It's official! At the school board meeting on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, the Boyertown Area School District officially approved creation of a girls wrestling program.
Boyertown becomes the 44th school in PA, the 2nd school in District 1, and the 1st school in the Pioneer Athletic Conference to start a girls program. The sport is currently not a PIAA-sanctioned sport, as the PIAA is looking for at least 100 schools to sponsor girls wrestling before sanctioning it. The SanctionPA effort is working hard to get to that mark, and Boyertown is doing their part to help.
Stay tuned for more details on this exciting news in the coming days, weeks, and months!
Babb places 6th to earn 2nd state medal
Senior Chance Babb closed out his high school wrestling career on Saturday night in Hershey in the medal round. While he lost his last match, he placed sixth at 145 pounds in the AAA state championships to earn his second state medal. It was his third trip to states. He's one of 11 wrestlers in Boyertown history to make three trips to states and bring home two medals.
Babb opened the tournament with a sudden victory win the first round and a decision in the quarters to earn a spot in Saturday morning's semifinals. In that semi, he lost to a returning state champ and dropped into the consolations. In the consolation semis he lost a tough decision in tiebreaker before falling in the placement match 1-0. He closed out his senior season with a record of 41-9 with 23 pins. Over his four-year BASH career, he had a career mark of 106-47.
Also joining Babb in Hershey was junior Luke Heimbach at 113 and sophomore Gavin Sheridan at 120. It was the first time at states for Heimbach and while Sheridan is now a two-time qualifier.
Heimbach went 0-2 in the tournament losing to the eventual 4th and 5th placers at the weight class. He lost his opener and then had a great match with the SE regional champ (Tony Burke from CR North) in the consolations, falling 3-1 in sudden victory. Heimbach finished his junior season 30-12 and now has a 62-34 career mark heading into next season.
Sheridan went 2-2 in his first state tournament action. He opened with a loss to the eventual 5th placer in the weight class. He rebounded nicely with back-to-back wins in the consolations (a 4-0 decision and a 4-2 sudden victory decision) to make it to the blood round. In that blood round he dropped a 4-2 decision to a senior he was 4th in the state last year (and would place 7th this year). Sheridan's season record finished at 36-9 and his career mark stands at 48-13 after two seasons.
Congratulations to Chance on placing in the state tournament for the second year in a row! And congrats to Luke and Gavin for making it to states!
Wood places 3rd at NCAA Championships; Harvey qualified too
Boyertown was represented at the 2022 NCAA Division 1 Wrestling Championships in Detroit as alums Gregg Harvey and Jordan Wood competed in the season finale of college wrestling. Harvey competed at 184 pounds for Pittsburgh and Wood was at 285 for Lehigh. Both are Class of 2016 graduates, and both came back for their "super" senior year this past season.
Wood was seeded 6th at 285 and won his first two bouts without giving up a point to earn a spot in the quarters. There he would face the 3rd seed in Tony Cassioppi from Iowa. He would prevail 3-1 in sudden victory to advance to the semis against the 2nd seeded Cohlton Schultz from Arizona State. That semifinal match went into tiebreaker with Schultz winning 5-3, despite a last second takedown attempt from Wood that brought everyone in the arena to their feet. He'd win his consolation semifinal and then took third when his opponent medically forfeited.
Jordan finished his Lehigh career 100-23, with a 27-3 "super" senior record this season. He was a 2-time NCAA placer (also placing 4th in 2019), competing in the NCAA Tournament four times, and qualified all five seasons (2020 was cancelled due to COVID). He is also the first wrestler to win an EIWA championship five times.
Harvey was the 28th seed at 184 and faced the 5th seed in his opening round match, falling just 1-0. He would lose again in the consolations to go 0-2. He finished his "super" senior season 10-12 with a career mark at Pitt of 59-52 over his five-year career. He wrestled twice in the NCAA Tournament (2021 and 2022), and qualified in 2020.
Heimbach, Sheridan, and Babb are heading to Hershey
On Saturday night, three Boyertown wrestlers punched their tickets to Hershey for the 2022 PIAA Wrestling Championships when they placed in the top five at their weights at the South East AAA regional tournament at Oxford HS.
Junior Luke Heimbach placed third at 113, sophomore Gavin Sheridan placed third at 120, and senior Chance Babb won the regional championship at 145 pounds. Heimbach makes his first trip to states. Sheridan earned his second trip, and Babb is now a 3-time state qualifier. It's the 27th consecutive season that a Boyertown wrestler will be competing in the championship tournament.
