Wolfgang McStravick (132) Dalton Fleming (189)
Dylan Steffenino works to escape the grasp of Pennsbury's Josh DiSanto in the Championship Final of the District 1 AAA North Tournament at Quakertown High School this past Saturday.
And then there were three.
What started out as Upper Perkiomen’s nine-man contingent at the District 1 AAA North Tournament at Quakertown High School this past weekend has been whittled down to three wrestlers who will compete in the final leg of the postseason before states.
That last push before the PIAA Tournament in Hershey will be the AAA Southeast Regional Tournament to be held this weekend at Oxford High School. The Indians will be represented there by the trio of Dylan Steffenino (126), Wolfgang McStravick (132) and Dalton Fleming (189), all of whom advanced by virtue of a top-five finish.
Dylan Steffenino and McStravick both grabbed runner-up finishes, as Fleming grabbed third in his consolation final match. Five of the Indians’ entries advanced to the fifth-place consolation match, with a regional berth on the line, and just came up short.
Upper Perk, which narrowly eked out the Section 2 Tournament title, finished third in the team standings at districts in the 29-team field. Norristown took top honors with 137 points, followed by Council Rock South (121), Upper Perk (93), Pennsbury (89) and Council Rock North (87.5). As a team, Upper Perk’s wrestlers finished with an 18-15 mark in its individual bouts.
The Pioneer Athletic Conference, which saw four of its wrestlers make it to the championship finals, wasn’t able to crown a champion, as Perk Valley’s Nick Giangiulio and Pottsgrove’s Danny Michaels both finished second.
Dylan Steffenino paved his way to the championship finals as he worked a 2-1 decision against William Tennent’s Kevin Flack, and then downed Harry Wilson (Neshaminy) by a 10-5 count in the semifinals. Paired against Pennsbury’s Josh DiSanto in the finals, whom Steffenino did not face when the two teams met in the District 1 AAA Duals Tournament, Dylan fell, 9-0. His effort at districts put him at 98 career wins heading into this weekend.
McStravick, who eclipsed the 100-win plateau at districts, posted a fall in the quarterfinals against Neshaminy’s Joe Simcox, then rang up an 8-0 major over Mack Moore (Council Rock South) to earn his championship showdown with Council Rock North’s John Dutrow. McStravick, who is 30-2 on the year, overcame an early deficit in his bout with Dutrow, but was hit with a stalling call with 20 seconds left in regulation that led to a pivotal three-point swing for Dutrow.
Fleming, coming off a runner-up finish at sectionals, fought his way to third place. He opened districts in dominant fashion with a 47-second fall against Brian Carson (Upper Dublin), then bean Pennsbury’s Ernest Tessein, 7-4. Eventual runner-up Tyler Letrinko, of Norristown, sent Fleming to the consolation bracket with a 4-3 decision, where Fleming beat Anthony DiElsi (Perk Valley) with a first-period pin, and then outlasted Tessein, 12-5.
Dustin Steffenino (106) went 2-2, and dropped his fifth-place match to Quakertown’s Collyn Dorney. Dante Steffeino (113) took sixth place as well, falling to the eventual runner-up and third-place finisher. In his fifth-place match against Joey O’Brien, the North Penn product avenged a major decision loss earlier in the season by holding on for a 2-0 decision against Steffenino.
Kyle Fellman (120) won his first two bouts, a fall in 2:42 over Nick Natale (Wissahickon), and a 5-3 decision over Upper Moreland’s Zach Lyall. He then fell to eventual champ Anthony DiEmidio (Pennsbury), 5-2, Central Bucks South’s Nick Haegele and CRN’s Tim Ambacher in the fifth-place consolation.
Ray Young dropped his opener at 152, then bounced back with a pair of decisions before dropping his consolation semifinals match and his fifth-place finals bout against Bob Barone (William Tennent), 3-1.
Chris Cornwell (170) split his first two matches, then won a pair of decisions in the consolation bouts, eventually taking sixth after a 4-2 setback to Artem Imnadze (Upper Moreland). Casey Cook (195) posted a pin in his opener, then lost to eventual champ and outstanding wrestler P.J. Steinmentz (Council Rock South). He bounced back with a pin in the consolations, then fell in his next match.