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Mercury Wrestling Roundup: Boyertown cruises to Governor Mifflin title

Boyertown’s wrestling team revisited its championship legacy this weekend.

The Bears, whose last team title in a tournament at any level came three seasons ago, dominated the Governor Mifflin Holiday Tournament. They rode the medal-winning performances of eight wrestlers to a handy first-place finish, their 188.5 points well ahead of runner-up State College (166.5), third-place Neshaminy (164) and fourth-place Hempfield (163).

Julien Maldonado, one of four Bears to reach the championship finals, ended up the team’s lone gold medalist. Maldonado edged Brandywine Heights’ Noah Frack, 4-3, to win out at 106.

Garnering silver medals for Boyertown were Brett Breidor (152), Evan Mortimer (160) and Jacob Miller (195). Alan Alexander was third at 170, dealing Warwick’s David Hmasko a 7-5 defeat, while Chance Babb (120) and Jacob Sonder (220) both finished fourth.

Kade Davidheiser gave the Bears an eighth-place finish at 113.

Upper Perkiomen came away from the Mifflin tourney with four medalists and a 13th-place (97.5 points) team finish.

Zach Rozanski was second at 145 for the Indians, with lightweights Matt Milkowich (106) and Matt Martin (113) third. Nick Petilico went seventh at 285.

Conestoga Valley >> Antonio Petrucelli and Daniel Mancini were in championship form, leading the Wildcats’ fourth-place team finish in the Buckskin Classic.

Petrucelli headed the 145-pound bracket with his 16-6 major decision of Father Judge’s Caesar Fountain, and Mancini went the major-decision route at 152 against Bellefonte’s Ethan Richner, 13-5. They were atop the six medalists that helped Owen J. score 139.5 points in the 27-team field.

Cole Meredith (138) and Austin Boaman (160) scored fifth-place finishes, David Forrest was sixth at 120 and Ricky McCutchen eighth at 170.

Kibwe McNair was a champion for 11th-place Methacton, winning at 138 with a 4-2 decision of Shikellamy’s Cade Balestrini. Roman Moser was a silver medalist at 160, as was Tonee Ellis at 220.

Bethlehem Liberty >> Joey Milano headed a trio of medalists that led the Rams’ 10th-place team finish in the Bethlehem Holiday Classic.

Milano was champion at 182 off his 14-0 major decision of Easton’s Dominic Falcone. Jack McGill scored silver at 138 and Shane Reynolds was sixth at 113.

Hatboro-Horsham >> Stephen Hennelly and Avery Shivak scored silver medals as part of Pottsgrove’s 12th-place team showing in the 30-school Ralph Wetzel Classic.

Hennelly was second at 145, and Shivak at 220. Zachary Van Horn placed fourth at 195 while Charles Sithens (126) and Manny Allen (285) were eighth for a Falcon squad that scored 90.5 points.

Perkiomen Valley had three medalists, headed by Luke Ricci’s fourth at 106. Jaakob Sterling was fifth at 195 and Jacob Sturm sixth at 182 for the Vikes, who scored 40 team points and a 26th-place finish.

Canon McMillan >> Pope John Paul II’s Vulakh brothers had another strong outing at the Powerade Tournament.

Ryan Vulakh reached the semifinal round at 152 with a narrow 1-0 decision of Kiski Area’s Cam Connor. Matt Vulakh lost by decision in the 106-pound quarterfinals but remained alive in wrestlebacks.

A third Golden Panther, Jack Files, went 2-2 at 195 before bowing out in the third consolation round.





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