The first official post-season for PIAA girls wrestling kicks off on Saturday, February 17th for teams in Districts 1 and 12 with the District 1/12 tournament at William Tennent HS. Due to the forecasted weather, the tournament is now scheduled to start at 11:30 AM, instead of the originally scheduled 9 AM. The top five wrestlers in each weight class will advance to the South East regional tournament.
Boyertown will represented by just one wrestler in this inaugural PIAA post-season. Sophomore Keyra Seville will be competing at 100 pounds as the 6th seed in the bracket. She enters the post-season with a record of 7-11 on the season. She'll need to place in the top 5 to advance to the regional tournament, which will be held on Sunday, February 25th at Quakertown HS. The top 4 placers there will qualify for the PIAA Championships in Hershey.
If you aren't heading to William Tennent on Saturday to watch the historic first girls post-season tournament, you can follow along with all the live results at the link below. Good luck Keyra!
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.