Another busy week for the Bears wrestling team as they competed at Escape the Rock on Saturday and Sunday at Council Rock South HS and then traveled to Methacton for the PAC league match against the Warrriors on Wednesday.
Escape the Rock has quickly become one of the best high school wrestling tournaments not only in the state but also the nation. This year's tournament was no exception as it was filled with nationally ranked wrestlers at every weight. When it was all said and done the Bears placed 29th our of the 44 teams and bought home just one medal. Junior Jacob Miller placed 8th at 182 pounds by going 3-3 over the two-day tournament. He opened up with two wins before falling into the consolation bracket but he fought back to earn placement.
Elijah Jones was seeded second at 195 but after winning his opening match he dropped a decision in the quarters and then had to drop out of the tournament due to an injury (he would return to the lineup against Methacton).
Julien Maldonado (at 106), Jones, and Zak Reck (at 220) all fell just a win shy of placing. Evan Mortimer was two wins from placing while Chase Stehman, Brett Breidor, and Jacob Sonder were eliminated a round earlier.
Against Methacton, the Bears jumped out to a 10-3 lead after three bouts on the strength of a major decision for Jones and a forfeit to Maldonado. The Warriors stormed back with four straight wins including three pins to take a 24-10 lead before the Bears ran off four in a row themselves. Ethan Himes got that streak started with a first period pin. A forfeit to Breidor was followed by a Broc Babb decision and a Mortimer first period fall to give the Bears a 31-24 lead. Methacton got to 31-30 with another pin by then Miller and Reck closed out the dual with back to back falls for the 43-30 win.
The team returns home this Wednesday, January 24th for their Senior Night match with rival Owen J. Roberts. The Senior Night festivities will take place prior to the match. The match is also PA-Wrestling.com's District 1 Match of the Week and they will be there to live stream the match on YouTube for anyone who can't make it to the match in person.
Then on Thursday, the Bears are expected to have a match in the first round of the 2018 District 1 AAA Duals. The bracket will be unveiled on Sunday, January 21st. First round matches are scheduled to start at either 5:30 PM or 7 PM at Council Rock South HS and West Chester Rustin HS. Check back here Sunday to see who the Bears will face and when/where.
Bears defeat Upper Merion and Pottstown
This week the Bears had two PAC divisional crossover matches on the schedule and came away with two wins. On Wednesday the team traveled to Upper Merion for their first ever match with the Vikings and then on Thursday they hosted the Trojans of Pottstown.
In the match with Upper Merion, Chase Stehman, Connor Neiswender, Ethan Himes, and Broc Babb all earned pins in the 69-9 victory. Jacob Miller won via technical fall and Brett Breidor scored a major decision. Boyertown also won six weights via forfeit by the short-handed Vikings.
Thursday's home dual with Pottstown saw Zak Reck, Julien Maldonado, Brendan Smith, Chase Stehman, and Brett Breidor won by fall in the 56-14 win. Evan Mortimer won by technical fall while Jacob Sonder, Broc Babb, and Jimmy Sinclair picked up decision wins. Jacob Miller and Elijah Jones won by forfeit.
The team returns to action this weekend at the very tough Escape the Rock tournament hosted by Council Rock South. Wrestling begins at 10 AM on Saturday and 9 AM on Saturday. If you can't get to this fantastic tournament in District 1, you can catch all the action streaming live on FloWrestling (subscription required for video) or on FloArena for results/brackets.
Bears take 3rd at Mustang Holiday; Five earn medals
For the first time since 2007, Boyertown returned to the annual Governor Mifflin Mustang Holiday Tournament and the Bears did well in their return. As a team, the placed 3rd out of 24 teams and brought home five individual medals.
Senior Zak Reck led the charge with a silver medal at 220 pounds. Reck had pins in his first two matches before a 1-0 decision in the semis to get to the finals.
Fellow senior Elijah Jones was in perhaps the toughest weight in the tourney (195) and he placed 3rd. Jones went 4-1 with 4 pins around his semifinal loss to the second ranked wrestler in the nation. Junior Jacob Miller placed third at 182 going 4-1 with a major decision and three decisions. Freshman Julien Maldonado placed third at 106. After an opening round loss (to the eventual champ), Maldonado won five in a row (three pins and two decisions) to fight back for third.
