Boyertown captures dual-meet final

Posted: February 03, 2014

As the potential clinching bout raged on behind him, Jordan Wood stood in front of the Boyertown bench during the District 1 Class AAA dual-meet final and tried to pump up his teammates.

"This one's for the championship, boys," the sophomore wrestler exclaimed. "Let's go."

Perhaps Eddie Kriczky heard him, as the senior put the finishing touches on a major decision mere seconds later at 138 pounds and sealed a 31-21 triumph over Spring-Ford and the duals championship Saturday at Upper Dublin.

It was Boyertown's first duals trophy since 2010.

"We stepped up today," coach Pete Ventresca said. "It was a very even match, it had a lot of intensity out there, and the kids really stepped up."

The win came days after the teams faced off in a Pioneer Athletic Conference match that the Bears (22-0, 8-0) won, 40-13.

"Our coach always tells us to take one match at a time, and that's what we focus on," Kriczky said. "But I think the difference today was [Spring-Ford] didn't have anything to lose this time. We knew they were going to come after us because we had just beaten them."

Gregg Harvey (160) and Cody Richmond (170) opened the match with back-to-back decisions and handed Boyertown a 6-0 advantage.

After Spring-Ford's Danny Krieble knotted the score with a pin in 4 minutes, 36 seconds, the Bears notched three consecutive wins, highlighted by Wood's pin at 220, and extended their lead to 21-6.

After Spring-Ford (20-2, 6-1) posted victories at 113 (Ryan Hayes) and 120 (Hunter Mitch), pulling within eight points, the Rams lost a point and the momentum because of an unsportsmanlike-conduct call during the 126-pound bout.

The Bears took that 126 bout and the next two, the latter being Kriczky's, to seal it.

A second loss to Boyertown in four days aside, Rams coach Tim Seislove said his team fought hard.

"They battled every match," Seislove said. "We had no pressure on us."

The duals win avenged a third-place finish for the Bears last year and marked another confidence-builder in a still-unblemished season.

"We remember last year losing in the semifinals, and we didn't like that," Wood said. "We wanted to be champions, and this year, it's really good that we were able to go out there and get it done."

BOYERTOWN 31, SPRING-FORD 21

160: Gregg Harvey, B, dec. Steve Rice, 9-3; 170: Cody Richmond, B, dec. Taylor Westlake, 4-1; 182: Danny Krieble, S, pin Mike Fretz, 4:36; 195: William Scholl, B, dec. Nick Perri, 4-0; 220: Jordan Wood, B, pin Mason Romano, 1:01; 285: Jordan Wertz dec. Joshua Boyer, 3-1; 106: Jakob Campbell, B, dec. Jimmy Frank, 2-1; 113: Ryan Hayes, S, maj. dec. David Campbell, 16-5; 120: Hunter Mitch, S, dec. Garrett Mauger, 2-1; 126: Lucas Miller, B, dec. Matt Krieble, 2-0: 132: Chris Berry, B, dec. Nick Beauchamp, 5-0; 138: Eddie Kriczky, B, maj. dec. Adam Dombrosky, 9-0; 145: Jon Cooper, S, dec. Hunter Vogels, 7-6; 152: Frankie Krauss, S, pin Evan Campbell, 1:16.


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