Boyertown Bears Wrestling

Wilde, Campbell, Jones earn state medals

Bears finish in 10th place as a team to close out season

Boyertown coaching staff with the 3 state medalists

The 2016-17 season came to a close in Hershey on Saturday night, and the Bears came away with a top 10 team finish and three medalists. Seniors Matt Wilde and Jakob Campbell finished in 5th and 4th place respectively with junior Elijah Jones also placing 5th. Wilde's win in the 5th place match at 113 pounds gave him 100 wins for his career. Campbell's 4th place medal was his third state medal while Jones captured his first state medal.

At 113, Wilde's tournament started rough with a sudden victory loss in the first round but he bounced back with three more wins before losing in the consolation semis to push him into the 5th place bout. He responded with a 6-4 win to give him his first state medal and his 100th career win. He closed out his senior season 47-5 with a career mark of 100-21.

At 126, Jakob Campbell also dropped his opening round match in sudden victory. He responded well though by winning his next four matches to put him into the 3rd place match on Saturday. While he dropped that match 5-2, he earned his 3rd state medal (along with a 3rd and 7th) to make him just the 3rd BASH wrestler to earn three medals (joining Alex Pellicciotti and Jordan Wood). He's also Boyertown first ever four-time state qualifier. He ended his senior season 39-6 with a career record of 156-32, good for 3rd place in BASH history for wins.

At 182, Elijah Jones won his opening round match 8-1 before falling in the quarters 4-0. He rebounded with two more wins before falling in the consolation semis. In his fifth place match, he was tied at 1-1 going into the sudden victory period and then scored a fall with just six seconds left to secure a 5th place medal in his second trip to states. His junior season ends with a record of 47-8 and a career mark of 89-40 heading into his senior year next season.

Three Bears qualified for states but did not medal. Seniors David Campbell (120), Chris Berry (152), and Hunter Vogels (160) all saw their season and careers conclude in Hershey. Campbell went 2-2 in his second trip to states but fell a win shy of a medal, dropping a heart-breaking 3-2 decision in his final bout to end his season at 40-9 and his career at 126-58. Berry went 1-2 in his first trip to states and concluded his season at 37-13 and career at 104-45. Vogels went 0-2, falling his is first match in sudden victory and then running into the #2 ranked wrestler in the consolations after he was upset in the first round. Hunter finishes his season at 34-16 and career at 109-60.

As a team the Bears finished in 10th place with 44 points. It was the 3rd straight year that the team placed in the top 10 of the state individual tournament. Congratulation to the entire team and the coaching staff on a great season! Good luck to all the seniors as they move on to their next phase!

Reitnour places second at PA Girls States

Coaches Haley and Ventresca with ReitnourFreshman Samantha Reitnour competed in the PA Girls Folkstyle States wrestling tournament on Sunday, March 12th at Susquehanna Township HS.

Competing at 105 pounds, she got a first round bye and then pinned her opponent in 3:23 to advance to the finals. She dropped that match in the finals, losing by fall to place second.

Reitnour was on the high school team this winter, going 2-1 on the season in varsity action as a backup at 106 pounds.

Congrats Samantha on placing 2nd!

Coaches Ventresca, Cooley, and Haley retiring from staff

Coach Cooley and Coach Ventresca in HersheyAfter 12 seasons as the head coach of the Boyertown HS wrestling team, Pete Ventresca announced he is stepping down to spend more time with his wife and son. Prior to becoming the head coach, he was an assistant for two seasons under head coach Bruce Hallman. During his tenure as the head coach, Ventresca compiled a record of 231-74 overall and a PAC record of 89-12. Those 231 wins puts him in second place among BASH head coaches, behind Hallman's 303. His winning percentage of .757 is tops.

His teams also won four District Duals titles, six section/league titles, seven district titles, and three regional championships. He led the team to the PIAA Class AAA duals championship match, settling for the second, in 2016 and was named the PIAA Class AAA Coach of the Year for 2016 as well. He has overseen 51 state qualifiers with 23 state medalists, including 2015 state champ Jordan Wood. He also coached 15 regional champs, 49 district champs, and 51 section/league champions.

