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Tulone Appears Ready to Make Postseason Run
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2022-12-07

            Weight management issues kept Gabe Tulone out of the postseason last spring. He missed the District One wrestling tournament after weighing in 1/10th of a pound over the limit for his class.

            "It was a tough thing for all of us to deal with," Upper Perkiomen head coach Steve Adam said.

            Last weekend, the junior showed he could be poised to make a deep postseason run. Tulone started the 2022-23 season by earning his team's only gold medal at the Rough Rider Tournament at 114 pounds.

"Gabe is really fired up to go on a postseason run," Adam said. "He's definitely motivated."

            As a sophomore, Tulone missed the postseason during despite posting a 24-7 record. Adam pointed out that injury issues made weight management especially difficult. The coach said Tulone would have competed in the district tourney as the No. 1 seed at 108 pounds.

            The disappointment seems to have served as motivation. Adam said Tulone displayed significantly improved technique and the ideal competitive mindset during his first-place finish.  "Gabe wrestled great," the coach said. "He's focused on the windshield, not the rearview mirror."

            Tulone opened his tourney with a first-period fall against Pen Argyl's Blayke Lacey in the quarterfinal round. He delivered a 3-2 victory over Steven Korte, from Jim Thorpe, in the semifinals. In the final, he defeated Williams Valley's Xzavion Tennis, 1-0, to earn gold.

            "Gabe's does not have any weaknesses," Adam said. "His game is solid. He's hard to score on, and he's able to [get to his feet], which is a big plus."

            Branden Rozanski finished second at 127 pounds in the Dec. 3 tournament at Catasauqua High School. Brandon Godshall (133), Shane Freeh (139) and Gabe Sanfelice (145) each finished third.

            Freeh registered three victories by pin for the Tribe, which finished third overall out of 16 teams. Ben Godshall (121) ended up in fourth place.

            Rozanski, a returning state qualifier, registered two pins to advance to the title bout in his weight class. He opened with a first-period fall against Jim Thorpe's Christopher Jacobacci. He then defeated Brendan Nye, from Catasauqua, midway through the second period.

            However, Rozanski fell 4-3 in the final to Steven Harris, from Conwell-Egan. Harris, also a returning state qualifier, blocked several of Rozanski's attempted takedowns. "Branden had a great tournament," the coach said. "He wrestled really clean. He just couldn't finish his takedowns [against Harris]."

            Rozanski has set the goal of earning a medal in Hershey. Adam said he expects Rozanski and Tulone to still be competing during the second day of the regional tournament.

            The Tribe, which is scheduled to participate in the Penn Manor Tournament this weekend at Penn Manor High School in Millersville, will likely start most of its dual meets with a 12-point deficit. According to the coach, forfeits at 172 pounds and heavyweight could occur consistently.

            The roster includes returners Brandon Godshall (133) Gabe Sanfelice (145) Gabe Coddington (152) Chidike Eruba (189) and Tommy Flud (215). Adam said ninth graders Joseph Reed (107) and Drew Bennett (160) will start the season on varsity. Classmate Zane Saeger should be available to compete in January.

            The Indians will host four dual meets this season, beginning Dec. 14 against non-league opponent Hatboro-Horsham. According to Adam, the idea is to build up their resume in order to qualify for the District One team duals.


 

 

 

 

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