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Quakertown finishes third at districts; Hattala strikes gold


The Quakertown Panthers clawed their way to third place in the District One/12 girls wrestling tournament hosted by William Tennent on Feb. 17.

Led by sophomore Caroline Hattala, who ascended to the top of the podium in the 190-pound weight class, Quakertown finished third (84.5 points) behind Upper Perkiomen and champion Souderton. Host William Tennent finished fifth with 79 points and Central Bucks (56 points) tied Owen J. Roberts for eighth place.

Hattala, who is 22-0 this year, is Quakertown’s first official district wrestling titlist. At districts, teammates Ashley Stank claimed third place in the 106-pound weight class and Cadence Jozefowski finished fifth in the 100-pound weight class.

In the 112-pound weight class, William Tennent’s Anjaleen Siddiqui captured second followed by Central Bucks wrestler Macayla Needham in third. Council Rock South’s Chloe Windsor (142 pounds) and William Tennent’s Irelynn Cahoone (148 pounds) finished fifth in their weight classes. In the 155-pound weight class, Quakertown’s Chase Ryan and Simone Grondahl-Zerby of Central Bucks) finished fifth and sixth, respectively.

Central Bucks’ Isabella Priano claimed second place in the 170-pound weight class followed by William Tennent’s Meghan Gottschall, who finished third. Gottschall’s teammate, Alyssa Crespo, captured fourth place (190 pounds) and Quakertown’s Peyton Fries claimed second in the 235-pound weight class.

In the District 11 tournament on Feb. 18, Palisades finished sixth as a team and Pirate Savannah Witt claimed the 118-pound weight class title. Bryce Snyder captured second place (190 pounds), Olivia Lessing claimed third place (130 pounds) and Grace Bucich (124 pounds) finished in fourth place in their respective weight classes for Palisades.

The PIAA South East Regional tournament will take place Sunday, Feb. 25 at Quakertown with PIAA championships set for March 7-9 at the Giant Center in Hershey.

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