Coach Ventresca and Coach Haley during the state duals in HersheyAlso announcing his retirement at the end of the season is long-time assistant coach John Cooley. Cooley joined Coach Hallman's staff in 1991 for the 91-92 season and stayed for 26 seasons. While he was on the coaching staff, the Bears compiled a record of 418-141 in dual meets, won five District Duals titles, 14 section/league titles, eight district titles, and three regional titles. He was part of the staff when Boyertown first got a wrestler into the state finals (Zack Miller in 1997) and was there to coach both of Boyertown's state champs (Mike Spaid and Jordan Wood).

Coach Haley came to Boyertown for the 2008-09 season after several years coaching at Methacton HS as both an assistant and the head coach. In his nine years on the staff, he's been a part of 4 District Duals titles, 4 section/league titles, 5 District titles, and 3 regional titles. In 2014 he was named USA Wrestling Magazine's Assistant Coach of the Year.

All three (fittingly, together) were recently inducted into the SE PA Wrestling Hall of Fame (story below). Congratulations to all three on outstanding coaching careers! Boyertown wrestling just wouldn't be the same without each of you. Good luck in the future and hope to see you matside real soon!

Boyertown qualifies six wrestlers for states

Bears sending six to states after South East AAA regional

The last step leading to the PIAA Wrestling Championships in Hershey is the South East AAA regional tournament and the Bears had another great performance at this year's tournament. Boyertown put three wrestlers in the finals and all three came home as regional champs. Seniors Matt Wilde (113) and Jakob Campbell (126) joined junior Elijah Jones (182) with regional gold medals.

J. Campbell gets win #150
Campbell gets his hand raised for the 150th time in his BASH career. Photo courtesy Bill Rudick.

Three others placed in the top five on their weight class to earn a trip to Hershey. Senior Hunter Vogels placed 4th at 160 to earn his first trip to states. In the critical 5th place matches, two more seniors punched their tickets to states as David Campbell (120) and Chris Berry (152) earned decisions to place fifth. Campbell returns for this second trip while Berry will be making his first.

Jakob Campbell claimed his first regional title and with his win in the semis became the first wrestler in Boyertown history to qualify for states four times. His quarterfinal win on Friday night (a third period fall) was win number 150 for him, making him the fourth BASH wrestler to hit that mark. He's currently tied with 2016 grad Lucas Miller with 152 wins.

Seniors Christian Fox and Michael Porreca each went 0-2 to close out their seasons and their high school careers. Fox finishes his season with a record of 14-11 and a career mark of 17-15. Porreca ended his season 25-16 with a career mark of 26-20.

Ventresca, Haley, and Cooley inducted to HOF; Wilde wins award

Coach Cooley, Coach Ventresca, and Coach Haley with their Hall of Fame plaques
Wilde was given the Sportsmanship Award by the D1 Officials

Prior to the South East AAA regional finals at Souderton, the South Eastern Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame inducted seven new members. Three of those new inductees are on the current high school coaching staff.

Head Coach Pete Ventresca and assistants John Cooley and Tony Haley were all inducted for their coaching careers. Ventresca has been the head coach of the Bears for the last 12 years and was an assistant for 2 years prior to that. Haley has been an assistant for the Bears for the last 8 years and prior to that was a coach at Methacton. Cooley is in his 26th year as a Boyertown assistant coach.

Also every year before the regional finals, the District 1 officials association gives out a Sportsmanship Award to a wrestler who shows great sportsmanship on and off the mat during the season and the regional tournament. This year that award was given to Boyertown senior Matt Wilde.

Congratulations to Coach Ventresca, Coach Cooley, Coach Haley, and Matt Wilde on the well-deserved honors!

Bears win fourth straight District West title

Bears win 4th straight District title

After coming in second place at the PAC Championships at home last weekend, the Bears wanted to make a statement at the District 1-AAA West tournament on Saturday at Spring-Ford HS. Heading into the finals matches, Boyertown trailed PAC champ Owen J. Roberts by just half a point. When the finals were over, the Bears were in first place - 12 points ahead of OJR - to claim their fourth straight District 1-AAA West title title.

