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Rozanski Relying on Calm Approach
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

            Zach Rozanski allowed a takedown with 20 seconds left in the third period

            Saturday morning, but didn't lose his cool. Instead, Rozanski landed on his stomach and made his body rigid. The Upper Perkiomen sophomore prevented any near fall points to win his 138-pound bout.  "Zach never panicked," head coach Steve Adam said.

            Despite dominant performances by Robert Carpenter, Jared Kuhns, Jarek Svanson, and D.J. McIlvaine, the Indians suffered a 45-30 loss to Perkiomen Valley in the Pioneer Athletic Conference. 

            Five consecutive forfeit victories between 171 and the heavyweight bout allowed the visiting Vikings to overcome a 30-15 deficit.  "It's heartbreaking not to have any upper weights," Adam said. "That situation has made the dual meet season a struggle."

            In competitive dual meets, the coach relies on Upper Perkiomen's wrestlers to accumulate additional team points by posting majority decisions, technical falls and pins.  "In some of our bouts it's all about the bonus points," Adam said.

            Rozanski (16-6) approached his bout against Cody Jefferies looking for a pin after his teammates opened the match by winning four of five matches.

            Carpenter registered a second period fall at 103 pounds. Kuhns (113) needed only 12 seconds to pin Jimmy Wallace. Ryan Rossiter (126) delivered a 10-5 victory over Stephen Coleman, and Svanson (132) pinned Dalton Davies in just 35 seconds to stake the Indians (1-8 overall, 0-3 PAC) to a 21-3 lead.   

            Rather than wrestle his usual style, Rozanski said he went into his 5-4 victory over Jefferies looking for the pin.  "I really thought we had a chance to win today," he said.

Rozanski built a 5-1 lead midway through the third period, then allowed an escape and a takedown, but never lost track of the score or the clock. "I knew I just had to stay of my back," he said.

            According to Adam, Rozanski has become for focused and confident on his feet. The coach said his wrestler performs with a calm control on the mat.

"Zach is rarely out of position," Adam said. "He is very relaxed. He knows how to control his energy."

            Rozanski noticed that his matches seemed to "slow down" during the team's season opening tournament. He said he wanted to replicate Kuhn's deliberate style.

McIlvaine's second-period pin against Darius Goettler at 160 opened a 15-point lead for Upper Perkiomen. But it didn't last.

            Perkiomen Valley's numbers advantage allowed the team to bump up each one weight class, according to Adam. He said the adjustments prevented Kuhns and Rozanski from facing optimum challenges.

            "I want our guys to get better," Adam said.

            On Wednesday Jan. 10, the host Indians captured five individual victories in a 50-26 loss to Owen J. Roberts. Carpenter (103) and Svanson (132) each posted a third-period fall. Kuhns (120) earned a technical fall victory.  Ryan Rossitor (126) registered a decision and Mike Milkowich (113) won by forfeit.

            Upper Perkiomen is scheduled to travel to Phoenixville on Wednesday, Jan. 17 before hosting Upper Merion and Conrad Weiser on Saturday, Jan. 20.





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