There certainly was more than meets the eye to Upper Perkiomen’s wrestling results from last week.
Losses included a 48-16 setback at Methacton on Saturday, prefaced by a 67-6 defeat at Boyertown Jan. 8. At first glance, those Pioneer Athletic Conference shortcomings look a lot more lopsided than what the scoreboard indicated.
Indian head coach Tom Hontz is not one to ever make excuses, but was quick to point out some perspective in the Tribe’s effort this past week. Keep in mind the Indians were without some of its top guns in Dustin Steffenino, Trevor Weeks and Casey Cook, who were all injured at the Parkland Duals the preceding week.
That, coupled with the fact that the squad is a predominantly young team gaining experience and still finding its identity, goes a long way in explaining the matches against the Warriors and Bears.
“I’ve been a bit disappointed in the results, but not disappointed in our effort,” Hontz said of last week’s action. “We lost a few guys due to injury up at Parkland and that has cost us in a couple of matches, but the guys we’ve been putting out there have been giving a good effort.” Hontz was also quick to point out the highlights and progress he’s seen. Against Boyertown, props went to junior Eric Miller and sophomore Michael Felix, who both edged 20-match winners. Miller gritted out a 4-3 overtime decision against Lucas Miller at 126. Felix, meanwhile, also needed extra time as he posted a 4-2 sudden victory at 152.
“Boyertown is one of the top teams in the state and yet we still had some nice moral victories from Miller and Felix,” Hontz said.
The Bears (4-0, 13-0 overall) are currently tied with Spring-Ford (4-0, 9-0) atop the PAC-10 standings, with Methacton also unbeaten at 2-0, 9-3 overall.
Against Methacton, Upper Perk (1-3, 3-10) got a boost from Miller, Dillynn and Mike Lockhoff and Cook. Miller rang up an 11-4 decision against Eric Straup, Dillynn Lockhoff won by a 10-2 major and Mike Lockhoff won 4-2 against Jake Qawsmy.
Cook used a third-period pin at 195 to round out the Tribe’s scoring.
“A full and healthy line-up against Methacton makes that match much more interesting,” Hontz said.
Upper Perk looked to rebound in a match held at Pope John Paul II Jan. 15, and will host Central Bucks East for a non-league 3 p.m. match Saturday.
The following week features PAC-10 showdowns at Phoenixville Jan. 22, and home against Owen J. Roberts Jan. 25.
“In addition to Miller and Felix, I like the steady progress I’ve seen from the Lockhoffs, Mahlon Schaffer and Mike Modugno,” Hontz said. “Noah and Jacob Folk have also been working hard, but simply have run into some buzz saws. We will keep plugging along and hopefully be prepared for the individual postseason.”