ROYERSFORD - Host Spring-Ford’s wrestlers finished in second place in team scoring during the District 1-AAA West Tournament Feb. 22.
The Rams totaled 94 team points to finish behind champion Boyertown, which accumulated 158.5 points. Garnet Valley came in third with 78 points.
The top three finishers in each weight class advanced to the Southeast Regional Tournament at Pottstown’s Strom Gymnasium on Feb. 28 and March 1.
The Rams were led by Ryan Hayes’ second-place, silver-medal finish at 113 pounds to old rival Derek Gulotta of Owen J. Roberts.
Spring-Ford also got thirds from Nick Beauchamp (132), Nick Perri (195), Mason Romano (220) and Joshua Boyer (285).
Perkiomen Valley’s Nick Giangiulio (160) also extended his season with a third-place finish.
Phoenixville sophomore Max Shepherd (106) reached advanced to the consolation semifinals before being eliminated by eventual third-place finisher Anthony Petril of Upper Darby, 9-0. At 120, Phantom junior Garrett Serwatka dropped his consolation quarterfinal bout to Luke Charamella of Springfield Delco on a tough 1-0 decision.
At 145, Phoenixville junior Trey Romance fell in the consolation quarterfinals to Jon Cooper of Spring-Ford, 5-3. The Phantoms’ fourth qualifier, senior Paul Hossler at 285, was eliminated in the pigtail round by Penncrest’s Troy Bailey on a second-period fall.
Gulotta, the top seed at 113 as the Pioneer Athletic Conference champion from the previous weekend, decisioned Hayes, 6-0, in the championship finals.
Gulotta scored on a first-period takedown a three-point near fall for an early 5-0 pad and then tacked on a seconnd-period escape point for the final margin.
Both Gulotta (30-5) and Hayes (35-6) are juniors. The PAC-10 swept the weight class in terms of medalists as Upper Perkiomen junior Dustin Steffenino picked up a third-place bronze medal with a 5-4 decision over Garnet Valley’s Matthew Marino with two late points.
“That was my goal, to get to regionals,” said Hayes. “Once I won my semifinal match, I knew I had it.”
Hayes won his first match of the day by fall in 48 seconds over Conestoga freshman Eric Hutchinson. Then came a 14-6 win on a major decision against Upper Darby’s Austin Petril, a senior with a 32-1 record, who wound up being eliminated by Steffeniino on a 1-0 verdict in the consolation semifinals.
“I had to wrestle well the whole district tournament,” said Hayes. “It came down to me scoring. I have wrestled Gulotta seven times since last year. We went back and forth last week. I came close last week, but this week he wrestled better. Next week I have to get to the regional finals. That would be my ultimate goal, to get to states. I have a 35-6 record, and I have beaten some quality kids throughout the year.
Hayes also advanced to regionals last winter before closing out the campaign with a 30-10 record.
“I am proud of how the whole team did,” said Hayes. “I went to regionals last year and now I did it again. Now I’ve got to get to states.”
Beauchamp, a junior, posted an 11-2 major decision over Penncrest senior Noah Nelson in the consolation finals to claim third place. Beauchamp is now 28-20 on the year after starting districts in the pigtail round and going 4-1 in the tourney. His lone setback was to Boyertown’s gold medalist, senior Eddie Kriczky. Kriczky won an 11-0 major decision over Beauchamp and then nudged Pottstown sophomore Bryant Wise, 4-3, in the championship finals.
Perri won a 5-0 decision over Marple Newtown’s Markos Katrakazis to advance with a bronze medal at 195. Romano moved on with a 5-3 decision over Perkiomen Valley’s Luke DiElsi at 220. Boyer made it three thirds in a row for the Rams as he pineed Justin Fremont of Strath Haven at 52 seconds of their consi final.
Giangiulio stayed alive for the Vikings with a fall in 4:35 over Springfield Delco’s Joey Sciarrino in the third-place match. His other wins came against Pottsgrove’s Evan Weneck on a 5-0 decision and Upper Perkiomen’s Trevor Weeks on a 9-0 major decision.
Boyertown sophomore Gregg Harvey won the weight class with an 11-4 decision over Radnor’s previously undefeated junior Tom Meyers (31-1).
Boyertown sophomore Jordan Wood (36-0 at 220) recorded three consecutive falls to land his gold medal and the Outstanding Wrestler award. He pinned Pottstown senior Josh Slody at 1:09 of the championship match. Wood’s earlier falls came in 37 seconds and 50 seconds.
Also winning District 1-AAA West tites were Boyertown’s Jakob Campbell (106), Garnet Valley’s Michael Marino (120), Marple Newtown’s Patrick Callaghan (126), Owen J. Roberts’ Demetri D’Orsaneo (138), Owen J. Roberts’ Dominick Petrucelli (145), Pottsgrove’s Nico Demetrio (152), Garnet Valley’s John Dambro (170), Penncrest’s Liam Frank (182), Boyertown’s Jordan Wertz (44-3 at 195) and Methacton’s Tracey Green (285). ... Green won a 4-2 overtime decision against Pottsgrove’s Pat Finn in the finals. ... Spring-Ford’s Frankie Krauss (152) finished fourth after coming up short in a 6-4 overtime decision against Pottstown’s Darien Hain. ... Perkiomen Valley’s Tyrelle Robinson also placed fourth after a 6-2 setback to Methacton’s Joe Staley in the consi final.