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Wrestling: Faith wins district title


While enjoying the moment, Faith Christian Academy showed how to reach the next level with dominance.

The Lions won their second consecutive District One/12 team title at Church Farm School, crowning three individual champions and sending 11 from a 12-weight bracket onward to the PIAA Class 2A Southeast Regional tournament at Wilson West Lawn this weekend.

Host Quakertown, Pennridge, Central Bucks West, Central Bucks East and Central Bucks South also crowned champions and qualifiers at the District One tournament and forward to the Class 3A regional at Souderton this weekend. Palisades will be sending four wrestlers ahead to Wilson West Lawn as well.

Faith Christian’s T.J. Alderfer (138), Andy Muzika (145), and Damon Waltenbaugh (170) all won titles, and Eric Alderfer (106), Cody Witzer (113), Isaiah Vizcarrondo (126) were runners-up.

Max Schultz (160), Britton Walters (182), and Leo Muzika (195) all finished third.

Waltenbaugh, a junior with a 27-7 record, was certainly appreciative of his title after he finished second last year.

“It was an awesome experience and all the guys wrestled great,” said Waltenbaugh. “We want a bunch of state qualifiers next weekend. We’re not going to dwell on this, but get back in the weight room.”

Head coach Ben Clymer anticipated a strong season from Waltenbaugh.

“He is a great leader both in work ethic and Godly character,” said Clymer. “He hit the weights hard to jump up in weight, and I am thankful for his sacrifice.”

Pennridge’s Logan Green won his inaugural title when he captured the 195-pound class at Quakertown. Green, who has a 38-8 mark, recorded all falls in his three victories. He will be joined by Evan Widing, who was third at 145.

Green already is very motivated to reach the top.

“I was pretty pleased on how I wrestled and there are always little things to improve on,” said Green. “This is just the first step in being on the podium in Hershey, which has been my goal from the beginning.

“The postseason is where you really need to let go and wrestle your heart out.”

Central Bucks South junior Dominic Stoughton, who is 31-5 overall, was a champion in the 138-pound division and the Titans’ lone representative.

Quakertown also had a successful afternoon, as the Panthers will have seven wrestlers in this weekend’s action.

Max Russell (195) and Kyle Miller (113) finished second, and Zack Lewis (126), Domenic DeFalco (132), and Patrick McCoy (138) claimed third-place finishes. Corey Cope (120) and Ralph Martin (220) were fourth. The Panthers (159.5) finished third as a team behind Council Rock South (244) and Neshaminy (181).

Head coach Kurt Handel was satisfied with the overall results. The Panthers sent six qualifiers to regionals last season, and DeFalco and Josh Stahl advanced to states.

“We were happy overall with the day,” said Handel. “Martin realized that this is his last year and he really picked it up. I was happy for Patrick McCoy, who battled through some injuries. Zack Lewis was the odd guy out last year due to us having a bunch of guys at the same weight.”

Central Bucks West’s Chris Cleland (113) and Ryan Hieber (220) will be the Bucks’ faction at Souderton this weekend. They both earned third place in their respective weight classes.

Palisades’ Nathan Haubert, a defending state champion who was sidelined with an injury most of the season, lost in the 145-pound title bout. He will be joined at regionals by brother Ben Haubert (138), who finished fourth, and Jon DeNato (126), and Adam Marsh (182), who both finished third.