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Rozanski Rolls to Title at District Wrestling Tournament
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2023-03-01

            Branden Rozanski dominated his way to a title last weekend at the District 1 AAA Section North Tournament, winning a gold medal at 121 pounds. "Branden is setting himself up for a deep postseason run," Coach Steve Adam said.

Brandon Rozanski battles Dominick Ferrizzi of Springfield during the

District 1 AAA Section North Tournament at 121 pounds.  Rozanski won

a gold medal.

 

            Rozanski and five Indian teammates reached the medal stand on Sept. 25 at Perkiomen Valley High School. Rozanski, Gabe Tulone, Ben Godshall and Gabe Sanfelice all qualified for this weekend's South East AAA Regional at Souderton High School.

            Tulone, Godshall and Sanfelice each finished in fourth place during the district tournament. Zane Saeger and Tyler Hoffer each finished in sixth place to help the Tribe finish in ninth place overall out of 15 teams.

            Rozanski (30-4) was never challenged on his run to his first career district title, according to Adam. The junior opened with a 17-5 major decision over Spring-Ford's Dominick Ferrizzi.

            In the semifinals, he posted a 7-1 victory over Boyertown's Sonny Mash. In the gold medal match, Rozanski defeated Steven Wiechecki, a ninth grader from Conestoga, 6-2. 

"Branden wrestled a great tournament," Adam said. "He was tough to score on. He took care of his business."

            At 114 pounds, Tulone ended the third period of his third-place bout against Ryan Hayes, a sophomore from Methacton, in a tie. However, he allowed a takedown in overtime and suffered a 5-3 loss.

            The junior led the match 3-0 with 38 seconds remaining in the third period, but a stoppage allowed Hayes to force overtime by scoring an escape and a takedown. Adam described the outcome as a heartbreaker for Tulone. 

"Gabe learned that if you relax for one second it can cost you the match," the coach said.

            After opening with a 7-0 win over Upper Merion's Kieran Lamey, Tulone (30-9) lost 10-0 to Cole Smith, a senior from Spring-Ford. He rebounded in the consolation round with a 4-0 victory over Quinn Carr, a sophomore from Owen J. Roberts.

            Godshall (28-8) followed a similar path to the third-place match at 107 pounds. He defeated Upper Merion's Nikito Hansell, 6-2, before taking on Spring-Ford's Gus Smith in the semifinals.

            After being pinned in just 69 seconds, Godshall dropped into the consolation round. Undeterred, he registered a 13-0 major decision win over Boyertown's Cole Fogle to advance to the consolation final. However, Akahi Heywood, a senior from Radnor, posted a 15-6 major decision victory to earn the bronze medal.

            Sanfelice (24-14) advanced to the semifinals at 139 pounds with consecutive early victories. He registered a 34-second pin against Souderton's Cristian Trinidad, then notched a technical fall shutout win over Declan Ryan, a sophomore from Upper Merion.

            In the semifinals, he suffered a similar defeat to Mason Karkoska, a senior from Owen J. Roberts. Sanfelice responded with a 5-0 win over Great Valley's Tim Matthews to reach the bronze medal match. An 8-3 loss to Aidan Stratton, from Perkiomen Valley, forced him to settle for fourth place.

            Sanfelice (24-14), who did not win a match in the same tournament last season, advanced to the semifinals at 139 pounds with consecutive early victories. He registered a 34-second pin against Souderton's Cristian Trinidad, then notched a technical fall shutout win over Declan Ryan, a sophomore from Upper Merion.

            In the semifinals, he suffered a similar defeat to Mason Karkoska, a senior from Owen J. Roberts. Sanfelice responded with a 5-0 win over Great Valley's Tim Matthews to reach the bronze medal match. An 8-3 loss to Aidan Stratton, from Perkiomen Valley, forced him to settle for fourth place.

            According to the coach, Sanfelice delivered the most impressive performance. Adam said the wrestler, who dropped down one class, was able to impose his physicality.  "Gabe wrestled great," the coach said. "He's made a lot of technical improvements over the last few weeks."

            At 127, Saeger (16-10) rebounded from an opening-round loss to Methacton's Joey Simko to reach the fifth-place bout. The ninth grader absorbed a technical fall in his first postseason match. He responded with a technical fall win of his own, over Radnor's Evan Kim, clinching it early in the third period.

            Saeger dropped his final two bouts, 10-4 to Alex Brandt, a sophomore from Owen J. Roberts, and 6-0 to Boyertown's Brody Coleman in a season-ending defeat.  "That experience will bode well for Zane in the future," Adam said.

            Tyler Hoffer opened his tournament with consecutive wins at 145. He scored a first-period pin over Pottstown's Colton Warneke. In the semifinals, he registered a 9-5 win over Brandon Son, a senior from Great Valley.

            However, he lost his next two bouts. Hoffer (13-13) was pinned by Radnor's Arik Behar midway through the second period. A 9-4 loss to Boyertown's Owen Dykie in the consolation semifinal sent him to the fifth-place bout, and a 5-2 loss to Upper Merion's Jowell Jones terminated his season.

            At 133 pounds, Brandon Godshall (27-12) opened his tournament with a victory over Brady Quinn from Owen J. Roberts. He scored a third-period fall.

            The Upper Perkiomen junior suffered a hard-fought loss in the quarterfinals. Nikosh Marston, a junior from Norristown, posted a 3-2 victory.

            In the consolation round, Godshall scored a 5-1 victory over Patrick Lamirande, a junior from Perkiomen Valley. A 1-0 loss to Brennan McGrann from Spring-Ford finished his season.

            Drew Bennett lost his first bout at 145 pounds in overtime. Chris Anderson, from Radnor, posted a 9-5 win in an extra period.

              Bennett (11-20) won his next match, 4-2, over Norristown junior Jared Noriega in the consolation round, but a 3-0 loss to Spring-Ford's Drew Dotterer ended the ninth-grader's season.


 

 

 

 

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