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Roundup: Perk Valley, Pottstown, Owen J. Roberts

by Pottstown Mercury Staff Report

Posted on February 13, 2005

Perkiomen Valley 45, Cheltenham 30: Nothing could stop the Perkiomen Valley wrestling team Saturday afternoon.

Not even the flu.

The Vikings overcame the loss of three regulars in the starting lineup and an early deficit to hold on and come from behind to defeat visiting non-conference foe Cheltenham, 45-30.

Perkiomen Valley (12-10) were without regulars Chris Engle (130 pounds), Geoff Melle (135) and Pete Melle (160), but still managed to pick up falls from Victor Deane (171), Nick Bonavita (189) and Bruce Augustine (Hwt) to overcome an early 15-6 deficit.

The Vikings also got a big boost from Cheltenham with a quartet of forfeits in the win.

Pottstown 66, West-Mont 12: With only five matches wrestled, and the remaining weights forfeits -- one a double forfeit, Pottstown took the non-league contest with the Trojans, winning four by fall to the Wings' one pin.

For Pottstown, Rob Fitzpatrick (152) started the meet with the fastest pin at 0:15; Freddie Vega (189) needed just 1:14, Seth Ecker (103) 2:41 and J.R. Hewitt (140) 1:47.

Will Singer (160) was the lone winner for West-Mont, also winning by fall at 1:21.

Owen J. Roberts 41, Radnor 19: Winning four of the day's last five bouts, the Wildcats pulled away from the Red Raiders for a breezy victory in their non-league match.

Leading by a 20-16 count through the 103-pound contest, OJR got rolling with Connor McCormick's third-period pin of Radnor's Alex Chabot at 112. Andy Strubilla followed with a technical fall at 119, Jeremy Stierly added a major decision at 125 and Josh Rice came up with a second-period drop of Mike Greenfield at 130 to give the locals an insurmountable lead.

The 'Cats, who never trailed in the match after Rodney Francis' opening decision win at 140, got back-to-back majors from Rob Hoffman (160) and Tony Fuschino (171), a regular verdict from heavyweight Bill Minahan and a forfeit of the 145-pound bracket to Phil Rupert.

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