The Bears were headlined by five gold medalists in Matt Wilde (113), David Campbell (120), Jakob Campbell (126), Chris Berry (152), and Elijah Jones (182). Placing third was Christian Fox (132) while Hunter Vogels (160) and Michael Porreca (195) placed fourth to qualify for regionals. Chase Stehman placed sixth at 106 but doesn't qualify for regionals (only top four go).

Jakob Campbell was named the tournament's Outstanding Wrestler in winning the 126 pound title over fellow state qualifier from last year Matt Marino from Garnet Valley. The championship was Jakob's fourth District title, to go with his four PAC championships. He's the fourth Boyertown wrestler to claim four District titles, joining Jeremy Minich (Class of 2011) and last year's teammates Gregg Harvey and Jordan Wood.

Several Bears saw their seasons come to an end on Saturday. Senior Mason Grohoski went 1-2 at 220 and finishes his season and career with a 12-17 record. Sophomore Brett Breidor lost his pigtail match at 138 and ends his season at 13-20. Fellow sophomore Jacob Miller went 1-2 at 170 to end his season at 25-16. Two freshmen closed out their debut seasons as Chase Stehman went 2-3 at 106 (season at 21-18) and Evan Mortimer went 1-2 at 145 (season at 11-22).

Berry earns 100th victory in District semis

On Saturday in the semifinals of the District 1-AAA West tournament at Spring-Ford HS, senior Chris Berry became the 30th Boyertown wrestler to join the 100-win club. The victory was a 3-1 decision over Strath Haven's Devon Moore and pushed Berry into the finals, where he'd collect win number 101 with a third period pin of Upper Darby's Max Livingston to claim his first District gold medal (and second straight gold after winning the PAC the previous week).

Chris's senior season record now stands at 34-9 with 20 pins and his career mark is 101-41 with 57 pins heading into his second appearance in the South East AAA regional tournament. His 57 pins ties him in 10th place in school history with four other Bears - Zack Miller (1997), Mike Reish (2000), Zach Brower (2004), and Mike Schwager (2006).

Congrats Chris on the milestone victory!

Bears advance 13 wrestlers to District 1 AAA West

In the last event of the season at home on Saturday, the Bears took second place at the PAC Championships. Owen J. Roberts won the team title by a single point over the host team, 216-215 to claim the league championship. As a team, Boyertown advanced 13 of their 14 wrestlers to next weekend's District 1 AAA West tournament at Spring-Ford HS.

The Bears had more individual champions than any other team, going 5-for-5 in the finals. Taking PAC gold were Matt Wilde (113), David Campbell (120), Jakob Campbell (126), Chris Berry (152), and Elijah Jones (182). Michael Porreca (195) placed third while Chase Stehman (106), Hunter Vogels (160), Jacob Milkler (170), and Mason Grohoski (220) placed fourth. Taking fifth were Christian Fox (132), Brett Breidor (138), and Evan Mortimer (145). Jacob Sonder went 0-2 at 285 to end his sophomore season at 0-3.

Cooley's senior season ends way too early

J.T. Cooley was preparing for his senior season like all the other seniors on the team. Heading into the season he had a record of 71-36 and was coming off a state tournament appearance as a junior. Unfortunately, right before the season opening Bear Duals he found out he needed shoulder surgery and wouldn't be able to wrestle his senior year.

After getting two matches wrestling with one arm (two pins for him) at the Bear Duals, his season was most likely over. When his name wasn't in the PAC brackets, it was official - he was done. Despite not being in the lineup this season, he's been helping the team as a coach and will be heading to Lehigh University in the fall.

Cooley ends his BASH career with a record of 73-36 including 41 pins. He won a PAC title and was a state qualifier as a junior.

Bears go 1-2 at State Duals in Hershey

For the fourth year in a row, the Bears found themselves on the floor of the Giant Center in early February for the state duals tournament. The field of 16 teams featured some of the best teams in the country, let alone the state.

