Boyertown Bears Wrestling

BearCat Spring Freestyle Wrestling Club

This Spring the BWC will be starting the BearCat Spring Freestyle Wrestling Club for all wrestlers interested in gaining experience in Freestyle Wrestling. The Club will meet two times a week for 10 weeks (starting March 29th). Each session will be led by both Boyertown and OJR coaching staffs and will also feature guest clinicians. The idea is to grow Freestyle wrestling in our area. OUR GOAL is to bring in a clinician almost every session we have, understand there will be times that we will not have a guest clinician and the staff will take over. Click the links below for all the details!

Babb places 8th in the state at 138

Junior Chance Babb earned his first PIAA state medal last weekend by placing 3rd at 138 pounds in the East AAA Super Regional. On Saturday at the Giant Center in Hershey, he placed 8th in AAA at 138 pounds to bring home that first state medal.

Babb started off his second trip to Hershey by facing the runner-up at his weight class, Cole Homet of Waynesburg Central. Homet won the match 6-0 to send Babb to the consolations where he ran into District 1 rival Kyle Hauserman of Council Rock North, after he was upset in the quarters. Hauserman took the match 5-0. Babb would then fall 1-0 to Andrew Harmon of Bethlehem Catholic to take 8th place. He finished his junior campaign at 14-6, with a career mark of 65-38 heading into next season.

Babb earns return trip to Hershey

On Saturday at Quakertown HS, eight wrestlers per weight competed for the right to wrestle in Hershey next Saturday. Place in the top four in your weight and not only do you go to Hershey but you are also guaranteed a state medal, thanks to the COVID-19 changes in the post-season. The Bears started the day with three wrestlers in the hunt to make that trip. When the day was over, junior Chance Babb placed 3rd at 138 pounds and will get to step on the state medal stand for the first time.

Babb won his quarterfinal match against Connor Bevan of Bethlehem Freedom 12-7 to move to the semis. He dropped that semifinal matchup with Andrew Harmon of Bethlehem Catholic by a 9-5 score to fall to the consolations. Babb needed a win there in the consolation semis and he got it with a first period pin of Christian Fritz of Northampton to clinch the state medal. He then followed up with a 7-5 sudden victory win over Trent Kochersperger of Kennett to place 3rd.

Senior Jay Maldonado went 1-3 on the day to finish in 6th place at 120 pounds to close out his high school career. Earlier this season, Maldonado became the 35th BASH wrestler to get to 100 wins for a career. He now stands in 25th place with a 112-39 record, as a 3-time state qualifier earning 8th place as a sophomore.

Freshman Gavin Sheridan was set to compete at 106 pounds but didn't make weight to see his freshman season come to an end.

Three Bears advance to Super Regional

On Saturday at the South East AAA Regional tournament held at Council Rock North and Council Rock South, five Bears hit the mats hoping to advance to the East Super Regional. Senior Jay Maldonado, junior Chance Babb, and freshman Gavin Sheridan all placed in the top 4 at their weight to advance to next weekend. The Super Regional was added to the post-season this year due to COVID-19 as the brackets in Hershey for states were cut down to just 8 per weight (with all 8 medalling). Despite that change, the PIAA is officially recognizing all wrestlers at the Super Regionals as State Qualifiers. So with 3 state qualifiers this year, Boyertown's streak of seasons with a state qualifiers is now up to 26!

At 106 pounds, Sheridan dropped into the consolations after a close 3-2 quarterfinal loss. He bounced back with three straight wins to claim 3rd place. At 120, Maldonado breezed into the finals with two pins before dropping the final in sudden victory against rival Keanu Manuel of Downingtown East. At 138, Babb used two decision wins to get to the final where he fell to Council Rock North's Kyle Hauserman.

Also wrestling on Saturday was Luke Heimbach at 113 pounds and Ryder Gehris at 145. Heimbach went 2-2 to place 5th while Gehris went 0-2.

Five Bears advance to South East regional

Last Saturday, the District 1 AAA wrestling post-season got underway with the section tournaments and the Bears competing in the South tournament at Sun Valley HS. A total of 9 Bears qualified for the tournament, with 5 of them placing in the top 4 to advance to this Saturday's South East AAA regional tournament to be held at Council Rock North HS and Council Rock South HS.

