This week’s wrestling notebook highlights Quakertown, Neshaminy and Upper Dublin and also includes the SOL’s top teams and top guns.
Jan. 17, 2013
Continental: Quakertown Thwarts the Knights of North Penn
In Quakertown’s home gym, the Panthers guarded their castle and stole the keys and the thunder from the Knights. What was hoping to be a memorable night for North Penn quickly turned into a nightmare. Looking for their 500th dual meet win, the Knights were slayed by the Panthers 51-18, and will have to wait to achieve that milestone.
Coach Kurt Handel said he “never saw that coming” when talking about his team’s lopsided margin of victory over North Penn. Tyler Seislove returned to the line-up at 138lbs to cap four consecutive wins for Quakertown with a fall over Richie Liberio in 2:45 of the second period to put the Panthers ahead 18-0. The Panthers extended their early lead at 152 with Lucas Garges’ 5-1 decision over Jeff Reimel. With the score 21-6, Quakertown stole all the momentum winning three more in a row from 160 to 185, capped off by Gavin Caroff’s 6-4 sudden victory over Chris Barr to put the match away with the team score blossoming to 26-6 in favor of Quakertown.
Tanner Seislove, the younger brother of Tyler, finished the Knights at 106lbs with a 5-1 win over Mikey O’Brien. Despite North Penn’s Alex Price (195) and George Shipp (285) continuing with their winning ways by earning falls over their opponents, the Knights were only able to win three of the 14 bouts on the evening. The absence of Joey O’Brien in the line-up turned out to be insignificant, as the Panther’s put together their best match of the season to make the race for the crazy Continental title even crazier.
CB South and CB East won over Hatboro-Horsham (51-15) and Souderton (48-30) respectively Wednesday night, to set up what looks like a three-team showdown between Pennridge, CB East and Quakertown for the league title. All three teams upped their records to 3-1 in the league. Pennridge cruised to a 54-17 victory over CB West, as they continue to impress with their up and coming young team.
National: Neshaminy Remains Unbeaten in League Action
Neshaminy is quietly emerging as a title contender in the SOL National. With the Pennsbury/CR North match rescheduled for January 31, only Pennsbury and the Redskins remain unblemished in the league. Neshaminy defeated William Tennent 52-19 with falls by Sam Rudulph (113), Steven Corlito (120) Dominic Stabilito (126), Ryan O’Connor (145), Nate Russell (152), and Ben Stern at 160.
Although Neshaminy’s schedule remains rugged, they will be able to tune up with the District Duals beginning next Thursday (Jan. 24). They must face CR North and South, and Pennsbury in league action. They could very well match up with one of these teams in the Duals. They will face CR South next Wednesday prior to the first round of the District Duals. Pennsbury controls its own destiny with title aspirations as they will have to secure wins over CR North and Neshaminy to win an outright title with a win over CR South already in the books.
American: Upper Dublin Wins Showdown With Upper Moreland
Upper Dublin rebounded Wednesday night after losing over the weekend to Lower Moreland, the reigning D1 (AA) Dual Team Champions, with a solid performance in their 48-22 victory over the Golden Bears in American Conference action. Upper Dublin’s Sam Jacobson remained undefeated at 182 pounds with a fall over Jim Lee in 1:01. Jacobson upped his record to 25-0 on the season. He is headed for a showdown with Norristown’s heralded Brett Harner in the SOL American Conference individual league tournament.
When asked about his success this season, Sam Jacobson said that he “didn’t expect this kind of season” in regards to his gaudy 25-0 record and undefeated season thus far. He said his “expectations were pretty high” as a returning District qualifier, and he expected a good season with the goal of staying above .500. He added that “there is extra pressure to perform since you’ve been doing it (winning) all season.” It definitely makes it easier surrounded by fellow seniors who all recorded pins in the UM match. “The team set a goal to break the schools all-time single season record mark of 18 wins,” Jacobson said. He looks forward to facing Harner from Norristown, “to test himself” and has always set out on “improving with each match against him.”
Upper Dublin had too much power up top as the Flying Cardinals recorded six falls, including Jacobson’s. Jacob Haney (145), Derek Jones (152), Kyle Carson (170), Reed Rapine (195), and Yaroslav Tochinski (220) all had falls on the night.
Upper Dublin will test its mettle in the District Duals as well, as they have applied to the duals and await their seed. The seeding meeting is this Sunday, and the brackets and sites will be released Sunday evening once all teams have been informed of their participation in the Duals.
Top 5 Dual Teams:
Under consideration: Upper Dublin, Quakertown, Neshaminy
106 Collyn Dorney (Quakertown)
113 Zach Fuentes (Norristown)
120 Jason Bing (Pennsbury)
126 Josh Disanto (Pennsbury)
132 Francesco Fabozzi (Central Bucks East)
138 John Dutrow (Council Rock North)
145 Mike Springer (Norristown)
152 Dan Schueren (Wissahickon)
160 Justin Staudenmayer (Plymouth-Whitmarsh)
170 Dom Rigous (Central Bucks South)
182 Brett Harner (Norristown)
195 PJ Steinmetz (Council Rock South)
220 Tyler Callender (Council Rock North)
285 Andrew Van Buskirk (William Tennent)