Boys Varsity Wrestling
The Wrestling Team sent 7 wrestlers (Alex Prieston, Matthew Fritz, Peter Sweeney, Kevin Salmon, Dan Keller, Brian Fennell and Mark Thompson) to the Regional Championships on Friday/Saturday at Souderton High School. The team finished in 15th place (out of 59 teams).
By virtue of placing in the top 5, Dan Keller, 5th (182), and Mark Thompson 4th (285), qualified for the State Wrestling Championships in Hershey! It has been 4 years since a Wissahickon wrestler advanced to States and it's the first time in 15 years that Wissahickon had more than 1 wrestler do so!!
The Wrestling Team continued its historic season by winning its first District Title in 25 years on Saturday. On the way to winning the title, the team crowned three champions - DJ Adriaanse (113), Alex Prieston (120) and Brian Fennell (195). Matthew Fritz (126), Kevin Salmon (160) and Mark Thompson (285) placed 2nd. Dan Keller (182) placed 3rd and Peter Sweeney (138) placed 4th all qualifying for Regionals next Friday and Saturday at Souderton. The three District Champions and eight qualifying for Regionals we believe were also school records.
1. Wissahickon - 195.0. 2. Ridley - 186.5. 3. Strath Haven - 170.5. 4. Interboro - 152. 5. Upper Darby - 129.0. 6. Plymouth Whitemarsh - 123.50. 7. Lower Merion - 115.5. 8. Radnor - 104. 9. Upper Dublin - 92.0. 10. Academy Park - 66.0.
The Trojans finished the regular season strong placing 1st at the Upper Dublin Invitational! The team placed 7 in the finals and came away with 6 champions!! Placing 1st; DJ Adriaanse, Alex Prieston, Matthew Fritz, Kevin Salmon, Brian Fennell and Mark Thompson. Dan Keller placed 2nd.
1. Wissahickon 182.0
2. West Chester Rustin 171.0
3. Interboro 131.0
Although the trophy is not yet officially in our hands, the Wrestling Team has captured its first League Championship in 15 years with a dominating performance yesterday in our home gym! We outpaced the rest of the field by a staggering 61 points - we only needed to win by 11 to capture the crown!
We had 4 wrestlers place 1st - DJ Adriaanse, Matthew Fritz, Brian Fennell and Mark Thompson. 5 wrestlers place 2nd - Alex Prieston, Charlie Brammer, Peter Sweeney, Kevin Salmon and Dan Keller. 1 wrestler place 3rd - Jayln Pacheco and 2 wrestlers place 4th - Owen Quinn and James Pester. All-in-all, 12 wrestlers out of 14 weight classes placed in the top 4! So an outstanding effort by the entire team.
We have two of our remaining dual meets this week - Wednesday away at UD and Thursday at home against Strath Haven (White Out Night!). Then two more tournaments the next two weekends before the post season begins. So we're looking to continue our winning ways while preparing for the post season!
The Wrestling Team earned a berth in District Duals (Wrestling's version of the District playoffs) today! We will enter as the #11 seed and will face the #6 seed Garnett Valley on Thursday night at West Chester Rustin. This is a great accomplishment for the team just to be selected, but also a great opportunity for this year's team to put our program back in the spotlight.
So this week will be the a big one for the team as we will face Abington in a crucial league match-up on Wednesday with the winner in the drivers seat for the League Title followed by our District match-up on Thursday and then the League Tournament on Saturday which we will be hosting!
Exciting times for Wissahickon Wrestling!
The Wrestling Team traveled to Liberty High School in Bethlehem this past weekend to compete in one of the toughest tournaments in the country. The team exceeded all expectations by placing 14th out of 32 teams - placing higher than local teams such as Quakertown, Pennridge, and Garnet Valley. Leading the way for the Trojans were; Mark Thompson (4th), Brian Fennell (5th) and Dan Keller (6th).
Schedule for next week:
Monday – 3:00-5:00 - Wrestling.
Tuesday – 6:00-8:00 - Wrestling.
Wednesday – Meet with UM @ Home. *
Thursday – 3:00-4:00 - Lifting/Conditioning. 4:15-5:15 - Wrestling.
