Boyertown Bears Wrestling

Sheridan places 5th to close career

Senior Gavin Sheridan closed out his high school wrestling career on Saturday at the Giant Center in Hershey, placing 5th at 133 pounds. He went 4-2 in the tournament, losing only to the eventual champ and the 4th placer. He started his fourth state tournament with a 6-3 decision in the first round, before dropping an 11-4 decision to the eventual champ. In the consolation bracket he won via back-to-back shutout decisions to advance to the consolation semis. There he lost via pin but bounced back with a 5-4 decision to earn a 5th place medal.

Sheridan finished with a season record of 49-6, including 28 pins. The 49 wins is good for 3rd best in a season in BASH history and the 28 pins are tied for 9th best in a single season in school history.

Over his 4-year career, he's been one of the best to step on a mat for Boyertown. His career record of 143-23 puts him 7th in school history for career wins. He's also 7th in school history for career pins with 67. His career winning percentage of 0.861 is good for 6th in school history.

Gavin is also just the 2nd wrestler in Boyertown history to qualify for states 4 times, joining current assistant coach and 2017 grad Jakob Campbell. He's one of just 12 wrestlers in school history to earn at least two state medals (7th last year and 5th this year).

After graduation, Gavin will be attending the US Naval Academy and competing on the wrestling team. Congrats Gavin on a fantastic high school wrestling career at Boyertown!

Sheridan earns 4th trip to states

On Saturday at the South East AAA regional tournament at Oxford HS, senior Gavin Sheridan became just the second wrestler in Boyertown's history to qualify for the PIAA state championships four times. Sheridan's semifinal technical fall at 133 pounds clinched his fourth trip to Hershey, matching Jakob Campbell as the only Bears to do so. He placed second in the region, dropping a sudden victory decision in the finals.

Three Bears got within a win of advancing to states but fell just short of that goal. Junior Brody Coleman (121), junior Owen Dykie (152), and sophomore Joshua Larrimore (172) each placed sixth in their respective weight classes.

Six other Bears competed in the regional tournament, as the team had a team-high 10 qualifiers competing. Boden Waite went 1-2 at 107 pounds, Andrew Myslinski went 1-2 at 127, Beck Babb went 1-2 at 139, Shane Stankina went 1-2 at 145, J.D. Heiser went 2-2 at 160, and Kaleb Dumin went 0-2 at 215. Out of the 10 qualifiers, only Sheridan and Myslinksi are seniors.

The PIAA Wrestling Championships look a little different this year now that the PIAA is sanctioning girls wrestling. AAA action starts on Thursday at 4 PM, Friday at 2:15 PM, and then Saturday at 9:30 AM. Good luck Gavin as you compete in Hershey!

10 Bears qualify for the South East AAA regional at Oxford

The boys team opened the individual post-season with a great performance at the District 1 AAA Section North tournament at Perkiomen Valley HS, winning the team title and sending 10 wrestlers to the regional next week.

Gavin Sheridan (at 133) and Owen Dykie (152) each won gold in their respective weight classes. Brody Coleman (121), Beck Babb (139), and Shane Stankina (145) each got to the championship final but settled for silver.

J.D. Heiser (160) and Joshua Larrimore (172) placed third while Boden Waite (107), Andrew Myslinski (127), and Kaleb Dumin (215) rounded out the regional qualifiers by placing fourth.

Cole Fogle (114) and Michael Palmiero (285) placed fifth to end their seasons.

Seville competes in South East girls regional

Keyra Seville qualified for the first ever PIAA sanction girls wrestling regional tournament, the South East regional, which was held at Quakertown HS on Sunday, February 25th. Seville competed at 100 pounds and went 0-2 to see her sophomore season come to an end. She went 10-14 on the season and placed third in District 1. Congrats Keyra!

In the first ever girls wrestling season fully sanctioned by the PIAA, the girls team had a busy schedule going to five tournaments before the post-season. The future looks bright!

Seville places 3rd at Girls Districts

Sophomore Keyra Seville went 3-1 in the first ever District 1/12 Girls wrestling tournament to place third and qualify for the South East regional tournament. Wrestling at 100 pounds, she lost her first round match but then rattled off two pins and an 11-5 decision to place third. The top five wrestlers in each weight advanced to the South East girls regional tournament, which will be held on Sunday, February 25th at Quakertown HS. The top four per weight at the regional will advance to the first ever PIAA Girls Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey.

Boys team closes out the dual season at Whippet Duals

The boys team has their final dual meet event of the season on Saturday when they travel to Downingtown West HS for the Whippet Duals. The tournament is an 8-team bracketed tournament and the Bears are the top seed. They will face Martin Luther King HS in the quarterfinal round and they will have two matches after that as well.

After that, the next event on the schedule is the individual post-season, starting with the District 1 AAA North sectional tournament on February 24th at Perkiomen Valley HS. The brackets and seeding info for that should be released sometime on Thursday the 22nd. The top 4 placers at each weight there will qualify for the South East AAA regional at Oxford the following weekend.

