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Boyertown lands five wrestlers in today's semis

by Don Seeley, Pottstown Mercury Sports Editor

Posted on February 28, 2009

OXFORD - Jeremy Minich avenged a loss from a long, long time ago, and Tim Feroe was in that pin mode again to get within one win of an opportunity to avenge a couple of losses from the past two weeks.

But as impressive as they may have been, Minich and Feroe could only share the AAA Southeast Regional spotlight Friday evening with Boyertown teammates Matt Malfaro, Alex Pellicciotti, and Zach Heffner, who all debuted with a pair of victories as well to give the Bears entries in this morning's semifinals ... just one more win away from the championship finals and, more important, an automatic berth in next week's state tournament.

The Boyertown barrage was the area's highlight of the opening two rounds, too, because Owen J. Roberts' Nick Fuschino and Scott Syrek and Upper Perkiomen's Jared Bennett were the only other three among 31 qualifiers who managed to survive their challengers as well and avoid today's brawls in the consolation bracket.

The 112-pound Minich began with a first-period pin of C.B. East's Doug Silveria, a not-so-surprising result. But his 69-second quarterfinal pin of Truman's Sean Edmondson was, to a certain extent, that is.

"(Edmonson) beat me pretty good, something like 13-0, when we were 9 years ago," Minich recalled. "I was the only kids who didn't get tech-falled by him that do. But there wasn't anything I could do against him.

"But that was so long ago. I just figured it didn't matter what happened before. I know I didn't let it phase me. I was in a zone, ready to go."

So much so Edmondson (33-5) couldn't stop him, even when it looked as though he was going to get the early takedown but instead found himself on his back.

"He shot and had my one leg off to the side, then picked it up," Minich explained. "The first thing that came to my mind was to grab his leg. When I did, he just fell. I had a tilt, but his head was there and I just got the cradle."

Minich (39-4) also got the pin, and now he'll deal with Hatboro-Horsham's Matt Harkins (35-2) in the semifinals.

"Losing to (Edmondson) before didn't mean much, and reading (on various forums) howI'm not supposed to do that well kind of motivates me," Minich said. "I'm here to show what I can do. All that stuff does is pumps me up a little bit."

The 152-pound Feroe was full of his vim and vigor, decking both St. Joseph Prep's Rich Jordan in 1:01 and Quakertown's Nick Lubenetski in 1:29. The two falls - his 26th and 27th of the season - improved his record to 39-7 and earned him a semfinal date with Council Rock South's Jimmy Vollrath (37-1).

If he can outlast Vollrath, he'd likely get a third straight Saturday feature final with OJR's Nick Fuschino, who breezed through his first two bouts Friday night.

"I'd like that, but I can't overlook my first match (today)," Feroe said. "I'd definitely like to meet (Fuschino) again in the finals, definitely would like to get another shot at him.

"The last two losses to him (in the Section Four and District 1-Central finals) just helped me work harder all week, just pushed me more. So my next match (with Vollrath) will be the biggest one of the year for me."

The 119-pound Malfaro (39-5) got a first-round bye, then followed that up with a 13-3 major over Haverford's Luke Bilyeu. He'll meet Upper Moreland's Tim Santry (30-8) in the semifinals.

The 130-pound Pellicciotti (43-3) dominated in a first-period pin of Academy Park's Fela Snakofa and 8-0 shutout of Pennridge's Rich Jasinski, and has Council Rock South's Matt Martoccio (20-2) up next in his bid to get a second straight trip to the state tournament.

And the 189-pound Heffner (29-6) chipped in with two pins of his own - 4:00 over Plymouth-Whitemarsh's Sam Morison and 3:14 over Mastbaum's Marcus Collins - to move into a semifinal showdown with Springfield-Delco's top-seeded Andre Petroski (37-2).

Fuschino, meanwhile kept his hopes for a second straight regional title intact by pinning Northeast's Anthony DiPietro in 1:32 and blanking Sun Valley's Josh Marquad, 6-0. Fuschino (33-1), whose only loss this season was to Vollrath, faces Abington's Max Barsky (30-8) this morning.

The 215-pound Syrek, wrestling through an assortment of aches and pains the past two weeks, upped his mark to 27-6 with a 15-5 major over LaSalle's Steve Jones and a 9-3 decision over Council Rock North's John Kaschak. Up next is Great Valley's returning regional champion and state medalist Carl Buchholtz (36-2).

And the 285-pound Bennett, in search of his second straight regional title as well, was barely challenged. He needed just 55 seconds to pin Father Judge's Anthony Leon and 34 seconds to pin Garnet Valley's Joshua Mitchell. Bennett (40-2) faces Frankford's Elvis Diaz this morning.

NOTES

Seven other area regional qualifiers - Methacton's Rob D'Annunzio (103) and Brandan Clark (215), OJR's Jonathan Dempsey (103), Perkiomen Valley's Gavin Milligan (130), Phoenixville's Chris Onder (112), Spring-Ford's Kyle Duffy (135) and Upper Perkiomen's Dan Rodenberger (103) - all won their first bouts before falling in the quarterfinals. Perhaps the most controversial loss, though, belonged to Duffy. The Spring-Ford sophomore (28-16) stunned LaSalle's once-beaten Joey Mazzi in the opening round, and had unbeaten Zach Bush of William Tennent on his back and apparently pinned before Bush called for injury time. Bush (35-0) recovered from the 5-0 deficit and pulled out a 9-6 decision. ... The area's 31 regional qualifiers went a combined 23-24 Friday night. ... Former Upper Perkiomen lightweight David Irwin, a 119-pound junior at Norristown now, was trailing Unionville's Joe Bonaduce by a 15-1 count early in the second period only to turn and pin Bonaduce at the 4:45 mark.

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