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BAWA opens new wrestling room

Boyertown wrestling's new home

Recently, BAWA completed work on a new wrestling room for the Boyertown wrestling community to use for practices and training. The new room is in the basement of the Boyertown Ambulance building at 2nd and Warwick Streets, replacing the room BAWA had in the New Hanover YMCA building. This new room will be used by the Boyertown Youth Wrestling club, Arsenal Wrestling Club, and the middle school and high school programs throughout the year. A HUGE thank you to everyone who contributed to making this new, spectacular room a reality!

2017-18 Season Schedules Unveiled; Season Starts Dec. 9th

The 2017-18 scholastic wrestling season officially kicks off on Friday, November 17th with the first day of practice. Then the season really gets going on Saturday, December 9th when BAWA hosts the 14th Annual Brian Bealer Memorial Bear Duals at the high school.

The field for the Bear Duals features the same 10 teams from last year's tournament.

In addition to the season opening Bear Duals, this year's high school schedule features a return to the Governor Mifflin Mustang Holiday Tournament during the winter break as well as trips to the King of the Mountain and Escape the Rock tournaments and four home PAC dual meets.

For the first time, Boyertown has switched to the Middle School format and both East and West have exciting schedules. Both teams head to the Hamburg Tournament to open their seasons on Saturday, December 16th and then travel to King's College in Wilkes-Barre for the Hawkeye Memorial Tournament on Saturday, December 23rd. The schedules also features two tournaments in February (at Pottsgrove on February 3rd and at Wilson on February 9th and 10th) and nine league dual meets.

Jones named as new Bears Head Coach

Ventresca and Jones
Former Head Coach Ventresca (left) and new Head Coach Jones (right) coach a match at the 2017 PIAA Championships in Hershey. Jones was recently named the 7th head coach in program history.

On Tuesday, March 28th, the Boyertown Area School Board officially approved Dave Jones as new Head Wrestling Coach at Boyertown HS. He is the 7th coach in program history, taking over the program after Pete Ventresca stepped down from the post after 12 seasons at the end of the 2016-17 season.
Ventresca and Jones
Coach Ventresca hands over the BASH wrestling program to Jones, a 2007 BASH graduate.

Jones is a 2007 graduate of Boyertown where he compiled a record of 102-44 over his four-year career for the Bears. He was a three-time regional qualifier, placing second in the region his senior year to advance to states for the first time. After high school, Jones attended and wrestled for Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA. At Messiah he was a four-year starter at 165 and 174 pounds compiling a record of 78-45. He was All-Conference three times and a two-time team captain. He graduated from Messiah in 2011 and later earned his master's degree in education.

Jones is currently a Health and Physical Education teacher at BASH. He started coaching at Boyertown in 2013 when he was named the head coach at Junior High West. He held that position for three seasons before joining the high school staff this past season. He and his wife Holly have a son named Levi and are expecting their second child due on April 24th.

Congratulations to new Boyertown HS Head Wrestling Coach Dave Jones!

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