Marple Newtown works quickly in wrestling win
By JOE SANTOLIQUITO, Special to the Times01/26/2006
NEWTOWN SQUARE - Haverford High School's wrestling team was there Wednesday night. So was Marple Newtown's.
A nice crowd was on hand, too for the Central League wrestling match, but the only one who was moving with any alacrity was Marple Newtown Athletic Director Dr. Ted Aceto.
Aceto was anxiously pacing the hallway leading into the Marple Newtown gym waiting - like everyone else - for the junior varsity referee to show up. The wait pushed the varsity match back at least 40 minutes. But the Tigers made up for the lost time, posting pins in four of the first five matches on their way to a 53-21 victory over Haverford.
It marked the first time this season Marple Newtown won two-straight matches, improving to 3-7 overall and 2-3 in the league.
Haverford's Tom McAnally was awarded a forfeit at 103. Marple Newtown then received pins from Bobby Scheb (112) and Mike Flynn (119), got a technical fall from Anthony Pizzi (130) and then two more pins by Mike Pizzi (135) and Steve Flynn (140). Teddy Townsend (189) also won by fall for the Tigers.
The pins enabled the Tigers to make up for some lost time, and it was good thing, too. Both schools have finals today. "We were all a little hungry for this match, but the waiting around was a little frustrating," Townsend said. "It's something you worry a little bit about, because you warm up and you get ready. The waiting can cool you down. Our big thing going into this was being aggressive."
If there was a plus for Haverford, it was junior heavyweight Brian Ellixson, as he's been all year.
Ellixson, ranked No. 1 at heavyweight by the Daily Times, remained undefeated at 18-0, though was severely tested by Marple Newtown's Perry Koliatsis.
It turned out to be the match of the night.
Koliatsis was looking for a monumental upset. Why? Because the two-way senior lineman for the football team was wrestling for the first time. Koliatsis had to cut weight and shrivel down to 275-pound limit, up from weighing as much as 325 at the end of football season. Koliatsis even had to work out a few hours Wednesday afternoon to make 275.
But for three periods, he battled Ellixson hard. The pair were tied, 1-1, after a Koliatsis escape early in the third period. With less than 30 seconds left in the match, Ellixson used his vast experience and scored a two-point takedown for a 3-1 lead. Koliatsis defiantly pulled within range with a one-point escape, but time expired before he could tie it.
"I knew he came down from around 325, or 330 and that's a lot of body to get around," said Ellixson, who is receiving feelers from Division I schools for football. "But this match wasn't too bad. I knew I could out work him, I knew I could wear him down."
Koliatsis was elated. Mobbed by his teammates after Ellixson had his hand raised, the senior wrestling novice was treated as if he won. In some ways, he did.
"It was a fun way to get into wrestling, facing the best in the county," said Koliatsis, who plans on making weight the rest of the year. "I started both ways for the football, so I knew Brian. I knew he was No. 1, but I wasn't intimidated by him. I thought I was stronger. I wouldn't let him push me around. I just wanted to prove that I hand with the top guys."
Tigers coach Rich Graham was certainly pleased with Koliatsis. Graham had gone over moves and worked with Koliatsis to a few hours before the match to cut weight. "I thought his conditioning was fine, considering what he had been through, working two hours before this, that takes a lot out of you," Graham said. "I was really pleased with Perry."
In other Central League action:
Ridley 46, Radnor 24
Phil Rayer (160), Dan McAndrew (171), Zach Gallagher (189) and Nick Jenkins (215) registered pins as the Green Raiders (19-1) sprinted to a 34-0 advantage. Taylor Petrellis (140) also collected a win by fall.
Alex Chabot (119) and John Meyers (135) had pins for the Red Raiders while Ming Law (119) prevailed by technical fall.
Upper Darby 66, Strath Haven 17
Matt Lewis (125), Bill Petransky (140), Sean Nash (152) and Jesse Mariana (171) had first-period pins for the Royals. Chris Grill added a second-period fall at 145 and Bill Kent won by pin at 215.
The Panthers got pins from Eli Zigon (135) and Amir Sidiqi (189). Chris Pharoah had a technical fall at 103.
