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Felix Rallies for Victory in Upper Perk’s PAC-10 Loss at Boyertown
Written by Bradley Schlegel Correspondent
2015-01-07

Upper Perk's Mike Felix took control of his 170-pound bout against Boyertown's Dylan Wertz in the third period and was able to get a pin in the meet Saturday at Boyertown. 

                Though he fell four points behind Saturday, Michael Felix said he never lost confidence that he could rally.  In the third period of his 170-pound bout, the Upper Perkiomen junior said he could sense the opposing wrestler tiring.  "I feel like I am always in better condition at the end of the match," Felix said.

                Down two points as the third quarter started, Felix took control. He posted a fall against Boyertown's Dylan Wertz at 5:42.

                The victory epitomized the level of effort expected from the team members, according to Indians head coach Sam Walters.  "It's exactly the kind of match we're looking for," Walters said "You can't do it much better than Michael did it."

                Felix's victory wasn't enough to prevent the Indians from dropping the Pioneer Athletic Conference deal meet against the host Bears.

                In a 48-14 victory, Boyertown won six consecutive bouts to take a commanding lead.

                Mike Lockhoff (160 pounds) opened the match with a major decision, and Felix followed with his fall at 170 to stake Upper Perkiomen (1-1 PAC-10, 5-2 overall) to a 10-0 advantage.

                However, the Bears (1-0, 7-0) responded by posting six straight wins, including pins at 195, 106 and 113 pounds, respectively.

                "This was a painful loss," Walters said. "I hate losing in general, but this one hurts more than most."  Felix called the win "probably his best match of his season so far."  Despite falling behind 6-2, Felix scored a reversal in the waning seconds of the second period against Wertz.

                In the third period, Felix (9-3) registered three takedowns before notching the pin with 18 seconds left in the period.  Felix noticed that his opponent was breathing heavy. He also said an overtime win over Wertz last season gave him an advantage.  "I could tell he was getting tired," Felix said. "He was taking a lot of shots, and I knew what to expect."

                The coach called the victory at testament to Felix's hard work and conditioning.

                Walters described the victory by Indians senior Dustin Steffenino over Boyertown senior Garrett Mauger at 120 pounds as impressive.

                In a 10-2 major decision, Steffenino (12-1) dominated Mauger, who finished third at last year's district tournament.

                One week earlier, the Indians finished second in the Tony Iasiello Christmas City Tournament at Bethlehem Catholic High School.   Steffenino (120) and Eric Miller (138) reached the championship round of the two-day tournament for Upper Perkiomen, which finished 86.5 points behind the host Golden Hawks.

                Steffenino dropped a hard-fought 3-2 decision to Bethlehem Catholic's Jake Riegel, a defending state champion.  The Golden Hawks captured seven titles at the tournament.

                Jared Kuhns (106 pounds) and Trevor Weeks (170) each lost in the consolation final for the Indians.  Mahlon Schaffer defeated Niko Camacho, of Bethlehem Catholic, 1-0, in the fifth place match.  Mike Lockhoff (152) added a sixth-place finish.


 

 

 

 

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