For the 25th season in a row, at least one Boyertown wrestler competed in the PIAA State Championships. This season, both junior Julien Maldonado and sophomore Chance Babb qualified for the toughest state tournament in the nation.
Competing at 126 pounds, Babb went 0-2 in his first trip to states. He finished his sophomore campaign with a record of 25-12, giving him a two-year varsity record of 51-32.
At 113 pounds, Maldonado was wrestling in his second state tournament after placing 8th last year. Despite winning his opening bout, he dropped his next two matches and was eliminated. He concluded his junior season 32-8 for a career mark of 99-35.
Maldonado and Babb place a regional; heading to Hershey
The regional tournament is a grind. This year seven Bears started the tournament and only two made it out with a ticket to Hershey and the state championships. Junior Julien Maldonado will be making his second trip to states after his won his first regional championship at 113 pounds, while sophomore Chance Babb qualified for states by placing fourth at 126 pounds. With two qualifiers, this marks the 25th straight season that Boyertown will have a representative in Hershey for states.
Maldonado went 4-0 in the tournament for gold, getting to the finals in dominant fashion with two technical falls and a pin before his 4-1 decision in the finals. Babb got to the semis after two close decisions before dropping to the consolations where he secured his first trip to Hershey with a pin in the consolation semis.
Sophomore Alan Alexander fell a win short of his first states trip at 170, finishing in sixth place. Senior Noah Fisher went 2-2 at 145 in the tournament to close out his high school career. His senior season record was 25-19 with a career mark of 44-51. Juniors Jimmy Sinclair (182) and Anthony Bauer (220) along with freshman Luke Heimbach (106) each went 0-2 at the regional.
Reitnour signs with Lock Haven
Senior Samantha Reitnour signed her national letter of intent to continue her academic and wrestling career at Lock Haven University. The Bald Eagles just started their women's wrestling program, so Reitnour will be joining them for their second season in program history. While at Lock Haven, she plans on majoring in Psychology. Congrats Sammi and good luck in the future!
Bears qualify 7 for regionals at Souderton
The Bears competed in the first step on the Road to Hershey for the individual post-season when they took part in the District 1 AAA Section North tournament at Pottstown HS. By the end of the tournament, seven Bears had qualified for the South East AAA regional coming up this Friday and Saturday at Souderton HS. The team also took second place in the 14-team field. In order to qualify for regionals, wrestlers had to place in the top four in their weight.
The Bears had three champs as Julien Maldonado (113), Chance Babb (126), and Alan Alexander (170) all took home the gold. Noah Fisher (145) and Anthony Bauer (220) each got the finals but had to settle for silver medals in placing second. Luke Heimbach (third at 106) and Jimmy Sinclair (fourth at 182) rounded out the qualifiers.
Junior Robert Terra took fifth at 285 to fall just short of advancing. Others who competed but saw their seasons come to an end were Derek Renninger (120), Dominic Sheridan (132), Christian Wise (138), and Aidan Conover (152). Senior Chris Goggin (160) also saw his BASH career come to a close, as he finished his senior season 16-21.
East and West close out season at Wilson Tournament
The middle school wrestling season came to a close on February 7th and 8th at the Tom Ott Wilson Classic at Wilson (West Lawn) High School. The tournament is one of the biggest and best MS/JH tournaments in PA with this year's field including 43 teams, mostly from District 3. East finished in 9th place while West took 14th place and combined the teams brought home nine individual medals.
Placing for East: Gavin Sheridan (1st at 101), Kole Davidheiser (2nd at 80), Owen Dykie (5th at 108), Hayden Stezenko (7th at 115), and Jason Oakes (7th at 122)
Placing for West: Ryder Gehris (2nd at 130), Michael Kelleher (4th at 170), Kayden Clark (6th at 94), and Shane Stankina (7th at 87)
- Tom Ott Wilson Classic: East results | West results
On the season East finished with a record of 13-3 overall and 9-1 in the PAC while West went 7-7 overall and 5-4 in the PAC. Congratulations to both teams on great seasons!
Bears place 5th at Vanguard Tournament
The Bears traveled to Sun Valley HS at the end of January for their final regular season tournament of the season. As a team they placed 5th out of the 8 teams in the field and brought home 8 individual medals. Julien Maldonado led the way with his first place finish at 113 pounds while Anthony Bauer placed second at 195. The team had six wrestlers place third with Luke Heimbach (106), Noah Fisher (145), Chris Goggin (160), Alan Alexander (170), Jimmy Sinclair (182), and Robert Terra (285).
Bears compete in difficult Escape the Rock
The Escape the Rock tournament at Council Rock South HS has become one of the toughest tournaments in the entire country. The Bears found that out over the weekend at the 52-team event. Only Julien Maldonado made it to the second day of the tournament, and he fell just one win shy of placing at 113. Maldonado went 3-2 at the tournament while Noah Fisher went 2-2.
