Don Seeley's Post-season Wrestling Report (Mar. 1)
by Don Seeley, Pottstown Mercury Sports Editor
Posted on March 1, 2005
The Pioneer Athletic Conference came up with a rare sweep last Saturday night -- Upper Perkiomen winning the District 1-AAA North team title and Boyertown duplicating the feat with the District 1-AAA South team title.
In case you didn't look, it was nearly a hat trick for the PAC-10, too. Pottstown and St. Pius X were third and fourth, respectively, at the District 1-Class AA Tournament, not all that far behind runner-up Harriton and champion Octorara.
The PAC-10 advanced 24 wrestlers into this Friday's opening rounds of the AAA Southeast Regional at Norristown High School. The area's total number improves to 26 with the addition of Methacton's Jason Kadelski (112) and Brad Clark (152).
The PAC-10 will also have 13 representatives in the AA Southeast Regional at Wilson High School up in West Lawn.
Total those numbers up and you have 39 area wrestlers vying for a berth in next week's PIAA Championships in Hershey.
Daniel Boone's season officially ended last weekend when Mark Carnevale -- the Blazers' lone District 3-Class AAA qualifier -- dropped two straight bouts and was eliminated.
The 171-pound Carnevale, a sophomore, fell to the eventual second- and fourth-place finishers and closed his season at 20-14.
Perkiomen Valley's Victor Deane also saw his season and career come to an end at the District 1-AAA North Tournament. The classy 171-pound senior finished with 97 career wins, falling short of joining the late Tim Smith as the Vikings' only 100-match winners.
Two other area sophomore standouts -- Boyertown's Jesse DeWan and Perkiomen Valley's Bruce Augustine -- saw their respective seasons end before the district tournaments even began.
The 152-pound DeWan (26-5), a state qualifier a year ago, dislocated his elbow and tore ligaments during last Wednesday's practice. The 275-pound Augustine (28-5), one of the district's most promising heavyweights, was forced to withdraw because of personal reasons.
This weekend, Upper Perkiomen will attempt to record its third AAA Southeast Regional team title. Only five others -- Council Rock (5 prior to the school split), North Penn (5), Downingtown (3 prior to the school split), Neshaminy (3), Norristown (3) -- have won three or more regional team titles. As a matter of fact, those six and Methacton (2) are the only programs that have won the title more than once.
For the first time since 1995, there will be no additions to the list of District One wrestlers with three of more regional titles regardless of who wins what this weekend at Norristown or Wilson.
Spring-Ford senior Eric Smith (124) is now ninth on The Mercury's career win list, while Spring-Ford teammate Mike Moley (115) is tied for 27th and Upper Perkiomen junior Brent Fiorito (114) is tied for 30th.
The only other area wrestlers with a mathematical shot at 100 career wins this season are Upper Perkiomen teammates Austin Reed (92), a junior, and Jimmy McVeigh (93), a senior.
Believe it or not, a dozen area wrestlers -- barring injuries -- are likely to hit the coveted 100-win plateau next season.