Friday – 3:00-5:00 - Wrestling.
Saturday – 9:00-11:00 - Wrestling.
* Wrestlers arrive - 4:00.
Visiting Team arrives - 4:30.
Weigh-ins - 5:00.
Gym Set-up - 5:00-5:30.
JV Warm-ups - 5:30-6:00.
JV Matches - 6:00-6:30.
V Warm-ups - 6:30-7:00.
V Meet - 7:00-8:30.
Gym Clean-up - 8:30-9:00.
The Wrestling Team traveled to Abington on Saturday to participate in a Dual Meet Tournament. The Trojans finished 3 & 2 with wins over host Abington [36-31], Penncrest [56-15] and Upper Darby [42-25] and losses to Springford [61-14] (currently ranked #2 in the Region) and Pennsbury [39-38]. The Pennsbury loss was a heart breaker having the lead going into the last bout only to have to forfeit the weight class. Final placings; Springford 1st, Pennsbury 2nd, and Wissahickon 3rd.
Wrestlers having outstanding performances on the day were; Sr., Mark Thompson (5-0), Fr., Dexter Adriannse (4-1), So., Matthew Fritz (4-1), Jr., Kevin Salmon (4-1), Sr., Brian Fennell (4-1) and Jr. Dan Keller (4-1).
Next up for the Trojans is league meet against Upper Moreland at home on Wednesday night as we try to go 2-0 in the league.
LOWER GWYNEDD >> The makeshift bandages wrapped around Mark Thompson’s head were built to stop a nosebleed. Airflow concern was not part of the design.“The first time they wrapped it yeah because it was just like the sports tape and then my coach, (Trojans assistant John) Gillespie he just like tightened it like so tight,” Thompson said. “So, yeah, it was really hard to breathe especially because I didn't have both nostrils.”
But with Thompson’s blood time ticking down in the third period the quick first aid did the trick and the Wissahickon wrestling senior stayed in his 285-pound match with Plymouth Whitemarsh’s Mike Miller Wednesday night. “I was just like ‘Hey, let’s finish this match out, this kid’s tough,’” Thompson said. “So I just wanted to finish the match out tough and not even care about the blood because blood’s blood.”
Thompson held on to claim a 6-2 decision, the victory sealing the Trojans’ first win over the Colonials in six seasons as Wissahickon topped visiting PW 39-25 in the Suburban One League American Conference opener for both teams. Wissahickon’s Peter Sweeney controls Plymouth Whitemarsh’s Dylan Leach during their dual meet on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. “To come with their archrival the first thing, I knew that
was going to be something. It could set the tone for the whole season,” Wissahickon coach Anthony Stagliano said. “And if we win, it set the tone for the season. If we lost, obviously, it could set it the other way. “So this is one step in trying to win a league championship. We think we have the team to do it this year, but we obviously have a long way to go and some teams to beat. But it was really good start.” The Trojans (1-0, 1-0 conference) out-pinned the Colonials four to two with Wissahickon running off three straight
pinfalls by Matt Fritz (126), Charlie Brammer (132) and Peter Sweeney (138) to hold an 18-3 lead four matches into the dual meet. “That was real big considering they were all pretty good wrestlers going out there. So we thought that was phenomenal,” Thompson said. “And that’s exactly what Coach Stags wanted
today – pin, pin, pin. And that’s what our mentality is the whole year. PW (0-1, 0-1) took the next three matches – a pin by Michael Clarkson at 152 and Jake Ginesin’s major decision at 160 – to pull the Colonials within 18-16. But the Trojans responded by winning the next three, a forfeit at 195 giving the hosts a 33-16 lead. “Credit to Wissahickon this year, they’re a pretty solid team, lot of experience in that lineup,” Plymouth Whitemarsh coach David Luthy said. “We lost a lot of our depth last year, a lot of our seniors graduated, our high firepower. But we’re reloading a little bit so we have a lot of young talent that’s in our lineup, so it’s more or less a growing curve for us. But I was very happy with what I saw.” Paolo DiSanto’s 6-3 decision at 220 over Brian Fennell cut the Colonials’ deficit to 33-19 with three matches remaining. But Thompson put the dual meet out of reach with his decision over Miller at heavyweight. “Honestly, if we go down what I wanted to see and my expectations from all the matchups, almost everything when according to what I would want it to do,” Stagliano said. “I said we’re going to need falls to win. We have to focus on the falls. And you saw two, three or four of my guys focus on that to the get the falls. The top of the SOL American has an opening with two-time defending champ Quakertown now over in the Continental. In prior seasons, a run at first place seem just out of reach for the Trojans but this season Stagliano sees his side as contenders – Tuesday’s win an early boost to their chances. “So going in it’s like yeah we can win the league title but in back of my mind I’m like ‘You know, probably can’t.’ And we’d end up in second, third or fourth,” he
said. “And coming into this year I’m like we can really win the league title.” Wissahickon and PW head to tournaments on Saturday – the Trojans heading to the Abington Duals while the Colonials at
the Wilson Invitational at Wilson Area. Both teams host SOL American matchups Wednesday, Wissahickon
against Upper Moreland and PW facing Hatboro-Horsham. “For the past couple years we’ve started with Quakertown right out of the bat, so we’re used to having a big match right off the bat,” Luthy said. “And then Hatboro comes to us next week, so top two teams from last year are in our first two matches.