Sophomore Evan Mortimer went 5-2 at 160 pounds to earn 7th place. He had two pins, a technical fall, a major, and a decision.
Connor Neiswender, Ethan Himes, and Jacob Sonder all finished just a win shy of a medal. As a team, the Bears placed third, just a half point of District 1's Neshaminy. Malvern Prep easily won the team race and Penn Manor finished second.
Bears go 1-1 at Downingtown West
After earning a 49-20 victory over Norristown at home on Wednesday night in the opening PAC match of the season, the Bears travelled to Downingtown West on Saturday for two duals. First up, the Bears faced West Chester Rustin and then followed up with the host Whippets.
Against Norristown, the Bears won 9 of the 14 weights in the victory. Anthony Bauer (182), Jacob Miller (195), Elijah Jones (220), Julien Malonado (106), Chase Stehman (113), Noah Fisher (120), Nathan Bryant (126), Connor Neiswender (132), and Evan Mortimer (160) all had wins in the match.
On Saturday against West Chester Rustin, the Bears defeated a shorthanded team 52-18 by winning 10 of the 14 weights. Brett Breider, Broc Babb, and Evan Mortimer got things started with two pins and a decision to jump in front 15-0. After a Rustin win, the Bears strung together six more victories which included a 50 second pin by Elijah Jones at 220 for his 100th career win (see story below).
Against Downingtown West, the Bears knew they'd have to wrestle their best to come away with the victory. In the first PA-Wrestling.com District 1 rankings of the season, the Whippets were #3 in the dual meet rankings while the Bears were #5. After four bouts, West had an early 18-3 lead. Evan Mortimer's decision at 160 was sandwiched around three West pins. The Bears roared back with six straight wins by Jacob Miller, Zak Reck, Elijah Jones, Julien Maldonado, Chase Stehman, and Noah Fisher to take a 24-18 lead. Only Maldonado earned bonus points (a pin) in that run. West took the next three bouts to clinch the match at 32-24 before Brett Breidor's tech fall to end it and set the final at a close 32-29.
Jones becomes 32nd Bear to earn 100 victories
In Saturday's first dual of the day against West Chester Rustin, senior Elijah Jones wasted little time in making history. He needed just 50 seconds to pin Rustin's Owen Walsh to earn victory number 100. He's the 32nd BASH wrestler to earn 100 wins in a Boyertown uniform. With his win later in the day against Downingtown West he moved into 31st place on the career wins list passing 2017 grad Matt Wilde. His career mark now stands at 101-40 with 44 pins.
Next up on the career list is current head coach and Elijah's brother Dave Jones, who graduated in 2007 with a career of 102-44.
Next year, Jones will head to Lehigh University to continue his academic and wrestling careers with the Mountain Hawks. Congratulations Elijah!
East and West compete at Hawkeye Memorial Tournament
On the Saturday before the week-long winter break, both middle school teams made the trek up to King's College in Wilkes-Barre for the Hawkeye Memorial Tournament. The tournament featured 26 teams and East placed 6th while West placed 20th. East brought home 10 medals and West brought home 7 medals.
Placing for East were Kade Davidheiser (2nd at 95), Asher Sigler (3rd at 75), Ethan Detwiler (4th at 100), Teague Miller (5th at 90), Dominic Sheridan (5th at 122), Derek Renninger (6th at 80), Tristan Reynolds (7th at 105), Nicholas Montanye (7th at 115), Aidan Conover (8th at 110), and Jason Acree (8th at 155).
Placing for West were Chance Babb (2nd at 110), Luke Heimbach (6th at 85), Jacob Hillegass (6th at 250), Zane Augustine (7th at 80), Christian Wise (8th at 105), Parker Burkert (8th at 115), and Lucas MacNeil (8th at 138).
Jones, Miller, Reck place at King of Mountain; Team 11th
The Bears hit the road for the first time this season by competing in the King of the Mountain tournament on Friday and Saturday at Central Mountain HS in District 6. The always tough tournament featured 32 teams including three others from District 1.