Springfield 36, Lower Merion 21
Justin Williams (215) and Shane Meighan (275) had back-to-back pins for the Cougars, who received an overtime victory from Steve Armor at 119. Charlie Blue notched a fall at 135. Other Springfield triumphs were supplied by Shane Spellman (112), Sean Newman (130), Steve Schol (140), Pat Leahan (160) and Mike Giuliani (171).
Conestoga 57, Penncrest 12
Vinnie D'Ortone picked up a pin at 160 and Mark McGough (112) and Chuck Mulloy (130) had wins by decision for the Lions in the match against the defending league champion.
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Glen Mills 46, Academy Park 19
Trailing after five matches, the Bulls took command when Kyle Wronski won by decision at 112 and Malachi Goods (119) and Matthew Medina (125) delivered back-to-back pins. Joseph Maffei (152) and Steve Daugherty (275) also had pins for the Mills.
Ian Ortiz (103), Dan Walters (130), Rayon Campbell (145), Mike French (171) and Raul Arocho (215) won bouts for the Knights.
Interboro 44, Penn Wood 27
Dan Connolly (119) and Bryan McCollough (135) notched pins to lead the Bucs. Dave Gillen (152) and Chris Rule (160) also earned victories.
Aaron Wallower (189) and Tom Poole (275) were victorious by fall for the Patriots who also received a decision from Andrew Sorgi at 171.
Sun Valley 42, Harriton 33
Scott Anderson and Domenic Venuti had pins at 103 and 112 to jumpstart the Vanguards. Willy Mack (125), Harry Leary (140) and Josh Marquard (160) also won by fall for Sun Valley. Matt Christy (130) and Matt Fisher (145) earned decisions.
Msgr. Bonner 71, Kennedy-Kenrick 11
En route to their third consecutive win, the Friars (4-7, 3-5) received pins from Dan McBrearty (125), Dimitri Xenidis (135), Tim Buchanan (140) and Tim Dougherty (215). John Washco won by technical fall at 130.
©The Daily Times 2006
Enclosed are some of the best individual wrestlers for Delaware along with projected possible teams. Individual Wrestlers 103-Jimmy Artis, So, Milford 33-2 State Champion, 3rd Jeremy Shaw, So, St. Marks 31-12, 3rd in 2003 States 112-Mike Degliobizzi, Salesianum, 30-7, Jr, State Champion, Jon Hummel, Sr Lake Forest 3rd in States in 2001, State Champion in 2002, 2nd in 2003 States 119-Eddie Quinn, St. Marks, 40-5, Sr, 4th in 2001 States, 3rd in 2002 States Michael Crain, Smyrna, 27-4 125-Wil Saylor, Laurel 2001 State Champion, 2002 3rd in States, 32-4 Career 125-14, 2nd in 2003 States, Andrew Lazartic, Salesianum Jr. 3rd in 2003 states, 26-13 130-Richard Dondarski,Jr, Sussex Central 29-7 4th in states 135-Brian Collins, Sr St. Marks, Career Record 62-32, 2003 Record of37-14, 2nd in 2003 States 140-Mike Grant, Sr Alexis I DuPont, Career Record of 89-17, 2003 Record of 32-4. 2nd in 2003 States, Nick Dominelli, Salesianum, So 26-13, 6th in 2003 States 145-Steve Lennon, Concord, Sr 33-2 Career Record, 2003 State Champion, 5th in 2002 States 152-Kyle Skinner, St. Marks, 2003 State Champion, 35-8 2003 Record, Career Record 95-18 Brandon Council, Brandywine, 31-6, 2nd in 2003 States 189-Andy Lee, Sussex Tech, Sr, 28-9, 4th in 2003 States 215-Brian Willis, St. Marks, Sr 3rd in 2002 States, 2003 State Champion, Record of 34-5 in 2003 placed at the 2003 Grand Nationals 7th in Greco Roman. Also placed at 2002 in Freestyle and Greco. Ranked 7th in the nation by numerous wrestling publications. Andy Bradley, Cape Henlopen, Sr. 32-9,3rd in 2003 States Steve Bilbrough, Jr Caesar Rodney, 4th in 2003 States 33-7 275-Bryan Robinson, Caesar Rodney, Career Record 40-15, 2003 record 24-4, State Champion 2003, Reggie Iacobucci, Wilmington Friends, 23-6, 5th in 2003 States Best teams in Delaware to watch out for: Division I-St. Marks, William Penn, Alexis I dupont, Caesar Rodney Division II-Laurel, Smyrna, Hodgson, Lake Forest
Wrestling: Haverfordís Meyers sees efforts rewarded
February 02, 2003
By BRIAN FREEMAN firstname.lastname@example.org HAVERFORD -- If patience was gold, Kevin Meyers would be a millionaire. The Haverford High senior 112-pounder toiled on the Fordsí junior varsity for three seasons, before finally breaking into the varsity lineup this year. But before Meyers wrestled his first match this season, he was injured and had to sit out for almost a month until he was healthy enough to join the Fords in late December. Since then, Meyers has been wrestling like gangbusters, helping solidify the Fordsí murdererís row of lightweights.
