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2013 - 2014 Results

 Sat. Dec 7  @ Ephrata Duals  -
  Mifflin County L 51-30
  Columia L 48-36
  Downingtown East L 65-6
  Ephrata L 45-33
  Lebanon (9th place match) W 60-18
Wed. Dec 11 Muhlenberg W 54-30
Wed. Dec 18 Wilson L 52-21
Sat. Dec 21 @ Blue & White Duals (Exeter Twsp. HS) -
  Warwick L 51-30
  Downingtown West L 54-30
  Northwestern Lehigh W 42-36
  Anville Cleona L 54-19
  Manheim Central L 58-18
Sat. Dec 28 Eastern Lebanon County HS -
  York Tech W 40-36
  ELCO L 46-31
  East Pennsboro W 46-28
  Lebanon W 60-12
  Susquehannock W 42-39
Sat, Jan 4 @ Blue Mountain Gaunlet (Blue Mnt. HS) -

L 34-30

  Blue Mountain L 47-15
  Plymouth Whitemarsh L 34-28
  Cedar Crest L 35-31

W 48-24

Mon. Jan 6 Twin Valley L 48-13
Wed. Jan 8 Conrad Weiser L 54-24
Fri. Jan 10 BCIAA Individual Tournament results
Sat. Jan 11 BCIAA Individual Tournament 10th Place
Mon. Jan. 13 Exeter L 48-19
Wed. Jan 15 Governor Mifflin NR 0-0
Sat. Jan 18 @ Kennett Duals (Kennett HS) NR 0-0
  Kennett NR 0-0
  Glenn Mills NR 0-0
  Ridley NR 0-0
  Academy Park NR 0-0
  Pottstown NR 0-0
Wed. Jan 22 Reading NR 0-0
Sat. Feb 15 Dist 3 AAA Sect IV (@ Gov. Mifflin) NR 0-0
Fri. Feb 25 Dist 3 AAA Sth Cntrl Region (@ Hershey) NR 0-0
Sat. Feb 26 Dist 3 AAA Sth Cntrl Region (@ Hershey) NR 0-0


2010 - 2011 RESULTS

Sat. Dec 11 vs. Lebanon W 60-15
Sat. Dec 11 vs. Downingtown East L 35-30
Sat. Dec 11 vs. Cedar Crest W 49-18
Sat. Dec 11 at Ephrata W 45-14
Sat. Dec 11 vs. Lewistown (3rd place match) W 35-30
Wed. Dec 15 Governor Mifflin * L 45-31
Fri. Dec 17 Carlisle Holiday Tournament 7th
Sat. Dec 18 Carlisle Holiday Tournament 8th
Wed. Dec 22 at Reading * W 51-21
Tue. Dec 28 Gov Mifflin Holiday Tournament 7th
Wed. Dec 29 Gov Mifflin Holiday Tournament 4th
Mon. Jan 3 at Exeter * L 36-22
Wed. Jan 5 Wilson (West Lawn) * L 41-12
Sat. Jan 8 Gauntlet Tournament 3rd Place
Wed. Jan 12 Conrad Weiser * W 48-24
Fri. Jan 14 BCIAA Individual Tournament 5th
Sat. Jan 15 BCIAA Individual Tournament 5th
Wed. Jan 19 at Muhlenberg * W 43-27
Sat. Jan 22 vs. Line Mountain L 56-12
Sat. Jan 22 vs. Biglerville L 77-0
Sat. Jan 22 vs. Mount Carmel W 41-20
Sat. Jan 22 vs. Tunkhannock W 49-27
Sat. Jan 29 BCIAA Team Duals vs. Gov Mifflin L 44-25
 Wed. Feb 2  Twin Valley * W 49-21
Sat. Feb 19 Dist 3 AAA Sect IV (@ Gov. Mifflin) 6th Place
Fri. Feb 25 Dist 3 AAA Sth Cntrl Region (@ Hershey) results
Sat. Feb 26 Dist 3 AAA Sth Cntrl Region (@ Hershey) 32nd place



Martucci reaches 100

Colin Martucci receives a plaque commemorating his 100th career win. With him are Daniel Boone athletic director Thomas Legath, left, and Boone head wrestling coach Matt Shutt.

With the 2010-11 wrestling season well on its way, it seems as though the Daniel Boone High School wrestling program is doing just fine. Led by Head Coach Matt Shutt and outstanding grapplers like senior Colin Martucci, it looks as though Boone is ready to head into the postseason.  The squad is 4-3 in the Berks League with a 10-7 overall record.

“I think we’re doing well this season, despite injuries and a few other factors,” Martucci said.

Some of the goals the team set for themselves this year were quite high. Among those goals were winning the division (which the team did) and beating Governor Mifflin and Wilson, but they fell short of those.  Individually, Martucci set a myriad of goals, including being undefeated in his individual bouts, winning his county and district bouts, and hopefully at the end of it, winning a state medal. Even though he hasn’t accomplished all of those goals, he’s confident that he’ll win a state medal this season.

