Boyertown Bears Wrestling

Bears defeat Methacton 37-25

Boyertown moves to 2-0 in the PAC-12 Liberty Division

The Bears hosted the Methacton Warriors on Wednesday night in a big showdown in the PAC-12 Liberty Division that had District 1 Duals seeding implications. The hosts won nine of the 14 bouts to claim a hard fought 37-25 victory.

The match started at 106 and Methacton jumped on the board first with a quick pin, but the Bears rebounded with four straight victories by Chase Stehman (decision), Matt Wilde (decision), David Campbell (pin), and Aiden Hager (decision) to get the Bears in front 15-6. Methacton then ran off three wins in a row of their own to retake the lead at 19-15. Boyertown took control of the match over the next five bouts on wins by Chris Berry (pin), Hunter Vogels (major), Elijah Jones (decision), Jacob Miller (pin), and Michael Porreca (decision) before Methacton won the final bout.

The Bears are now 14-1 overall and 2-0 in the Liberty Division. Their next match is Saturday at Perk Valley - match time is set for 2 PM (note the time change from 11 AM). The time was changed due to SAT testing. On Sunday, the seeding for the 2017 District 1 Duals will be announced and the Bears are expected to get a high seed once again.

Six Bears place at Escape the Rock; Team 5th

Bears finish 5th at Escape the Rock with 6 placers

This past weekend the Bears traveled to Council Rock South HS for the 12th Annual Escape the Rock tournament, which has become one of the toughest tournaments in the country. A total of 49 teams had wrestlers in the field and the Bears came out with a fifth place finish and six individual placers.

Senior Jakob Campbell and junior Elijah Jones placed third at 132 and 182 pounds respectively to lead the team. Senior Matt Wilde placed fourth at 113. Seniors Chris Berry (5th at 152), David Campbell (6th at 126), and Hunter Vogels (8th at 160) rounded out the placers for the team.

The team returns to the mat for a big PAC Liberty division dual meet with Methacton on Wednesday night at home. The Warriors are 8-0 on the season with 3 individual tournament championships so they'll be a tough test for the Bears. Come out to the high school and help fill the gym for this great match!

The Bears head to Perk Valley for a Saturday morning dual at 11 AM. The District 1 Duals seeding will be unveiled on Sunday afternoon/evening. The first round for the Duals will be on Thursday, January 26th.

Bears go 3-1 at Cumberland Valley; D. Campbell gets 100th win

D. Campbell celebrates after earning his 100th win.
D. Campbell celebrates after earning his 100th career win.

The Bears opened up 2017 at Cumberland Valley to participate in their Winter Duals tournament. The District 3 powerhouse Eagles put together a strong duals tourney every year and this year was no exception. Also participating were Northern York (D3), Erie McDowell (D10), and Northampton (D11).

Senior David Campbell earned his 100th career victory in the match with Northern York. He pinned Mitch Wagner in 3:04 for the milestone victory. His season record is now 14-2 while his career record now stands at 100-51. He's the 28th Boyertown wrestler to earn 100 wins and he joins brother Jakob as the second set of brothers to earn the milestone. Matt Malfaro (Class of 2010) and Tony Malfaro (Class of 2004) have 147 and 113 wins respectively in BASH history. Congrats David!

As for the duals, Boyertown opened with the host Eagles and won a thriller 34-32 in a match that saw Cumberland Valley open up a 22-10 lead before the Bears won six of the last eight bouts including the last two by brothers David Campbell (7-2 win at 126) and Jakob Campbell (8-3 win at 132) to clinch the victory. The Bears then had an easier time with Erie McDowell winning 63-14, and then followed it up with a 48-22 win over Northern York to setup a de-facto tournament championship with Northampton.

Northampton is ranked among the top teams in the state this season and the Konkrete Kids showed up, limiting the Bears to just five victories in route a 47-27 win over Boyertown. The Bears had an early 16-12 lead thanks to pins by Hunter Vogels and Elijah Jones and a major by Michael Porreca, but the Kids were too strong the rest of the way.

On the day, Matt Wilde, Chris Berry, Hunter Vogels went 4-0 while David Campbell, Jakob Campbell, Elijah Jones, Michael Porreca went 3-1.

The loss to Northampton snapped a 62 regular season dual meet winning streak the Bears had going dating back to the 2012-13 season. Their last regular season loss was to Spring-Ford on January 30th, 2013.

