Special to Saucon Source
Saucon wrestlers looked strong against Pen Argyl, recording three pins and two technical falls along the way to winning 11 of 14 matches Wednesday night in Hellertown. The Panthers remain unbeaten in the Colonial League.
Pen Argyl did, however, gift-wrap 36 points for coach Chad Shirk’s wrestlers with six forfeits.
Wednesday night’s match got off to a quick start with three straight forfeits to Saucon Valley’s Nate Harka (152), Blayne Hirschbeck (160) and Nate Kehs (170).
At 182, Panther senior captain Jason Lynch bumped up from 170 and dominated Pen Argyl’s Nathan Black with an array of takedowns and tilts for a 16-0 tech fall to build a 23-0 lead for the Panthers.
Pen Argyl lit the scoreboard at 195 and 285 with a pin by Hayden Oliver over Saucon sophomore Abe Lugo and a 3-1 decision by heavyweight Blake Fox against a frustrated Devan VanVliet. In between, Trey Polak at 220 busted Pen Argyl from generating any real momentum with a pin of his own over Christian Tirrito in 2 minutes, 50 seconds to cushion the Panthers’ advantage, 29-9.
At 106, Saucon’s Paul Miller, named by Coach Shirk as the “wrestler-of-the match,” shocked the Green Knight fans in attendance by making quick work of talented Austin Buskirk and pinning him in 52 seconds.
Jack Hill and Bryan Galdo of Saucon seemed to have somewhere to go as they quickly earned a technical fall and pin respectively. Hill, with two takedowns and a bunch of near fall points, was able to send Cody Lucca packing at the end of the first period. Galdo, in his first varsity match, pinned Tanner Kootsares in 2 minutes, 50 seconds after building an 8-0 lead.
Three of the next four matches were forfeits to Saucon’s Ty Druckenmiller (126), Jason Jones (138) and Dylan Yonney (145).
At 132, Chase Anklam of Pen Argyl was able to squeeze by Saucon’s Brett Svites, earning a decision after the two were scoreless following two periods of wrestling.
Saucon Valley is off the Colonial League clock until they face a much-improved Wilson Warrior team on Jan. 7. In the meantime it’s tournament time for Saucon, starting with the “Beast of the East” this weekend in Delaware. No doubt, Coach Shirk and his boys are looking forward to mixing it up with some of the best high school wrestling talent on the East Coast.
About the Author: Keith Riefenstahl is a deeply rooted sports fan, former coach and freelance writer. A Penn State grad and veteran educator, he resides in Saucon Valley with his wife Jill and four children: Brooke, Kiele, Travis and Tanner.