Parker power: Pennridge takes charge, downs CB West
Dan Goetter has two Parkers. He wants more.
A prominent Council Rock wrestling family spawned five grapplers.
“I was giving Mr. Parker crap,” Goetter, the Rams head coach, joked. “I said, ‘The Rappos got five. Why are you giving me only two Parkers? That’s not fair. I get two?’ ”
Scott and his brother, Matt Parker, are finally teammates at Pennridge. Scott is a highly decorated senior – he owns two state medals and a 131-10 career mark – while Matt is more than holding his own as a freshman.
Both Parkers continued their winning ways last Wednesday at home against Suburban One League (SOL) Continental opponent Central Bucks West. Wrestling at 106, Matt Parker needed 5:48 to pick up a technical fall victory over Kevin Gerbrick, and Scott Parker dropped Georg Byers by fall in 1:38 at 120 pounds, sending the Rams to a 56-22 triumph and a 3-1 conference mark.
“We kept it rolling from Saturday,” Goetter said, referring to Pennridge’s 39-27 victory over rival Quakertown on Jan. 11. “Everybody came out and wrestled hard. We got out to a big start and kept it rolling, had the momentum. We knew they had a couple tough guys in the middle. We were pretty confident in our guys down low and up top.”
The Rams lost four matches (one when they chose to forfeit 195). Three of the Bucks’ wins came in a four-bout span between 132 and 152. Jason Stout and Bryan Jastrzebski won by fall at 132 and 152, respectively, and, in between, 145-pounder Riley Barth notched a 9-1 major decision over Will O’Shea.
“Our strength is primarily in the middle and [Pennridge’s] strengths are at the lighter weights and the heavier weights,” CB West head coach Steve Romesburg said. “We’re struggling right now with the lineup a little bit. The light weights have to get a little tougher and a little stronger.”
The Bucks were without juniors Jason Douple and Justin O’Connor, but Romesburg refused to use injuries as an excuse, emphasizing his club needed to spend some more time in the weight room.
“I don’t care if they know only three or four moves,” he said. “Know them well, but be stronger. We need to get stronger in certain positions.”
One of Romesburg’s captains, Jastrzebski, agreed.
“We do need to work a little harder in the room and get in better shape obviously, but that’ll come as the season moves along,” the senior said.
Jastrzebski, who missed the postseason a year ago because of a flu-like illness, is 36-1 the past two years and 20-0 in 2013-14. He wrestled at 138 a year ago.
“It’s basically my natural weight,” said Jastrzebski, who bumped up two weight classes. “It’s kind of an adjustment, just wrestling stronger opponents, but I’ve been lifting over the summer and stuff, so it’s not too big of an adjustment.”
Jastrzebski teams with Barth, who advanced to regionals last year, to provide a terrific one-two punch for Romesburg at the middle weights. Barth is 20-1. It was Stout (15-7), however, who ended a 29-0 Pennridge run to begin last week’s duel.
“We can get on nice streaks like that if we start around 220 and we roll through our little powerhouse,” said Goetter, whose squad opened with a forfeit at 285, then went technical fall, fall, fall, fall before CB West even knew what hit it.
The Rams claimed seven matches by pin. In addition to Scott Parker’s takedown at 120, 113 Kordell Rush, 126 Ben Ross, 138 Dylan Gerhart, 170 Kyle Gentile, 182 Andrew Reinhold and 220 Ezra Outlaw all won by fall, while teammate Tom Roeder prevailed by 10-6 decision over Deaven Birgensmith at 160.
“[Pennridge’s] feeder program is feeding them and our feeder program has kind of dwindled,” said Romesburg, whose Bucks dropped to 3-7 overall and 1-3 in conference action. “It’s down right now, and we have three high schools that we’re feeding.”
Fortunately, the Bucks have youth on their side. Romesburg sent out just three seniors at Pennridge. Unfortunately for CB West and the rest of the conference, the Rams trotted out just three seniors, as well. One of those happened to be a Parker.
“It’s an awesome feeling,” Matt Parker said of competing for the Rams with his older brother. “This is what we have been thinking about since we were little, just being on the same team together. It’s just really cool to be wrestling with him.”
Scott Parker had lofty goals as a freshman, and Matt Parker is no different.
“I just have to keep working hard and wrestling my best,” the ninth-grader said. “Since I’m underweight (100 pounds), I have to keep my perfect technique. I just have to keep wrestling how I do and leave it all out there on the mat.”
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