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Mercury Wrestling Roundup: Methacton’s McNair gets 100th win at Lutz Duals

Lutz Duals >> Kibwe McNair joined the 100-win fraternity Saturday while Methacton was participating in duals competition hosted by Upper Merion.

McNair, coming into the season with 99 victories for his scholastic career, got the milestone win by pinning Northeast High’s Seth Ramos in their 160-pound bout. The Warrior senior, a two-time PIAA Class AAA tournament qualifier, maintained his roll with a pin at 160 against Pottsgrove (48-23 win) and Upper Perkiomen (45-31 loss).

McNair became the program’s 13th wrestler to reach triple digits in victories, and the first since Bryce Reddington in 2016.

Roman Moser also had a three-win day for Methacton, scoring three pins at 170 and 182.

Upper Perk’s victory over the Warriors in the “A” Division Finals was secured in large part by pins from Matt Martin (120), Mike Milkowich (132),

Gavin Marks (138), Soren Svanson (170), Austin DiDomenico (195) and Damon Franco (220). Keaton Durning added a decision at 145 alongside a pair of forfeits.

Though Pottsgrove went 0-3 as a team, seniors Zach Van Horn, Josh Cerrito and junior Manny Allen went 3-0.

Cumberland Valley Kickoff >> Spring-Ford junior Joey Milano dominated the 182-pound bracket at the 22-team Cumberland Valley tournament, leading the Rams to sixth place as a team on Saturday.

Milano (4-0) pinned or tech-falled his way to the final, where he topped Nazareth’s Drew Clearie, 8-3, for the title.

Spring-Ford’s other top finishers were senior Quinn Tobin (4-1), who placed third at 132, and freshman Quinn Smith (4-2), fifth at 120.

Germantown tournament >> Jacob Craig won the 120-pound bracket to lead Hill School to second place at Germantown. Craig pinned his way to the title and a 4-0 day.

Derek Schmaeling (195) and Kade Davidheiser (106) placed third for Hill while Ben Beckett (145) and Luke Cawley (285) took fourth.

Sam Lovello Classic >> At Brandywine Heights, Pope John Paul II’s Matt Vulakh placed second at 132 pounds to lead the Golden Panthers. Vulakh topped Brandywine’s Nick Geary 7-1 in the semifinals, but fell to Central York’s Mason Myers, 2-0, in the championship.

PJP also got a fifth place from Cole Miller at 120.

Knight Duals >> At Academy Park, Pottstown went 1-2 Saturday, falling to Bensalem 45-21 and Norristown 39-37 before topping South Philadelphia 60-16.

Pottstown wrestlers with winning records on the day were senior Zack Griffin (3-0), freshman Jared Hewitt (3-0), senior Bobby Richards (2-0), senior

Demond Thompson (2-1), junior Bobby Mitchell (2-1), freshman Joel Mundo (2-1) and sophomore Jonah Grice (2-1).

Cedar Crest Duals >> Phoenixville went 2-1 and placed third as a team at the Cedar Crest Duals Saturday.

Phoenixville defeated Cedar Crest 54-21, fell to Abington 41-33 in the semifinals and topped La Salle 36-34 for third place.

Phantoms leaders were Dave Polanki (3-0 at 182/196,) Owen Koch (3-0 at 160/170), Antonio Valenteen (3-0 at 120), Anthony Stevenson (2-1 at 170/182), Angelo Franzone (2-0 at 160) and Mason Koch (3-0).

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