So far this season, Martucci has posted a 25-6 record. He said that hand fighting has really helped him in his victories, as well as being more fluent on the mat. He noted that he sees a real increase in his development in that sense.

One of those 25 wins this year was Colin’s 100th, which came against Cedar Crest. Martucci noted that his opponent knew he (Martucci) was going for his hundredth win, and came out guns blazing. However, with lightning speed, Martucci took him down, stuck the opponent on his back and pinned him for the win. The pin occurred within the first minute of the meet, so the event happened pretty quickly.

“Right now, the 100th win doesn’t mean as much to me now as it will in the future,” Martucci noted. “But it’s nice. Now I’m more focused on the goals I have set for the postseason.”

When he first joined the wrestling team, Martucci said he didn’t want to automatically think about getting to 100 wins as a freshman, but thought it could be a possibility down the road. He also noted that the prospect of the 100th win did weigh on him a little after he reached 99.

“I did think about getting to the 100th win a little bit,” said Martucci. “My teammates would constantly ask me when I thought 100 would come, and I was able to brush it off and think about it as little as possible.

When he reached the milestone, there was a little bit of celebration. The team itself stood and acknowledged the feat with applause and cheers. Martucci didn’t celebrate right then on the mat. He recognized the accomplishment, took in the adoration for the few minutes it lasted, then got back to work because there was another match to be had.

The key, Martucci said, to getting to 100 wins is staying healthy and keeping grades up so you’re still eligible to wrestle. Hard work is another ingredient that needs to be added, along with participating in all the off-season activities. Additionally, the senior said it’s good to work with a group that in practice won’t necessarily play with kid gloves. That way each wrestler is toughened up and will know what to expect in any regular season or playoff match.

Now that Martucci has reached this particular plateau, he said that hopefully the team can take six or seven wrestlers to districts. As of now, none of that has been hashed out because sectionals have not yet begun. However, Martucci is confident that he and his teammates will find their way into the entire process.

Published: Thursday, February 10, 2011 - News of Southern Berks - By Matt Dietterick

District 3-AAA South Central Regional

Friday’s Results:

With his unbeaten run, Kenny Bock headed the showing by the Daniel Boone contingent to the District 3 regional at Hersheypark Arena.  Bock (32-2) qualified for the semifinal round at 189 with respective 8-2 and 3-1 decisions over Big Spring's Colby Whitten and Lower Dauphin's Kyle Stauffer. He will now face Dallastown's Phil Sprenkle in a bid for regional gold.

Along with Bock, the Blazers have added representation from Colin Martucci and Sam Batchelor, both in wrestlebacks. Martucci followed an opening-round win at 152 with a loss in quarters, but he responded with a 5-2 decision of Dallastown's Cooper Deller. Batchelor followed the same path at 215, advancing in the consolation bracket with an 8-1 decision of Muhlenberg's Devin Seibert.  A fourth Boone wrestler, Liam Gibbons (135), bowed out after going 1-2 in the double-elimination format.

Saturdays Results:

A trio of Daniel Boone wrestlers fell short of advancing to the PIAA Championships, falling off the pace in the consolation brackets of their respective weights.

Ken Bock (32-4), the lone Blazer in the gold-medal hunt through Friday's early rounds, was dealt a technical fall in the 189-pound semifinals by Dallastown's Phil Sprenkle. His hopes for making the bronze-medal bout were stuffed by Lower Dauphin's Kyle Stauffer, 5-1.  Colin Martucci (31-9) missed the third-place bout at 152, pinned by J.P. McCaskey's Devin Anderson in the consolation semifinals. He previously recorded a 7-4 decision of Middletown's Mikey Simmons in continuation of his trek in wrestlebacks.
A similar fate befell Sam Batchelor at 215. Batchelor (31-6) lost to Warwick's Bryan McCall, 4-3, in the consolation round after racking up an 8-1 decision of Muhlenberg's Devin Seibert.

DISTRICT 3-AAA WRESTLING: Blazer seniors set sights on state

HERSHEY — Four Daniel Boone wrestlers will either be packing for a trip to the PIAA Wrestling Championships or putting their gear away for the last time following this weekend’s District 3-AAA Southcentral Regional Tournament at Hersheypark Arena.

Seniors Sam Batchelor, Ken Bock, Colin Martucci and Liam Gibbons will be shooting for a Top Three finish and state berth that goes with it when wrestling gets under way 3:15 p.m. this afternoon and wraps up with the championship bouts 6:50 p.m. Saturday night.

