Panther Grapplers Knock Off Preseason Rust Winning Saucon Valley Invitational (Brought to You by Spirk Brothers Inc.)

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In the Saucon Valley Wrestling Invitational, the Panthers did, indeed, protect their house.

In the Saucon Valley Wrestling Invitational, the Panthers did, indeed, protect their house.

As the first significant snow fell on Saturday, the Saucon Valley campus was alive with plenty of wrestling action.  The Panthers, once again hosted the Saucon Valley Invitational which is a preseason tournament designed to provided quality minutes to wrestlers as they get ready to enter the regular season.  Wrestlers from as far away as Philadelphia and Scranton gathered in the early hours of the Hellertown morning to weigh-in.  They would stay until late afternoon to compete and sharpen their wrestling skills.

It seems the Panthers are primed to put the preseason behind them.  “We had a good opening weekend.”  Saucon Valley Coach Chad Shirk offered.  “We had the opportunity to see what we need to work on and improve.”

Saucon Valley senior Jason Jones shows his out of town guest the quickest way back to the mat.

Final Panther Results:

106  (Sr.) Dane Druckenmiller 3rd

113  (So.)  Kevin Dyer 3rd

126  (Jr.)  Josh Jones 1st

132  (Jr.)  Nick Rosengrant 2nd

138  (Jr.)  Justin Kyra 3rd

145  (Sr.)  Jason Jones 1st

152  (Sr.)  Angelo Mahaffey 1st

160  (So.)  Thomas Spirk  2nd

170  (So.)  Brayden Lugardo 2nd

182  (So.)  Dane Csencsits 1st

195  (Jr.)  Jarrett Hirschbeck 1st

220 (Jr.)  Jared Harka 2nd

285  (Jr.)  Tim Weaver 3rd

Panther junior Josh Jones is ready to roll.

Final Team Standings:

  1.  Saucon Valley   263.5 points
  2. Emmaus             170.5
  3. Father Judge     159
  4. West Scranton   135.5
  5. Pennsbury          127.5
  6. Octorara              110
  7. Wyoming Area   106
  8. Pleasant Valley   68

Nick Rosengrant and the rest of the Panther wrestlers appear ready to get the 2017-18 season started.

Coach Shirk’s excitement and enthusiasm was obvious about this team’s future and the prospect of an unprecedented 6th consecutive Colonial League title. “We look forward to getting back at it for practice on Monday.  Pen Argyl will be a tough opening Colonial League opponent with their rich tradition of wrestling.  We are excited to kickoff the dual-meet season and then look forward to heading to the “Beast of the East” on Friday!”.

***A sincere and special Coach Shirk “Thank You” to all those who volunteered and contributed to this event.  “Without your participation and efforts this event would not be possible!”***

Up Next:

* Wednesday, 12/13/17  Saucon Valley travels to Pen Argyl for Colonial League opener (6 p.m. JH/7 p.m. Varsity).

* Dec. 16 and 17 SVHS wrestlers compete in the nationally acclaimed “Beast of the East” tournament at the University of Delaware.

* Dec. 19 SVJH and SVHS host Salisbury in Colonial League dual  (6 p.m/6:40 p.m.)

* Dec. 21 SVHS hosts Notre Dame in Colonial League dual (7 p.m.)

* Dec. 28 and 29 SVHS wrestlers compete in the Bethlehem Holiday Classic.

In the Middle School gym, the Saucon Valley Junior High wrestlers finished their “dual-meet” tournament with a 4-1 record.  Falling only to Emmaus, the 7th, 8th and 9th grade Panthers had convincing wins over Blue Mountain, Liberty, Delaware Valley and Wyoming Area.

Good luck Panthers, the Source is with you!

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