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.

PIAA State Wrestling Championships Final Panther Results (Brought to You by Spirk Brothers Inc.)

The hearty wrestling tradition that runs deep through Saucon Valley has grown a little deeper on Saturday as brothers Josh and Jason Jones took their respective places on the podium at the 2018 PIAA State wrestling championships.  Panther junior, Josh Jones (126), finished in 2nd Place, while senior brother Jason (138) won his medal-round bout to finish 7th overall.  It was a great day for Panther wrestling!

PIAA State Wrestling Championships Day-Two Update (Brought to You by Spirk Brothers Inc.)

Since the year 2000 Saucon Valley wrestling has placed wrestlers on the state championship podium every year except for 2010 and 2014.  The Panthers are certainly well-represented throughout its wrestling history and 2018 will be no exception to their success.  Senior Jason Jones and his brother Josh, a junior, are both guaranteed to leave Hershey with some hardware.  The question is how high on the podium will they each finish.