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Wrestling: CB East team, West wrestlers win Wetzel Classic titles

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There was plenty of holiday cheer for the wrestling teams at Central Bucks West and Central Bucks East.

Both fared well at the 19th annual Ralph Wetzel Holiday Classic, hosted by Hatboro-Horsham on Friday and Saturday.

CB West had two winners.

At 106, sophomore Teague McCormack pinned Victor Quintiliana of Interboro in 27 seconds for the championship.

“This was a pretty big win for me,” McCormack said. “This is a big tournament but it’s still the beginning and we’re working toward the end. This is a great beginning, though.

“There are a lot of kids here that I could see later in the season so that was good for me to see them now. It feels good to win but I know there’s still work to do.

“Definitely my quarterfinal was tough. The Abington kid (Jake Werner) was good and it was great to wrestle him. I look forward to seeing him down the road.”

McCormack also plays soccer for the Bucks.

“Right now, I’m really loving wrestling but soccer season is a ton of fun too, especially with the kind of season our team had,” he said. “I’m looking forward to the rest of wrestling season. I can’t wait to see how we do.”

At 195, sophomore Carl DiGiorgio won by decision over Pennsbury’s Davis Lee, 7-5. DiGiorgio trailed for most of the bout, but as the clock waned down to the final seconds, was able to score enough points for the victory.

“I just came through,” DiGiorgio said of his last second win. “I’ve practiced that move a million times and just hit it. It was a body lock and I kind of do a trip on the outside and I just got him. It was great. It means a lot.

“I’ve wrestled him before and I trained with him this summer so I know him really well and that’s one of the matches where I know I have to keep it close and just get it right at the end. My semifinal match against the Pottsgrove kid (Avery Shivak) was good. I wrestled him last week and he really came after me this time so that was good.

“There’s a lot of guys here who are ranked in the region, especially in my bracket, so I think it was really important that I win and do well. It’s like a test.

“This is one of the biggest wins I’ve had so far. I made a lot of improvements over the summer and that’s paying off. This is a great confidence boost for me.”

Both McCormack and DiGiorgio went 4-0 in the tourney.

Also for the Bucks, junior Chris Cleland finished fifth at 120, winning a major decision over Antonio Valenteen of Phoenixville, 19-0, to go 4-2 in the tournament and at 152, Nick Isaac finished seventh via a forfeit by Pottsgrove’s Shane Caffrey. He finished the tournament with a record of 4-2.

CB East won the team title, posting a score of 156 points. Interboro was second (146.5), Pennsbury took third (134) and Perkiomen Valley finished fourth (133). Thirty-eight teams competed, the largest ever for this event.

Danny Eckley was the top finisher for the Patriots. The senior took second at 220, getting pinned by Hatboro-Horsham’s Logan Flynn in 50 seconds. He was 3-1 in the tournament.

At 195, sophomore Quinn Collins took third, winning by decision over Jakob Sterling of Perkiomen Valley, 5-1. Collins was 5-1 in the tournament.

Andrew Oram took third at 113 for CB East. A sophomore, Oram won a 7-2 decision over Ian Santiago of Northeast High and went 6-2 in the tournament.

Two wrestlers finished fourth for CB East. At 132, sophomore Mason Stein lost a decision to Trent Kochersperger of Kennett, 7-1, to go 4-2 for the tournament while at 152, senior Marcus Chernyshev lost a 3-2 decision to Upper Moreland’s Tyler Patterson. Chernyshev was 5-2 for the tourney.

At 145, Nils Updale, a sophomore, won a 2-1 decision over Josh Zeelander of Germantown Friends at 145 to claim seventh place. He finished the event 4-2.

Sean O’Donnell took eighth place at 126, losing a decision to Joe Martini III of Hatboro-Horsham, 7-5. O’Donnell was 3-3 for the tourney.


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