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Kuhns posts 100th Career Victory
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2018-01-24

           Steve Adam was aware of Jared Kuhns' accomplishments before taking the

 job as Upper Perkiomen's wrestling coach. A Google search confirmed the grappler's status as a high-caliber performer. In practice, Adam said he was struck by the senior's unique style.

            "Jared is always scrambling," the coach said. "He's hardly ever finds himself in a dire situation on the mat."  On Saturday morning, Kuhns reached the 100-win plateau with a pair of victories.

            Initially, he received a forfeit victory at 120 pounds in a 49-12 win over Upper Merion in the Pioneer Athletic Conference. He reached triple figures in individual wins with a second period fall in a 45-30 non-league loss to Conrad Weiser.

            Robert Carpenter, Jarek Svanson, Zach Rozanski and D.J. McIlvaine each won twice for the Indians (1-3 PAC, 2-9 overall), who posted their first conference dual meet win of the season.

            In the victory over Upper Merion, Kuhns (16-1) received a forfeit win. Against Conrad Weiser, he became the 28th wrestler in school history -- and first since 2015 -- to reach 100 wins. He dominated Owen McDermott, building a double figure lead midway through the second period before scoring a fall midway.

            Adam called reaching the plateau a milestone for most wrestlers. He said Kuhns' accomplishments will be memorialized on a banner in the gym and on the wall in the team's practice room. Kuhns, who fell one victory short of qualifying for the PIAA Championships last spring at 113 pounds, described the milestone as evidence of his hard work.

            According to the coach, Kuhns has relied on a mutli-dimensional offensive attack and an unorthodox style.

            "His offensive style is continually evolving," Adam said. "Jared is able to scramble out of almost any situation."

            Kuhns, who initially figured he would post the milestone victory during the Hamburg Hawk Mountain Duals two weeks ago, says the scrambling style comes naturally.

            The senior, who has won 10 consecutive matches since a 9-5 loss to Council Rock North's Luke Lucerne on Dec. 16, is looking for a challenge. Often, opposing teams move their better lightweights away from him for favorable matches.

            "It's disappointing" said Kuhns, who has posted five falls, one technical fall, two major decisions and one forfeit victory during his current run. "I want to face the best competition I can all the time."

            According to Adam, Kuhns has received plenty of tips from his practice partner, Kyle Kemmerer - an assistant coach and 2003 state wrestling champion at 112 pounds.

            "Jared goes 110 percent against Kyle," Adam said. "And when Kyle takes him down, he explains it to Jake and tells him not to let it happen again." 


 

 

 

 

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