Bears take 2nd in PAC Championships
For the first time in league history, the PAC held a championship tournament that wasn't a post-season qualifier. The previous PAC tournaments were held at Boyertown, but this one was held at Pottsgrove HS. Despite not being at home, the Bears sure felt at home as they took 2nd in the tournament. Spring-Ford ran away with the title but Boyertown held off OJR for second place with 191 points to 188.5.
The Bears had five wrestlers in the final, with Julien Maldonado placing first at 113. Chance Babb (126), Noah Fisher (152), Jimmy Sinclair (182), and Anthony Bauer (220) each placed second. Luke Heimbach (106), Alan Alexander (170), and Robert Terra (285) each placed third while Dominic Sheridan (132) and Chris Goggin (160) rounded out the placers for the team, each taking fifth.
Bears fall to OJR and Spring-Ford
The Bears suffered back-to-back PAC dual losses on consecutive Wednesdays when they lost at Owen J. Roberts 50-22 on January 8th and then at home against Spring-Ford 62-11 on January 15th.
Against OJR, Boyertown jumped out to an 18-0 lead thanks to pins from Robert Terra and Luke Heimbach and a forfeit win for Derek Renninger. The Wildcats took over after that, winning all but one of the remaining bouts (Dominic Sheridan's major at 132) to cruise to the victory over the Bears.
Against Spring-Ford, the Bears were only able to score wins in two bouts, with Julien Maldonado's tech fall at 113 and Chance Babb's pin at 126.
Bears go 2-3 at Parkland Winter Duals
2020 started for the team with a trip up to District 11 for the Parkland Winter Duals. The team got 5 matches on the day and finished with a record of 2-3, going against some top competition. The Bears opened the day with a 50-24 loss to District 3 power Cumberland Valley and followed with a 61-13 win over Central High from Philly. The third match of the day was a hard fought 39-21 loss to District 3's Hempfield. The Bears returned to the win column against host Parkland 44-2 before closing out the day against Northampton in a 54-15 defeat.
Boyertown takes 4th at Gov. Mifflin
Every season, the Governor Mifflin Holiday Tournament is one of the better wrestling tournaments in the area during the holiday break. This year's event was no exception. When it was all over, the Bears placed 4th out of the 23-team field and brought home ten medals.
Two Bears made it to the finals but had to settle for silver medals. Chance Babb (at 126) and Alan Alexander (170) both went 3-1 in placing 2nd at their weights. Babb got to the finals with three pins while Alexander got there on the strength of three tough decisions.
Preston Fox took third at 195, while Luke Heimbach (106) and Noah Fisher (152) each placed fourth. Placing fifth for the team were Dominic Sheridan at 132 and Robert Terra at 285. Chris Goggin took sixth. Derek Renninger placed seventh at 120 and Julien Maldonado placed eighth at 113.
Every member of the team earned at least one win in the tournament to help lead the team to the fourth place finish with 183.5 points.
The team returns to action on Saturday, January 4th when they travel to Parkland for the Parkland Winter Duals.
Bears defeat Methacton 58-16
After opening the season with the Brian Bealer Memorial Bear Duals and then heading to the King of the Mountain tournament, the high school team returned home for the first PAC dual meet on December 18th to face Methacton.
The Bears wasted no time against the Warriors as they won the first 11 bouts of the match en route to a 58-16 victory. At 170, Alan Alexander set the tone early in the first bout of the meet with a 6-5 victory over Roman Moser (a state qualifier two years ago). Jimmy Sinclair, Preston Fox, Anthony Bauer, and Robert Terra followed with four straight pins to take a 27-0 lead.
Luke Heimbach kept the winning ways going with a dominant 16-0 technical fall at 106. Derek Renninger won by forfeit at 113 before Julien Maldonado won by fall in just 12 seconds. Chance Babb followed with a major decision before Nate Quay (pin) and Dominic Sheridan (major) closed out the scoring for the hosts.
The team returns to action on Friday and Saturday (December 27 and 28) at the Governor Mifflin Holiday Tournament. The tournament is held at their Intermediate School, with action starting at 10 AM Friday and 11 AM Saturday.
Maldonado and Alexander place at King of the Mountain
The King of the Mountain tournament at Central Mountain HS is a tough early season tournament in PA, and the Bears found that out again this season. Junior Julien Maldonado placed 2nd at 113 pounds, falling 3-2 in the finals. Sophomore Alan Alexander placed 8th at 170. Freshman Luke Heimbach (106) and senior Noah Fisher (152) and junior Robert Terra (285) each fell two wins shy of placing.
As a team, the Bears placed 24th in the 32 team field with 55.5 points.
Bears go 3-2 to open season at Bear Duals
For the 16th consecutive high school wrestling season, Boyertown kicked off the season with the Brian Bealer Memorial Bear Duals at the high school. This year's event featured ten teams from Districts 1, 2, 3, and 11. Nine of the ten teams from last season returned, with Souderton joining the field for the first time.
