's Den Wrestling Club will allow young wrestlers (kindergarten through sixth grade) to learn the sport and advance their skills.

"A lot of people have sacrificed time and money to make this facility a wrestling hub that will breed future champions," said Faith Christian head wrestling coach and Athletic Director Ben Clymer. "I am humbled by the opportunity to coach and mentor young wrestlers through the Lion's Den Wrestling Club for years to come."

An open house will be held on Jan. 28 from 1 to 3 p.m. that includes a tour of the facility, a chance to meet the coaches, and an opportunity to sign up for upcoming programs.

How they rank

The postseason tournaments in the PIAA begin one month from today (hard to believe) and culminate in Hershey on the second Saturday of March.

With that in mind, and let's face it, the post-season in wrestling is always "in mind," let's take a look at how the well-respected PA Power Wrestling website ( ranks our area wrestlers.

Currently, the website has three locals, Pennridge's Josh Stillings, Hatboro-Horsham's Nick Chapman, and Upper Moreland's Harry Green in the top eight in their respective weight classes in Class AAA (the top eight finishers in each weight class in Hershey receive medals).

Stillings, a senior, who is sidelined with an injury and hopes to be back for the tournaments, is the highest ranked area performer coming in at No. 2 at 182 pounds. The Golden Bears' Green, also a senior, is at No. 8 (also at 182) while Chapman is rated seventh at 220.

In Class AA, Palisades junior Nate Haubert, who placed fourth in Hershey a year ago, is ranked third at 152.

Other ranked area Class AAA wrestlers are: Sophomore T.J. England, Archbishop Wood (18th at 113); Junior Josh Stahl, Quakertown (13th at 120); Junior Anthony Colella, William Tennent (16th at 126); Sophomore A.J. Tamburrino, William Tennet (10th at 138); Senior Harrison Andrade, Souderton (23rd at 138); Junior Evan Widing, Pennridge (17th at 145, but should move up after an impressive fourth-place finish at last weekend's Escape The Rock); Junior Patrick O'Neill, North Penn (20th at 160); Sophomore Logan Green, Pennridge (21st at 160); Senior Owen Verespy, North Penn (11th at 220); Junior Ryan Hieber, Central Bucks West (22nd at 220); Senior Ryan Cody, North Penn (13th at 285); Senior Trent Petro, Central Bucks East (25th at 285).

In Class AA: Senior Zach Wasser, Palisades (26th at 120); Senior Logan Moore, Faith Christian (17th at 170); Junior J.J. Vizcarrondo, Faith Christian (21st at 182); Senior Jack Donnelly, Palisades (22nd at 195, but should move up after a solid seventh-place finish at the Escape The Rock).

Matches to watch

Souderton at Pennridge, Wednesday, 7 p.m.: The Indians are coming off a fourth-place finish at their own Big Red Duals last weekend and will be tangling with a Rams team that has been bitten by the injury bug. This one should be tight.

North Penn at Pennridge, Saturday, 7 p.m.: First off, you have to love this match being held on a Saturday night, that's just good for the sport. The Knights look like the team to beat, again, in the Suburban One League Continental Conference and a win over the Rams would help their cause.

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