Boyertown's opening round opponent was the District 3 champ in Exeter. The match went back and forth with a total of seven lead changes. The Bears held a 26-21 lead with three bouts left, but the Eagles captured those final bouts to win the dual 36-26. Scoring wins in the match were Matt Wilde, David Campbell, Jakob Campbell, Brett Breidor, Chris Berry, Hunter Vogels, and Jacob Miller.

The loss pushed the team into the consolation bracket and a matchup with District 12 champ Father Judge. The Bears rebounded nicely by capturing nine of the 14 bouts, including six in a row at one point, in a 42-22 win. Jacob Miller, Elijah Jones, and David Campbell each won by fall while Michael Porreca, Chase Stehman, Matt Wilde, and Christian Fox won by decision. Connor Neiswender and Jakob Campbell won by forfeit.

In the second round of consolations the Bears got another tough team in District 10 champ Erie Cathedral Prep. After the first nine bouts, the Bears had a 22-18 lead but the Ramblers won the remaining bouts including a couple close ones to end the Bears' team season with a 42-22 win. Elijah Jones won by fall, Jakob Campbell won by major decision, and Matt Wilde and Christian Fox won by decision in the match. David Campbell won by forfeit.

The Bears end the 2016-17 dual meet season with a record of 21-5 and 4-1 in the PAC-12 Liberty division. It's the fourth straight season with at least 20 wins, making the 2017 senior class the winningest class in Boyertown wrestling history (with a record of 89-10). The focus now turns to the individual post-season which gets underway this Saturday at home with the PAC-12 Championships. Wrestling begins at 9 AM. More details including preliminary brackets will be posted later this week.

Bears take second at District 1-AAA Duals; advance to Hershey

Bears place 2nd at District Duals

For the fourth straight season, Boyertown was seeded first in the District 1-AAA Duals tournament. They got to the finals in each of those four years, but for the first time in those finals appearances they had to settle for second place. On Saturday at Pottsgrove, the Bears dropped the District 1-AAA Duals final to rival Council Rock South 38-24. The team advanced to the finals by beating West Chester Rustin 38-27 and Garnet Valley 48-18 on Friday night.

In the final, the Bears got on the board first with a 9-4 victory by David Campbell at 126. The Golden Hawks answered by winning the next bouts and got valuable bonus points in three to go up 17-3. The Bears roared back though taking the next four (three with bonus) on wins by Chris Berry (major at 160), Hunter Vogels (decision at 170 - his 100th win), Jacob Miller (major at 182), and Elijah Jones (pin at 195) to retake the lead at 20-17. South countered by taking the next three including two pins before Matt Wilde won a major decision at 113 but by then the match was sealed. South tacked on a pin in the final bout to set the final at 38-24.

District 1 sends four teams to the state duals with the top two going straight out to Hershey for matches on Thursday night. The Bears (now 20-3 on the season) will face Exeter, the District 3 champ, at 8 PM on Thursday night at the Giant Center. The tournament runs through Saturday and is double elimination for teams once they get to Hershey.

Vogels gets win #100; 29th Bear to hit milestone

Vogels gets win #100
Vogels celebrates earning career win #100 after the District Duals final.

On Saturday in the District 1-AAA Duals final, senior Hunter Vogels became the 29th Boyertown wrestler to his the 100 win milestone. He hit the mark with a 5-1 decision over Robert Cooper of Council Rock South. His career record now stands at 100-51 as a four-year starter for the Bears.

Vogels is the second member of the team to hit the 100 win mark this season, joining fellow senior David Campbell.

Senior Jakob Campbell joined the club last season. Over the last two seasons, a total of seven Bears have joined the 100 win club.

Congratulations Hunter!

Bears beat Spring-Ford on Senior Night

2017 Boyertown wrestling seniors

Before Wednesday night's match with PAC-12 rival Spring-Ford, two new members were inducted into the Boyertown Wrestling Hall of Fame and the program honored the 10 senior wrestlers on this year's squad. After all the ceremonies, the two teams put on a great show in a back and forth dual meet that featured five lead changes and wasn't settled until the 14th and final bout of the night with the Bears coming out on top 32-26.

