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Matt Milkowich Rallies for Bronze Medal
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

            Matt Milkowich didn't feel sharp in his initial bout at District One Class 3A North wrestling tournament. He absorbed a two-point loss, which immediately

Matt Milkowich fights to escape during his opening round
match at the District One Class 3A North wrestling
tournament. Despite suffering a 4-2 loss to Spring-Ford's
Dominic Ortlip, the Upper Perkiomen freshman rallied to
earn a bronze medal at 106 pounds.

dumped him into the consolation round.

            However, the Upper Perkiomen freshman recovered to finish third in the 106-pound class Saturday. Milkowich delivered three dominant victories, including a 9-2 win in third place bout. 

"Matt performed lights out," head coach Steve Adam said. "He came back real strong."

            Milkowich was among five Indians to finish in the top four in their respective classes at Pottstown High School, and qualify for next weekend's Southeast Regional Tournament. Matt Martin (113), Mike Milkowich (120) and Zach Rozanski (145) each reached the championship final. Joey Carpenter (120) added a fourth place finish.

            Keaton Durning (138) and Austin DiDomenico (170) each reached the fifth-place match, but lost. Despite the 1-6 record during the finals, Adam described the team's tournament performance its best of the year.

            "Even though the last matches leaves a bad taste for us, I'd call this tournament our most complete team effort," said the coach, whose team finished fourth out of 13 teams.

            Matt Milkowich (21-12) said he felt rusty in his initial bout Friday after missing a week of practice.  Dominic Ortlip, a freshman from Spring-Ford, posted a 4-2 victory.

"I made too many mistakes," Matt Milkowich said. "I was sloppy."

            After gaining a forfeit into the consolation round quarterfinals Saturday, he scored a third-period fall against Great Valley's Jacob Mingis, Matt Milkowich then posted a 14-5 major decision over Pottsgrove's Tony Lindgren to reach the bronze-medal match. He dominated the third-place bout, a 9-2 decision, against Justin Meyers.

            "I didn't take any of the matches for granted," Matt Milkowich said. 

Martin (23-7), the No, 2 seed at 113, posted a second-period technical fall over Conestoga freshman Tommy Duffy on Friday.

            The next day, he notched 14-3 major decision over Kade Davidheiser, a freshman from Boyertown, to reach the finals.

            In the final, Martin suffered an 8-0 loss to Shane Reynolds, a senior Spring-Ford.

Mike Milkowich and Rozanski each reeled off three straight victories to reach the finals. At 126 Mike Milkowich (14-9) opening round 3:58 fall over Spring-Ford's Gus Carfagno. He followed with a 17-8 major decision over Jacob Dunleavy, a junior from Owen J. Roberts.

            On Saturday, the Upper Perkiomen junior defeated Methacton's Osvaldo Carbajal 8-4 in the semifinal round. In the final, could manage only a third-period point in a 4-1 loss to Perkiomen Valley's P.J. Kakos.

            "(Kakos) got the best of me," Mike Milkowich said who said he was hoping to reach the medal stand. "I have a feeling we'll be in the same side of the bracket at regionals."

At 145 Rozanski (28-5), the No. 3 seed, needed just 46 seconds to pin Pottstown's Emanuel Tamayo. He followed with a 6-0 victory over Ezra Toll, a junior from Conestoga.

In the semifinals Saturday morning he knocked off the No. 2 seed, Souderton's Connor Trowbridge, with an 8-4 decision.

            Cole Meredith, senior from Owen J. Roberts, dominated Rozanski in the final. Meredith posted a 13-3 major decision to earn the gold medal.  "Zach had a plan," Adam said. "Midway through the match, he abandoned it. I have no doubt he will bounce back next week."






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