Bears close out 2016 with win over Archbishop Wood

Before the Christmas and holiday break, the Bears traveled to Warminster for a non-league match with Archbishop Wood. Boyertown won 10 of the 14 bouts to claim a 52-21 victory to run their early season record to a perfect 8-0.

The match started at 182 and Hunter Vogels set the tone with a quick 49 second pin. Jacob Miller followed up with a forfeit win before Elijah Jones and Michael Porreca won by decision and fall respectively to give the Bears a 21-0 lead. Wood won the 106 bout before Samantha Reitnour collected a forfeit win at 113 and Matt Wilde won by fall at 120.

Wood won at 126 before the Bears ran off three straights win by David Campbell, Brett Breidor, and Jakob Campbell to put the match out of reach at 48-12. After Wood took the next bout, Chris Berry closed out the Bears' scoring with a major decision at 160. Wood was given a forfeit at 170 to finish the match.

Hall of Fame Inductees Announced; Voting open until January 25th

Attention Boyertown wrestling alumni, past and present coaches and BAWA members - you are requested to vote for nominees for induction into the Boyertown Wrestling Hall of Fame. Each person may vote for a maximum of three nominees with the top two being inducted. Any other nominee receiving fifty percent or more of the votes will also qualify for induction.

The ballot can be found at the link below. All ballots are to be returned to John Cooley (Jcresults1@comcast.net ) by January 25th. The Hall of Fame ceremony will be held Wednesday, February 1st prior to the final home match of the season against Spring-Ford (it's also Senior Night).

Bears place 5th at King of the Mountain

Boyertown returned to Central Mountain for the annual King of the Mountain tournament during the season weekend of the season and returned home with six medal winners and a 5th place team finish. Seniors Matt Wilde (113), David Campbell (126), and Jakob Campbell (132) all made it to the finals but fell short of a title to take silver. A returning KOM champ, Jakob Campbell dropped a 9-4 decision to another KOM returning champ in Exeter's Austion DeSanto in one of the best finals matchups.

Hunter Vogels placed 5th at 160 pounds while Chris Berry (152) and Elijah Jones (195) each took 6th in the tough tournament. Jacob Miller went 3-2 at 182 pounds to fall just a win shy of placing.

As a team, the Bears were in the top 2 in the team standings for most of the tournament. A tough Saturday dropped the team into a tie with District 1 rival Council Rock South for 5th place in the 30 team field.

Bears win 4th straight Bear Duals title

On Saturday, Boyertown and BAWA hosted the 13th Annual Brian Bealer Memorial Bear Duals tournament at the high school. All ten teams from last season returned to the newly renovated sports complex to start the 2016-17 season. For the fourth straight season the host Bears won the title. It was the first time that a team had won four straight titles.

The Bears opened up with a 51-18 victory over Dallas and followed up with a 58-15 win over Harry S. Truman. Next up was District 3 rival Governor Mifflin and the Bears came out on top 46-25. After a bye round, Boyertown faced a tough Garnet Valley team for the right to go to the championship match. The Bears scored a 51-24 win to get an early season matchup with PAC-12 rival Owen J. Roberts. OJR got to the finals with a close 33-29 win over Bethlehem Liberty in the best match of the pool rounds.

In the finals, the Wildcats jumped out to a 18-4 lead by taking four of the first five bouts before the Bears ran off five straight wins. After OJR got back on the board with a win, the Bears closed out the dual with three more wins to claim the championship by a score of 44-23. The Bears have now won 20 straight matches in the Bear Duals, with their last loss coming in the 2012 final (to OJR).

Seniors Chris Berry, David Campbell, and Matt Wilde along with junior Elijah Jones all went 5-0 on the day. Seniors Jakob Campbell and Michael Porreca each went 4-0. Freshman Chase Stehman went 4-1 at 106 pounds in his varsity debut.

The Bears return to action for their first road and PAC-12 dual of the season when they travel to Norristown on Wednesday night. It will be Norristown's first league match after moving to the PAC from the Suburban One League. Match time is set for 6:30 PM. Then the team will head to Central Mountain HS on Friday and Saturday for the King of the Mountain tournament.

Campbells choose Bucknell for college

Campbells choose Bucknell for college
Jakob and David are joined by parents Christine and David and BASH head coach Pete Ventresca as they sign their NLI to continue their academic and wrestling careers at Bucknell.

Back in July, twin brothers and soon-to-be seniors Jakob Campbell and David Campbell verbally committed to attend Bucknell University and continue their wrestling careers. On November 10th, the seniors made it official and signed their National Letter of Intent to wrestle for the Bison.

