Wildcats claim Kennett tourney title: Owen J. Roberts could've relinquished a big lead and surrendered the annual Kennett Wrestling Tournament team title Saturday.
Instead, the Wildcats went 5-for-6 in the championship finals - sweeping five successive weight classes - and amassing eight medals overall to pin down the team title by nearly 30 points. The Wildcats finished with 203.5 points, well in front of A. I. duPont, Del. and its 175.5 points. Pottstown finished fourth with 147.5 points, a slot behind Unionville (163).
Pottstown's Ecker remained unbeaten (22-0) with his four minute technical fall over Bentley in the all-area 103 pound final. The Trojans also picked up a pair of seconds with Jarred Haring falling to Stierly in their 125-pound final, and Anthony Mazzerle, who settled for the runner-up slot at 215.
The Trojans also had three other medalists in Eric Daniels (112) and Fred Holly (189), who were both third, and Lewis Mazzerle (145), who was fourth.
Coatesville's Corey Blake was named the Outstanding Wrestler. Blake defeated Hoffman, 5-3, in their 152-pound semifinal.
Upper Perkiomen 62, Quakertown 9: It was a happy homecoming for Indians head man Tom Hontz and assistant coach Jamy Ritter (both Quakertown High School grads) as the duo led the Indians to a rout of their backyard and District 1 opponents.
Upper Perk won 12 of the 14 bouts, eight of which came by pins. Austin Reed (130) had one of the closer matches of the night as he held off highly touted Jon Weibel for a 6-3 decision, and returning state champ Chris Sheetz posted a 2-1 decision over the Panthers' Eric Rosencranz. Indians winning by pin included: Shane Smith (112), Ryan Kemmerer (125), Zack Kemmerer (135), Sam Walters (145), Ryan Lapish (152), Mark Strohl (171), Derek Bennett (215) and Bruce Augustine (Hwt). Dustin Kern (140) and Brent Fiorito (160) also won by decision.
Phoenixville goes 2-5 at duals: Phoenixville won two of three bouts to finish up 2-5 overall in the Five Star Challenge Duals at Conestoga High School.
After being swept in three bouts Friday night, the Phantoms lost to District 1 power Neshaminy, 62-9, then came back to defeat both Elk Lake, 45-28, and Moshannon Valley, 48-22.
"We wrestled seven times in two days," head coach John Tornetta said of his Phantoms, 7-16 overall. "The kids hung in there. They didn't quit and hung in there. I am proud of them for that, especially for a team without depth."
Phoenixville's Jordan Bearden and Joe Mandrusiak fared the best. Bearden, a senior 189-pounder, and Mandrusiak, a sophomore 160-pounder, both finished with 6-1 records. Bearden was beaten on an injury default while Mandrusiak's loss also came on an injury. Charles DiSimone (215) and Rob Fitzpatrick (152) also had decent tournaments.
Red Lion, from District 3, defeated host Conestoga, 35-23, for first place, Neshaminy defeated Plymouth-Whitemarsh, 46-23, for third place.