There was a nice crowd on hand Tuesday night in the Saucon Valley High School gymnasium for the wrestling team’s home opener against the Pen Argyl Green Knights. The Panthers were looking to get out of the starting blocks and set a good pace toward a fifth consecutive Colonial league title. In addition, the Panthers were looking to secure their 50th straight regular season Colonial League victory. Certainly, the two milestones are connected. And, certainly, the Panthers delivered. Saucon Valley pounded Pen Argyl 64-12.
The Panthers won 12 of the 14 matches against the Green Knights. Six of those 12 victories were by fall. Dane Druckenmiller (Jr.), Josh Jones (So.), Thomas Spirk (Fr.), Angelo Mahaffey (Jr.), Dane Csencists (Fr.) and Trey Polak (Sr.) each earned pins for the Panthers. Seniors Abe Lugo and Stephen Good were also awarded six points courtesty of two Pen Argyl forfeits.
The bonus points piled up further for Saucon as Jason Jones (Jr.) earned a tech fall over Javon Maldonaldo in only 1:47. Kevin Dyer (Fr.) and Devin Fontanez (Sr.) each had major-decisions for the Panthers. Dyer won 12-2 and Fontanez, a 2016 PIAA state medalist, outscored Pen Argyl’s Avery Lohrman 14-5.
Finishing the scoring, Saucon senior Nate “Big Cat” Kehs battled to a 5-1 decision over Pen Argyl junior, Sawyer Beltz. The end result was a 64-12 drubbing of the Green Knights.
Next up for the Saucon grapplers is a roadtrip to the University of Delaware this weekend to participate in the “Beast of the East” tournament. “The Beast” is one of the toughest wrestling tournaments in the nation.
The Panthers will then return home for Colonial League action Tuesday night at Salisbury. Saucon Source will be there every step of the way as the Panthers “strive for five.” The Panthers will continue their quest for a fifth consecutive Colonial League title.
Good luck Saucon Valley, the Source is with you!
Note: Coach Shirk named junior Angelo Mahaffey “Wrestler of the Match” for his pin of Pen Argyl’s Jordan Sims. Keep up the hard work, Angelo!
Note: Ermal Duka was recognized as “Wrestler of the Match” by the junior high wrestling staff. Great job, Ermal!