“We’re excited,” said Boone coach Matt Shutt. “They’ve worked hard for the last four years. We hope it pays off with a trip to the Giant Center.  “Ken Bock probably has the best chance. He’s been wrestling real well this season and just shows up at every match. Sam Batchelor has just improved so much from the beginning of the season. (Martucci’s) got a challenge, but he’s definitely capable of doing it. Liam’s going to be under the radar.”

The 215-pound Batchelor (30-4, 65-45 career), a Section Four champion last week, is scheduled to open against Conestoga Valley junior Brad Erb (23-14), the third-place finisher from Section Three. Last year, Batchelor lost by a 6-3 score and a pin in regional action, and he knows he’ll have to bump it up a notch in order to advance.  “I just have to wrestle better than I ever have before,” he said. “I just have to put everything out there in the short time I have.”

Batchelor had to step up his game in the sectional final against top-seeded Gerry Giorgio. He led by a 2-1 score after a period and was awarded a win by injury default early in the second when the Exeter senior banged his head and could not continue.  “He’s got a heck of a record, but his wrestling has also really improved,” Shutt said of Batchelor. “He’s gotten better and better. He had to turn it on (against Giorgio). I really do believe he would have upped the score. When he turns it on, he battles with the best.”  “I have gotten better,” said Batchelor. “My neutral is a lot better … so is my hand-fighting and my comfort in neutral.”

Bock (30-3, 74-32) entered the sectional as the top seed at 189 pounds and took the title with a pin, an 8-4 win, and a 6-4 decision over second-seeded Anthony Huber of Garden Spot. Last year, he was knocked out of the regional by a technical fall and a 9-0 loss. He’ll open today against Big Spring senior Colby Whitten (29-10), who placed third in Section One.

Martucci (28-7, 111-32), who needs five more wins to tie 2008 graduate Tyler Swartz for the school career win record, just missed out on a state spot last year. He went 4-2 at 145 pounds, with his only losses coming to the eventual champion – senior Bo Candelaria from Middletown – in the quarterfinals and to Mechanicsburg’s Rustin Barrick by a 4-2 score in the third-place match.  He’ll be wrestling at 152 pounds this time and will open against Solanco junior Joe Welk (28-5), the Section Three runner-up. A win in that one will most likely pit him against Kennard-Dale freshman phenom Chance Marsteller, who is 34-0.

“Those matches are fun,” Shutt said of the possible meeting between Section Four runner-up Martucci and Section Five champion Marsteller. “You’ve got nothing to lose. You can let it loose. If you win, it’s great. If you lose, you don’t get too low. You drop down and you come out strong in the losers’ bracket.”

Gibbons (23-9, 68-38), the Section Four runner-up at 135 pounds, will be making his first regional appearance. He’ll meet Central York senior Andrew Wesner (25-5), the Section Five runner-up, in today’s opening round.

“The first match at districts is probably the most important,” said Shutt.  But everyone is a big one as 16 competitors in each weight class fight for the three berths in the state tournament two weeks from now.

“Sometimes I feel like I’ve been wrestling even better lately, because this is the ‘this is-it aspect,’ ” said Batchelor. “I don’t have another chance if I lose.”

By Dennis Weller, Special to The Mercury

Seven Blazers place in Berks wrestling tournament

READING -- All things considered, the Daniel Boone wrestling team had quite a nice showing in this weekend's Berks County Interscholastic Athletic Association's Individual Tournament at the Geigle Complex.

The Blazers advanced seven of their 11 participants into Saturday night's medal rounds, with three of them making it into championship bouts. Sam Batchelor took home the lone gold for Boone with a 5-2 decision in the 215-pound title match. Teammates Ken Bock and Colin Martucci placed second, Zach Mitchell and Liam Gibbons each finished third, T.J. Richard was fifth, and Nate Soto wound up in sixth place.

"Again, we only brought 11 … seven placed," said Blazer coach Matt Shutt. "We did a heck of a job. I'm proud of my guys. They wrestled hard. This is a heck of a league. Even the first-round matches are tough. It's a long process."

"I think we all did really well as a team," added Batchelor. "I'm really proud of everybody."
Batchelor had his hands full with Wyomissing's Tyler Rank in the final, but eventually took the lead with an escape late in the second period.  "That was huge," said Batchelor, who then almost won by a pin early in the third period.  "He did a standup and I just did a cradle," Batchelor noted. "From there, I just hung on. He definitely came hard. When I beat him at the Mifflin tournament (two weeks ago), my coaches said he was going to come out harder. It (the championship) is amazing."

Right before that, Bock had a rough time as he dropped a 9-0 decision to Dylan Scheidt of Schuylkill Valley.  "I was looking forward to the match," said Boone's 189-pounder. "It was going to be good competition. He's really strong. He's tough. He's got good movement for how strong he is. I didn't move my feet enough. I knew it wasn't going to be a walk in the park."

