The Wildcats can send out a formidable lineup from top to bottom. They showed how in a 52-12 rout of Phoenixville in a Pioneer Athletic Conference meet Saturday morning.
The Wildcats (5-2) won 10 of the 12 bouts contested and recorded four pins and two technical falls en route to the one-sided victory over the Phantoms (3-4 PAC-10, 7-11 overall).
"We have been wrestling very well lately," said Owen J. Roberts coach Steve DeRafelo. "We have been working real hard, running and lifting, and it worked out."
Brett Gardy (119 pounds), Jeremy Stierly (125), Rodney Francis (130) and Josh Stierly (140) recorded falls for the Wildcats. Andy Strubilla (112) and Dan Hoffman (145) notched technical falls. Phillip Rupert (135) added a victory by injury default.
The Phantoms garnered all their points on a pair of pins by Kevin West (275) and Dante Rau (160).
Jeremy Stierly, a freshman, engineered the biggest surprise of the day with a pin over Phantom senior Matt Peto. Stierly held a 15-2 cushion when he was awarded the fall by referee Joe Walsh.
"That was definitely a surprise," DeRafelo said. "Jeremy worked his style and he can always score points. I was shocked. Peto knows a lot. Jeremy has a great attitude, no matter who he wrestles. He goes out hard."
The match was knotted at 2 after the first period before Stierly started to score big bonus points with a pair of three-point near falls in the second period.
Francis, a sophomore, followed that up with a pin in 2:39 against senior Aaron McLeod after building a 7-0 lead.
"They (Phantoms) weren't at the proper weight," said Phantoms coach John Tornetta about two of his senior leaders.
"Owen J. came ready to wrestle and we didn't. They (Wildcats) matched up well. They got the matchups they wanted. Our guys weren't disciplined. You have to wrestle as a team and we wrestled as individuals. They physically beat us up and outwrestled us. Coach DeRafelo did a good job. We have been wrestling well, but mentally we weren't there today."
DeRafelo was also happy for 112-pounder Andy Strubilla, who came through with a technical fall over Justin Dantonio.
"He has been getting thumped against tough competition," DeRafelo said. "I was happy to see him get a win."
Rupert had a 6-0 lead on Andrew Licwinko when the match was stopped at 1:53 due to Licwinko's left elbow injury.
At 152, Owen J. Roberts' undefeated Tony Fuschino scored a 16-3 major decision over Steve Ross.
The meet opened at the 215-pound weight class, where two quality regular 189-pounders moved up a weight class. The Wildcats' Billy Kropp secured a 12-1 major decision over the Phantoms' Bill Bleiler, who had to come out first because Phoenixville had choice in odd bouts by virtue of the coin flip.
"Bleiler ran into a buzzsaw, a real strong kid," Tornetta said. "But that will get him ready for sectionals."
West continued his solid season with a fall in 3:47 over Joey Faust. West pulled out to a 9-2 lead prior to the pin.