For almost 20 years, the Boyertown Area Wrestling Association has been a crucial part of the Boyertown wrestling community. BAWA's role is to provide support for the entire Boyertown Wrestling program from the Youth to the Senior High level. In collaboration with community partners, BAWA's intention is to create consistency at all levels of wrestling, thereby making it easier for the wrestlers to progress and reach their potential. To foster this growth, BAWA draws on resources such as the skills and knowledge of the wrestling alumni and other fans in our area and provides support by hosting tournaments; maintaining the BASHwrestling.com website; offering financial scholarships; dispensing funds for equipment, uniforms camps, tournaments and lodging; organizing and running wrestling clinics for Boyertown wrestlers; providing elite coaching and training experiences, and more! Some of you may even be aware of the room we created over the last several years, the Bear Training Center (BTC), which is a training facility where kids of all ages come to practice, train, and grow their wrestling skills. This year, BAWA is very excited to announce the newest addition to our wrestling community... a girl's wrestling program that was just approved by the school district in June!
BAWA continues affording wrestling opportunities to Boyertown wrestlers and their families by holding events and fundraising. In addition to continuing to support our wrestlers as we have always done, one of our goals this year is to increase our engagement with past, present, and future families. So, we are hoping to kick off our new season by bringing alumni, parents, wrestlers, and fans together at an Open House on August 21, 2022 from 2:00-5:00pm in the BTC, located at 2 E. 2nd St, Boyertown (lower level of the Boyertown Community Ambulance Service building). When you drop by, you can check out the room, catch up on what BAWA has been up to, and find out how you can take part in our efforts to support our wrestlers. As a valued member of the wrestling community, we are also hoping you will consider supporting our wrestlers by donating to BAWA, or by becoming a BAWA member or sponsor. Your contribution is vital in ensuring the continuity that is a vital part of any wrestling program.
Don't miss your chance to support the Boyertown wrestlers and help our wrestling community reach its full potential! If you cannot attend the Open House and would still like to support BAWA, you can visit our website www.bashwrestling.com for more info on how to contribute (click here for more details on BAWA, including how you can make a donation). Please be on the lookout for our upcoming family engagement and fundraising events this season!
We look forward to seeing you at the Open House!
Boyertown Area Wrestling Association
Boyertown officially approves girls wrestling!
It's official! At the school board meeting on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, the Boyertown Area School District officially approved creation of a girls wrestling program.
Boyertown becomes the 44th school in PA, the 2nd school in District 1, and the 1st school in the Pioneer Athletic Conference to start a girls program. The sport is currently not a PIAA-sanctioned sport, as the PIAA is looking for at least 100 schools to sponsor girls wrestling before sanctioning it. The SanctionPA effort is working hard to get to that mark, and Boyertown is doing their part to help.
Stay tuned for more details on this exciting news in the coming days, weeks, and months!
Babb places 6th to earn 2nd state medal
Senior Chance Babb closed out his high school wrestling career on Saturday night in Hershey in the medal round. While he lost his last match, he placed sixth at 145 pounds in the AAA state championships to earn his second state medal. It was his third trip to states. He's one of 11 wrestlers in Boyertown history to make three trips to states and bring home two medals.
Babb opened the tournament with a sudden victory win the first round and a decision in the quarters to earn a spot in Saturday morning's semifinals. In that semi, he lost to a returning state champ and dropped into the consolations. In the consolation semis he lost a tough decision in tiebreaker before falling in the placement match 1-0. He closed out his senior season with a record of 41-9 with 23 pins. Over his four-year BASH career, he had a career mark of 106-47.
Also joining Babb in Hershey was junior Luke Heimbach at 113 and sophomore Gavin Sheridan at 120. It was the first time at states for Heimbach and while Sheridan is now a two-time qualifier.
Heimbach went 0-2 in the tournament losing to the eventual 4th and 5th placers at the weight class. He lost his opener and then had a great match with the SE regional champ (Tony Burke from CR North) in the consolations, falling 3-1 in sudden victory. Heimbach finished his junior season 30-12 and now has a 62-34 career mark heading into next season.
Sheridan went 2-2 in his first state tournament action. He opened with a loss to the eventual 5th placer in the weight class. He rebounded nicely with back-to-back wins in the consolations (a 4-0 decision and a 4-2 sudden victory decision) to make it to the blood round. In that blood round he dropped a 4-2 decision to a senior he was 4th in the state last year (and would place 7th this year). Sheridan's season record finished at 36-9 and his career mark stands at 48-13 after two seasons.
Congratulations to Chance on placing in the state tournament for the second year in a row! And congrats to Luke and Gavin for making it to states!
Wood places 3rd at NCAA Championships; Harvey qualified too
Boyertown was represented at the 2022 NCAA Division 1 Wrestling Championships in Detroit as alums Gregg Harvey and Jordan Wood competed in the season finale of college wrestling. Harvey competed at 184 pounds for Pittsburgh and Wood was at 285 for Lehigh. Both are Class of 2016 graduates, and both came back for their "super" senior year this past season.
Wood was seeded 6th at 285 and won his first two bouts without giving up a point to earn a spot in the quarters. There he would face the 3rd seed in Tony Cassioppi from Iowa. He would prevail 3-1 in sudden victory to advance to the semis against the 2nd seeded Cohlton Schultz from Arizona State. That semifinal match went into tiebreaker with Schultz winning 5-3, despite a last second takedown attempt from Wood that brought everyone in the arena to their feet. He'd win his consolation semifinal and then took third when his opponent medically forfeited.
Jordan finished his Lehigh career 100-23, with a 27-3 "super" senior record this season. He was a 2-time NCAA placer (also placing 4th in 2019), competing in the NCAA Tournament four times, and qualified all five seasons (2020 was cancelled due to COVID). He is also the first wrestler to win an EIWA championship five times.
Harvey was the 28th seed at 184 and faced the 5th seed in his opening round match, falling just 1-0. He would lose again in the consolations to go 0-2. He finished his "super" senior season 10-12 with a career mark at Pitt of 59-52 over his five-year career. He wrestled twice in the NCAA Tournament (2021 and 2022), and qualified in 2020.
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.