Heimbach started off his regional tourney with a pin in the opening round before dropping to the consolations with a loss in the quarterfinals. He came back strong with four straight wins, including a win over the wrestler who beat him in the quarters, to take third.
Sheridan won his first two bouts to advance to the semis where he dropped a close 6-5 decision to the eventual champ. In the consolations he rebounded with a pin and a decision to take third and advance to states for the second time.
Babb was the top seed at 145 and showed it with a technical fall, fall, and major decision to advance to the finals. In the finals, he needed overtime but got a takedown in the sudden victory period to claim his first regional title. He'll be at states for the third time and looking for another medal to go with his 8th place medal last season.
Four other Bears competed at the regional but were unable to advance. Freshman Shane Stankina went 1-2 at 126 pounds, freshman Beck Babb went 0-2 at 132, senior Dominic Sheridan went 1-2 at 138, and sophomore Ryder Gehris went 1-2 at 152. Sheridan closed out his senior season with a 25-15 record and a 64-51 career mark for the Bears.
Bears qualify 8 for South East AAA Regional
The individual post-season got started on Saturday at Perkiomen Valley HS with the District 1 AAA North tournament. When the day was over, the Bears have qualified 8 wrestlers for the South East AAA regional and the team finished in 2nd place.
In order to qualify for the regional tournament, a wrestler had to place in the top 4 in his bracket at the 15-team tournament. Boyertown put five in the finals, with two winning tournament titles. Gavin Sheridan won the 120 pound bracket while Chance Babb won the 145 pound bracket. Luke Heimbach (113), Beck Babb (132), and Ryder Gehris (152) earned their way into the final but settled for second place.
Chance Babb went 3-0 with 3 pins on the day, with his win in the finals being his 100th career high school victory. He's the 35th Boyertown wrestler to hit that century milestone and he's currently tied on the school's wins list with Matt Wilde (Class of 2017). Heading into the regional, Babb's career mark now stands at 100-44.
Also advancing to the regional were Dominic Sheridan, who placed third at 138, Shane Stankina (4th at 126) and Nicholas Montanye (4th at 160).
All ten Boyertown wrestlers who entered the tournament came away with at least two wins. Senior Leo Egbe, in first season on the team closed out his season going 2-2 at 189 pounds. His season record was 14-16. Sophomore Michael Kelleher went 2-3 at 215, placing sixth. He finished with a 9-21 record on the season.
End of season banquet scheduled for March 13th
Before you know it, the season will be over. The day after the state tournament concludes, BAWA will be hosting the annual awards banquet for the HS and MS teams. This year's banquet will be held at Morningstar Fellowship Church and will begin at 4:30 PM on Sunday, March 13. Click the links below for all the details including the online registration form.
Bears defeat Daniel Boone in season finale
Boyertown hosted their final dual meet of the season against Daniel Boone in what was also Senior Night and Hall of Fame night as well. Before the match, the team honored the six seniors on the team in Chance Babb, Leo Egbe, Nicholas Montanye, Hunter Poe, Derek Renninger, and Dominic Sheridan.
Also before the match, three new members of the Boyertown Wrestling Hall of Fame inducted. Those new inductees were Mike Freedman, Wendy Miller, and Pete Ventresca. Freedman is a former Bear wrestler, youth club coach, BAWA board member, and helps to run the JV tournament at the Bear Duals. Miller has been involved in helping the various Boyertown wrestling programs for nearly 30 year as the youth club treasurer, BAWA board member, and helping with many fundraisers as well as with concessions for many events. Ventresca was the high school head coach for 12 seasons, leading the team to a 232-74 record over those seasons. He coached 29 wrestlers to the state tournament, 15 state medals, and 1 state gold medal as well as the state runner-up in the AAA Duals in 2016. Congrats to the newest members of the HOF!
After the ceremonies, the current Bears team took the mat against the visiting Blazers. Boone took an early 18-9 lead after five bouts. After DB won the first two, Michael Kelleher got the home team on the board with a 3-0 decision at 215. Cooper Gardner earned a forfeit at 285 before the Bears forfeited at 106. Then the Bears rattled off six straight wins starting with forfeits to Luke Heimbach and Sonny Mash. Gavin Sheridan followed with a major at 126. Shane Stankina won a thrilling 12-11 decision before Beck Babb won by decision and Dominic Sheridan won by major. The teams exchanged falls over the final two bouts with Chance Babb winning by fall to close out the 41-24 victory.
