Boyertown Bears Wrestling

Bears earn #5 seed for District Duals

The District 1 Duals get underway on Thursday, January 26th and the Bears are in the 16-team field as the #5 seed. They will host #12 seed Downingtown West on Thursday night, starting at 7 PM. The winner of the match will earn a spot in the quarterfinals to be held on Saturday, February 4th at Upper Dublin HS.

Bears return home for OJR and Hall of Fame and Youth Night

SCHEDULE NOTE: Due to inclement weather, the match versus Owen J. Roberts for Wednesday, January 25th has been postponed. The match has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 8th.

After the season opening Brian Bealer Memorial Bear Duals, the team has been on the road the rest of the season. On Wednesday night, the Bears have their first home dual meet of 2023 when they host PAC rival Owen J. Roberts for a league match. The match is scheduled for a 6:30 PM start but it'll be a busy night as it's also Youth Night and Hall of Fame night. Prior to the varsity match, the three members of the Class of 2023 for the Boyertown Wrestling Hall of Fame will be inducted. The newest members are Jakob Campbell, Gregg Harvey, and Jordan Wood.

Bears place third at PAC tourney

The Pioneer Athletic Conference held their annual individual tournament on Saturday, January 21st at Pottsgrove HS and the Bears had a pretty good showing. As a team, they placed 3rd, only 4 points behind 2nd place. Individually, they brought home 2 golds, 2 silvers, 2 bronzes, 5 fourth place finishes, and a fifth place.

Senior Luke Heimbach won gold at 121 and junior Gavin Sheridan won the 133 pound weight class. Brody Coleman and Carter Stouch placed second at 114 and 139 respectively.

Owen Dykie (145) and Brent Caprio (160) placed third while Sonny Mash (127), Ryder Gehris (152), Joshua Larrimore (172), Mike Kelleher (189, and Cooper Gardner (215) all placed fourth. Cole Fogle rounded out the place winners by taking 5th at 107 pounds.

Bears get by Methacton in league match

The team traveled to Methacton on Wednesday to take on the Warriors in the PAC Liberty match. Despite a slow start and falling behind 12-0 after three bouts, the Bears won 7 of the last 9 weights to earn a 38-26 victory.

Cole Fogle got the scoring started for the visiting Bears with a pin at 107. Luke Heimbach followed with a pin of his own at 121. Methacton widening their lead to 21-12 before the Bears rattled off three start wins, all with bonus points. Gavin Sheridan won by fall at 133, followed by a major decision at 139 by J.D. Heiser, and then Shane Stankina won via a first period fall at 145. After a Methacton win, Ryder Gehris (pin) and Brent Caprio (major) closed out the scoring to get the Bears the win.

Bears go 3-1 at Big Red Duals

On Saturday, the Bears traveled to Souderton for the 16-team bracketed dual meet tournament known as the Big Red Duals. Boyertown was seeded 4th in the field and faced North Penn in the opening round. The Bears won that matchup 36-30 with wins by Luke Heimbach, Andrew Myslinski, Gavin Sheridan, Carter Stouch, Shane Stankina, Mike Kelleher, and Cooper Garder.

In the quarterfinals, they faced Neshaminy and came away with a 36-33 win for their second close match of the tournament. Winning against Neshaminy were Heimbach, Myslinski, Sheridan, Stankina, Nick Bauer, and Gardner. The win setup a semifinal match with highly ranked Saucon Valley. The Panther won 9 of the 13 bouts to take a 50-24 win over the Bears. Winning for Boyertown in the semifinal were Sheridan, Gardner, Gianni Costello, and Cole Fogle.

The Bears closed out the tournament by winning the third place match 37-30 over Pennsbury. The team jumped out to a 21-0 lead to start the dual on wins by Myslinski, Sheridan, Stankina, and Luke Barnett. Pennsbury roared back with 24 unanswered points before Cooper Gardner and Cole Fogle won with back-to-back falls before Pennsbury won the second to last bout to set the score at 33-30. Luke Heimbach sealed the victory with an 11-2 major decision.

Boyertown hosts first ever official girls wrestling event

Wednesday, January 11, 2023 will go down in Boyertown sports history at the date of the first ever home girls wrestling event when the girls hosted Exeter, Governor Mifflin, and Souderton. With no team having a full roster of girls just yet, the four teams got together in order to get as many matches for their wrestlers as possible.

Four Boyertown wrestlers got matches with Keyra Seville winning her match by an 18-4 major decision. Madalyn Rapp, Trinity Miller, and Skylar Bohn also got matches as well. A total of 21 matches were wrestled.