Senior Jay Maldonado took home the tournament title at 120 pounds by going 3-0 on the day. He also claimed the tournament's Outstanding Wrestler award as well. Finishing third was freshman Gavin Sheridan at 106, sophomore Luke Heimbach at 113, and junior Chance Babb at 138. All three of them went 3-1 on the day. Rounding out the regional qualifiers was freshman Ryder Gehris who placed fourth at 145, going 2-2.

Four Bears saw their seasons and BASH careers come to a close at the South tournament. Seniors Jimmy Sinclair (172), Preston Fox (189), Anthony Bauer (215), and Robert Terra (285) each didn't place in the top 4 of their weights. Bauer and Terra went 1-2 while Sinclair and Fox went 0-2.

Bears close out regular season with 3 wins

The short regular season got a little shorter thanks to the weather that cancelled the last couple matches on the schedule for the Bears. Before that, the team traveled to Owen J. Roberts for their lone away dual of the season. The Bears dominated the Wildcats in the 49-14 victory.

A few days later the team welcomed Methacton and won 62-6. A forfeit filled 66-6 over Pope John Paul II closed out the season. Boyertown finished with a 6-1 record, 2-1 in the PAC Liberty division.

Bears earn wins over Pottstown and Phoenixville

After suffering their first defeat of the season, the team rebounded nicely with back-to-back wins on Thursday and Saturday against Pottstown and Phoenixville, respectively.

Against Pottstown, the Bears benefited from 7 forfeits from the Trojans in the 75-0 shutout. Dominic Sheridan (138), Chance Babb (152), Anthony Bauer (189), Preston Fox (215), and Robert Terra (285) all won by fall. Ryder Gehris won via a 6-0 shutout at 145 pounds.

The match against Phoenixville was the first trip on the road for the team this season. Phoenixville gave up 5 forfeits in the 65-6 win for the Bears. Matthew Kratzer (132), Anthony Bauer (189), Preston Fox (215), and Robert Terra (285) won by pin in the dual. Chance Babb scored a technical fall at 145 while Nicholas Montanye (160) and Luke Heimbach (120) each won by decisions.

Bears fall to Spring-Ford 40-20

After waiting 6 weeks to start the season, the Bears hosted their second dual meet in three days - this time against returning District 1-AAA champion Spring-Ford.

The teams exchanged decisions in the first four bouts, with the Rams winning at 120 and 132, while Jay Maldonado and Dominic Sheridan claimed wins at 126 and 138 respectively. Chance Babb followed with a 16-1 technical fall at 145 to give the Bears an 11-6 lead after five bouts. Spring-Ford got a pin at 152 before a brief break to clean the mat.

After the intermission, the Rams took control by scoring three more pins to run their lead to 30-11 before Anthony Bauer got the home team back on the scoreboard with a 3-0 shutout at 215. Gavin Sheridan scored a first period pin at 106 to close out the Boyertown scoring.

Bears beat Upper Perk in season opener; Maldonado gets #100

The 2020-21 season was delayed for about 6 weeks due to COVID-19, but the Bears started the abbreviated season on a winning note, defeating visiting Upper Perk 54-8.

Sophomore Luke Heimbach got the season started with a 5-1 decision at 120 pounds to get the Bears on the board. At 126, senior Julien Maldonado earned a 4-0 shutout victory for his 100th career varsity win. Maldonado became the 34th Boyertown wrestler to earn 100 career wins (he's now tied with 2017 grad Matt Wilde with those 100 wins).

Upper Perk took two of the next three bouts, around Dominic Sheridan's forfeit win at 138 to move the score to 12-8 in favor of Boyertown. Upper Perk forfeited the next three weights to jump the dual to 189 pounds. Jimmy Sinclair and Anthony Bauer picked up falls at 189 and 215 respectively before Robert Terra was awarded at forfeit at 285.

Freshman Gavin Sheridan won a 5-0 decision at 106 and sophomore Asher Sigler decisioned a returning regional placer 4-1 at 113 to close out the scoring for the victory.

2020-21 Season Update

The 2020-21 season will obviously be different from a normal season. The Pioneer Athletic Conference and Boyertown delayed the start of the season - a couple times. But now, hopefully things will go as smoothly as possible.

The season schedules have also been significantly altered as well, with the regular season just consisting of dual meets against PAC opponents. As of now, the first match for the high school team will be on Thursday, January 21st at home against Upper Perk. West is scheduled to start on Friday, January 15th at Spring-Ford while East starts the following Friday at Pottstown. Schedules for the high school and both middle schools can be found here on the website. Note that these schedules are subject to change at any moment.