So it’s a barn burner right off the bat, so I like that though.” Plymouth Whitemarsh held the lead just once against the Trojans – 3-0 after John Zhang opened the night with an 11-5 decision over Grant Dries at 120. Fritz, however, at 126 pinned Jake Bainbridge at 126 in 4:22 to make it 6-3 Trojans. Brammer followed at 132 with a pinfall at 3:22 while at 138 Sweeney’s pinned at 1:21 put Wissahickon up 15. “We were thinking that could happen,” Stagliano said. “We’re pretty tough at 26, 32 and 38. But getting the fall is not easy. But as I said, they look like they were focused on doing it. I couldn't be more pleased with the performance.”Isaac Avellino stopped the home side’s string of pins by edging Owen Quinn 3-2 at 145. Clarkson’s pin in 1:06 at 152 made it 18-12 while Ginesin’s major decision had the Colonials’ deficit down to just two. However, Benjamin Aon kept the Trojans in the lead, earning a second-period pin (3:13) at 170. Kevin Salmon’s 3-0 decision at 182 and a forfeit win at 195 had Wissahickon up 17. Dylan Moore posted Plymouth Whitemarsh’s second and final pinfall in 4:25 at 106. The Trojans’ DJ Adriaanse capped the contest with a 7-3 decision at 113.
Wissahickon Wrestling On The Rise
Wissahickon H.S. Head Wrestling Coach Anthony “Stags” Stagliano is a veteran coach, and has seen just about everything when it comes to wrestling. Hopefully, you have seen him coach too…his passion for the sport is unmatched. When the whistle blows it’s all business, and the determination and effort he displays for his wrestlers during a match is extraordinary and entertaining. He may have an unusual way of gameday coaching, but when it comes to preparation, organization and developing wrestlers, Stags gets it done.
This year he may have one of the best teams he has ever had from top to bottom, with wily young wrestlers and seasoned veteran grapplers. But he won’t tell you that, as he knows the trials and tribulations that a wrestling season can bring. He knows a full line-up all season long will likely provide for many victories, and preparing to sustain a solid roster throughout the wrestling season will be a tall task. However, he is optimistic saying “we are feeling pretty good …and my expectations are pretty high”.
With the tools in the shed this year, a schedule to expose his team to tough competition (Bethlehem Holiday Classic & Matsplosian Duals) and student/athletes’ buy-in, the Wissahickon Trojans will be contending for a SOL American Conference title, and a spot in the postseason D1 Team Championship. The team approach to this individual sport often goes unnoticed, due to dual meet outcomes and individual wrestlers’ success. But it will be the team concept that will motivate and drive this Wissahickon wrestling team this season.