Jakob is a three-time state qualifier and two-time medalist placing 3rd as a sophomore and 7th as a junior. He's also a three-time PAC-10 champ and three-time District 1 AAA West champ as well. He has a career record of 117-26 heading into his senior season, good for a tie for 17th place for wins by a Boyertown wrestler.

David qualified for states for the first time last year as a junior and has a career record of 86-49 heading into his senior season. He's currently 32nd on the BASH career wins list and is poised to be the 28th member of the 100-win club in school history.

Congrats to Jakob and David on selecting a great college and good luck!

State champ Spaid inducted into Tri-County HOF

Spaid inducted into the Tri-County Sports HOF

On Saturday, October 29th, Mike Spaid was inducted into the Tri-County Area Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. A 2004 Boyertown graduate and 2004 state champion at heavyweight, Spaid one of nine individuals inducted in a ceremony held at the Sunnybrook Ballroom.

Spaid went 116-14 during his three-year BASH wrestling career that culminated in Boyertown's first state championship in 2004. He also placed 7th in the state as a junior. During his remarkable state championship run as a senior, he pinned everyone who stepped on the mat against him in the post-season. After BASH, Spaid went to Bloomsburg University and was an NCAA qualifier all four years and was an All-American as a junior, placing 8th. He finished his college career with a record of 120-43. He is currently an assistant coach at BASH.

Congratulations Mike on the well deserved honor!

2016-17 schedule magnets and new car magnets for sale!

2016-17 Boyertown Wrestling schedule magnet NEW Boyertown Wrestling car magnet

Just in! BAWA has new schedule magnets for the 2016-17 season featuring the schedules for the high school and both junior highs. The schedule magnets are just $1 so hurry and get yours before they are sold out!

Also available are new car magnets for just $5. These magnets measure 5.25 inches wide by 6 inches tall. They'll look great on any car to show your support of Boyertown wrestling. Sign up for a 2016-17 BAWA membership, and get a free car magnet!

Both magnets will be available for purchase at all home meets. See any BAWA member or any coach if you are interested in purchasing either.

NOTE: Always check right here on bashwrestling.com for the latest schedules and any changes. After the schedule magnets were printed, there were a couple of changes. For the HS team, the dual meet with Pioneer Athletic Conference newcomer Norristown moved from February 8th to December 14th. That is an away match. For East and West, both teams added the Easton JH Elite Duals on December 29th to their schedules.

2ND NOTE: The HS team will now not be attending the Easton Duals on December 30th. The team is currently seeking a replacement on the schedule.

New JH coaching staffs announced for 2016-17

With the 2016-17 season soon to get underway with practices, the coaching staffs for both Junior High programs are now in place. Most of the coaches are new to their respective positions but certainly not new to the Boyertown wrestling program.

At JH East, Kurt Davidheiser takes over as the Head Coach after several years with the youth program. A 1988 BASH grad, Davidheiser was a state qualifier as a senior and then won a national prep title as a post-grad at The Hill School. He also spent the last several years as the President of BAWA. He will be assisted by B.J. Wise and Jordan Wertz. Wise, a 1999 grad of Benton HS where he was a 4-time state qualifier and 3-time state medalist, returns for his 8th season as an assistant at East while Wertz (2014 BASH grad) joins the coaching ranks as a volunteer assistant.

At JH West, Zach Heffner will take over the Head Coaching duties from Dave Jones as Jones moves up to the HS coaching staff for this season. Heffner, a 2011 BASH grad, was on the HS staff last year. He will be assisted by Jeremy Minich and Garrett Mauger. Minich, also a 2011 BASH grad, had a 138-34 career record , was a 3-time state qualifier, and placed 2nd in the state as a senior. Mauger is a volunteer assistant after graduating in June with a 116-56 career record and a trip to states.

Good luck to all the junior high wrestlers this upcoming season - it should be a fun year!

Wrestling for 4-6 year olds at the YMCA

If you have a child who's 4-6 years old and you want to get them started with some basics of the sport of wrestling, we have the program for you. BAWA and the New Hanover YMCA is offering a fall program on Saturday mornings from November 19th to December 17th. The cost for the program is $57 for program members and just $29 for full privilege members.

Register at the Boyertown Welcome Center, by calling 610-369-9622, or online at philaymca.org. For more details download the flyer or contact Alicia Dinnell at adinnell@philaymca.org.

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