Senior Elijah Jones closed out his Boyertown wrestling career on Saturday night in Hershey at the PIAA Class AAA Championships when he placed fourth at 195 pounds. Jones won his first match of the tournament on Thursday, dropped his quarterfinal match (to the eventual champ), fought back with three straight wins in the consolations, and then dropped his final match for third place. The fourth place medal is his second state medal, to go with his fifth place last season.
||Miller (above) went 1-2 at states while Mortimer (below) went 0-2.
Jones senior season record was 43-5 with 29 pins and his career mark closes at 132-45 with 65 pins. The 29 pins this season is tied for fourth in BASH history for a single season and his 43 wins are tied for 13th in school history. His 132 career victories puts him in 11th place on the career wins list at Boyertown, and he's the seventh Bear to earn two state medals. Congratulations Elijah on a fantastic high school wrestling career and good luck in the future at Lehigh University!
Junior Jacob Miller and sophomore Evan Mortimer were also in Hershey though they failed to place in the top eight of their weights.
At 182, Miller went 1-2. He dropped a close decision in his first states match but rebounded with a decision in the consolations to advance to Friday's action. He lost 5-0 in his next match to close out his junior season at 41-10. His career mark currently stands at 71-36 heading into his final season on the mats for Boyertown. His 41 wins is tied for ninth at Boyertown for a junior.
At 160, Mortimer went 0-2 in this first trip to states. His sophomore season record of 34-17 was a great improvement over his freshman year when he went 11-22. His career mark is now 45-39 heading into his junior season next year.
The 2017-18 season has now officially come to a close. Congratulations to all the wrestlers and coaches on another memorable season! Next season will be here before you know it.
Mortimer, Miller, Jones advance to states; place 8th as team
The start of the 2018 South East AAA regional tournament was delayed a few hours due to the snowstorm that affect much of the region. Starting Saturday morning instead of Friday night might have been a little different, but the six Bears who were wrestling didn't let the delay bother them. Despite losing senior Zak Reck prior to the tournament with an injury, the Bears were able to place in a tie for 8th place as a team and qualified three for the state tournament in Hershey. This is the 23rd straight season in which Boyertown will have a representative at states!
Senior Elijah Jones won his second straight South East regional championship, with a dominating 14-3 major decision in the finals at 195. He's just the fifth Bear wrestler to claim 2 regional titles. He qualified for his third trip to states, the ninth Bear to do that.
Junior Jacob Miller earned his first trip to states by placing second at 182. He won a tough 5-4 decision in the quarterfinals and then followed it up with a strong 12-3 major in the semis to clinch the Hershey trip.
Sophomore Evan Mortimer dropped his first match (5-4 decision) at 160 pounds to fall into the consolation rounds. He rebounded with a sudden victory 4-2 win and followed that up with a close 8-7 decision to give himself a chance to get one of the five spots that earned a trip to states. Another close loss (3-2 decision) in the consolation semis meant he needed to win his final match to earn fifth place, and he did just that with a convincing 8-2 decision to earn his first trip to Chocolatetown. He's the ninth Bear to advance to states as a sophomore.
Three Bears saw their seasons come to an end on Saturday. Freshman Julien Maldonado went 1-2 at 106 to end his first high school season at 30-11. Junior Brett Breidor went 2-2 at 145 to close out his season at 27-17 while junior Jacob Sonder went 0-2 at 285 to end his season at 20-20. Senior Zak Reck wasn't able to compete at regions after getting injured during the week. He ended his BASH career on the mats with a District championship a week ago, finishing his season at 35-7 and his career at 42-20.
Bears place second at District Central; advance seven
After placing third as a team at the PAC Championships, the Bears stepped up in a big way and placed second at this weekend's District 1 AAA Central tournament at Spring-Ford. The tournament featured teams from the PAC and Central League. Seven of the ten wrestlers competing at the District tournament placed fifth or better in their weight to advance to the South East AAA regional at Oxford this coming Friday and Saturday.
The District tournament got off to a good start for the Bears with all five wrestlers winning in the lose-and-you-are-out pigtail round. Three of those wrestlers (Brett Breidor, Evan Mortimer, and Jacob Sonder) ended up qualifying for regions. The final round also gave a boost to the team's point total as they went 7-1 in that final round.
Three Bears got to the tourney finals and all three walked away with the gold. Jacob Miller (182), Elijah Jones (195), and Zak Reck (220) all placed first in rematches of their PAC finals. Jones and Reck won again while Miller reversed his PAC finals setback and won on Saturday. Julien Maldonado (106), Breidor (145), and Mortimer (160) each placed third. Sonder (285) rounds out the regional qualifiers by placing fifth.
Noah Fisher, after his Wrestler of the Week performance last week at the PAC tournament, placed sixth at 120 to just miss a spot to regionals. His sophomore season comes to an end with a record of 9-14. Fellow sophomore Chase Stehman went 1-2 at 113 to close out his season at 19-15. Freshman Preston Fox went 1-2 at 152 to finish his season at 3-14.
Bears place third at PAC Championships with 10 placers
The individual post-season got started on Saturday at Boyertown with the 2018 PAC Championships. When it was all said and done, the Bears placed 3rd in the tournament and qualified 11 wrestlers for next Saturday's District 1 AAA Central tournament at Spring-Ford HS.