The Trojans are captained by seniors Charlie Brammer, Brian Fennell, Peter Sweeney and Mark Thompson. They are complimented with sophomore lightweight Matt Fritz, along with Dan Keller and Kevin Salmon, both juniors. If all can stay healthy throughout the season (injuries have plagued the Trojans in the past), this core group will provide a solid lineup for Coach Stagliano. Brammer, Fritz, Keller, Sweeney and Thompson all posted 20-plus win seasons a year ago, and with Fennell and Salmon both healthy, this group should pile up victories on the mat in 2018-19. Brammer and Thompson were both fifth last year at the D1-East tournament, and Fritz was sixth as a freshman, along with Sweeney. Fennell and Salmon sat out the postseason due to injury.
Coach Stags knows the Trojans will have to battle the Hatboro-Horsham Wrestling Warriors, Plymouth-Whitmarsh and new addition Abington this season to conquer the SOL American Conference. But with the departure of Quakertown from the conference, the door is open for Wissahickon to capture its first league title in a long time. Coach Stagliano stated he “does not want to take anyone lightly” in this quest.
Matt Fritz said, “This year we have a complete team…and this year we have high expectations for the team, not just in the league, but making the District Duals. In the summer I worked a lot, and this whole offseason improving my game, and I think I am really starting to put it together.”
Senior Brian Fennell feels the same with team goals this season. He said, “We are definitely more focused on winning big duals in the league and outside the league going into various dual tournaments…and wrestling hard.” Individually, Fennell plans to overcome past injuries “and get as many team points as I can for the team.” His intent is to improve movement on his feet and not be stagnant, to score more takedowns and secure pins for the team. Fennell is considering Worcester Poly Institute to continue his wrestling career at the collegiate level upon graduation.
Kevin Salmon has added size and weight this year, and he stated the same goals for the team, winning duals and making the D1 Team Championship. Salmon also plans to avoid injury and “come out strong and keep working hard.” If the Trojans can keep it altogether, the SOL American Conference will be theirs for the taking if they can perform at the level of their high expectations.
WRESTLING – Schedule for the Month of December
3rd – Practice – 2:45-5:00.
4th – Practice – 6:00-8:00.
5th – Blue/Gold Meet @ Home – 4:30-9:00.
6th – Practice - 6:00-8:00.
7th – Practice – 3:00-5:00.
8th – Practice – 9:00-11:00.
9th - OFF
10th – Practice – 2:45-5:00.
11th – Practice – 6:00-8:00.
12th – Meet @ Home vs. PW
13th – Practice – 6:00-8:00.
14th – Practice – 3:00-5:00.
15th – Tournament @ Abington.
16th – OFF
17th - Practice – 2:45-5:15 w/Lifting.
18th – Practice – 6:00-8:00.
19th – Meet @ Home vs. Upper Moreland.
20th – Practice – 6:00-8:00.
21st – Practice – 3:00-5:00.
22nd – Practice – 9:00-11:00.
23rd - OFF
24th – Practice – TBD.
25th – OFF
26th – Practice – TBD.
27th – Practice – TBD.
28th – Tournament @ Bethlehem Liberty – Varsity / Tournament @ Hatboro-Horsham – JV.
29th – Tournament @ Bethlehem Liberty – Varsity / Tournament @ Hatboro-Horsham – JV.
30th – OFF
31st - Practice – TBD.
The Wrestling Team will have their Blue/Gold meet on Wednesday night at 6:00 in the Circle Gym. Come out and get your 1st look at the 2018-19 team!
WRESTLING – Schedule for the Month of November
19th – Practice – 11:30-1:30.
20th – Practice – 11:30-1:30.
21st – Practice – 11:30-1:30. * I will keep room open until 2:30 for those interested in getting some extra work in.
22nd – NO Practice – Happy Thanksgiving!
23rd – Practice – 10:00-12:00.
24th – Practice – 9:00-12:00. InterSquad Scrimmage.
25th – OFF
26th – Practice – 2:45-5:15 w/Lifting.
27th – Practice – 6:00-8:00.
28th – Practice – 2:45-5:15 w/Lifting.
29th – Practice – 6:00-8:00.
30th – Practice – 3:00-5:00.
The Wrestling Team will have our 1st official practice on Friday, November 17th at 3:00-5:00. ALL Wrestlers are to report to the Wrestling Room. We will have a Team Meeting, Collect Paperwork and have a Weight Check/Certification.
Parent's Meeting - Monday, November 12th 7:00-8:30. Classroom D31.