Rollercoaster Saturday For Panther Nation (Brought to You by Spirk Brothers Inc.)

Saturday was a monumental and historic day for the Saucon Valley wrestling program.  About fourteen hours after dropping in the 2020 PIAA state semifinals to four-time champion Reynolds, the Panthers had to regroup and face the Notre Dame Green Pond Crusaders in the blood round of the consolation bracket.  Even though Saucon fell to Reynolds, they still had a chance to fight for a spot on the podium and be recognized as one of the top four teams in Pennsylvania.

Reynolds Too Much For Saucon (Brought to You by Spirk Brothers Inc.)

It was playing out to be an old-fashioned Friday night fight inside the Hershey Giant Center when the Saucon Valley Panthers squared off against the Reynolds Raiders.  Reynolds has won the past three PIAA team titles at Hershey and was surely looking for their fourth.  Saucon Valley was banking on taking down the champ with a break-through moment.  The Raiders were able to advance to the semis with a 47-20 whoopin’ over Forest Hills.  Saucon entered the semifinals by way of beating the Burrell Buccaneers.  With two powerful programs staring each other down, neither team could ill-afford to get caught peeking ahead toward tomorrow’s championship final.

Panther Pack Battle Bucs (Brought to You by Spirk Brothers Inc.)

In the 2019-2020 quarterfinals of the PIAA team wrestling championships, the Saucon Valley Panthers went to war against the Burrell Buccaneers.  It was a battle of the #1 seeds representing District XI and District VII.  Saucon advanced into the quarterfinals by defeating Line Mountain 53-18 while Burrell punched their ticket with a 46-21 victory over Montoursville.  On this day at Hershey’s Giant Center, it was tight and it was brutal. But, in the end, the Panthers busted up the Buccanneers for a 39-29 win and advanced into tonight’s semifinal.

Panthers Advance In State Tourney With Win Over Line Mountain (Brought to You by Spirk Brothers Inc.)

The Saucon Valley Panthers took their first step toward the 2019-2020 PIAA state title at the Hershey’s Giant Center with a 53-18 victory over the Line Mountain Eagles on Thursday.  Saucon Valley quickly took the mat and never looked back as they claimed a boat-load of bonus points along the way.  Saucon picked up five pins, a tech-fall and a forfeit to stretch the score. In addition, the Panthers fought hard for four decisions that went their way.  It was a great start for Saucon Valley.

Panthers Scheme & Conquer In District XI Finals (Brought to You by Spirk Brothers Inc.)

With Saturday night’s 33-30 victory over the Notre Dame Crusaders (12-2), the Saucon Valley Panthers (17-2) have won gold. It was an improbable victory as the Crusaders and their all-star lineup are responsible for Saucon’s two losses this season.  In the Colonial League opener back in December, Notre Dame took it to Saucon, 47-27.  Then, even though the gap narrowed, the Crusaders defeated the Panthers 41-33 in last week’s Colonial League championship.  On this night, however, the Panthers not only avenged those losses, but they secured their fifth consecutive District XI wrestling team title.

Panthers Blitz Tigers In District XI Quarterfinals (Brought to You by Spirk Brothers Inc.)

7:30 p.m. start + 6 forfeits + 8 falls + 7:57 p.m. finish = 60-24 District XI quarterfinal victory for the Panthers.

It all added up to a quick win for Saucon Valley against the Northwestern Lehigh Tigers on Thursday night.  The #8 Tigers advanced into the PIAA 2020 District XI quarterfinals with a 39-33 win over #9 Pen Argyl earlier in the evening.  The Panthers, as the #1 seed, took the fast-track into the quarters receiving a first round bye.