It also was not an easy road for defending champion Martucci, who lost by a 9-5 score in the 152-pound final to Jackson Stabile of Hamburg, who was later named the tournament's Outstanding Wrestler.  “He was short and stocky and got on the inside of me," said Martucci, who recently racked up his 100th career win and now stands at 103. "I wrestled his match."

Still, it wasn't a bad two days for the Blazers, who placed fifth in the team standings that featured 16 teams from the Berks Conference's three divisions.  Mitchell made an impressive comeback after losing his first match of the tournament by a fall to Wilson's Bryan Muchoney. The 135-pounder bounced back with four straight wins, including a 4-2 decision in a rematch with Muchoney in the third-place match.

"Mitchell coming back with four in a row and beating the same guy … that showed guts," said Shutt. "T.J. Richard finishing fifth … that was a great accomplishment for a sophomore. He finished higher than his seed. Sam wrestled a smart tournament the whole time. Bock and Martucci did a heck of a job fighting to the end."

Colin Martucci scores 100th win

The 152-pound Martucci, the son of former St. Pius X head coach John Martucci, is geared toward ending his own personal postseason frustration. The senior is a two-time section runner-up who came within one win of qualifying for states last year with a fourth at the AAA Southcentral Regional. Daniel Boone hasn't had a state medalist since 1999, either.

Boone doubles up Weiser in 48-24 victory

The Daniel Boone wrestling team, on several counts, came away twice as good as Conrad Weiser Wednesday evening. The Blazers won twice as many contested bouts as the Scouts, and that ultimately translated into a 48-24 victory for the locals.

A Berks Conference match abbreviated by five forfeits (one double), and further shortened by falls in six of the contested weights, saw Boone prevail in two-thirds of them. But there were five lead changes in the early going before the Blazers used a five-bout swing between 130 and 152 to seal the win.

Following a forfeit to Nate Soto at 125, Boone's Liam Gibbons and Zach Mitchell pinned their respective opponents at 130 and 135 — the latter needing just under a minute to dispatch CW's Chris Nevin. Another forfeit to Nick Limone later, the Blazers padded their 39-18 lead with Tracy Wright (145) posting a major decision on Antonio Alverez and Colin Martucci (152) scoring a technical fall on Justin Williams.

Boone's early points came from Ken Bock (189) scoring a first-period pin on Colby Auman, Sam Batchelor (215) putting together a 6-2 decision of Kyle Schweitzer and Tyler Richard (112) accepting a forfeit.

Weiser's points came from three pins and a forfeit.

Boone falls in battle with Wilson

UNION — Daniel Boone's Berks Conference wrestling match Wednesday night against Wilson was definitely one of those that was closer than the final score might indicate. The Blazers dropped a 41-12 decision to the always-tough Bulldogs. But the contest included three overtime bouts, two others decided by a single point, and only one pin. Sam Batchelor and Nate Soto won in OT for Boone (1-3 Berks Two, 5-4 overall), Ken Bock earned a decision by a point, and Zach Mitchell took a four-point decision.

"They're always a solid team," Batchelor said concerning the visiting Bulldogs (4-0 Berks One, 8-1 overall). "We definitely improved our score from last year (a 54-13 loss) and the year before (a 52-10 loss). We put up much more of a fight this year. I'm really proud of the team."

"Going toe-to-toe with Wilson is always one of our challenges," added Blazers coach Matt Shutt. "Our work is going to pay off. I'm very proud of my team. A lot of them bumped up in weight. They came to fight tonight."

Soto got the Blazers off to a winning start at 125 pounds when he pulled off a reversal with 35 seconds remaining in regulation time and then took down Giovanni Giorgio in the first extra session for a 4-2 win. Then Boone's Liam Gibbons came back from a 4-1 deficit in the third period before falling in overtime to Sheldon Hannibal-Nixon. That set the competitive tone for the spirited match that lasted nearly two hours as the 10 decisions were decided by an average of only about three points.

Mitchell led all the way in the next bout for a 9-5 win to give Boone its last lead of the night before the Bulldogs ran off six in a row on four decisions, a forfeit, and a pin. One of those Wilson wins came in the feature bout of the night as Boone's Colin Martucci — who is approaching 100 wins for his career - took on Jordan Rosa, who has already gone past the century mark, at 160 pounds. Rosa recorded a takedown in the first period, Martucci tied it with a reversal late in the second, and then Rosa won it with an escape with 35 seconds left in the third.

Bock stopped the Bulldog streak with a 3-2 win at 215 pounds when he escaped in the third period. Then Batchelor - one of several of those Blazers who bumped up in weight due to regulars missing from the lineup - came through with a 3-1 overtime win. That bout was a tough tussle with only a Wilson escape in the second period, one in the third by Batchelor, and a bout-winning takedown in overtime. The win for Batchelor came despite giving away quite a bit of weight to his opponent. "A little … about 50 pounds," he said. "He (Josh Dierolf) was a big boy. I just had to wrestle differently. I'm just glad I won."

