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.

Six Panther Wrestlers Packing Bags For PIAA State Tourney (Brought to You by Spirk Brothers Inc.)

The Saucon Valley Panthers sent ten wrestlers to the PIAA Southeast Regional tournament over the weekend at Wilson West Lawn High School.  Cael Markle (106), Josh Jones (132), Thomas Spirk (138), Nick Rosengrant (145), Ty Csencsits (152), Matt Arciuolo (160), Braydyn Lugardo (182), Dane Csencsits (195) and Nick Warnke (285) all made the trip for the Panthers.  Of the ten, six advanced and paved their way to next weekends 2019 PIAA State wrestling tournament in Hershey.

Team Saucon Powers Through 2019 District XI Individual Wrestling Tourney (Brought to You by Spirk Brothers Inc.)

Ten Saucon Valley Panther wrestlers have survived the 2019 District XI wrestling tournament and now move on to Regionals.  A top-6 finish in the PIAA Regional tournament starting March 1st at Wilson West Lawn High School, brings a trip to Hershey and an opportunity for a PIAA State title.  As a team, the Panthers paced the pack and earned the most points to claim District XI’s team award.

Chewin’ the Fat: Q & A With SV Wrestling’s Cathy Leibensperger

Seven straight Colonial League titles and four consecutive District XI championships is far from a passing moment. Throw in a couple of state titles and 12 state champions, and you certainly have more of an extensive and established tradition. The success and depth of Saucon Valley wrestling’s fortune runs deep. Obvious credit goes out to the coaches and athletes over the years that have forged the prolonged success with their blood, sweat and tears. But, there are other key pillars sitting mat-side and in the background whose contributions maintain and stabilize the rich tradition. One of those key players who is whole-heartedly connected to Panther wrestling is long-time scorekeeper, Cathy Leibensperger.

Brookville Bounces Panthers From PIAA Tourney (Brought to You by Spirk Brothers Inc.)

After being knocked to the consolation bracket by #1 Reynolds, the Saucon Valley Panthers refueled and regrouped for the opportunity to climb the podium against the Brookville Raiders.  With a win against the Raiders, Saucon Valley would have a chance to wrestle for 3rd Place in the 2019 PIAA state wrestling championships.  The Panthers (21-2) fought the fight, but it was Brookville who came out on top with a 33-32 victory.