In early September, Bears Head Coach Dave Jones announced that he was stepping down as Boyertown's head coach after two years at the helm of the program. Jones' resignation letter to the Boyertown wrestling family can be viewed at the link below.
Jones took over the high school program prior to the 2017-18 season and led it for two seasons, compiling an overall record of 29-17. He took over from Pete Ventresca after having served as an assistant on his staff for one season. Prior to that he was the head coach at Junior High West for three seasons.
Jones is a 2007 graduate of Boyertown in which he compiled a 102-44 record before heading to Messiah to wrestle collegiately. He is currently a health and physical education teacher at BASH.
We wish Dave all the best, thank him for his years in the program, and hope to see him matside again real soon!
BAWA Golf Outing Cancelled for 2019
BAWA has released this statement regarding the 2019 Golf Outing:
As you may know we unfortunately had to cancel our August 11th, 2019 golf outing with a plan to reschedule at a later date this September. We regret that this had to occur, but unfortunately one of the key individuals involved with the management and running of this event suffered the loss of a very close friend just days prior and the services fell directly on the day that was scheduled for this event.
After the postponement, the committee set forth in an attempt to find a suitable replacement date to run this wonderful event. However, to our disappointment it became very clear that several weekends in September were not available or would not allow for a large portion of the teams registered to participate. This left us looking into October and these dates ran us directly in to other large events scheduled in the immediate area.
Based on all these factors, the committee has decided that it would be best to cancel this year's event and plan for a fresh start in the spring. Our financial lead has retained all checks and funds submitted for this event and will be returning all of these items to the appropriate registrants and corporate sponsors over the next few days. We want you to feel secure in knowing that your funds are protected and will be returned. We would also like to thank you for your participation and support of Boyertown Wrestling and truly hope that you will consider coming out and/or supporting the program next spring/summer.
In an effort to better position ourselves for a warm, fun, and exciting event we are tentatively looking at a date in the month of June 2020. Please keep this in mind, and keep an eye out for upcoming information for this event. We look forward to seeing everyone on the course. Have a great fall and winter sports season, and we will see you in the spring. Go Bears!
Maldonado places 8th in first trip to Hershey
The 2018-19 scholastic wrestling season officially came to a close on Saturday night in Hershey with the PIAA Class AAA Championships medal round. For the seventh year in a row, a Boyertown wrestler brought home some hardware. This time it was sophomore Julien Maldonado who placed 8th at 106 pounds to earn his first state medal.
Maldonado is the fifth BASH wrestler to place at states as a sophomore. He started his first trip to states with a first period pin to advance to the quarterfinals, where he'd fall (by pin) to drop into the consolations. There, he needed to win against Keanu Manuel from Downingtown East in order to guarantee a spot on the podium. He beat Manuel for third at the regional tournament, and defeated him again (this time 1-0) to earn that first state medal. He would fall to another District 1 wrestler (Kyle Hauserman of Council Rock North) in the next round of consolations to put him in the seventh place match. He would forfeit that bout due to a minor injury to claim eighth place. Maldonado finished his sophomore campaign with a record of 37-16 and now has a career mark of 67-27.
Seniors Brett Breidor (152) and Jacob Miller (195) and junior Evan Mortimer (160) were also in Hershey but fell shy of medaling. Breidor and Miller each went 1-2 while Mortimer went 0-2. Breidor's career ends with a record of 74-53. Miller's career finished with a record of 108-44 to put him 28th on the career wins list at Boyertown. He qualified for states twice. Mortimer closed out his junior season with a career mark of 74-51, having reached states twice.
The Fierce Four: Maldonado, Breidor, Mortimer, and Miller
Boyertown had eight wrestlers competing in the 2019 PIAA South East AAA regional tournament at Souderton HS. The tournament was one of the toughest in a long time, thanks in part due to the full 16-man brackets in each weight class. Place in the top five and you earned a trip to Hershey for the state tournament. When it was all over, four Bears punched their tickets to Chocolatetown and the team finished in fourth place out of the 57 in the field.
Senior Jacob Miller earned his second trip to states by winning his first regional title at 195 pounds. He went 4-0 in the tournament with a pin and three decisions against top-notch opponents. Sophomore Julien Maldonado finished in third place at 106 pounds. He lost to the eventual runner-up in the quarters, and then stormed through the consolations with three first period pins (plus another in the prelims) before winning the third place match 4-1.
Junior Evan Mortimer returns to states for the second year in a row as he placed 4th at 160. He dropped to the consolations after a tough prelim match on Friday night but rebounded to win four straight to get to the consolation final. Senior Brett Breidor won his prelim at 152 but lost in the quarters to send him to the consolation bracket. He won two straight before falling in the consolation semis setting up "must win" match against the opponent who pinned him in the quarters. He responded in dominant fashion, taking fifth with a 16-1 technical fall.
Freshmen Kade Davidheiser (1-2 at 113), Chance Babb (1-2 at 120), and Alan Alexander (1-2 at 170) along with sophomore Robert Terra (0-2 at 285) each saw their seasons come to an end.