Haverford School sweeps at Westtown Tournament

The Haverford School squared off against Delaware County Christian and easily came out on top with a 72-12 win before finishing up a perfect 4-0 day at the Westtown Tournament Saturday.

Rich Souders (160) got things going for the Fords by pinning the Knights’ Henry Zhang just 21 seconds into the match’s opening bout. He went on to finish with a 4-0 record in the tournament.

For the Knights, Jake Gutkowski (170) responded with a pin in the second bout, and Scott Pendell took the heavyweight round.

Westtown School proved to be more of a challenge for Haverford School, though the Fords still had enough in the tank to come away with a 44-36 win.

Westtown took the first two bouts, but an 18-0 technical fall by Frederick Corradetti and a decision in favor Chris Kober (145) helped the Fords take control of that match

The Fords also took the first four bouts to overpower the Phelps School, 48-24, thanks to two forfeits and David Chikowski (160), who pinned his opponent with a time of 1:40, and Chris Boerner, who won by pinning his opponent after 43 seconds of action.

After losing the first bout in their match with Archbishop Wood, which ended in a 48-33 win, the Fords got some help from L.J. Barlow (195) in the following round. He pinned his opponent in just 48 seconds and the Fords found themselves in the lead.

Barlow was also undefeated in the tournament and matched Souders with a team-leading four wins.

In other action:

Haverford second at Steel City Duals: Haverford placed second after suffering a 46-23 loss to Coatesville in the championship round of the tournament at Coatesville.

Noah Strehse (132) and Ben Simonson (138) took the final two bouts, both on major decisions, but it was not enough to get Haverford the top spot.

To get to the finals, Haverford had to first take care of Blairsville, which it did, 41-33, and Monsignor Bonner, 72-4.

Against Blairsville, Vince Tavani (106) came out strong for Haverford and defeated his opponent 16-1 for a technical fall, and Pete Moore (113) pinned his man just 16 seconds into the second bout.

Strehse, Pete Moore, Wyatt Martin and Chip Rossino each went 3-0 in the tournament.

Penn Wood 51, Cheltenham 24: Karon Lucas-Tillery continued his monster season for the Patriots, improving to 22-2 with with a pin at 51 seconds in the 195-pound match. Ryan Jackson (126) also earned a win by fall and Nazir Withers (152) logged a decision.

Pope John Paul II 54, Archbishop Carroll 18: Archbishop Carroll had an early lead after Michael Roman (138) won by forfeit and Nicholas Forman (145) pinned his opponent in two minutes and 33 seconds. But seven straight victories and four pins in a row by Pope John Paul II put the match out of reach.

Brian Bethea (106) also won his bout by forfeit

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