Five Bears were in the finals with two taking home a league championship and three settlings for second place. Seniors Elijah Jones (195) and Zak Reck (220) each earned pins in the finals to win the gold medal. Placing second were freshman Julien Maldonado (106), sophomore Noah Fisher (120), and junior Jacob Miller (182). Fisher was the surprise of the tournament in getting to the finals as the tenth and last seed in the 120 pound bracket.
Junior Brett Breidor (145), sophomore Evan Mortimer (160), and junior Jacob Sonder (285) each placed fourth in their brackets. Freshman Preston Fox (152) entered the tournament with a record of 0-10 but went 2-2 to place fifth to advance to next week. Sophomore Chase Steman (113) and freshman Jimmy Sinclair (170) placed sixth to round out the District qualifiers.
Juniors Aidan Hager (0-1 at 126) and Connor Neiswender (1-2 at 132) saw their seasons come to an end while senior Ethan Himes (1-02 at 138) concluded his BASH career with a record of 11-22.
Bears fall to Central Dauphin in state pigtail round
The Bears made the trek out to Central Dauphin HS in District 3 on Monday night for their State Duals opening round matchup with the host Rams, and lost the match 54-21 to bring their post-season run as a team to an end. The Rams were the third place team out of District 3.
The match started out pretty good for the Bears, as Jacob Miller (182), Zak Reck (195), and Elijah Jones (220) all won with bonus points, a major and two pins, to give the visitors a 16-0 lead. Central Dauphin responded in a big way though, winning the next nine bouts (seven by fall) to take control of and then clinch the match. Evan Mortimer got the Bears back on the board with a technical fall at 160 in the second to last bout of the evening.
East and West close out season at Wilson Tournament
Middle Schools East and West finished out their 2017-18 seasons at the traditional season-ending Wilson Tournament in West Lawn. The tournament is one of the largest middle school and junior high tournaments around, with this year's field featuring 41 teams. East placed 16th overall with four medalists while West placed 25th with three medals.
For East, Kade Davidheiser struck gold at 90 pounds, Teague Miller placed 3rd at 85, Nicholas Montanye placed 5th at 110, and Dominic Sheridan placed 8th at 122. Asher Sigler (75), Derek Renninger (80), and Ethan Detwiler (100) each were just a win away from placing.
For West, Jacob Hillegass placed 3rd at 250, Chance Babb placed 4th at 105, and Luke Heimbach placed 5th at 80. Christian Wise (100) and Chance Miller (130) each were just a win away from placing.
Congratulations to both teams and all the wrestlers and coaches for fine seasons!
Bears take 4th at Duals; advance to states
The Bears headed into the 2018 District 1 AAA Duals as the number four seed, and when it was all said and done that was how they finished. On Friday night at Upper Dublin HS, the team defeated Council Rock North (5th seed) in the quarterfinals before falling to the top seed and eventual champion Council Rock South in the semis. Then the Bears returned to Upper Dublin on Saturday in the consolation semifinals and clinched their ticket to states with a victory over West Chester Rustin before falling in the third place match to Downingtown West.
Against CR North, the Bears fell behind 16-0 after three bouts but the team would win seven of the next eight including six in a row to jump out to a decent lead. Brett Breidor, Evan Mortimer, Justin King, Jacob Miller, Zak Reck, Jacob Sonder, and Elijah Jones had wins in that stretch. Chase Stehman's technical fall at 113 in the second to last bout sealed the 40-34 victory for the Bears.
In the semis against CR South, the Golden Hawks flexed their muscle early and late in winning the first four and last four bouts of the match. In between, the Bears won five of six (Mortimer, Miller, Reck, Jones, and Sonder) but it wasn't enough in the 50-19 loss.
Against WC Rustin, the Bears won nine bouts including three one-point decisions and an sudden victory decision. Breidor, Miller, Reck, Sonder, Jones, Stehman, Noah Fisher, Aidan Hager, and Ethan Himes all were victorious. Hager's third period fall at 126 sealed the 39-28 victory to qualify the team for the state duals for another season.
In the third place match against Downingtown West, the two teams traded bouts back and forth for most of the dual. The Whippets scored more bonus points in their wins than the Bears in claiming a 42-24 win to put the Bears in fourth place.
BAWA opens new wrestling room in Boyertown, the BTC
Recently, BAWA completed work on a new wrestling room for the Boyertown wrestling community to use for practices and training. The new room is in the basement of the Boyertown Ambulance building at 2nd and Warwick Streets, replacing the room BAWA had in the New Hanover YMCA building. This new room will be used by the Boyertown Youth Wrestling club, Arsenal Wrestling Club, and the middle school and high school programs throughout the year. A HUGE thank you to everyone who contributed to making this new, spectacular room a reality!
Jones commits and signs with Lehigh University
Senior Elijah Jones recently signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his academic and wrestling career at Lehigh University. Jones enters his senior season with an 89-40 career record. During his stellar junior campaign, he had a record of 47-8, won the South East AAA regional title, and then earned a 5th place finish in the PIAA Class AAA Championships. Jones is a 2-time state qualifier, having also qualified as a sophomore.
At Lehigh, he'll be joining two other former Bear wrestlers in current redshirt freshman Jordan Wood and true freshman J.T. Cooley. He plans on majoring in either Chemical or Mechanical Engineering.
He was joined at his signing ceremony by his parents Theda and David Jones (seated), assistant coach Tony Haley, and head coach (and his brother) Dave Jones.
Congratulations Elijah on picking a fantastic school, and good luck during your senior season!