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Indians Win Division Title, Prepare for Wrestling Postseason
Written by Bradley Schlegel
2018-02-14

            Ryan Rossiter delivered the key victory in Upper Perkiomen's division title clinching win on Wednesday, Feb. 7. Rossiter delivered an early takedown in the 126-

pound bout against Pottstown, then hung on for a 2-1 victory and a 34-24 team win in the Pioneer Athletic Conference.

            The victory, which clinched the Frontier Division title for the Indians (4-1 PAC, 5-10 overall), caught head coach Steve Adam by surprise. He said the accomplishment on Senior Night was especially unexpected since they give up 24 team-points during every match.

"It's a huge tribute to the kids, who are constantly attacking," Adam said. "They seem to get bonus points every time we need them. For each match, it's been a different hero."

            Matt Martin (106 pounds), Jared Kuhns (113) and Gavin Marks (120) each delivered a pin for Upper Perkiomen in the match against the visiting Trojans. Jarek Svanson (132) posted a major decision and Zach Rozanski (138) added a decision.

            The Tribe's priority now shifts to the individual post season, in which seven wrestlers will complete in Saturday's PAC championship meet at Boyertown. The lineup will include Martin (2-0) at 106, Kuhns at 113, Marks at 120, Rossiter (7-10) at 126, Svanson at 132, Rozanski (21-7) at 138 and D.J. McIlvaine at 145.

            A trio of seniors, Kuhns, Svanson and McIlvaine are especially hungry to achieve their goals of qualifying for the PIAA Championships, according to Adam.

            Kuhns (20-1), who reached 100 career wins during the regular season while competing mostly at 120 and 126 pounds, fell one victory short of states last season. "Jared is definitely dialed in," the coach said. "He wants this really bad. I expect to see him on podium at Hershey. "His focus is constantly scoring points. As long as he keeps that mindset, and keeps the match out of the hands of the referee, it's only going to benefit him."

            Svanson (23-4) needs 10 victories to reach 100 for his career. The coach figures that many wins will get the wrestler to states. "We're very excited for Jarek," Adam said of Svanson, who qualified for districts as a junior.

            McIlvaine (19-8), will debut at 145 this season after competing one or two classes heavier the entire season. According to the coach, the wrestler's strength should emerge against opponents of a similar weight.  "D.J. is very strong," Adam said.

            On Saturday, four Indians finished in the top three of the North Penn JV Tournament. Joey Carpenter (106), Mike Milkowich (113) each won four straight bouts to earn gold medals. Daniel Hawkins (145) took second place. Austin DiDomenico added a third-place finish at 145 pounds.


 

 

 

 

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