As a team, Boyertown placed 11th with 94 points and had three wrestlers earn hardware. The team was led by senior Elijah Jones, who captured the gold medal at 195 pounds. Jones won his first three matches by pins before earning a 3-0 shutout decision in the finals. The gold medal is his second KOM medal after placing 6th a year ago. Jones is now 9-0 on the season with six falls.
Junior Jacob Miller won his first match at 182 by fall before falling by a decision in his second match to drop to the consolations. He then won his next six matches to claim third place at 182 pounds, with the third place match victory (4-3 decision) coming over the wrestler who beat him earlier in the tournament.
Senior Zak Reck won his opening bout at 220 by fall but dropped a close decision in his second round match. He won his next three to get to the medal rounds before dropping two in a row to place 8th.
Freshman Julien Maldonado (106) and sophomore Evan Mortimer (160) each fell just a win shy of the medal rounds.
The team resumes action on Wednesday night (December 20th) when they open up their PAC league schedule with a Liberty division match with Norristown at home. Start time is 6:30 PM at the high school.
East and West start season at Hamburg Tournament
The middle school wrestling season kicked off on Saturday for both East and West as they traveled to Hamburg for an individual tournament. Each team brought home three medals.
East finished in 9th place as a team and had medalists in Teague Miller (2nd at 90), Kade Davidheiser (3rd at 95), and Asher Sigler (4th at 75).
West finished in 15th place as a team and had medalists in Chance Babb (2nd at 110), Jacob Hillegass (3rd at 250), and Luke Heimbach (4th at 85).
Full results will be posted later in the week when they become available.
Congrats to both teams and all six who earned medals!
Bears open season with third place at Bear Duals
The Bears opened the 2017-18 wrestling season with the 14th Annual Brian Bealer Memorial Bear Duals at the high school. On the mats, the team got off to a great start for first year head coach Dave Jones by winning their first dual of the day and season 74-3 over Interboro. They followed that up with a 66-12 victory over Unionville heading into a big early season matchup with District 1 rival Council Rock North in round three.
After falling behind 10-0 against the Indians, the Bears stormed back winning the next four bouts to lead 24-10. A CRN win was followed by two more Bear wins to stretch the lead to 30-13 but the Indians were too strong to close out the match, earning four straight pins to hand the Bears their first loss at 37-33.
The team rebounded nicely with a tough 42-38 win over District 3's Governor Mifflin. In that match the two teams split the bouts 7-7 but the Bears got six points in all of their wins (five pins and two forfeits). That put the team in the third place matchup with PAC rival Owen J. Roberts. Once again, the team split the bouts evening at 7-7 but the match was tied at 34-34 heading in the final bout. Junior Jacob Miller gave the win to the hosts with a dominating 12-1 major decision.
On the day three Bears were a perfect 5-0, as seniors Elijah Jones and Zak Reck and sophomore Chase Stehman led the way. Miller and fellow juniors Brett Breidor and Jacob Sonder each went 4-1.
The team will return to the practice room this week before heading up to Central Mountain HS on Friday and Saturday for the tough King of the Mountain tournament. Then the following Wednesday is the first home dual meet of the season as the team hosts Norristown in a PAC Liberty match.
BAWA opens new wrestling room in Boyertown
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!
Jones commits and signs with Lehigh University
Senior Elijah Jones recently signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his academic and wrestling career at Lehigh University. Jones enters his senior season with an 89-40 career record. During his stellar junior campaign, he had a record of 47-8, won the South East AAA regional title, and then earned a 5th place finish in the PIAA Class AAA Championships. Jones is a 2-time state qualifier, having also qualified as a sophomore.
At Lehigh, he'll be joining two other former Bear wrestlers in current redshirt freshman Jordan Wood and true freshman J.T. Cooley. He plans on majoring in either Chemical or Mechanical Engineering.
He was joined at his signing ceremony by his parents Theda and David Jones (seated), assistant coach Tony Haley, and head coach (and his brother) Dave Jones.
Congratulations Elijah on picking a fantastic school, and good luck during your senior season!
2017-18 Season Schedules Unveiled; Season Starts Dec. 9th
In addition to the season opening Bear Duals as mentioned above, 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.