Wed. Pa. boys and girls: Northeast takes Public League title

Posted: January 31, 2014

It was understood, which meant Mike Siravo did not have to say much to his Northeast team before Wednesday night's Public League wrestling final against visiting Central.

The coach said his wrestlers understood they had success last season. But he also knew they did not forget about their two losses last season to Central. Especially the nail-biting defeat in last year's Public League final.

"I just told them, 'Go out and do your job,' " he said.

And they did just that, as the host Vikings rolled, 42-18, to capture their second title in three years. The two teams have met in the last three finals.

Northeast's Kemran Fayikov scored a key 3-2 decision at 220 pounds. The senior recorded a third-period takedown to break a 1-1 tie.

Siravo said the 5-foot-6 Fayikov is a natural 195-pounder but is wrestling up a class to fill out Northeast's roster. He catches opponents off guard with his flexibility.

"He doesn't look like a powerhouse," Siravo said. "But he is."

Northeast's Andre Butts opened the match with a decision at 145, and Dan Mushat added a pin at heavyweight.

The Vikings advance to the District 12 final Friday against Catholic League champion Father Judge.

Suburban One. Kyle Thorpe scored a pin at 220 pounds and James Dutrow earned a decision at heavyweight to help Council Rock North slip past visiting Neshaminy, 34-32. Neshaminy was led by back-to-back pins from Justin Kramer (126) and Dominic Stabilito (132).

Andrew Roccograndi scored a decision at 106 pounds and Mason Houriet won by pin at 285 as Pennsbury topped visiting Abington, 48-19.

Central. Ryan Stocku's pin at 120 pounds and James Morris' pin at 170 led Penncrest over visiting Strath Haven, 58-18.

Boys' Basketball

Academy of the New Church secured the second seed in the Friends Schools League playoffs with a 62-35 win at Friends' Central.

The Lions were led by Darrel Bryant's 24 points. The teams will meet in the league semifinals next Wednesday at ANC.

Public. Eric Lewis scored eight of his 22 points in the fourth quarter to lift host Engineering and Science over Franklin Learning Center, 50-48.

Montrell Gilliam scored 14 of his 36 points in the third quarter to push Edison past host Swenson, 84-70.

Girls' Basketball

Theresa Walsh and Rebecca Painter scored 10 points each to pace Owen J. Roberts past host Boyertown, 42-38, in a Pioneer Athletic Conference matchup.

Friends. Mikayla Vaughn scored 18 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to lift Friends' Central over visiting Westtown, 48-45.

Public. Senior Chelsea Woods scored 28 of her 45 points in the second half, and Freire Charter won at Mastbaum, 63-30.

Football

Conestoga's Trevor Fennimore, a senior defensive end, committed to play at Bucknell.

The 6-3, 225-pound captain, a two-way lineman for the Pioneers, also received interest from Army, Carnegie Mellon, Dickinson, Franklin & Marshall, and Georgetown.


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@matt_breen

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