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If you were expecting the District 1 Sectional Wrestling Tournament to take place last weekend, you were in for a surprise. For the first time, instead of the Sectional Tournament, each league in the district would hold its own tournament.
The PAC-10 Tournament took place in Boyertown on Saturday, Feb. 16 and it turned out to be a good one for the home team. The Bears won the team championship with 206 team points, had two gold medalist, four silver medalists and advanced 12 wrestlers to this weekend’s District 1-AAA Tournament Feb. 23 at Spring-Ford.
The Bears finished 10 team points ahead of second place Owen J. Roberts, and 19 ahead of third place Spring-Ford. The Wildcats were the regular season PAC-10 champions.
Jordan Wood and Jordan Wertz led the way for the Bears by winning gold medals. Wood took gold in the 220 pound weight class, earning a 7-3 decision over Pottsgrove’s Pat Finn in the gold medal bout. Wertz won in the 195 pound class, winning 13-3 over Mason Romano of Spring-Ford in the championship bout.
At 106 pounds, Boyertown’s Lucas Miller was one of four Bears to finish in second place. He lost 8-4 to Upper Perk’s Dustin Steffenino in the championship match.
At 126 pounds, Eddie Kriczky dropped a 5-2 decision to Colby Frank of Owen J. Roberts in his title bout, and Cody Richmond (160) also made it to the championship bout before losing to Pottstown’s Darien Hain, 14-5.
Gray Garber (170) was Boyertown’s fourth silver medalist, losing a 2-0 decision to Tyler McGuigan of Spring-Ford in the championship match.
The Bears also had four third place finishers - Garrett Mauger (113), Dylan Wertz (120), Gregg Harvey (152) and Michael Fretz (182).
Since the top five wrestlers in each weight class advance on to the district tourney, Boyertown’s Tyler Miller (132) amd Brody O’Connor (285) will advance on. Both wrestlers finished in fourth place. Jake Salkovitz (145) ended his season when he finished sixth.