Bears beat Norristown 51-18
The Bears traveled to Norristown on Monday night for a PAC dual with the Eagles. Boyertown won seven bouts (all with bonus points) and collected three more forfeits in the 51-18 win. Luke Heimbach got the Bears on the board with a major at 113. Sonny Mash followed by a technical fall before Derek Renninger and Gavin Sheridan scored falls. Dominic Sheridan won by fall around two forfeits. Chance Babb and Nicholas Montanye also won by fall to close out the Boyertown scoring.
Boyertown places 2nd at PAC Championships
The Bears put forth an excellent effort at the 2022 PAC Championships at Pottsgrove HS, placing second as a team with 11 Bears placing in the top six in their weights.
Winning gold were Brody Coleman (106), Gavin Sheridan (120), and Chance Babb (152). Placing second were Luke Heimbach (113) and Derek Renninger (126). Taking third were Beck Babb (132), Dominic Sheridan (145), and Ryder Gehris (160). Leo Egbe took fourth at 189 while Nicholas Montanye placed fifth at 172 and Owen Dykie took sixth at 138.
Bears fall to Perkiomen Valley 33-30
The Bears fell to 2-2 in the PAC when they dropped their dual with the Vikings of Perkiomen Valley by the score of 33-30. The match went back and forth all night with the Vikings winning the final bout and the dual. After PV took a quick 12-0 lead after two bouts, the Bears rattled off four wins with Sonny Mash earning a technical fall at 113, Luke Heimbach winning by decision at 120, Gavin Sheridan winning by major at 126, and Beck Babb winning a decision at 132. Perk Valley responded with another pin to take an 18-15 lead. Dominic Sheridan won by decision before Chance Babb won via injury default to give the home team a 24-13 lead with four bouts left. Unfortunately, the Bears could only win one of those final bouts with Leo Egbe getting a pin at 189.
Babb places at Escape the Rock; Bears are 37th
In the middle of January, the Bears traveled to Council Rock South for Escape the Rock, one of the toughest tournaments in the country. Wrestlers from 59 different teams, many of them nationally ranked, filled the brackets for all weights. When the dust settled, senior Chance Babb was the lone Bear to place when he placed sixth at 145 pounds. Babb went 5-3 over the two-day tournament.
Gavin Sheridan at 120 pounds and Michael Kelleher were the closest to place, falling a few wins shy of the medal rounds. As a team, the Bears placed 37th with 31.5 points.
Bears defeat Methacton 58-9
Boyertown improved to 2-1 in the PAC when they defeated Methacton at home on Youth Night, by the score of 58-9. The Bears won 11 of the 13 bouts in the dual. Nicholas Montanye got it started at 172 with a 8-7 decision victory. Leo Egbe followed by a 4-1 decision to give the home team an early 6-0 lead. The Warriors responded with back to back wins of their own with a decision and a pin to take a 9-6 lead. It would be their only lead of the night as the Bears roared back the win the rest of the bouts. Brody Coleman started a pinning streak with a fall at 106. He was followed by pins from Sonny Mash (113), Luke Heimbach (120), Gavin Sheridan (126), and Derek Renninger (132). Beck Babb won by technical fall at 138 before Dominic Sheridan and Chance Babb resumed the pinning ways. Ryder Gehris ended the dual with another technical fall for the final score of 58-9.
On Monday night, the Bears traveled to Exeter HS for a dual with the Eagles from District 3. Nicholas Montanye got the night off to a good start with a 4-2 decision at 172. After Exeter took the next two bouts for an 8-3 lead, Matthew Cavalari won by fall at 285 to put the Bears back on top 9-8. Boyertown then forfeited at 106 before taking complete control of the match by winning the remaining eight weights.
Sonny Mash got the run started with a 7-1 decision at 113. Luke Heimbach and Derek Renninger followed with major decisions at 120 and 126 respectively. Gavin Sheridan won by forfeit at 132 before Beck Babb scored a 6-3 decision at 138. Dominic Sheridan won by technical fall at 145 and Ryder Gehris and Chance Babb closed out the scoring with pins for the 46-14 victory.