That decision kept the Blazers theoretically alive, trailing by a score of 27-12 with three bouts to go. But the Bulldogs finished up with a forfeit, a decision, and a technical fall to widen the margin of victory at the end.

"Our team's been weakened," said Batchelor. "We've had injuries and not a full lineup. We've had to bump around a lot." But it wasn't a bad night as the Blazers bounced back from a 36-22 loss to rival Exeter on Monday. "I think we definitely responded better," said Batchelor. "We came back and wrestled hard."

"We have a tough schedule coming up," said Shutt. "But you want to wrestle the best to be the best. We regrouped. I'm proud of them."

Blazers can't overcome lineup holes

REIFFTON — Daniel Boone had some people missing for Monday night's Berks Conference wrestling match at Exeter. Consequently, everything else had to go right in order for the Blazers to have a chance to win … and it didn't in a 36-22 loss.

Boone (1-2 Berks Division II, 5-3 overall) hung within a pin of the hosts for most of the night, despite having to bump several wrestlers up a weight, or even two, to cover what otherwise would have been holes in the lineup. But things finally caught up with the Blazers - who had pulled to within 24-22 with three bouts remaining - when the Eagles (2-2 Berks Division I, 6-2 overall) won two decisions and a pin the rest of the way to wrap up the victory.

'It didn't go right,' said Daniel Boone coach Matt Shutt. 'Without a 103 and a heavyweight, you're basically down 12 points. Ken Bock wasn't feeling right today, and he had to wrestle at 215 instead of 189. 'We got the key matches that we wanted and it just didn't go our way tonight.'

Exeter took the first bout of the night at 160 pounds, but Rob Fitzcharles did manage to avoid a major decision when he pulled off an escape with 10 seconds remaining. Then Colin Martucci - wrestling two weight classes higher than usual - won by a fall in 1:10 to boost his season's record to 13-3 and give the Blazers what turned out to be their only lead of the match. The Eagles went back on top with a pin of their own and Bock dropped a 6-2 decision — his first loss of the season after 15 wins — to Girard Giorgio before Sam Batchelor (13-3), competing at heavyweight instead of his usual 215 pounds, won a 5-2 decision over Joe Giorgio.

Boone yielded its only actual forfeit of the match at 103 pounds to fall behind by its widest margin of the night (18-9) prior to the final two bouts of the contest. Then Daniel Boone was the recipient of a forfeit. But every Blazer win was countered by one by the Eagles the rest of the way — including a key 3-1 decison by Mike Kern over Liam Gibbons (13-3) at 130 pounds — and Dan Teti finally wrapped it up for the hosts with only their second pin of the match at 145 pounds to make it 33-22.

'It's tough wrestling depleted,' said Shutt, whose team will return to Berks action on Wednesday when it hosts Wilson. 'I just had a kid break his collarbone. Our 112 (Tyler Richard) bumped up to 119 and wrestled well. But it's tough going against a full team without a full lineup.'

The Blazers did get a couple of key close decisions to stay in contention. Nate Soto (12-3) recorded a late takedown for a 5-3 win at 125 pounds to bring his team within 21-18. Then 135-pounder Zach Mitchell (7-2) also took down his opponent late in the third period to boost a seven point margin to nine and eventually wound up with a 14-6 major to close the gap to 24-22. But Justin Caban won the next bout for the Eagles before Teti earned the clinching pin in 2:37.

'We'll come back,' said Shutt. 'We've got a long season. We're not as strong of a dual team as we thought we were with some holes. But we have some guys who will be ready for individual tournaments at the end of the season.'

Governor Mifflin Tournament Resuts

Other Berks wrestlers to win titles included Brandywine Heights' Pete Renda at 135, Daniel Boone's Ken Bock at 189 and Wyomissing's Nick Hodgkins at 152.

Hodgkins joined an elite group of three-time champions by defeating Daniel Boone's Colin Martucci 7-2 in the only all-Berks championship match. Hodgkins, a 2009 PIAA champ coming off winning a title in the Beast of the East Tournament, also scored two first-period falls to run his record to 16-0 this season. 'He's good with his hips and he's a funky wrestler,' Hodgkins said of Martucci. 'It was hard to do stuff. 'It's going to be better for me at 152 because there's a lot better kids there it seems like. It's going to make me better for when I drop and try to win states.'

Bock also is looking ahead to the postseason. After placing fourth in 2008 and third last year, Bock captured his first title at Gov. Mifflin with a technical fall win over Garnet Valley's Brian Poling. Bock won four bouts to improve to 15-0 this season. 'It's not really that big of a deal,' Bock said about being undefeated. 'I just go out there and wrestle my match every time and don't really think about it. Qualify for states, that's my goal.'

