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Tribe Wrestlers Finish Sixth in PAC Championship
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

            Despite going 0 for 7 in the medal rounds of the Pioneer Athletic Conference Championships, Upper Perkiomen's wrestling team exceeded expectations, according

Tommy Flud applies a headlock during a 170-pound during the 

Pioneer Athletic Conference Championships on Jan. 11.

to head coach Steve Adam.

            "The end of the tournament was a disappointment," he said. "There were a lot of tough close matches. But at the end of the day, I can say we wrestled well as a team."

            Matt Milkowich (106 pounds), Matt Marin (113) and Zach Rozanski (138) each reached the gold medal match on Saturday, Jan. 11 at Pottsgrove High School, but lost. Keaton Durning (145) and Soren Svanson (160) finished fourth. Shane Freeh (120) and Austin DiDomenico (120) ended up in sixth place.

            "We had a good weekend," said Adam, whose team finished sixth overall out of 12 teams. "Most of the guys wrestled above where they were seeded."

            Milkowich (11-6), the top seed at 106, advanced to the finals with a 4-0 victory over Boyertown's Luke Heimbach with a 4-0 semifinal victory. However, he lost 4-2 in the finals to Cole Smith, a freshman from Spring-Ford.

            According to Adam, Smith effectively limited Milkowich's offense from the neutral position. He called it the difference in the bout.

            "Hats off to Smith," the coach said. He's pretty tough."

            Matt Marin and Rozanski, a pair of No. 2 seeds, each advanced to the gold medal match. At 113, Martin (21-3) opened with a 16-second fall of Christian Drager, of Pottsgrove. He responded by posting a second period pin over Perkiomen Valley's Brett Sacks in the semifinals.

            In the title match, Martin rallied from a four-point deficit against Julien Maldonado, from Boyertown. According to Adam, Martin brought the crowd to its feet in the third quarter when he took down Maldonado with a headlock. Two near fall points forged a tie.

            However, the Bears junior took the lead by posting an escape. A late takedown lifted him to a 7-4 victory.

            At 138, Rozanski (17-6) notched two pins to advance to the 138-pound final. He decked Methacton's Edgar Carbajal, early in the second period, then took out Josh Cerrito, from Pottsgrove in the semifinal round.

            However, the senior lost to Spring-Ford's Zach Needles 10-3 in the gold medal match. Adam described Needles, who ended Rozanski's junior season at the Southeast Regional Tournament, as his wrestler's toughest post-season opposition in the rounds leading to the PIAA Championships.

            Durning (6-7) opened his tournament with a 3:31 fall against Eduardo Lozada, from Upper Merion. In the semifinals, Antonio Petrucelli, a senior from Owen J. Roberts, pinned him in just 16 seconds.

            Svanson (8-9) lost 8-0 to Perkiomen Valley's Grant Euker in the third place match. He opened the tournament with a 12-10 victory over Matt Delciotto, from Pope John Paul II. He fell into the consolation round with a technical fall loss in the third period from Phoenixville's Owen Koch.

            Adam lauded the dedication of DiDomenico (12-7) who lost 3-1 to Jacob Sturm, from Perkiomen Valley, in fifth place match at 182.

            "Austin is really excelling this year," the coach said. "With some of our upper weights out of the lineup, I often ask him to wrestle at 182 or 195, which are tough classes. He never asks any questions, and does whatever is best for the team. He's a great kid to have on the team."

            On Wednesday, Jan. 8, the Indians posted a 50-6 victory over Upper Merion in a dual meet. Shane Freeh (120), Rozanski (138), Durning (145), Flud, (170) and DiDomenico (195) each delivered a fall.






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