Last night, despite battling flu-like symptoms, Meyers earned probably the biggest win of his high school career with a 7-1 decision over Marple Newtownís Kevin Furman, who came into the bout ranked No. 3 at 112 by the Daily Times.
When Meyers stepped on to the mat, Marple was leading the match, 33-31. When he had his hand raised by referee James Canaday, the father of former Oxford standout Jamie Canaday, the Fords were in front, 34-33.
Mike Glenn then pinned George Balabanion at 119 to clinch the match and give Haverford a 40-33 Central League triumph over the visiting Tigers.
Meyers is now an impressive 11-5. Not bad for a first-year varsity wrestler who had the unfortunate luck of being stuck behind some pretty good wrestlers over the past few years. Names like Jeff Perretta, Kyle Ramplin, Andrew Jones, Mike Glenn, Ted Macnow and Andrew Choi are just a few of the Haverford lightweights who have stood in Meyersí way. Many other wrestlers probably would have quit when it became obvious they couldnít crack the lineup. But Meyers just kept plugging, and now heís a key cog for a resurgent Fords (6-2, 4-2) team. "When you go into a room that has had some of the lightweights weíve had, you better be good," said Fords coach Jim Jones. "You have to give Kevin credit for sticking it out." Meyers is a free-spirited youngster who has many interests. He is an aspiring chef who plans to attend the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute in Pittsburgh next fall. Heís also a talented drummer. Meyers loves drumming, but cooking is his passion. "I love to cook, but at this time of the year, I canít eat a whole lot," Meyers said with a laugh. "Iíd love to be a chef in a warm place some day." When heís not cooking, you can usually find Meyers banging on the drums. He likes all kinds of music, but heís especially fond of jazz. Meyers is also a deep thinker. Ask him why he likes playing the drums so much, and heíll give you an answer that only a physics major could appreciate. "What I like about it is the independence of each hand," Meyers said. "Wrestling actually helps me with drumming." Unlike most wrestlers, Meyers doesnít feel much pressure before and after he steps on the mat. The fact that Furman is very talented and was ranked at 112 didnít faze Meyers in the least. And the fact that the Fords were trailing and Meyers knew he had to win didnít seem to bother him at all. "I just try to relax before my match," Meyers said. "I knew I had to win my match, but it didnít really bother me. Truthfully, I didnít know anything about (Furman). I donít really focus too much on stats." Sophomore 103-pounder Andrew Jones is 25-2,ranked No. 1 by the Daily Times and leads off Haverfordís crew of lightweights. Meyers has been solid. Glenn has been stellar at 119 after sitting out last season with an injury. Perretta, the All-Delco 103-pounder during the 2000-2001 campaign, is the veteran of the group. If not for those four, 160-pounder Chris Renshaw and 215-pounder Jon Rorer, the Fords might not have prevailed last night in what turned out to be two different matches. After Perretta opened the match with a win by fall in 2:45 over Greg Curry, the Tigers (2-6 league) took six of the next seven bouts to take a commanding 33-10 lead.