Other Berks wrestlers joining Martucci as second-place finishers were Daniel Boone's Nate Soto at 125, Liam Gibbons at 130 and Sam Batchelor at 215; Brandywine's Mark Maloney at 140; and Gov. Mifflin's Kenny Arentz at 119 and Mike Shermot at 160.

Soto suffered a 10-2 loss to Plymouth-Whitemarsh sophomore Justin Staudenmayer. The win concluded Staudenmayer's impressive run through the 125-pound bracket that included a 2-1 win over Gov. Mifflin returning champion Kyle Demain in the quarterfinals and a 1-0 win over Hempfield's Dakota Minnich in the semifinals.

Gibbons suffered an 8-4 loss to Garnet Valley's Kyle Loeb, who won the Harry Steever Award for most falls in the least time. Loeb pinned his other three opponents in a total of 3:31.

Contact Brian Rippey: 610-371-5070 or brippey@readingeagle.com.

Potttown Mercury - 12/30/10

Ken Bock headed the list of medalists for Daniel Boone by winning his weight class at the Gov. Mifflin Holiday Tournament. Bock swept the 189-pound class, posting two pins and a technical fall in the four bouts he wrestled. He was joined in the finals by teammates Nate Soto (125), Liam Gibbons (130), Colin Martucci (152) and Sam Batchelor (215) all of whom scored silver in their divisions. Other medalists for the Blazers, who placed fourth among the 15 teams in attendance, were Nick Limone (140) and Jordan Lahaise (145) in sixth, and T.J. Richard (112) in seventh.

Daniel Boone 51, Reading 21

Pottstown Mercury – 12/23/10 - Daniel Boone 51, Reading 21: Daniel Boone recovered from an opening-bout loss by taking all but three of the remaining 13 to rip Reading in a Berks Conference match. The Blazers (5-2 overall) got pins from Rob Fitzcharles, Colin Martucci, Damon Fernandez, unbeaten Ken Bock, Sam Batchelor and Nate Soto in the lopsided win. Teammate Nick Limone added a technical fall, with Liam Gibbons contributing a major decision.

Pottstown Mercury First Team Rankings

Pottstown Mercury – 12/21/10 - The Mercury's first team and individual rankings appear today….

Individually, it's pretty much a poke-and-hope putting everyone in the first through third slots at this early stage. But among the big surprises heading into the Christmas break - as short as it may be for wrestling - are Spring-Ford's Sean Hennessey (11-0 at 119), and Daniel Boone teammates Liam Gibbons (10-1 at 130) and Ken Bock (10-0 at 189).


125 lbs – Nate Soto – 3rd

130 – Liam Gibbons – 1st

135 – Zach Mitchell – 2nd

160 – Colin Martucci – 1st

189 – Ken Bock – 1st

Carlisle Tournament Results

Pottstown Mercury - 12/19/10 - Carlisle Tournament - Ken Bock headed the quartet of Daniel Boone wrestlers scoring medals at the Carlisle Tournament. Bock went 4-0 at 189, claiming the bracket's title. Liam Gibbons (130) and Sam Batchelor (215) secured bronze with 4-1 runs in their weights, with Colin Martucci (160) fourth at 160 with a 3-2 record.


The Daniel Boone Blazers opened up there 2010 season at the Ephrata Duals. In their first round, the Blazers made quick work of Lebanon notching 8 pins, a tech fall, a major decision and a decision to defeat the Cedars 60 - 15.

In their next match the Blazers fell short in a hard fought match with District one’s Downingtown East. Nate Soto, Liam Gibbons and Kenny Bock recorded pins for the Blazers in their 35-30 defeat.

Boone bounced back in their next match with a win over Cedar Crest. Nate Soto, Liam Gibbons, Kenny Bock and Sam Batchelor recorded pins while Colin Martucci added a tech fall to help the Blazers to a 49-18 victory.

The Blazers then took on tournament host, the Mounts of Ephrata. With pins from Rob Fitzcharles and Sam Batchelor, and a tech fall from Colin Martucci, the Blazers cruised to a 45-14 victory.

With a 3-1 record in the pool, Boone was matched up against District six’s Panthers of Lewistown. With major decisions by Rob Fitzcharles and Colin Martucci and a pin from Kenny Bock, the match was kept close. But with only two bouts remaining the Blazers found themselves down by four. With a key 8-5 decision, Nate Soto pulled the Blazers within one. Liam Gibbons took it from there notching a second period pin and ensuring the Blazers a 35-30 victory and a third place finish.



Blazers graduated four regulars, including Eddie Lockowitz (second in school career wins with 103), but will send out an experienced lineup this year. ... Soto, Gibbons, Mitchell, Martucci, Bock and Batchelor all racked up more than 20 wins last season, with Martucci (83-25 career mark) leading the way with a 31-6 record. ... 'Nine seniors are looking to lead a strong group of underclassmen to their fourth division title in five years,' said Shutt, a 2002 Boone graduate who is starting his fifth season as a member of the coaching staff. 'We are returning three district qualifiers and six 20-plus win wrestlers looking to make the jump to states this year. A bunch of eager seniors all want to make the trip to Hershey as well.'



