But in the end, the visiting Bears still came away with a fairly comfortable 45-21 win.

Boyertown (6-1, 16-2 overall) scored its points on pins by Fred Rodgers, Nick Hyatt and Brian Rakowski; decisions by Bob McNamara, Austin Jones, and Asher Hyatt; two forfeits; and an injury default.

The Wildcats (3-2) picked up a pin by Bill Minahan; a technical fall by Tony Fuschino; regular decisions by Rob Hoffman and Jeremy Stierly; and a major by Phil Rupert.

"Boyertown has too many talented kids who have been wrestling for a long time," said OJR coach Steve DeRafelo. "They have very few holes. They're a very good team from one end of the lineup to the other.

"I was happy with the way my kids wrestled. They showed heart. They battled."

Despite forfeiting two of the first four bouts, the Wildcats trailed by just 15-14 after six bouts thanks to Hoffman's 7-3 win at 160 pounds, Fuschino's technical fall at 171, and a 46-second pin by Minahan at heavyweight.

But Rodgers boosted the Bear lead to seven points with a first-period pin at 103 and Boyertown also took the next three bouts on decisions by Jones and Asher Hyatt and a fall by Nick Hyatt in in 1:22. That gave the Bears a 33-14 margin with just four matchups remaining.

"I thought we were a little flat," said Boyertown coach Bruce Hallman. "Why, I don't know. Maybe because it was our first Monday match and we weren't coming off a practice day. There were a couple other places where we had some opportunities to do more.

"Give Owen J. credit. They're a much-improved team. Their kids are fighters. At 160 and 130 we knew they were going to be tough ones."

Those were bouts in which Hoffman and Jeremy Stierly (with a 10-5 win) defeated opponents they had lost to earlier in the season.

"(Mike) Schwager-Hoffman was a rematch," DeRafelo noted. "Schwager won the first time. (Jeremy) Stierly always had trouble with Jamie Soupik. It was exciting for him to win. I'm sure we'll see some of the same matchups in districts."

DeRafelo was looking ahead to postseason competiton when he forfeited bouts at 152 and 189 pounds.

"We have a couple of injuries," he said. "I'm trying to rest them for the postseason. We don't like to forfeit, but I've got to try to get these kids healthy for the postseason."

Before the individual postseason tournaments begin, the Bears still have two matches coming up on Saturday in the District 1-AAA Duals Tournament at Pottstown against Upper Perkiomen and either Council Rock South or Council Rock North.

"This coming Saturday, if we don't perform better, we won't have a chance," said Hallman. "We made some mistakes (Monday). That's the thing you cannot do, give points away. We gave away our share of points tonight."

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