Boyertown Bears Wrestling

BAWA Cornhole Tournament on June 12th

Last October, BAWA hosted the first cornhole tournament as a fundraiser to help support all levels of Boyertown wrestling. The event was such a success, that BAWA is doing it again! Come out and enjoy a great time with your wrestling community for the 2nd Annual BAWA Cornhole Tournament on Saturday, June 12th! The event will be held at the Sassamansville Firehouse on Hoffmansville Road.

Check-in and practice will begin at noon with the tournament getting underway at 1 PM and lasting until approx. 6 PM. Cost to enter is just $80 per team (two people per team). Food and drinks throughout the day are included. There will also be a raffle and cash prizes to the top three teams. If you want to attend but don't want to play, adults over 21 can attend for $25 and anyone under 21 is just $10. Rain date for the even is Sunday, June 13th.

BAWA is also looking for tournament and board sponsors.

For complete details on the tournament, how to register, and how to be a sponsor just check the links below!

Lots of wrestling opportunities this spring/summer

Next season has already started. Boyertown wrestlers have been preparing for next season at various camps, tournaments, and clinics. Many opportunities are out there with many coaches willing to help you. Reach out to your coaches for a list of available opportunities. Hope to see you sometime soon!

Gift cards from Boyertown Ice Cream & Water Ice Factory

BAWA is selling reloadable gift cards from Boyertown Ice Cream & Water Ice Factory (833 E. Philadelphia Avenue). These cards start at $10 but you can add money to them anytime at Boyertown Ice Cream & Water Ice Factory. Each time they are reloaded, BAWA will receive 20% of the amount added! See all the details on this great fundraiser at the link below.

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.

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