A nice crowd was on hand to cheer on the girls as they competed. The referee for the evening was Dan Cwalina, a 1998 Boyertown grad and former Bear wrestler.

Bears roll over Norristown 71-6

The same night as the girls hosted their first matches, the boys team traveled to Norristown for a dual meet with the Eagles. The visitors made quick work of the hosts in route to a 71-6 victory. The Bears won 12 of the 13 bouts, including eight by fall. Gavin Sheridan, Shane Stankina, Owen Dykie, James DeSanto, Brent Caprio, Joshua Larrimore, Mike Kelleher, and Cooper Gardner all won by pin for the Bears. Sonny Mash earned a technical fall, while Gianni Costello, Cole Fogle, and Luke Heimbach took forfeit wins.

Bears go 3-2 at Parkland Duals

Boyertown hit the road again on the first weekend in January when they travelled to the Parkland Duals for five dual meets. The Bears opened with a 57-18 over Northwestern Lehigh before dropping a 45-21 match with the host Trojans. The team rebounded with a 38-29 win over West Chester Rustin in their third match of the day. The Bears then dropped a heartbreaker to Delaware Valley 34-29 before closing out the tournament with a 41-31 win over Quakertown. Gavin Sheridan was the lone Bear to go 5-0 on the day.

Bears fall to Spring-Ford in first league dual

To start the new year, Boyertown traveled to Spring-Ford to take on the Rams on January 4th in the first PAC dual for both teams.

The Bears won three of the first four bouts to take an early 9-6 lead with Gavin Sheridan (133) and Shane Stankina (139) opening the dual with decisions and Ryder Gehris (152) getting a decision as well after a Rams pin. The Rams took the lead by winning the next two bouts by decision and a pin before Mike Kelleher scored a 7-6 decision at 189 to get the Bears to within 15-12. Unfortunately they would not get any closer as the Rams flexed their muscle by taking four of the final six bouts.

Cooper Gardner won a 5-2 decision at 285 pounds and Luke Heimbach won via a second period pin at 121 to close out the scoring for the visiting Bears. The Rams won the dual 36-21. Spring-Ford won seven bouts to the Bears six but the Bears could only muster three bonus points in the dual.

Three Bears place at Bethlehem Classic

For the first time since 2013, Boyertown competed at the Bethlehem Holiday Classic at Bethlehem Liberty HS. As a team, the Bears placed 20th out of 32 teams and earned three individual medals. Senior Luke Heimbach placed 3rd at 114, junior Gavin Sheridan placed 3rd at 127, and sophomore Beck Babb placed 8th at 139.

Heimbach went 4-1 with two major decisions, Sheridan also went 4-1 with a pin, a technical fall, and a major decision, while Beck 3-3 in his matches. Sonny Mash (121) and Ryder Gehris (152) were each a win away from placing.

Sheridan, Heimbach, and Babb place at KOM

In the first individual tournament action of the season for the Bears, three Boyertown wrestlers placed in the top 8 at the annual King of the Mountain tournament at Central Mountain HS. Junior Gavin Sheridan placed 2nd at 127, senior Luke Heimbach placed 5th at 114, and sophomore Beck Babb placed 8th at 139. As a team, the Bears placed 21st out of 30 teams with 70 team points.

Sheridan earned his trip to the finals with a pin, a major decision, and two decisions before falling in sudden victory in the title match. Heimbach went 5-2 at the tournament with a pin and two technical falls. Babb went 3-3 with a pin.

Cole Fogle (107), Brody Coleman (114), and Sonny Mash (121) each were a win away from placing.

Bears place 5th at Bear Duals; get program win #700


The Boyertown team along with some former wrestlers and coaches pose after the program's 700th win.

The 2022-23 scholastic wrestling season got underway for the Bears on Saturday, December 10th with the 18th Annual Brian Bealer Memorial Bear Duals. This year's field featured a few new teams and plenty high-quality wrestling as expected. Easton repeated as the tournament champion, after winning last season.

The Bears opened with a 72-0 shutout over Interboro and then a 64-6 win over Garnet Valley. Then the Bears dropped their next two matches against new teams to the Duals in Pennridge and Wilson (West Lawn), falling to the Rams 38-30 and then to the Bulldogs 45-30. In the tournament's 5th place match against Souderton, Boyertown got the 45-21 victory. That win was the 700th in Boyertown's high school wrestling history.

Boyertown officially approves girls wrestling!

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!

The school recently announced that the first coach in the girls program history will be Janna (Wood) Christine, who is very familiar with the Boyertown wrestling family. We'll have more details on the girls team on the site real soon.

Year-round Fundraisers for BAWA

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