March 11, 2014 |
While Saturday was Mike Boykin's night to cherish, other wrestlers did not enjoy a storybook ending once the PIAA Class AAA tournament drew to a close. Three Southeastern Pennsylvania seniors made it three-fourths of the way in their final state-title quests by Saturday night: Coatesville's Boykin (220 pounds), Pennridge's Scott Parker (120), and Father Judge's Joe Galasso (145). Each rolled through three winner's-bracket matches and stood one match away from the top spot on the podium.
March 10, 2014 |
HERSHEY, Pa. - Mike Boykin donned his gold medal for the first time inside the Giant Center, lifted his coach with one arm, and punched the air in triumph with the other. It was that kind of day for Boykin (40-0), as the Coatesville senior earned his first state title in his final high school bout, defeating Boyertown sophomore Jordan Wood on Saturday night in the 220-pound final, 5-2. "It's about time," Boykin said, jokingly. "I was pretty confident going into the match, and it's something I've worked for since I was a freshman.
March 9, 2014 |
HERSHEY, Pa. - The Mike Boykin-Jordan Wood rivalry might feature a new chapter on Saturday. Boykin, of Coatesville, and Wood, of Boyertown, each have enjoyed two big wins in the early rounds of the PIAA Class AAA wrestling tournament and berths in the 220-pound semifinals at the Giant Center. They might meet again in Saturday's finals. Boykin, a senior, knocked off Wood, a sophomore, in the Southeast Region tournament last weekend, avenging a one-point loss to Wood in the regional final last season.
March 8, 2014 |
Joe Galasso's quest for a second state wrestling title began without a hitch Thursday. The unbeaten senior from Father Judge racked up a dominating win in the first round of the PIAA Class AAA tournament at the Giant Center in Hershey. Galasso, 24-0 and wrestling at 145 pounds, scored a technical-fall victory over Hadyn Swortwood of Jersey Shore. Galasso prevailed, 22-7, in 4 minutes, 40 seconds. Central Bucks East's Francesco Fabozzi remained on track for a possible meeting with Galasso in the semifinals by dispatching Nathan Cheek of Wyoming Valley West, 11-6.
March 7, 2014 |
Richie Cerebe's road to the state wrestling tournament was different, to say the least. The senior is the lone wrestler at his school, Calvary Christian, and is coached by his father, Rich, among others at MPR Endurance, a mixed- martial-arts gym in Fairless Hills, Bucks County. Cerebe will be representing Calvary Christian in Hershey this weekend, after winning the 152-pound final in the Southeast Region Class AA tournament Saturday at Wilson-West Lawn. "He wanted to be [at Calvary Christian]
February 24, 2014 |
This season has been a different type of ride for Souderton wrestler Kolton Veit. Saddled with the loss of his best friend to leukemia two weeks before the start of the season, the Indians senior has taken the weight of those emotions out on the mat. "It's been a hard time, but I like to use my anger out on the mats," Veit said. "I always pray to him and to God before my matches now. It's just made this year completely different, and I have more motivation to be successful now than I ever have before.
December 9, 2013 |
For the national anthem, Delsea's 19 seniors stood on the field, arms locked, helmets on the ground in front of their feet. It was a show of solidarity before the final game of their careers. It also was a sign of things to come. "To win a football game like this, you have to be 'one,' " Delsea senior linebacker Scott Parker said after the Crusaders' 31-7 victory over Barnegat in the South Jersey Group 3 final Saturday at Rowan University. Parker led a dominating defense and Delsea's potent ground game generated 369 rushing yards as the Crusaders (10-2)
March 7, 2013 |
Beginning on Thursday, the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa., will be transformed from the regular venue for Hershey Bears ice hockey into a mecca of Pennsylvania high school wrestling for the PIAA Class AAA championships. Wrestling people will take over the 10,500-seat multipurpose arena. Officials will organize, parents will cheer (and boo), and wrestlers will grapple for a chance at a state title. The championships will begin at 4 p.m. Thursday with the first round of three days of competition to decide the state's best wrestlers.
February 24, 2013 |
When Pennridge junior Scott Parker won his first district championship Saturday, there was not much emotion. Parker struggled to the top of the podium to accept honors as the PIAA District 1 Class AAA East champion at 113 pounds and stared stoically toward the cameras capturing his moment. While he understands the accomplishment after falling in the finals last year, he realizes this is only a stepping stone to his ultimate goal. "It feels good, but my main goal is a state title," said Parker, one of the 14 district champ crowned Saturday at Hatboro-Horsham.
February 24, 2013 |
When Pennridge junior Scott Parker won his first district championship Saturday, there was not much emotion. Parker struggled to the top of the podium to accept honors as the PIAA District 1 Class AAA East champion at 113 pounds and stared stoically toward the cameras capturing his moment. While he understands the accomplishment after falling in the finals last year, he realizes this is only a stepping-stone to his ultimate goal. "It feels good, but my main goal is a state title," said Parker, one of 14 district East champions crowned Saturday at Hatboro-Horsham.