PGHS finish 7th at Raider Duals
It wasnt the best day for the falcons this past Saturday at Twin Valley but theres that saying "Its not how you start its how you finish." PGHS started the day off 0-4 in losses to Twin Valley, Lower Merion, Penncrest and Upper Dauphin before by the skin of thier teeth qualified for the 5th match in which they avenged an earlier loss to Lower Merion and secured 7th place out of 9 teams with the win. Ryan Finn and Issac Hanna picked up 5 wins on the day and Juniors Chase Banyai and Skylar Mcleod racked up 4 wins each.
Starting off against the host Twin Valley, PGHS picked up wins by Chase Banyai, Ryan Finn, Skylar Mcleod and Issac Hanna. The falcons secured 4/14 bouts with giving up 4 forfeits of thier own. In its second match which ended up being both a nail biter and heartbreaker, the Falcons saw a 9 point lead turn into a 36-33 loss to Lower Merion. Josh Cerrito started it off great picking up a pin at 126lbs, but the chess game fell short when Chase Banyai in his rubber match following going 1-1 vs the aces freshmen James Leido after scoring a nice takedown got caught and pinned in the first period. The aces would get up on the falcons by 24 pts before Noah Miller picked up for a forfeit at 160 lbs and then the falcons went on a tear winning 182-285. Zach Van Horn held on to a decision win at 182, Ryan Finn picked up his second win with a fall at 195s and both Skylar and Issac picked up forfeits at 220 and 285. Sadly those were the last pts the falcons scored and the aces took the 9 point lead they falcons had and with a forfiet at 106 the slap of the mat at 113 sealed the deal.
Taking on a very good Penncrest team, PGHS wrestled a very solid match with the lack of depth and experience they were no match for the lions who took the 51-22 bout. It wasnt easy for the Lions who split wins with the falcons at 5 a piece. Giving up 5 forfiets and spotting 30 pts the grove won the match on the mat but lost it on paper. With wins by Josh Cerrito and Chase Banayi at 120, 126, Ryan Finn, Skylar Mcleod each with wins and big Issac Hanna who put on a takedown clinic with his 9-3 win at 285lbs. Finally the last bout of the day had the falcons in a pickle, in order to qualify for a crossover match the Grove needed to put up a decent score to win the score differential to earn its 5th match. That was quickly done in its bout vs Upper Dauphin when Noah Miller pulled a nice pinning combo early in the 2nd period and earned a mat slap for the fall at 2:22. With Ryan Finns fft at 182 and Issac Hannas fft at 285, the falcons needed all the pts they had to score to earn the 5th bout. Chase Banyai with a fall in his 126lb bout put icing on the cake.
In its rematch against Lower Merion, the falcons corrected the mistakes made in its chess match and matched up very well. With trading off forfeits and double forfiets just to get matchups, this dual meet turned into a chess game instead of a dual meet but in the end it se the falcons up for a 39-27 win. The highlight of the dual was at 126lbs where Josh Cerrito pushed Aces freshmen standout James Leido to a 9-5 dec in which Josh wrestled what was possibly his best match of the year even in a loss. Chase Banyai sealed the deal for the falcons with his pin at 132lbs. Zach Van Horn, Noah Miller, Ryan Finn, Skylar Mcleod and Issac Hanna also picked up wins for the grove in the dual.
PGHS returns to the mats on 1/11/17 when they take on #3 OWEN J ROBERTS at 6:30pm at PGHS
Falcons Fall to Vikings
Starting off 30-0 was not the way the Falcons expected to kick off the New Year but dealing with the cards dealt to them by Perk Valley, PGHS managed to win 4 of the 10 bouts in its 54-15 loss to the vikings. Ryan Finn was able to cut the bleeding for the falcons moving up from his normal 182 spot to 195s lbs to take on Paul Pierce. Ryan needed little time and took care of busniness in less than two minutes to secure the first points for the falcons. Ryan is now 17 wins away from the 100 mark. Skylar McLeod wrestled a very smary and sound bout at 220lbs in his 5-0 decison win over Gavin Euker. A few forfeits later, Josh Cerrito picked up his 4th win as a falcon with an 8-2 win over Nate Butler at 126lbs. Chase Banyai moving up to 132lbs took on Austin Rowley and picked up his 11th win of the year with a 2-1 decison. The falcons will look to get back in the win column a few times this weekend when they head to the Raider Duals at Twin Valley HS.
