If there were any questions surrounding Upper Perkiomen’s wrestling team and just exactly how it would fare this year in the Pioneer Athletic Conference, this past week went a long way in clearing some of that up.
The results were mixed for the Indians, as Spring-Ford proved too much to contend with and ran off a 30-point victory on Friday night. A day earlier, Upper Perk took care of business to pin a 30-point win of its own against visiting Pottstown.
Upper Perk (1-1, 2-4) came to battle, but just couldn’t match the firepower that the Rams boasted in a 44-12 setback. Senior Casey Cook provided the highlight of the night for the Tribe as he avenged a loss last season to Danny Krieble by notching a 50-second pin to get the match started at 195.
But Spring-Ford (1-0) took over from there, winning the next five bouts to tack up 22 unanswered points. Eric Miller helped break the Spring-Ford run as he outlasted Hunter Mitch, 5-0, at 126. Dan Jordan came up with Upper Perk’s other decision as he held off Nick Beauchamp, 4-3, at 138.
The win was victory No. 200 for Spring-Ford head coach Tim Seislove, now in his 15th season as the Rams’ head coach.
Upper Perk had an easier go of things in its match against Pottstown to open the PAC-10 season in a 49-18 win. Granted, the Trojans were without some talent due to injury, but the Tribe did its part in taking the momentum and not looking back.
The Indians picked four pins in the first five bouts from 170-285, with three of the four coming in the first period. Chris Kramer started the parade with a 54-second fall, and Owen Leister kept it up with a third-period drop against Eddie Butler. Cook followed with a 63-second pin at 195 and Crossley needed 1:43 before he got his slap at 285.
With a 24-6 lead at that point, Upper Perk used a forfeit from Dillynn Lockhoff, major from Dustin Steffenino (126) and decision from Dan Jordan to pull away. Mike Lockhoff closed things out at 152 with a pin against Isaiah Mayes, and Mike Felix earned a forfeit at 160.
Upper Perk’s holiday schedule will be a challenging one. This weekend, the Tribe will travel to Bethlehem Catholic High School to take part in the Christmas City Wrestling Tournament. A week later, the Indians will head to the Parkland Duals to tangle with teams that include Delaware Valley, Downingtown West, Garnet Valley, Parkland and Western Wayne.
The PAC-10 schedule will resume Wednesday, Jan. 8, as Upper Perk will travel to Boyertown.