Bears fall at home to Central Dauphin in state pigtail dual

After placing 3rd in the District 1 AAA Duals, the Bears were rewarded with a home dual in the pigtail round of the state bracket with the winner of that match going to Hershey for the rest of the tournament. Their opponent was the fourth place team from District 3 in Central Dauphin. The dual start at 145 pounds and Central Dauphin jumped out to a quick 15-0 lead by winning the first four bouts. But the Bears quickly tied that with three straight wins by Joshua Larrimore, Brody Ayres (pin), and Michael Palmiero (pin).

The Rams struck again with back-to-back bonus point wins at 107 and 144 before Brody Coleman got the home team back on the scoreboard with a major at 121 to set the score at 25-19 Rams. Central Dauphin won the next bout ahead of senior Gavin Sheridan's bout at 133 in which the senior won by fall to get the Bears back to within three points at 28-25. In the final bout of the dual, Central Dauphin scored a decision victory to seal the dual meet win at 31-25.

Bears place third at District 1 AAA Duals

The Bears entered the District 1 AAA Duals as the third seed of the 16-team field. On Saturday at Upper Dublin HS, the team ended up placing third to match their seed and qualify for the state duals.

The team opened with a quarterfinal matchup with Spring-Ford (the sixth seed) and defeated the Rams for the third time this season. The score this time was 35-18. That advanced the team to the semis where they ran into a buzzsaw in second-seeded Pennridge. After jumping out to a 14-0 lead the defending District 1 AAA champs scored 53 unanswered points to defeat the Bears 53-14 and advance to the finals.

The Bears dropped down to the consolation semis where they met another PAC rival in Owen J. Roberts. They beat the Wildcats 40-22 to advance to the third-place match and guarantee a trip to the state duals. In that third-place match, they faced Quakertown, the fourth seed. The Bears and Panthers went back and forth a few times with each team taking a decent lead. It came down to the final bout with Beck Babb sealing the 36-31 with a 10-6 decision. The highlight of the match was the second to last bout between Gavin Sheridan (7th in the state last year at 133) and Quakertown's Mason Ziegler (2nd in the state last year at 121). Sheridan got the lead midway through the third period but Ziegler got the win on a late takedown and back points.

Saville competes in the Lady Vikings Classic

The girls team took part in the Lady Vikings Classic at Perk Valley HS. Keyra Saville was the lone wrestler to compete, and she went 0-2 at 100 pounds.

The girls next event is the first tournament in the individual post-season with the inaugural District 1/12 tournament on Saturday, February 17th at William Tennent HS. The tournament is scheduled to begin at 9 AM and proceed with limited breaks. The top five wrestlers per weight class will advance to the South East Regional tournament, to be held at Quakertown HS on Sunday, February 25th.

More details on the post-season will be posted when available.

Bears win PAC title, going 5-0 in duals

For the first time since 2016, the Bears are at the top of the Pioneer Athletic Conference. In their five duals in the Liberty Division, Boyertown went 5-0 winning by an average score of 45-17 while doing it. Combined with their 2nd place finish at the PAC Championships individual tournaments, your Bears at the league champs!

The league duals started after the turn of the year, with a 34-21 win over visiting Spring-Ford. A week later, the team defeated Norristown 63-9. Another week later on Senior Night, Boyertown defeated Methacton 51-9. The following week the team hit the road for the first PAC meet and beat Owen J. Roberts 41-22. To close out the undefeated league run, the Bears went to Perkiomen Valley and won 34-24.

On Saturday, January 20th at Pottsgrove HS, the Pioneer Athletic Conference held their annual individual tournament and the Bears did pretty well. As a team they placed 2nd behind Spring-Ford while crowning 2 league champs in Brody Coleman (at 121) and Gavin Sheridan (at 133). Shane Stankina (145), J.D. Heiser (160), and Joshua Larrimore (172) each made it to the finals and settled for a silver medal.

Taking 3rd place were Cole Fogle (114), Andrew Myslinksi (127), Beck Babb (139), Owen Dykie (152), and Kaleb Dumin (215), while Boden Waite took 4th at 107 and Mike Kelleher took 6th at 189.

Congrats on the first league championship since the 2015-16 season!

Girls team competes at Souderton and Coal Cracker

The girls team competed in 2 individual tournaments in January. First up was the Souderton Big Red Girls tournament on the 13th. Madalyn Rapp went 4-1 on the day as she placed 2nd at 124 pounds. Keyra Seville went 3-2 at 100 pounds and just missed placing in the top 4. Katia Holmes went 1-2 on the day at 142 pounds.

Then on January 20-21, the team traveled to Jim Thorpe HS for the girls Coal Cracker Invitational. This tournament featured 49 teams and some great competition. Madalyn Rapp went 3-2 at 124 pounds, falling just a win shy of making the podium. Keyra Seville also went 3-2 at 100 pounds.