The match opened at 220 where senior Michael Porreca earned a 9-5 decision. Spring-Ford grabbed a 7-3 lead in the dual by winning the next two bouts before senior Matt Wilde won by a 9-5 decision at 113 over a returning state medalist. The Rams got a pin at 120 to take a 13-6 lead before a trio of seniors came up big for the home team. David Campbell won by fall at 126, twin brother Jakob Cambell scored a technical fall at 132, and Christian Fox won by 10-7 decision to give the Bears a 20-13 after eight bouts.

Spring-Ford tied it up with two decisions in the next bouts but senior Hunter Vogels won by 8-4 decision to give Boyertown the lead again. A Rams pin then gave momentum and the lead (26-23) back to Spring-Ford with two bouts to go. Sophomore Jacob Miller's 6-3 win at 182 tied the dual score at 26-26 setting up a winner take all bout at 195 and junior Elijah Jones wasted no time and scored a pin in 48 seconds to give the Bears the win.

The win moves the Bears league record to 4-1 as their close out their PAC-12 dual schedule on the season. They will finish second in the Liberty division.

Bears take care of Upper Darby 48-23 in non-league action

Grohoski's pin fuels big win over Upper Darby.
Grohoski's pin fuels big win over Upper Darby.

In their final non-league regular season dual meet of the season, Boyertown hosted District 1 foe Upper Darby on Saturday morning. The Royals were seeded 9th in the District 1-AAA Duals and lost their first round matchup against West Chester Rustin - who the Bears will face in Friday's quarterfinals.

Despite being without a few regular starters in the lineup, the Bears were able to defeat Upper Darby by the score of 48-23 on the strength of six pins. Ethan Himes got the match going with a first period pin at 126. The Royals struck back with a major decision before Brett Breidor's late third period fall at 138 set the score at 12-4. Upper Darby didn't back down getting bonus points in the next two bouts to take a 14-12 lead. The teams traded wins in the next two bouts as Hunter Vogels won by injury default at 160 and the Royals won at 170. But the Bears would win 6 of the final 7 bouts to win going away. Elijah Jones and Michael Porreca won at 182 and 195 respectively before the final Royal win at 220. Mason Grohoski's pin at 285 gave the Bears a 10 point lead and Chase Stehman's strong 5-0 win at 106 sealed the victory. Matt Wilde and Connor Neiswender both pinned to close out the match.

Pellicciotti and Minich voted into the Boyertown Wrestling HOF

Pellicciotti Minich
Pellicciotti Minich

Every two years, the Boyertown Wrestling Hall of Fame selects new members to honor for their time within the program. This year, the two newest inductees will be Alex Pellicciotti and Jeremy Minich.

Pelliccotti graduated from BASH in 2010 as the all-time winningest wrestler in the program's history with a career record of 170-25, including 88 pins. His 170 wins is still the programs high-water mark. He was the first Boyertown wrestler to earn 3 state medals (7th as a sophomore, 7th as a junior, and 5th as a senior). He was a 4-time Section champ (Boyertown's first), a 3-time District champ, and a Regional champ as a junior. After BASH, he attended and wrestled for Bucknell University.

Minich graduated in 2011 and compiled a record of 138-34, including 58 pins. At the time of his graduation he was 4th all-time for wins at BASH (he's currently 8th). He was a 3-time Section champ, a 4-time District champ (Boyertown's first), a Regional champ as a senior, and a PIAA Class AAA runner-up as a senior as well. He was a 3-time state qualifier. He was an assistant coach with the high school last season and is now an assistant coach at JH West.

Congratulations to both Alex and Jeremy on the well deserved honor!

