SOL Trio Reach 100-win Milestone

PW senior Marco DiBattista, Wissahickon senior Nick Senderling & Souderton's Harrison Andrade reached the 100 career win milestone. (Photos provided courtesy of Plymouth Whitemarsh High School)

P-W’s DiBattista, Wissahickon’s Senderling & Souderton's Harrison Andrade Notch 100th Career Wins

By Glenn Kaiser

Plymouth Whitemarsh High School senior wrestler Marco DiBattista won the 100th match of his career while capturing the 120-pound title at the Governor Mifflin Mustang Holiday Tournament on December 29. The milestone victory was a 3-0 decision over Middletown’s Ryan Berstler in the tournament championship match.

DiBattista, who now owns a 100-17 career record including a 14-1 mark this season, is the 15th wrestler in PWHS history to post 100 career wins. The most recent was his brother, Gianpiero DiBattista, who graduated in 2015 with a 102-42 record.

“Marco is amazing young man that works extremely hard day in and day out,” said PWHS Head Coach David Luthy. “He is always looking to learn something new and is a very coachable wrestler. He is a model for hard work and has shown great leadership since the first day he walked into the PW wrestling room.

“Marco has a tendency to not say a lot, but his actions speak louder than his words,” Coach Luthy continued. “The team looks up to him and it has been a great honor to coach him.”

DiBattista qualified for the PIAA AAA State Championships last season after winning the Suburban One League American Conference 113-pound title, placed second at the District 1 Central Championships and fourth at the Southeast Region Championship. DiBattista also won his weight class in the SOL American Conference Championships as a freshman and a sophomore.

Wissahickon started off the New Year with a trip to Panther Valley High School to compete in the Anthracite Duals.  There, Trojans’ 160-pounder, Nick Senderling eclipsed the 100th career win milestone, as he became only the ninth wrestler in school history to reach the 100-win mark. Senderling finished the day 4-0 and now stands at 14-0 on the year and 102-22 for his career. 

Senderling was the SOL American League Champion last year and second at Districts to qualify for the Southeast Regional Tournament.  He was a District 12 Champion in 2015 while wrestling for Archbishop Carroll. Coach Stagliano looks for him to ascend to Chocolate Town, USA, and the Giant Center to grapple for a PIAA medal this coming postseason.

Wissahickon went 2-3 on the day as a team.  Other wrestlers performing well on the day were Brian Fennell (4-0), Matthew Fritz (4-1), Jon Keller (4-1) and Mark Thompson (4-1).  Next up for the Trojans is a league meet with crosstown rival Upper Dublin on Wednesday night at Upper Dublin.  P-W wrestles Springfield at home Wednesday 1/10/18, both matches start at 7:00pm.

Souderton senior 138-pounder Harrison Andrade earned his 100th win on Saturday at the Parkland Duals against Joel Martsinovsky from Council Rock South. He was 3-0 on the day and now holds a career record of 101-40. So far this season, Harrison has taken fourth at the Penn Manor Tournament and second at the Manheim Holiday Tournament. He is currently 11-4 on the season. Andrake is only the eighth Souderton wrestler to reach the 100-win milestone.