Boyertown Bears Wrestling

Bears beat Exeter in non-league dual

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.

The team returns to action on Wednesday night (January 12th) at home with a match against Methacton. It's Youth Night, where the members of the Boyertown Youth Wrestling Club will be in attendance!

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

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

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