Senior Bill Thompson, the Cardinal OíHara transfer, earned a technical fall victory in 2:12 over Tom Morgan to get things started. After Dan Brubaker accepted a forfeit at 135, Frank Furman, ranked No. 3 at 140, packed Dennis DiMarco in 42 seconds. Matt Moccia followed with a major decision victory over Matt Goodwin at 145, and P.J. Dortone pinned Randy Berman in 4:55 at 152 to give Marple a 27-6 lead.
Renshaw stopped the bleeding at 160 with a 12-4 major decision victory over Roth Perelman, before Marpleís Dave Kaflamazyan accepted a forfeit at 171. From there, it was all Fords, as Craig Cline (189) and heavyweight Joe Arcidiacono accepted forfeits sandwiched around Rorerís win by fall in 1:16 over Casey Mahron at 215 to make it 33-28. Jones followed with a 6-1 win over Anthony Pizzi at 103 to bring Haverford within two, 33-31, leaving the heroics to Meyers and Glenn. ©The Daily Times 2003
Pennsylvania Wrestling Rankings Through Sunday, January 20. 2002 TEAMS 1. Upper Perkiomen (9-1) 2. Pennsbury (14-0) 3. Neshaminy (5-1) 4. Downingtown (6-3) 5. Council Rock (5-1) 6. Oxford (13-2) 7. Methacton (8-1) 8. Upper Darby (7-1) 9. Spring-Ford (8-2) 10. Haverford School (11-0) Under consideration: Wissahickon (5-0), Ridley (13-2), Avon Grove (11-1).
INDIVIDUALS 103 POUNDS 1. Tim Harner, Norristown (19-1) 2. Brett McCurdy, Germantown Academy (28-1) 3. Nate Nauroth, Quakertown (16-3) 4. Brad Canterbury, Wissahickon (19-3) 5. Brandon Clemmer, Pottsgrove (18-0) 112 POUNDS 1. Jermaine Jones, West Chester Henderson (25-1) 2. Ryan Jablonski, Norristown (16-3) 3. Travis Damm, Academy of the New Church (20-0) 4. Kyle Hartung, Upper Perkiomen (18-6) 5. Nick Collins, Methacton (18-4) 119 POUNDS 1. Brian Sellers, Pennsbury (24-1) 2. Tyler Jones, Kennett (20-2) 3. Darren Kern, Upper Perkiomen (21-7) 4. Sonny Phillip, Chichester (16-0) 5. Jon Denny, Neshaminy (10-3) 125 POUNDS 1. Tyler Fink, Radnor (15-1) 2. Mike Mowbray, Upper Darby (16-3) 3. Nick Nauroth, Quakertown (19-2) 4. Nick Salvo, Malvern Prep (27-0) 5. Zac Knorr, Spring-Ford (19-4) 130 POUNDS 1. Rick McLaughlin, West Chester Henderson (25-3) 2. Joe Perratta, Haverford School (15-2) 3. Dave Witte, North Penn (13-6) 4. Dan Geib, Souderton (15-0) 5. Matt Galetti, Upper Moreland (18-1) 135 POUNDS 1. Pat O'Brien, Garnet Valley (13-0) 2. Drew Beard, Germantown Academy (17-7) 3. Ryan Kennett, Haverford School (19-1) 4. Brandan Whitaker, LaSalle (28-1) 5. Nate Cain, Downingtown (19-6) 140 POUNDS 1. Brad Forbes, Downingtown (26-3) 2. Matt Tullio, Strath Haven (18-0) 3. Demarias Roach, Quakertown (17-3) 4. Ed Scholz, Wissahickon (20-2) 5. Chris Tate, Garnet Valley (16-2) 145 POUNDS 1. Mark Smith, Upper Perkiomen (22-2) 2. Sean Hopkins, Germantown Academy (17-6) 3. Mike Dimotsis, North Penn (16-5) 4. Pat Warusz, Neshaminy (18-5) 5. Joe Bowman, Pennsbury (21-5) 152 POUNDS 1. Dave Schreiner, William Tennent (19-1) 2. John Kokinda, Council Rock (17-3) 3. Kevin Moore, Truman (18-2) 4. Brandon Hill, North Penn (10-3) 5. Tom Schwarz, Great Valley (18-3) 160 POUNDS 1. Zac Fryling, North Penn (20-1) 2. Joe Ammendola, Wissahickon (19-4) 3. Nick Ashby, Upper Darby (16-4) 4. Brian Murphy, Upper Dublin (16-2) 5. Brandon Black, LaSalle (27-2) 171 POUNDS 1. Josh Weitzel, Oxford (25-1) 2. Kraig Feldman, Central Bucks East (21-0) 3. John Spinosa, Archbishop Wood (12-0) 4. Sean Slingsby, Pennridge (12-2) 5. Jeff Hart, Haverford School (17-3) 189 POUNDS 1. Brian Dunlap, Marple Newtown (17-0) 2. Marcus Platco, Spring-Ford (19-1) 3. Paul Weibel, Quakertown (17-2) 4. Mike Pierson, Upper Perkiomen (22-3) 5. Ryan Collins, Council Rock (19-3) HWY 1. Pete McCormick, North Penn (16-6) 2. Geoff Donahue, Neshaminy (12-4) 3. Mike Antolini, Upper Darby (9-3) 4. Joe Bergen, Pennsbury (15-5) 5. Kyle Chandler, Coatesville (17-3)