Boys team win duals tourneys at Souderton and Exeter

Mother nature played a little havoc with the area wrestling schedules this season. The boys team was supposed to go to Parkland Duals the first Saturday of the year but the snow prevented that. The first dual tournament of January ended up being the bracketed Souderton Big Red Duals on January 13th. The team opened with a 63-9 win over Timberland, NH and then won 57-9 in the quarterfinals against Garnet Valley. Their semifinal matchup was another District 1 team in Sun Valley, and the Bears defeated the Vanguards 42-22 to move to the championship match where they faced PAC rival Spring-Ford. It was the 2nd match with Spring-Ford in 10 days, but the result was largely the same. The Bears won the final 37-18.

The team had a quick turnaround as their replacement for the Parkland Duals was the Exeter MLK Duals held on Monday, January 15th. When the day ended, Boyertown had 5 more wins on their record. They defeated Tulpehocken 36-22, Littlestown 66-4, Annville-Cleona 76-0, Palmyra 43-16, and then host Exeter 52-13.

Sheridan, Coleman place at Bethlehem Holiday Classic

On Thursday and Friday before the new year started, the boys team traveled to the Bethlehem Holiday Classic at Bethlehem Liberty HS. The Bears placed 13th in the always tough tournament which had 34 teams.

Senior Gavin Sheridan and junior Brody Coleman each placed with Sheridan taking third at 133 and Coleman taking fourth at 121. Sheridan went 5-1 over the two days and Coleman went 4-2. Sheridan's lone loss was in the quarters to the eventual champ, while Coleman got to the semis before dropping to the consolations.

Four Bears were a win shy of placing. Cole Fogle (114), Beck Babb (139), Shane Stankina (145), and Michael Palmiero (215) made it to the fourth round of consolations for being eliminated.

Girls compete at Governor Mifflin Tournament

The girls team took part in the Governor Mifflin Girls Holiday tournament on Thursday. No team scores were kept at the round robin tournament even though the event featured wrestlers from 27 different teams.

Madalyn Rapp went 2-2 at 124 pounds. Katia Holmes went 1-3 at 142 pounds. Keyra Seville went 0-3 at 100 pounds.

Five Bears place at King of the Mountain; Sheridan gets 100th win

In the first individual tournament of the season, the boys team made the trek to Central Mountain HS for the King of the Mountain tournament. This year's tournament had another great field of 32 teams for a nice early season test for everyone.

Boyertown came in 8th place as a team on the strength of 5 individual placers. Gavin Sheridan led the way for the team, placing 2nd at 133 pounds going 4-1 with 3 pins. Owen Dykie placed 6th at 152. He lost his first match then rattled off 5 straight wins to secure a placement. Beck Babb (139), Shane Stankina (145), and Brody Ayres (215) all placed 8th.

With his first round pin of Sutton Schopf from Hempfield, senior Gavin Sheridan scored his 100th career high school win. He is the 36th Boyertown wrestler to hit the century mark. Congrats Gavin!

Girls open first PIAA season at North Penn Tournament

History was made on Saturday, December 9th at North Penn HS when the Boyertown girls wrestling team competed in their first official event as a PIAA sport. The girls took to the mats to open the season in the North Penn Girls Invitational. Keyra Seville went 1-2 and placed 5th at 100 pounds while Madalyn Rapp went 2-3 at 130 pounds to place 6th. Katia Holmes also competed, going 0-2 at 148.

As a team, Boyertown placed 21st in the 28 team field.

Bears open the 2023-24 season by going 4-1 at the Bear Duals

For the 19th season, Boyertown opened their wrestling schedule at home with the annual Brian Bealer Memorial Bear Duals. This year's event was expanded to 12 teams for the first time. Several teams made their first appearance in the tournament, including Conestoga, Pennsbury, and Perkiomen Valley.

The Bears started the pooled rounds with a 65-9 win over Interboro and the followed up with a 53-9 victory over Conestoga. In the third round, the team faced the 2-time defending tournament champs Easton and the Red Rovers flexed their muscle with a 49-9 win over the Bears. Boyertown closed out the tournament with wins over Pennsbury (49-12) and Souderton (47-18). Easton ended up winning their third straight tournament title.

Seniors Gavin Sheridan and Andrew Myslinski along with junior Shane Stankina each started their seasons going 5-0 on the day. Sheridan's 5 wins gives him 99 for his high school career.

New fundraisers including NEW Spiritwear open until Nov 22nd

A new season brings new fundraisers for BAWA. One of these is a new Boyertown Wrestling spiritwear online store that's open from now until November 22nd. Check out all the great items and get your order in before it's too late!

The "Pin to Win" fundraiser is back for another season. Check out all the details at the link below.

More fundraisers will be available later, but you can check out the page linked below for some of the details. All of these fundraisers benefit wrestlers in the Boyertown area from youth up to the high school.

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