Don Seeley's Post-season Wrestling Report (Feb. 25)
by Don Seeley, Pottstown Mercury Sports Editor
Posted on February 25, 2005
PACing A PUNCH
The Pioneer Athletic Conference has 44 entries in this weekend's two AAA district tournaments, the most the league has ever had in its 19-year history. Throw in an additional five from Methacton and it gives The Mercury area a total of 49 district qualifiers -- an area record as well.
Defending North champion Upper Perkiomen, with a dozen Indians in the mix, will be challenged by Council Rock South. Boyertown, with a dozen Bears in the mix, headlines a very open South field that includes a still strong defending champion in Conestoga.
St. Pius X and Pottstown fared well in the District 1-Class AA seedings. The Lions have top-seeds in Greg Care (26-10) at 135, Craig Owsiany (30-4) at 152, Steven Jensen (17-11) at 189, and Mike Yesesky (25-12) at heavyweight. The Trojans' top-seeds are Jarred Haring (24-7) at 119 and Rob Fitzpatrick (22-7) at 145.
Defending champion Octorara is favored to win yet another team title, drawing three No. 1 seeds and three No.2seeds.
UPS AND DOWNS
Six district qualifiers sure have made some significant moves in the lineup since this time last year.
In the North, Kemmerer has gone from 112 to 135 and Council Rock North's Dave Zeek has gone from 119 to 140, while Abington's Rocco D'Arcangelo has dropped from 135 to 130.
In the South, Oxford's Jarrett Hostetter has gone from 125 to 145, while Lower Merion's Jack Hartman has dropped from 189 to 171.
Pennridge's Dan Goetter (30-1) sure has moved up the scales in his previous three trips to districts. Goetter was fourth at 145 as a freshman, second at 160 as a sophomore, and first at 215 -- where he'll be again this weekend -- last year.
Arguably the toughest half-bracket is at 171 pounds in the South. Barring any unthinkable upsets, two quarterfinal matchups will be Hartman against No. 1 Tony Fuschino of Owen J. Roberts, and Alex Segal of Great Valley against Paul Weitzel of Oxford ..and that's just the upper-half of the bracket, remember.
Up North, there are two weight classes -- 130 and 152 -- that feature a pair of defending district champions. Quakertown's Nate Nauroth (125 last year) and Upper Perkiomen's Sam Walters (130) are both at 130, while Pennsbury's Bill Trimble (140 last year) and Upper Perkiomen's Brent Fiorito (145) are both at 152.
A total of 34 medalists -- or one shy of 50 percent -- of last year's regional qualifiers are back in the North. That number slips to just 31 in the South. Eight champions are back in the North, while four (as well as nine runners-up) are back in the South.
Nauroth (130) and Hostetter (145) are both shooting for their third district titles, as is Harriton's Damian Destafano in Class AA.
Nauroth would be the first three-timer for Quakertown, which has had four Panthers -- including current Upper Perkiomen head coach Tom Hontz (1983 and 1985) -- win two district titles. Harriton hasn't had a three-time district champion, either. Hostetter is attempting to become the seventh Oxford wrestler with three or more district titles.
Two qualifiers -- Great Valley's Scott D'Annunzio and Haverford's Andrew Jones -- have three district medals already, but no gold. D'Annunzio was fourth in 2002 and the runner-up the past two seasons. Jones has placed sixth, second and third, respectively.
ADD 'EM UP
Career win leaders among area district qualifiers are Smith (122), Spring-Ford's Mike Moley (113), Fiorito (111), Perkiomen Valley's Victor Deane (95) and Upper Perkiomen's Jimmy McVeigh (93) and Austin Reed (93).
Pottstown senior Jordon Haring, who would've been a top seed in Class AA, saw his season and career (103 wins) end late last week because of health problems.
What school has gone the longest period without an individual district champion (hint, the school only has one district champion)? And if you know that ..Name the only two wrestlers with three or more district titles who attended more than one school.