Bears beat Neshaminy in District Duals; advance to quarters

On Wednesday night, the Bears traveled to Owen J. Roberts for a PAC-12 dual with the rival Wildcats. It was the second time the teams met this season with the Bears getting a win in the final of the Brian Bealer Memorial Bear Duals 44-23. The rematch was a league match to give one of the teams an inside track to the Liberty Division title.

Jacob Miller got the match off well for the Bears with a major decision at 182. OJR quickly jumped in front with a tech fall at 195 before the Bears regained the lead as Elijah Jones accepted a forfeit at 220. OJR took the lead back again with a pin before Chase Stehman scored a 2-1 decision at 106 and Matt Wilde got a quick 61 second pin at 113 to give the Bears a 19-11 lead after 5 weights. The teams exchanged pins in the next two weights as David Campbell won at 126 to set the score at 25-17 in favor of the visiting Bears. But OJR struck back with 3 straight bonus point wins (a tech and 2 pins) to jump in front 34-25. Evan Mortimer stopped the Wildcat streak with a 4-3 win at 152 to get the Bears to within 6 points at 34-28. OJR clinched the match with a win at 160 before Hunter Vogels closed it out with a tech fall at 170. The final was 37-33 in favor of OJR, and it ended the Bears 33-match PAC winning streak dating back to 2013.

With no time to think about the loss, the Bears hit the road again on Thursday night when they traveled to Methacton HS for the first round of the District 1-AAA Duals. Boyertown got the top seed in the 16-team bracket and faced off against the #16 seed Neshaminy Redskins. The Bears dominated the entire match winning 11 of the 14 weights for a 62-15 win. Chase Stehman, Matt Wilde, Christian Fox, Chris Berry, and Elijah Jones all won by fall. Hunter Vogels picked up a technical fall and Brett Breidor won by decision. Connor Neiswender, Jacob Miller, Michael Porreca, and Mason Grohoski each picked up a forfeit victory. The win pushes the Bears into the quarterfinals to be held on Friday, February 3rd at 6 PM at Pottsgrove HS. Their opponent will be the #8 seed West Chester Rustin Golden Knights, who defeated #9 Upper Darby in the first round.

Bears defeat Perkiomen Valley 46-18

On Saturday, the Bears traveled to Perkiomen Valley for a PAC Liberty matchup with the Vikings. The Bears opened up a 31-0 lead after the first six bouts and then three of the final matches to earn a 46-18 victory. The win moves their record to 15-1 overall and 3-0 in the Liberty Division.

Evan Mortimer got the match started with a 9-7 decision at 145. Broc Babb and Chris Berry followed with pins before Jacob Miller earned a 9-1 major decision and Elijah Jones scored a first period fall. Michael Porreca collected a forfeit win at 195. At 113, Matt Wilde won by a 19-4 technical fall. David Campbell got a forfeit win at 126 and Brett Breidor won a 13-1 major to close out the Boyertown scoring.

East and West compete at Hamburg JH Tournament

Boyertown JH East team at Hamburg Tournament
Boyertown JH West team at Hamburg Tournament
Junior high teams from East (top) and West (bottom) pose for team photos after the Hamburg Tournament.

In what was originally scheduled as an early season tournament, both JH East and JH West traveled to Hamburg on Saturday for an 18-team individual tournament. It was moved to January 21st due to inclement weather in December.

East finished the tournament in 5th placed followed closely by West in 6th place. Both teams had an individual champion (Kade Davidheiser for East and Jimmy Sinclair for West, who was named the tournament OW) with East earning 5 medals and West earning 6.

Medaling for East were Teague Miller (3rd at 75), Kade Davidheiser (1st at 80), Owen Stauffer (4th at 100), Evan Detwiler (3rd at 122), and Anthony Bauer (2nd at 185).

Medaling for West were Julien Maldonado (2nd at 85), Connor Rohrbach (3rd at 100), Brendan Smith (3rd at 105), Preston Fox (3rd at 138), Jimmy Sinclair (1st at 155), and Robert Terra (3rd at 250).

  • Hamburg Tournament results: East | West

Bears beat Methacton; move 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.

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 ( ) 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 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 For more details download the flyer or contact Alicia Dinnell at

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