Bears go 3-1 at Central Dauphin Duals
On Saturday, January 8th, the Bears were supposed to compete in the Parkland Duals up in District 11. But a few days before the event, it was cancelled due to COVID precautions at Parkland. The Bears were able to quickly get a replacement on the schedule in the form of the Central Dauphin Duals in District 3. While at the CD Duals, the Bears would get matches against Big Spring, host Central Dauphin, Northern York, and Sussex Central out of Delaware.
The first match of the day was against Sussex Central, with the Bears winning 38-24. Luke Heimbach (major), Gavin Sheridan (major), Shane Stankina (pin), Dominic Sheridan (pin), Chance Babb (pin), Ryder Gehris (decision), Michael Kelleher (decision), and Matthew Cavalari (pin) all won for Boyertown.
Big Spring was the Bears' second opponent of the day and the Bears won that dual 44-24. Heimbach (pin), G. Sheridan (tech), D. Sheridan (pin), Gehris (forfeit), Babb (forfeit), Leo Egbe (decision), Brody Coleman (forfeit), and Sonny Mash (forfeit) all had wins.
Match #3 on the day was against Northern York, with the Bears winning that one 39-27. Stankina (pin), Beck Babb (decision), C. Babb (pin), Gehris (forfeit), Egbe (forfeit), Coleman (pin), and Heimbach (pin) were the winners for Boyertown in that match.
The final match of the day ended up being for the championship of the day, against Central Dauphin. Up to that point, both were 3-0 on the day. Both teams exchanged wins back and forth for most of the match with neither team taking a big lead. The Rams had a 29-18 lead with the final three bouts to go. The Bears won all three of those matches but each was just a decision and Central Dauphin won the dual 29-27. D. Sheridan (pin), Gehris (pin), Nicholas Montanye (decision), Egbe (decision), Heimbach (decision), G. Sheridan (decision), and Stankina (decision) all had wins in the dual.
Spring-Ford defeats the Bears 42-19
The Bear hit the road for their first PAC dual away from home on Wednesday (January 5th) when they traveled to Spring-Ford to take on the defending PAC and District 1 AAA Duals champion Rams. Spring-Ford showed they are still one of the top teams in District 1 by winning 9 of the 13 weights on their way to the 42-19 victory over the Bears.
Chance Babb got the Bears on the scoreboard in the opening bout with a second period fall at 152. Spring-Ford won the next three bouts before Cooper Gardner won a 6-3 decision at 215 for the Bears. Another run of three wins for the Rams before Gavin Sheridan had a quick pin at 120. Beck Babb closed out the Boyertown scoring with a major decision at 138.
Bears place 3rd at Mifflin; Three win gold
The Bears closed out the 2021 calendar year at the Governor Mifflin Holiday tournament just before the end of the year. The team had a pretty good showing, placing third out of the 22 teams in the field. Boyertown put four in the finals with three coming away with tournament titles. Overall seven Bears placed in the top 5 of their weight classes.
Freshman Brody Coleman made his varsity debut at the tournament, getting the nod at 106 pounds. He went 4-0 with 3 pins to claim the 106 pound title. Junior Luke Heimbach followed up with a title of his own at 113 pounds. Sophomore Gavin Sheridan also earned a spot in the finals but dropped his finale at 120 pounds by a 4-2 decision. Senior Chance Babb went 4-0 with 3 pins and a technical fall to claim the 152 pound championship and the tournament's OW award.
Freshman Shane Stankina went 5-1 at 126 pounds to place third. Senior Dominic Sheridan went 4-2 at 145 to place fourth. Freshman Beck Babb placed fifth at 132 pounds, going 3-2.
As a team, Boyertown placed third with 172 points trailing only Cape Henlopen from Delaware (195 points) and Malvern Prep (182.5).
Bears beat OJR in PAC dual
On Wednesday before the holiday break, the Bears hosted rival Owen J. Roberts for their first PAC league dual on the season. The match was close the entire way by the Bears took an early lead and never trailed while winning 31-24 to improve to 5-1 overall on the season so far.
Gavin Sheridan opened the match at 126 pounds with a 70 second pin. The Wildcats got on the board with a decision at 132 before Beck Babb won a hard fought 6-5 decision at 138 to extend the Boyertown lead to 9-3. OJR tied it up with a pin at 145 but Chance Babb won by pin and Dominic Sheridan won a wild 15-13 decision to push the Bears' lead to 18-9.