The Bears, under new head coach Nik Christine, went 3-2 to get the new season started. They opened with two lopsided victories (69-8 over Dallas and 79-0 over Souderton) before dropping two matches (43-26 over Council Rock North and 38-37 over Interboro) to place third in their pool. In the fifth place match as District 3 foe Governor Mifflin, the team rebounded nicely with a 50-29 victory.
Two Bears finished the day with unblemished 5-0 records. Junior Julien Maldonado was 5-0 with 4 pins while splitting time at 113 and 120 and sophomore Chance Babb was 5-0 at 126.
Junior Anthony Bauer (220), junior Preston Fox (182 / 195), freshman Luke Heimbach (106), sophomore Teague Miller (113 / 120), sophomore Dominic Sheridan (138), and junior Robert Terra (285) all went 4-1 to start the season. The only two seniors (Noah Fisher and Chris Goggin) to see varsity action on the day each went 3-2.
The team will return to practice now before heading to Central Mountain HS for Friday and Saturday's King of the Mountain tournament.
Nik Christine named as new High School Head Coach
At a recent school board meeting, Nik Christine was approved as the 8th high school head coach in Boyertown wrestling history.
Coach Christine (pronounced "chris-TEIN") is a 2011 graduate of Indian Valley HS in Lewistown, PA and was a three-year starter on the varsity wrestling team for the Warriors. After high school, he attended Lycoming College where he was a member of the wrestling team for four years before graduating in 2015 with a Bachelor's Degree in History along with certifications in Secondary and Special Education.
At Lycoming, he wrestled everywhere from 174 pounds up through heavyweight while also being named to the Middle Atlantic Conference and the Empire Collegiate Wrestling Conference All-Academic teams multiple times.
After college, Coach Christine spent the 2015-16 season as a volunteer assistant coach at Lycoming. Since then he has coached at many clubs including Ken Chertow, Black Dog, and Bison Legends. This past season he was a volunteer assistant coach for Bellwood Antis HS. He has also begun working towards his Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.
In addition to being named the head wrestling coach, he also recently started as a Social Studies teacher at BASH.
The full coaching staff will be announced closer to the start of the season.
Welcome Coach Christine to the Boyertown Wrestling family!
Sign up for the 2019 Turkey Trot
On Thanksgiving morning, Wellness Council of Boyertown is hosting the 4th Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot. The 5K run and 1 mile walk begins at 9am 11/28 at Boyertown Park. We encourage the wrestlers, parents and siblings to sign up and join in the 5K Run & 1 Mile Walk. Register online at 2019 Turkey Trot and select Join A Team. Our team name is Boyertown Wrestling. The team with the most participants wins a prize. Happy Trotting!
New Fundraiser: Buy gift cards and BAWA gets a percentage!
This might be easiest fundraiser ever! BAWA has setup a new fundraiser where you can buy gift cards from over 100 top name stores, restaurants, and more and a donation will be made to BAWA for a percentage of each purchase.
There are two ways to participate: online and through the mail.
If you wish to order the cards via the mail, just fill out the Scrips Gift Card Family Order form and send it to Wendy Miller, 39 Kay Street, Boyertown, PA 19512 with a check payable to BAWA.
If you wish to order the cards online, simply go to www.glscrip.com and click to the "Join a Program" button at the top of the page. You will be asked to enter the Family Enrollment Code which is 1LF3581F6184L for BAWA. You will also be asked to establish a user ID and password. When you are asked for student name, please put your wrestler(s) name(s). Where you are asked for Classroom/Group, please indicate if your wrestler is with BYWC, Middle School East, Middle School West, or BASH. Follow the steps for setting up payment for your orders and then shop away.
All cards that are ordered will be sent to Wendy and she will contact you for delivery.
Please feel free to contact Wendy Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have.
Check out the latest Boyertown Wrestling spirit wear!
The spirit wear store is open AGAIN! This year the Youth Club is operating the spirit wear store for all levels of Boyertown Wrestling. So, the link below will serve as the spirit wear order for the YOUTH, MIDDLE, and HIGH School wrestlers. Orders placed in this second ordering window are NOT guaranteed for delivery by Christmas. Just a couple of things to note:
- The Youth Club is purchasing the black tees for the Step Level wrestlers (grades 1-6) as part of their registration. Do not purchase this tee for your Step Level wrestlers!
- During checkout, you will see a box under the total asking you to, "Add additional note to merchant (optional)." This is not optional. Please be sure to enter your wrestler's name in that box, as well as indicate his or her wrestling level (Step 1, 2, 3, Middle School West, Middle School East, High School) so that we know where to deliver your items.
- We will let you know when the orders arrive.
- Email Becky Bush email@example.com with questions.
Use this link to order: https://squareup.com/store/RUDIS-Boyertown-Youth