Coach: Matt Shutt, 2nd season, 12-7.
Last year: 5-2 Berks II, 12-7.
Key returnees: Nate Soto (125, 23-16), Liam Gibbons (130, 24-14), all-division Zach Mitchell (135, 21-16), Cameron Satterwhite (140/145, 6-9), all-division Colin Martucci (152, 31-6), Damon Fernandez (152/160, 3-17), Ken Bock (189, 26-12), all-division Sam Batchelor (215, 26-14).
Outlook: The Blazers again should contend for the Berks II championship.

Berks II was supposed to be a three-team race last year. But because of low numbers and injuries to the few wrestlers on the roster, Conrad Weiser couldn't keep pace with eventual champion Daniel Boone and runner-up Muhlenberg. The Scouts hope to get back into the race in the second season under coach Andy Keppley. 'We have added a lot of new guys from last year and have several talented guys returning,' Keppley said. 'We are hoping to be fighting for a division title.' Justin Williams, who wrestled for the Scouts as a sophomore in 2008-09, has returned to Robesonia after going 22-13 at Daniel Boone last year.

Muhlenberg will be led by three talented lightweights, twins Evan and Ryan Brown and Berks runner-up Zach Snow.

Daniel Boone will try to fend off the challenges with returning county champion Colin Martucci and two senior upperweights who advanced to the District 3-AAA tournament last year, Ken Bock and Sam Batchelor.

Berks Wrestling Rankings – 12/8/2010

135 3rd Zach Mitchell - 152 1st Colin Martucci - 189 3rd Ken Bock - 215 3rd Sam Batchelor

Story by Brian Rppey, Reading Eagle


2009 - 2010 RESULT

12/12/09 vs. Conrad Weiser @ Ephrata Duals W 69-9
12/12/09 vs. Hempfield @ Ephrata Duals W 36-31
12/12/09 vs. Garden Spot @ Ephrata Duals L 34-25
12/12/09 vs. Downingtown E @ Ephrata Duals L 36-27
12/12/09 vs. Lewistown @ Ephrata Duals W 39-27
12/16/09 Reading W 54-13
12/18/09 Carlisle Herd Holiday Tourney results
12/19/09 Carlisle Herd Holiday Tourney 6th place
12/22/09 at Exeter W 36-34
12/29/09 Gov. Mifflin Holiday Tourney results
12/30/09 Gov. Mifflin Holiday Tourney 9th place
1/6/10 at Muhlenberg W 36-27
1/13/10 at Wilson (West Lawn) L 54-13
1/15/10 BCIAA Individual Tournament Results
1/16/10 BCIAA Individual Tournament 4th Place
1/18/10 vs. Newport @ Blazer Duals W 35-33
1/18/10 vs. Hanover @ Blazer Duals W 56-14
1/18/10 vs. Fleetwood @ Blazer Duals W 54-19
1/18/10 vs. Eastern York @ Blazer Duals W 47-18
1/18/10 vs. Juniata @ Blazer Duals L 46-27
1/20/10 Governor Mifflin L 36-21
1/23/10 at Conrad Weiser W 68-7
1/27/10 Twin Valley W 64-6
1/30/10 BCIAA Tm Chmpshp vs. Gov. Miff. L 54-17
2/8/10 Wyomissing L 31-28
2/20/10 District 3 AAA Section 4 3rd place
Feb 26/27 South Central AAA District III Rgl results
38th place


Pottstown Mercury (Feb. 27, 2010)

Junior Colin Martucci was Daniel Boone's only survivor of Friday's opening round of the AAA Southcentral Regional at the Hersheypark Arena. The 145-pound Martucci debuted with an 8-5 decision of Central York's Jake English. However, in his ensuing bout against top-seeded Bo Candelaria, Martucci came up short in a 10-3 setback. He stayed alive in the consolations with a 7-2 decision of Harrisburg's Kalann Washington. Joining Martucci (29-5) in the wrestle-backs were teammates Eddie Lockowitz (103), Justin Williams (152), Ken Bock (189) and Sam Batchelor (215), all of whom lost their openers.

Williams recovered with two straight wins, including an 11-second pin in the second round of consolations to improve to 22-12. Lockowitz recorded a consolation win before being ousted and capped his senior season at (24-10). Bock departed after two losses and closed his junior season at 26-13. And it was the same story for Batchelor, who closed his junior year at 26-13 with back-to-back losses.

