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.

Chewin’ the Fat: Q & A with 2019 PIAA Wrestling Gold Medalist Josh Jones

On Saturday, March 9th, Saucon Valley senior Josh Jones won the 2019 PIAA state wrestling championship.  After finishing 5th as a sophomore and 2nd as a junior, Josh earned his way to the top of the PIAA podium with a victory over Cambridge Springs senior, Tye Varndell.  Varndell, who entered the 2019 state final against Jones undefeated with a 42-0 season record, fell 7-3.  Jones became Saucon Valley’s 13th state champion. Josh gave up some of his valuable time this past week to answer a few questions for Saucon Source.  Check out our exclusive interview!

2019 PIAA Championship Wrestling Final Update w/ Photos (Brought to You by Spirk Brothers Inc.)

The 2018-2019 PIAA wrestling season is over.  After qualifying six wrestlers for the 2019 PIAA State Wrestling Championships, the Panthers leave Hershey with four place-winners. It is the first time ever that Saucon Valley had four medalists on the PIAA podium in the same season. Josh Jones (1st, 132), Matt Arciuolo (3rd, 160), Thomas Spirk (7th, 138) and Nick Rosengrant (8th, 145) all proudly and courageously represented Panther Nation on their 2019 journey through Hershey.

Panther Wrestling PIAA Championships Nightcap (Brought to You by Spirk Brothers Inc.)

Four Saucon Valley Panther wrestlers took to Hershey’s, Giant Center mat on Friday night to battle for their position on the PIAA State Wrestling Championships podium.  Josh Jones (132) and Matt Arciuolo (160) led the way as they both competed in the semifinals.  Thomas Spirk (138) and Nick Rosengrant (145) continued to compete through the consolation bracket.

Panther Wrestling PIAA Championships Day One Update (Brought to You by Spirk Brothers Inc.)

Day-One for the Saucon Valley Panther wrestlers is now in the books.  Josh Jones (132), Thomas Spirk (138), Nick Rosengrant (145), Matt Arciuolo (160), Dane Csencsits (195) and Nick Warnke (285) all qualified for the 2019 PIAA State Wrestling Championships last weekend.  Because Jones and Arciuolo entered the tourney as top seeds, they earned preliminary-round byes.  Dane Csencsits, a #2 seed, also earned a bye.  Warnke and Rosengrant  are #4 seeds and, along with Spirk who is a #5 seed, saw opening-round action.

Chewin’ the Fat: Q & A With PIAA Wrestling Silver Medalist Josh Jones

Last weekend Saucon Valley junior, Josh Jones, earned his place on the 2018 PIAA State Wrestling Championship podium as the runner-up to 4-time state champion Gavin Teasdale.  Teasdale, a highly-regarded Penn State recruit, did defeat Jones by a 2-0 score, but Jones made Panther Nation proud by taking Teasdale to the wire and coming within inches of claiming the gold.  Jones is a highly-decorated wrestler who, by virtue of goal-setting and hard work, has a very bright future.