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.