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Campbell finishes fourth as Boyertown wins three medals

by Brian Rippey, Reading Eagle

Posted on March 12, 2017

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HERSHEY - Jakob Campbell and the Boyertown wrestling team ended an era on a high note Saturday night in the Giant Center at the PIAA Wrestling Championships.

Campbell earned his third state medal with a fourth-place finish at 126 pounds, one of three Bears to earn a medal in the final competition for head coach Pete Ventresca.

"It's great," Campbell said. "The fourth time here and getting my third medal, it's a great experience."

Campbell became Boyertown's third three-time medalist, joining Alex Pellicciotti and Jordan Wood. Despite losing 5-2 to Bethlehem Catholic's Ryan Anderson in his final bout, Campbell (39-6) wore his medal proudly.

"We really have a motivated group," Campbell said. "We have a great bunch of committed kids."

Matt Wilde and Elijah Jones both finished fifth to give Boyertown three state medalists for the second straight year.

Owen J. Roberts finished with two medalists as Ryan Resnick finished fifth at 160 and Nick Duliakas placed sixth at 195.

Wilde (47-5) capped his high school career with a 6-4 decision over Stroudsburg's Cameron Enriquez to place fifth at 113. It was Wilde's 100th career win, making him the fifth Boyertown senior to earn his 100th win.

Wilde lost in the first round on Thursday before rallying to win three straight consolation bouts.

Jones (47-8), a junior, scored a fall in overtime against Penn Trafford's Matt McGillick to finish fifth at 182.

The state tournament also marked the end for Ventresca, who earlier announced his resignation after 12 years as head coach. Ventresca, the 2016 Class 3A Coach of the Year, leaves with the highest winning percentage (.757) in program history.

Resnick (43-5) and Duliakas (30-9) both lost in the semifinals Saturday morning to eventual champions.

Resnick lost 3-0 to Mifflin County's Trent Hidlay. Resnick also lost in the consolations semifinals to North Allegheny's Eric Hong, who he had upset in the first round on Thursday.

Resnick rebounded with an 8-3 decision over Chambersburg's Luke Nichter in his final bout.

Duliakas lost by technical fall to North Allegheny's Jake Woodley in the semifinals. Woodley went on to win his second state title.

Duliakas also lost his next two consolation bouts, finishing the season with a 6-3 loss to South Philadelphia's Miles Lee.

They were the only five of the 18 Pioneer Athletic Conference state qualifiers to earn medals.

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