wrestler of the year joel edwards - upper darby all delco - first team jeff perretta - haverford ted macnow - haverford tyler fink - radnor pat o'brien - garnet valley matt tullio - strath haven bill tate - garnet valley matt storniolo - haverford school jim bertulis - garnet valley shannon meehan - upper darby dan kaczmarski - garnet valley jeff hart - bonner andrew helms - upper darby joel edwards - upper darby aaron salisbury - interboro ********* second team all delco chris ianovale - haverford school larry bynum - glen mills joe perretta - haverford school mike mowbray - upper darby justin barnett - glen mills chris tate - garnet valley jamie festa - marple rod gourley - sun valley t. jay fairlie - marple scott battersby - marple mike knowles- interboro mike lane - radnor brian dunlap - marple jeff carhart - garnet valley tony dambro - garnet valley third team matt marano - marple mustafa flemming - academy park sonny phillip - chichester ryan kennett - haverford school kevin rowles - ridley rob sannelli - springfield gene carragee - radnor ray resnick - haverford school jeff krocko - glen mills bill green - interboro mark malloy - glen mills steve pollick - sun valley brett kennett - haverford school henry atkinson - glen mills corey watkins - o'hara
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SENIOR ALL STAR TEAMS All Star - East Team Interboro - Nils Orth, Nick Lay, Matt Thomas, Mike Knowles & Aaron Salisbury Haverford - Ted Macnow and Rob Byers Springfield - Rob Sannelli Marple Newtown - Jamie Festa and T. Jay Fairlie Garnet Valley - Corery Englebrake & Jeff Carhart Penncrest - Joe Ebright Harriton - Andrew Ammon v All Star - West Team Ridley - Luis Cruz, Joe Papp, Dave Travreso Bonner - Matt Marquardt, Chris Wentworth, Jason O'Donnell Radnor - Gene Carragee Lower Meroin - Sean Burke Penn Wood - Yohan Banfield Glen Mills - Larry Pearson, Justin Nelson & Colby Hart Valley Forge Military Academy - Octavius Newman
del val all stars First Team glen mills - justin barnett, deonte johnson, jeff krocko & henry atkinson interboro - aaron salisbury, mike knowles, bill green, nick lay harriton - mike benz, greg benz, andy ammon, justin lazaroff, elgar richards chichester - sonny phillip sun valley - rod gourley, steve pollick penn wood - shaun sherwood Second Team harriton - jared seiler, jared vanore penn wood - yohan banfield sun valley - reese ardes academy park - mustafa flemming, josh wiker chichester - jonathan matey, greg debes, brian bingnear, billy lamon, barry lee glen mills - larry bynum, will stevens, mark malloy, justin nelson, colby hart honorable mention sun valley - addison luthultz, kevin mccann, dave fairchild interboro - bill purcell, matt thomas academy park - jeremy potts, rob farrington chichester - gary beam glen mills - chris scott, larry pearson