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Boyertown, O.J. Roberts fail to reach final day of PIAA team tournament

by Brian Rippey, Reading Eagle

Posted on February 11, 2017

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HERSHEY - Boyertown's trip to the Giant Center wasn't nearly as successful as last year when the Bears finished second in the Class 3A PIAA Team Wrestling Championships.

Despite heavy graduation losses, the Bears took pride in the fact they made it back to the state tournament, even if they didn't reach the final day of the three-day tournament.

The Bears suffered a 42-22 loss to Erie Cathedral Prep in the second round of consolations in their fourth straight trip to the state tournament.

Pioneer Athletic Conference rival Owen J. Roberts also was eliminated in the second round of consolations, falling 56-13 to Kiski Area.

The Bears (21-5) and Wildcats (19-4) each won their first consolation matches Friday morning after losing in the first round Thursday night.

"There's just some really quality teams out here," said Boyertown coach Pete Ventresca. "We ran into them and that's the way it goes. It's what you expect when you're out here."

Against District 10 champion Cathedral Prep, Boyertown fell behind early before a major decision by 126-pounder Jakob Campbell gave the Bears a 19-18 lead. Christian Fox followed with a decision at 132 to give Boyertown a 22-18 lead with five bouts left.

But the Ramblers swept the last five bouts, two by fall and one by forfeit, to pull away from the District 1 runners-up, who earlier defeated Father Judge 42-22.

"We lost a lot from last year, obviously," said Ventresca, whose team went 22-1 last season. "We still have a really strong group of guys here. They had a good year."

So did Owen J. Roberts, which ended Boyertown's run in the PAC and finished third in the District 1 Tournament.

But the Wildcats won just three bouts in a 56-13 loss to District 7 champion Kiski Area after defeating Hazleton 45-27 in the first round of consolations.

Nick Duliakas scored a major decision at 195, Luke Resnick won a decision at 120 and Rickey McCutchen scored a fall at 160 for the Wildcats' only points against Kiski Area.

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