OJR made a run over the next four weights by getting two pins and a decision around a forfeit to Leo Egbe at 189 to square the match at 24-24. A double forfeit at 106 setup 113 and 120 to close out the dual. Sonny Mash took the mats at 113 and scored a 5-2 decision. Luke Heimbach then followed up with a dominant 10-0 major decision to close out the scoring in favor of the Bears.
The Bears return to action on Wednesday and Thursday at the Governor Mifflin Holiday Tournament being held at the Governor Mifflin Intermediate School. Wrestling starts at 10 AM on Wednesday and 11 AM on Thursday. If you can't attend in person, you can follow along on TrackWrestling.com.
Heimbach and Babb place at King of the Mountain
Over the second weekend of the season, Boyertown traveled to the King of the Mountain tournament at Central Mountain HS. The Bears had 13 wrestlers competing in 10 weights for the event. The field was pretty strong and the results showed as only junior Luke Heimbach and senior Chance Babb left with hardware. Heimbach was 7th at 113 and Babb was 7th at 152.
Luke started the tournament with a pin and followed with a decision before dropping his quarterfinal match. He rebounded with a sudden victory decision in the consolations before losing again. He won via technical fall in his 7th place bout.
Chance also started his bracket with a pin and a decision before falling in the quarters. In the consolations he won by fall before dropping a decision. He won his 7th place bout by a 7-5 decision.
Gavin Sheridan was a win short of placing, going 3-2 at 120. Shane Stankina was two wins shy of placing, going 2-2 at 126. As a team, the Bears placed 31st with 36.5 points.
Bears open season 2nd at Bear Duals
Boyertown hosted the 17th edition of the Brian Bealer Memorial Bear Duals on Saturday to officially open the 2021-22 wrestling season. This year's field looked to be one of the better ones in the tourney's history, and it lived up to the expectations.
The Bears went 4-0 in their pool, getting wins over Harry S. Truman, Interboro, Garnet Valley, and Bethlehem Liberty. While in the other gym, tournament newcomer and traditional District 11 powerhouse Easton, was perfect on the day so far as well. The two teams met in the final, with the Red Rovers showing they are in mid-season form already with a 50-15 victory.
Garnet Valley took 3rd place, followed by Sun Valley, Bethlehem Liberty, Souderton, Council Rock North, Interboro, Owen J. Roberts, and Harry S. Truman.
For the Bears, both sophomore Gavin Sheridan and senior Chance Babb went a perfect 5-0 on the day. Sheridan defeated GV's Matthew Ricci, a returning state qualifier, and was named the tournament's OW. In his first season on the mats, senior Leo Egbe went 4-1. Senior Derek Renninger went 3-0. Juniors Luke Heimbach and Sonny Mash, as well as senior Dominic Sheridan each went 3-2. Freshmen Owen Dykie and Shane Stankina went 2-1.
2021-22 season schedules are set for BASH and East/West
After a shortened 2020-21 wrestling season due to COVID, everyone is hopeful for a "normal" season in 2021-22. The season is scheduled to get underway on Saturday, December 11th at home for the high school team with the Brian Bealer Memorial Bear Duals. This year's field of 10 teams features two newcomers as District 11 and PIAA powerhouse Easton joins along with Sun Valley from District 1.
The rest of the high school schedule features trips to the King of the Mountain tournament, Governor Mifflin Holiday tournament, Parkland Duals, and Escape the Rock along with the slate of PAC duals, the PAC individual tournament, and a non-league dual at Exeter plus a non-league match at home versus Daniel Boone.
At the middle schools, the season begins for both East and West at the Hamburg Tournament on Saturday, December 18th. Both teams will also travel to the Saucon Valley Duals (early January) and Wilson Tournament (mid-February). The East-West matchup this season takes place on Friday, January 21st at West.
The youth club is also up and running this season for kids in grades 1 to 6 along with middle school wrestlers in 7th and 8th grades. You can get all the details by visiting the youth club section of the website.
Gift cards from Boyertown Ice Cream & Water Ice Factory
BAWA is selling reloadable gift cards from Boyertown Ice Cream & Water Ice Factory (833 E. Philadelphia Avenue). These cards start at $10 but you can add money to them anytime at Boyertown Ice Cream & Water Ice Factory. Each time they are reloaded, BAWA will receive 20% of the amount added! See all the details on this great fundraiser at the link below.