The high school post-season tournaments that are listed on the schedule are expected to change due to the state and PIAA recommendations. At this time, nothing official has been decided.

When any decisions are made regarding family/fan attendance at matches, we'll be sure to post the information here. If you have any questions about your team, ask your coaches.

Stay safe, and we'll see everyone on the mats real soon!

Fundraiser: Buy gift cards and BAWA gets a percentage!

This might be easiest fundraiser ever! BAWA has setup a new fundraiser where you can buy gift cards from over 100 top name stores, restaurants, and more and a donation will be made to BAWA for a percentage of each purchase.

There are two ways to participate: online and through the mail.

If you wish to order the cards via the mail, just fill out the Scrips Gift Card Family Order form and send it to Wendy Miller, 39 Kay Street, Boyertown, PA 19512 with a check payable to BAWA.

If you wish to order the cards online, simply go to www.glscrip.com and click to the "Join a Program" button at the top of the page. You will be asked to enter the Family Enrollment Code which is 1LF3581F6184L for BAWA. You will also be asked to establish a user ID and password. When you are asked for student name, please put your wrestler(s) name(s). Where you are asked for Classroom/Group, please indicate if your wrestler is with BYWC, Middle School East, Middle School West, or BASH. Follow the steps for setting up payment for your orders and then shop away.

All cards that are ordered will be sent to Wendy and she will contact you for delivery.

Please feel free to contact Wendy Miller at gwemmiller@aol.comwith any questions you may have.

Christine steps down; Coach Haley returns

At the end of April, Nik Christine stepped down as the Bears' head wrestling coach after one season leading the team. In his season as the head coach, he led the team to an 8-8 record (3-2 in the PAC Liberty division) and a 2nd place team finish in the District 1 North Section and an 11th place finish at the regional tournament.

Taking Christine's place as the leader of the program will be a familiar face: Tony Haley.

Haley was confirmed by the school board at their July 14th meeting to become 9th head coach in Boyertown HS wrestling history. Coach Haley spent 11 seasons as an assistant coach for the Bears, from 2008-09 through 2018-19. He spent last season as the head coach at Methacton. He was also the head coach there for two seasons from 2002 to 2004; as well as an assistant for several other seasons prior to coming to Boyertown.

The Boyertown wrestling community thanks Coach Christine for his year in the program and wishes him the best of luck in the future. And, welcome back to Coach Haley!

Reitnour and Mortimer earn BAWA scholarships

BAWA would like to congratulate Samantha Reitnour and Evan Mortimer for receiving scholarships recently.

Sammi received the BAWA scholarship and will be attending Lock Haven University this fall.

Evan received the new Jim Slabonik memorial award and will be attending York College.

Thanks to the Slabonik family and to all the Boyertown Wrestling families for supporting these two individuals as they continue their education. We have no doubt that they will do great things!

BAWA Announcements regarding COVID-19

BAWA hopes this message finds you and your family in good health. We wanted to give an update and let you know that the BTC still must remain closed until further notice from the Governor. BAWA will continue to monitor the situation and provide information to you as soon as it is given to us. Unfortunately, due to the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 virus we will not be able to have our wrestling banquet this year. Please be patient as refunds will be given in a timely manner. If you have any questions about receiving your refund please contact tracey.hager@enersys.com or jkheimbach@gmail.com.

Finally, once things return to green the coaches and members of the various organizations will be working on getting appropriate awards and certificates to the wrestlers. Although we can't celebrate together at this time we certainly want to recognize the accomplishments achieved by the teams.

Thank you for your continued understanding and patience. Stay safe!

Maldonado and Babb wrestle in Hershey

For the 25th season in a row, at least one Boyertown wrestler competed in the PIAA State Championships. This season, both junior Julien Maldonado and sophomore Chance Babb qualified for the toughest state tournament in the nation.

Competing at 126 pounds, Babb went 0-2 in his first trip to states. He finished his sophomore campaign with a record of 25-12, giving him a two-year varsity record of 51-32.

At 113 pounds, Maldonado was wrestling in his second state tournament after placing 8th last year. Despite winning his opening bout, he dropped his next two matches and was eliminated. He concluded his junior season 32-8 for a career mark of 99-35.

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