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Indians Taken Down by Wildcats
Written by Ernie Quatrani, Correspondent

Junior Trevor Weeks takes down Owen J. Roberts' Nick Duliakas and stayed on top to get the win in the opening bout at 182 pounds in Tuesday night's meet at Upper Perk.

        Owen J. Roberts overcame a large early deficit by winning the last six bouts to hand the Upper Perk wrestlers a 37-28 loss on Tuesday night in the Tribe's gym.

        Eric Miller's win at 126 pounds, his 26th of the season, had given the Tribe a 28-12 advantage up until that point.

        But that was all she wrote for the Tribe (4-4, 7-12) who had been on a three match winning streak in the PAC-10.

        Junior Trevor Weeks got things started for Upper Perk at 182 with a 4-1 decision over Nick Duliakas. Owen Leister was next up and scored a second-period pin over Will Dawson.

Casey Cook came out brawling and took a first period pin at 220 to put the Tribe up 15-0 after three bouts.

        "Coach bumped me up to 220, kind of unexpectedly," the senior said after the contest. "It doesn't matter who it is, you got to go out there and get it done." 

        The fall was Cook's 12th of the season and 49th of his career.

        Sophomore Mahlon Schaffer was next at 285 and it only took him just 1:13 to put Dalton Birnbauer on his back.

        "Nice job by our upper weights tonight; you can't ask much more out of them," said veteran coach Tom Hontz.

        "Trevor wrestled a decent kid, a tough match to get a win. Leister getting a stick was clutch. Mahlon's really come on as a wrestler and did a nice job, and, of course, counting on Casey again."

        Schaffer has been emblematic of the team's season long goal of getting better, especially for the participants who are relatively new to the sport. Schaffer, for example, starting wrestling only last year but is blossoming into an aggressive performer.

        Experience and teaching have given him confidence.

        "At the beginning of the year, I was definitely doing more like the 'normal' heavyweight stuff like throws and headlocks," Schaffer pointed out.

        "Every match I'd say 'I'm going to shoot this match', and I never would. When I got to the Boyertown match, I finally did, and I learned that I could shoot and get out. After that it just started to click."

        After Schaffer's pin the Tribe led 21-0, but the Tribe had no one to send out at 106 pounds, and Hontz decided to also forfeit at 113 in favor of a later match-up.

        Dustin Steffinino took a decision at 120 before Miller's win put UP up by 16.

        Then the Owen J. (5-3) avalanche began quietly with Colby Frank's hard fought win against Dan Jordan.

        After that, Upper Perk did not even come close to winning a bout. The Wildcats grabbed the lead for good in the 152 pound contest when Drew Gerber scored a major decision to put the visitors up 29-28.

        Mike Felix and Chris Kramer dropped major decisions to Jim Fratantoni and Dallas Strus respectively to close the match.

        "We did everything we could match-up wise," Hontz said.

        "There were some mistakes tonight that were disappointing, little things that we really emphasize. You have to remind yourself sometimes that some of these guys, like Dan Jordan, have not wrestled that long. He took a state medalist to a 4-2 match today. That's all you can hope, that they keep plugging away."

        Hontz is hopeful that four or five of his wrestlers can advance out of the league as the postseason run gets underway next week.

        "It's going to be tough. Our league is so good. Advancing out of the league to the Districts is going to be a real trial."





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