Grove Comes home with 3 Wetzel Medals
PGHS Wrestling sent 9 grapplers to the annual Ralph Wetzel Holiday Classic Tournament. Six of the 9 wrestlers were underclassmen and 4 of which were freshmen had thier first taste of a large format tournament in which did not end so well for the falcons as the three upperclassmen of Ryan Finn, Chase Banyai and Skylar Mcleod ended up at the only medalist for the faclons. Some of the young falcons did show some grit and did fight hard but only two falcons were able to survive the blood round on Friday. Chase Banyai wrestling at 126lbs, avenged his only loss of the tournament in the quarterfinals to take third. Chase is now tied with Ryan Finn for most wins on the team with 10. Speaking of Ryan Finn, Ryan fell short of his goal to be a repeat Wetzel Champ falling short in the finals at 182lbs. Ryan did pick up his 82nd win which means he is 18 away now from reaching the 100 win milestone! Skylar Mcleod bounced back from a tough quarterfinal loss to the eventual champion at 220lbs but did fight back winning two in a rowbut dropped his next two to end up 6th place. the team finished 18th of 34 teams. The grove does return to the mats on Jan 4th looking to sneak in a win over Perk Valley and kicked of 2017 with a bang!
Falcons Falter in PAC-10 Opener
The PGHS Falcons, fresh from its sholid showing at the Colley Classic showed its growing pains and lack of depth in its 61-7 loss to Spring-Ford in its 2016-17 Dual Meet Home Opener. Starting off the match giving up 24 pts, the falcons started out with thier backs against the wall. Starting at 126lbs, the Grove sent out freshmen Josh Ceritto who hung in his bout but fell short late giving up bonus pts to Dirk Nugent. Moving up from his normal 126lbs post, Chase Banyai suffered his first loss of the season in a hard fought bout and in what was the bout of the night. Heading into overtime tied 1-1 Josiah Chapman hit a quick takedown off the whistle to secure the win and extending the Rams lead. The falcons would not light up the scoreboard until 182lbs where unbeaten Ryan Finn ranked 3rd in the area at 182lbs, put on a takedown clinic in securing his 10-1 major decision over Chase Smith. Following Ryans win at 182lbs, freshman Zach Van Horn held strong in his 10-4 win at 195lbs over Zach Gulgugle. Sadly the Rams would go on the sweep the rest of the bouts on the night. Pottsgrove returns to wrestling after the Holiday Break where they will look to build from thier success at last years Wetzel Holiday Classic that saw two Falcons atop the podium.
Falcons finish with 3 champs; 5 medals at Colley
PGHS Wrestling following a 1-2 start of the season at the Knight Duals, the falcons returned to the mats this past Saturday at West Chester East and with only a lineup of 10 wrestlers, the Grove came back home with 5 medals at its annual Colley Classic.
Keeping thier hot streaks going; Ryan Finn (6-0) Chase Banyai (5-0) and Skylar McLeod(5-0) all finished the day with a Colley Championships. Freshmen Josh Cerito finished up with a 1-1 record in route to a runner up finish. Josh is currently 2-3 on the early season. Zach Van Horn came back from a early loss to take 3rd place. Zach is sitting at a 4-2 record on the early season and is leading the strong freshmen class in wins. The team finished 7th/8 which was expected with only 10 wrestlers of which a few falcons saw thier first actual matches of thier career. The falcons will come home this Wed night as they take on Spring-Ford at 6:30pm.
2016-2017 PGHS Preview
PGHS Wrestling is looking to kickoff its 2016-2017 Wrestling season with a bang. December will be jam packed full of Falcon Wrestling including 3 tournaments and a handful of dual meets. The falcons will be changing up thier schedule as compared to the years past in wrestling for the first time Academy Park Duals and Twin Valley Duals as the young team is looking to make an impression to show it deserves to be in consideration for the PIAA District 1 AAA Duals which will be held at.......Pottsgrove High School.
If you though December was action packed wait til January rolls around. It will definitly keep you warm and wanting to come out to Tri County Gym as the falcons will look to win the first ever Frontier Division of the PAC-12.
Heading into postseason in February, the Falcons look to bring back 3 district 5th place finishers to the table including senior Ryan Finn who will look to make his senior year and his final year in a falcon singlet a memorable one. Juniors Chase Banyai and Skylar McLeod are looking to make a splash in their projected weights of 132lbs for Chase and 220lbs for Skylar.
This very young team will have a lot of new faces in the lineup. Bringing up one of the most talented and deepest freshman classes in a long time, the Grove will be relying on a lot of freshman to carry their weight throughout the season. Josh Cerito, Stephen Henley, Zach Van Horn and Noah Miller are amongst the freshmen falcons coming up with some solid SEPA showings the year before.
This year brings a lot of questions and wonder which also brings a lot of excitement to the PGHS wrestling room which will be the first time the Falcons will have thier own wrestling room. Maek you you come to a dual meet and be loud be proud and wear maroon and white!!!!