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Main Line wrapup: Conestoga, Lower Merion wrestlers shine at Central League championships

Conestoga finished first at the Central League wrestling championships Feb. 8 at Ridley High School. Three Pioneers finished first – Mitch Baker (120 pounds), Matt Hamilton (182) and Matt Palomo (220). Conestoga’s Morgan Lofland (138) and Nick Arbes (170) placed second.
In the championship finals, Baker pinned Springfield’s Jake Methlie in 4:58; Hamilton pinned Penncrest’s Dimitri Partsanakis in 4:52; and Palomo defeated Ridley’s Victor Ninson, 3-1.
Conestoga had one third-place finisher, Ezra Toll (152), and three fourth place finishers (Matthew Boye at 113, Liam Walker at 132, Jake Allred at 160).
Lower Merion finished fourth in the team standings with 139 points, behind first-place Conestoga (193), Strath Haven (163.5) and Ridley (157).
The Aces had two first-place finishers at the Central League championships. In the 138-pound final, LM’s Christian Hodges earned a major decision against Morgan Lofland of Conestoga, 11-3. In the 160 pound championship final, LM’s James Lledo pinned Bobby Hydrisko of Radnor in 1:24.
Lower Merion had two third-place finishers (Jack Lledo at 132 pounds, David Igwe at 182) and two fourth place finishers (106-pounder Reed Braunfeld at and 152-pounder Jakob Segal).
Haverford High placed fifth out of the 11 teams, with 138 points. The Fords had two individual champions. In the 152-pound final, Haverford’s Stephen Lozano defeated Harriton’s Roberto Lesser, 5-2. In the 182-pound final, Haverford’s Shane McAdams pinned Penncrest’s Dimitri Partsanakis in 4:52.
The Fords’ Jack Licianca was second at 113, Baidik Pokharel was third at 126 and Henry Shannon was fourth at 170.
Radnor was seventh in the team standings with 107 points. Damian Falcone won the 170 pound final with an 8-3 win against Conestoga’s Nick Arbes. Bobby Hydrisko was second at 160, Jerome Daetrel was third at 285 and Zack Fluck placed fourth at 120.
Harriton finished 10th in the team standings with 58.5 points. Luke Fink was second at 145 pounds, and Roberto Lesser placed second at 152.

In other Main Line high school sports action through Feb. 10 (the wrapup is compiled from game results sent to

Boys’ basketball
Devon Prep defeated Conwell Egan, 75-50, Feb. 9. Nick Perullo scored 23 points (including a trio of treys) for the Tide, while teammates Nick Crowe (17 points) and Jack Samms (14 points) contributed to the attack.
Episcopal Academy defeated Medford Tech, 69-42, Feb. 8. Ten different players scored for the Churchmen, including Will Delaney (13 points), Andrew Alikakos (13 points) and Malcolm Folk (10 points).
One day earlier, the Churchmen lost to Malvern Prep, 58-54. Alex Capitano led EA with 17 points, with scoring help from Andrew Alikakos (12 points), Sam Malloy (11 points) and Colin Chambers (10 points).
Malvern Prep defeated Timber Creek, 66-55, Feb. 9. The Friars got 20 points from Deuce Turner, 14 points from Spencer Cochran and 13 points from Fran Oschell.

Girls’ basketball
Academy of Notre Dame defeated Episcopal Academy, 41-18, Feb. 7. The Irish were led by Allie Lynch (13 points) and Maeve McErlane (14 points).
Merion Mercy Academy defeated Bishop McDevitt, 61-26, on Senior Day Feb. 8, securing a place in the District 1 4A tournament with the win. Maura Dougherty led the way offensively for Merion with 14 points. Ten different players scored for Merion, who used a 26-4 run in the second quarter to take control.
One day earlier, the Golden Bears defeated Bristol, 65-41. Mary Kate Gray led a balanced offensive effort for Merion Mercy with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Kiersten Krouse added nine points and five steals.

Haverford School defeated Springside Chestnut Hill, 38-30, Feb. 7. For the Fords, Bill Brosko got a pin at 220 pounds, Kwaku Adubofour earned a technical fall at 285, and Sam Reisbord (145 pounds) won a 3-0 decision. Haverford also picked up four wins by forfeit.

Shipley (boys) defeated Harriton/Lower Merion, 7-2, Feb. 6. Maxwell Orr played a disciplined match for a 3-0 win; Asher Leavy won in straight sets despite a tough 16-14 test in the second game; Alexander Orr defeated a creative opponent who used a variation of trick shots, hold and deception, 3-1; and Grant Williams had a straightforward 3-0 win.



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