SOL Wrestling: D-1's Best Wrestle at CR North's Rock Yard Duals (1-8-19)

Glenn Kaiser features the SOL’s top showings at CR North’s Rock Yard Duals and highlights some of the SOL’s top dual matches last week. (Cheltenham/UD photo courtesy of Geanine Jamison. To view a gallery of photos, please click on the following link:



By Glenn Kaiser

Five of District One’s top teams wrestled at Council Rock North Saturday in the Jack K. Callender Memorial Rock Yard Duals, and two of those teams, Neshaminy (#6 in D1 as ranked by and host CR North (#9) represented the SOL.  Spring-Ford, the #2 ranked team in D1, captured the team title, dismantling a strong Downingtown West (#8) team 44-23.  Neshaminy was impressive with its third-place finish, downing North 40-30.  Neshaminy lost a heartbreaker to Downingtown West 38-36 in the first round, but rebounded with three straight victories.  The wins upped the ‘Skins record to 7-4, and Neshaminy senior 126-pounder Colton Jordan stole the show, not only in these duals, but all of last week.

Jordan, who defeated CR South stalwart Shane Hanson-Ashworth with a neutral fall Wednesday night in the ‘Skins 64-10 loss to the Golden Hawks, knocked off another star in North’s Luke Lucerne 6-2 with a tight cradle at the end of the match Saturday.  Jordan and Neshaminy teammate Jackson Erb (152-pounds) are having stellar seasons.  Erb handed William Tennent’s A.J. Tamburrino his first defeat of the season in these duals. Erb was awarded a penalty point in an overtime scramble to win as Tamburrino inadvertently touched his legs around Erb’s head.  Neshaminy dominated the team match over Tennent winning 52-11.

Neshaminy dispatched the Pioneer Athletic Conference’s Methacton (HM) handily as well, winning 49-17.  Despite their narrow loss to Downingtown West, this Neshaminy team will be a force to be reckoned with in the upcoming D1 Team Championships, which kicks off first round action on January 26, 2019, at Hatboro-Horsham and West Chester Rustin.   The CR North Indians went 2-2 on the day, but their stock may be dropping as they are only 6-6 overall this season.

SOL Dual Wrap-Up:  Wissahickon cruised to a 42-27 win over Hatboro-Horsham (Record 8-4/1-1 SOL) to start the New Year this past Wednesday.  Kevin Salmon led the way for the Trojans, downing H-H’s Patrick Chapman 9-4 at 170-pounds.  Other key wins turned in by the Trojans were Brian Fennel’s 8-7 win over a rugged C.J. Grier, a penalty point for locking hands was the difference in the match.  And Jalylen Pacheco came off his back at 106-pounds to deck H-H’s Gage Wenger at 5:54 in the third period.  Wissahickon, at 6-2/3-0 SOL, controls its own destiny, needing just a win over Abington to essentially lock up the SOL American Conference title.  The Trojans will be sure to enter the D1 Duals, the 16-team bracket will be set at the D1 Wrestling Steering Committee Seeding Meeting on Jan. 20, 2019. 

In other action in the SOL American, Cheltenham surprised Upper Dublin with a rare Saturday night victory 43-42, winning on criteria H after the match was knotted at 42-all after a match that featured all pins and two forfeits.  It was Cheltenham’s Yasir Gray at heavyweight that tied the dual up at 285-pounds with a fall over U.D.’s Connor Devitt at 2:36 in the second period.  The Chelts’ Isaiah Stehman’s 11-second fall of the Flying Cardinals Cael Jamison highlighted the Panther’s victory at 170-pounds.

In the SOL National, CR North was a big winner over Truman Thursday evening, winning convincingly 52-21.  The Indians were led with falls by Kyle Hauserman (113) over Daniel Baskin (HST), Luke Lucerne (126), Cam Robinson (145), Sammy Hayes (152), Brendon Hardy (170) and Blake Silber (182).  Dillon Sheehy added a major decision 9-1 over Truman’s Joseph Goldey at 160-pounds.

In the Continental, Souderton defeated an up and coming Central Bucks West team 46-28.  Meanwhile, Quakertown (#7 continues to build momentum toward the D1 Team Championships as the Panthers won three matches at the Zephyr Duals hosted by Whitehall this past weekend.  The Panthers lost to Muncy in the finals 46-18 to place second.  Quakertown was not challenged in their earlier matches, downing Northern Lehigh 54-17, Whitehall 51-22 and East Stroudsburg South 42-27.  The Panthers are 4-2 overall and 1-0 in SOL Continental action so far this season.