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Tribe Wrestlers Dominate Phoenixville
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2020-01-29

            Another dominant performance has Upper Perkiomen's wrestling team on the cusp of its second division title in three seasons. The team may have already 

Shane Freeh, right, battles for control at 120-pounds. Freeh

lost 4-1 to Phoenixville's Justin Meyers.

clinched the Pioneer Athletic Conference's Frontier Division title with a 42-25 victory over Phoenixville last week.

            However, tiebreakers aside, head coach Steve Adam didn't want to celebrate until the Indians defeat Pottstown in their final conference match. Adam said he wanted to win it outright.

            "This team is really coming together," said senior Austin DiDomenico, who posted a 4-3 in over Anthony Stevenson at 182 pounds.

            DiDomenico and his three classmates each posted impressive victories in their final home match on Jan. 22. Mike Milkowich scored a third-period fall at 132. Gavin Marks posted a 9-1 victory at 138 pounds. Zach Rozanski jumped up two weight classes to add a technical fall win at 152.

            "The team is really hungry right now," Adam said. "You could feel their energy. It's really important that the seniors won. It's the sort of thing that helps build the program."

            Joey Carpenter (126), Mike Milkowich (132), Keaton Durning (145) and Damon Faraco (220) each posted six-point wins. According to the coach, Facaro's 56-second pin of Liam McAdam in the second bout of the match – which forced a 6-6 tie – helped maintain an upbeat mood in the gymnasium.

            "It was a pivotal match," Adam said. "It felt like a battle of two unknowns. Damon just took (McAdam) down and put him on his back."

            After the Indians clinched their fourth straight division victory, DiDomenico relied on a second period flurry to defeat Stevenson. He scored an escape and three back points to improve to 19-7 overall.  "This year is going pretty well," DiDomenico said.

            Adam decribed DiDomenico, whose 13 pins are among the team's leaders, as the hardest working wrestler on the team. According to the coach, the efforts are paying off.

            "Austin continues to surprise me by winning matches I don't expect," Adam said. "I'm thrilled about it."

            DiDomenico missed most of his junior season after suffering a shin and a right thumb injury, which required surgery. On the mat, he struggled with grip strength and ended with a 10-10 record and a sixth place finish at the District 1 AAA Section North Tournament.

            This season, DiDomenico decided not to play football – "I was not liking the sport," he said – and focus on wrestling. On the mat, he's not holding anything back.

            "I'm letting more moves fly," DiDomenico said. "This is my senior year, so I figured I better go big or go home."

            According to Adam, DiDomenico has improved in all aspects of the sport. The coach said the wrestler's daily routine and work ethic from the first day of the season displayed his commitment to having a successful senior year. DiDomenico has made significant strides in takedown defense and wresting on top.

            "I knew he had some upside and plenty of potential," Adam said of DiDomenico. "Now he's putting it all together."

            DiDomenico says his goal is to qualify for the Southeast Regional Tournament. He knows it won't be easy.

            "Districts will be a fight," he said. I'm going to wrestle as best as can. If I perform well, I'll get there."


 

 

 

 

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