Pottsgrove's Chestnut chosen for Big 33 Game

Journal Register file photo Pottsgrove quarterback/defensive back Terrell Chestnut has been selected to play in the Big 33 Game.

But despite the strides the Wildcats have taken, they still couldn't stay anywhere close in Wednesday night's Pioneer Athletic Conference match as the host Indians rolled to a 59-12 win.

Upper Perkiomen (3-0 PAC-10, 13-0 overall) took the first three bouts by pins and was never threatened as it won 10 of the first 11 individual matchups.

The win came after a victory over a state-ranked opponent on Tuesday and before a league match on Friday and two more highly-touted foes on Saturday and Monday.

Indian coach Tom Hontz said sometimes his team is just trying to survive the brutal schedule.

"That's what we're doing right now," he said. "Mentally, its tough to keep focused and keep up every night. Owen J. Roberts is a much-improved team, and they've got some very good individuals."

Alex Shafer began the night with a pin at 160 pounds and Derrick Olson (171) and Jake Engle (189) followed with similar results.

Bill Kropp got the Wildcats (1-2 PAC-10 and overall) on the board with a 9-8 win over Derek Bennett at 215, with the deciding point coming on a penalty with 20 seconds left.

But the hosts quickly ran their lead to 34-3 on an 18-6 verdict by Travis Albanesius (HWT), a forfeit to undefeated Chris Sheetz at 103, and a fall in favor of Zack Kemmerer at 112.

Then Indian 119-pounder Brandon Clemmer reversed Brett Gardy midway through the second period and hung on for a 2-0 decision, Sam Walters (125) took a 16-4 win, Austin Reed (130) won by forfeit, and Darren Kern (135) registered a pin in 2:51.

OJR's Dan Hoffman (140) finally broke the Indian string with a 10-2 major decision against Jimmy McVeigh.

"I was really happy with our 140-pounder, Dan Hoffman," said Wildcat coach Steve DeRafelo. "That was a good win for him. He's had some tough opponents. It's been awhile.

The Owen J. Roberts coach was also happy for the most part with the fight put up by his wrestlers against the six-time defending league champs, who routed the Wildcats, 73-0, last season.

"I thought they were tough," he said. "They went out there and battled and scrapped. We've got to stop giving up the pins, but we've got a lot of young kids out there."

With a match almost every night, the Indians haven't had much time to practice. But that isn't all bad, said Hontz.

"Hopefully, we'll get a day of practice (Thursday)," he said. "We're wrestling Friday (at Phoenixville) and Saturday (at Norristown). "After Monday (against Easton at a sold-out at the Ralph W. Engle Gymnasium), we'll have a chance to regroup and work on technique. But this is probably the best experience - to be out there wrestling against good competition."

Meanwhile, the Wildcats have a few things to work on to prepare for a visit to Pottsgrove on Friday and a tournament at Kennett on Saturday.

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