Pottstown Mercury (March 2, 2010)
Daniel Boone junior Colin Martucci came up one win short of a berth in the state tournament after finishing fourth during last weekend's AAA Southcentral Regional. The 145-pound Martucci battled back from a second-round loss to eventual champion Bo Candaleria of Middletown with three straight wins - the last a 3-1 overtime decision of Cocalico's Tyler Fittery, who defeated him in the sectional championship a week earlier. However, 4-2 setback in the consolation final to Mechanicsburg's Rustin Barrick ended Martucci's season at 31-6.


•· Colin Martucci for his fourth place finish at the District III tournament.

•· Eddie Lockowitz for being awarded a District III Coaches Book Scholarship.

•· Justin Williams for recording an 11 second pin on Saturday, one of the fastest pins of the District III tournament.

Five Blazers advance past wrestling sectionals

SHILLINGTON - The good news for the Daniel Boone wrestling team in Saturday's District 3-AAA Section Four Tournament at the Governor Mifflin Intermediate School was that the Blazers were able to advance five competitors to next weekend's District 3 Tournament. The bad news was that the Blazers wound up suffering several bad beats in the finals in thwarting their hopes of bringing home a gold medal.

Daniel Boone's quartet of Eddie Lockowitz (103), Colin Martucci (145), Justin Williams (152) and Sam Batchelor (215) each reached the final, while Ken Bock finished third at 189. They all move on to districts, which begin Friday at Hersheypark Arena. 'We only sent one kid (to districts) last year, so it's a big improvement,' said Boone coach Matt Shutt, whose squad finished third in the team standings with 85 points.

Probably the happiest wrestler to be moving on was Williams, who staged an inspired run despite being the sixth seed. He pinned Conrad Weiser's Nelson Choc in 3:00 in the first round, then knocked off third-seeded Emmanuel Encarnation of Muhlenberg with an 8-5 decision before downing Garden Spot's Adam Haas 5-3 in the semis. Williams (20-12 on the season), wound up getting pinned by Wilson's Jordan Rosa (38-3) in 1:37 in the final. 'It was a nice surprise,' Shutt said. 'He's a great kid. He works hard for me and he's really improved. He might not be the most talented wrestler but he has a lot of heart.'

'I set a goal to get to districts,' said Williams, who transferred from Conrad Weiser last year. 'Getting first place would have been awesome, but mainly that's all I wanted to do. I just looked at today like I had to go out there, work hard and be mentally tough.'

The other Blazers who reached the finals found the going tough. Martucci, arguably Boone's best hope for a championship, advanced with a 21-second quarterfinal pin of Elco's Ben Moyer and a 9-2 semifinal decision over Muhlenberg's John Reedy. But in a hard-fought title bout that was tied at 2-2, top seed Tyler Fittery of Cocalico got a takedown with 30 seconds left in the third period and held on for a 4-3 decision. 'He wrestled real good on the mat, but wasn't as well on his feet and took a step backward,' Shutt said of Martucci, who is now 27-4 on the season. 'We'll just go back to work this week and hopefully he'll come out on top and beat him when it counts.'

Lockowitz received a quarterfinal bye, then decisioned Muhlenberg's Evan Brown 14-4 in the semis before falling to Governor Mifflin's Colin Ochs for the third time this season, this time on a 12-0 decision. Batchelor notched decisions over Cocalico's Jacob Scheidt (9-0) and Wilson's Louis Weaver (10-6) before also running into a familiar nemesis, falling 7-5 to Mifflin's Tyler Weisman in the final. It was the third narrow defeat for Batchelor, the top seed, at the hands of Weisman, who was seeded sixth. Bock decisioned Reading's Carlton Brookes 9-6 to reach the semis, where he fell 8-6 to Conrad Weiser's Nate Luckenbill. But he regrouped for a 14-8 decision over Ephrata's Andrew Burkholder in the consolation semis, then gutted out a 3-1 decision over Wilson's Cody Brown in the third-place bout.

Teammate Liam Gibbons, however, was not as fortunate. He reached the consolation final at 119 before suffering a gut-wrenching setback to Exeter's Mike Kern. Gibbons had a 5-3 lead late in the third period before Kern forced overtime with a takedown with 10 seconds left. Then in the extra period, Gibbons was penalized for his third caution, and Kern was awarded the deciding point.

By Darryl Grumling, Special to the Mercury

Wyomissing 31, Daniel Boone 28

With the score tied and one bout remaining, Tyler Rank earned an 8-6 decision over Sam Batchelor at 215 pounds to give the Spartans a Berks Conference victory over the Blazers. Eddie Lockowitz recorded the only pin for Boone, decking Jaquan Gordon in 52 seconds at 103 pounds.

(Pottstown Mercury)

Boone bounced by Governor Mifflin

By Darryl Grumling, Special to the Mercury

WYOMISSING - Daniel Boone's wrestling team headed into Saturday's Berks quarterfinal match against Governor Mifflin confident it could attain a reversal of the 15-point defeat the Blazers suffered to the Mustangs 10 days earlier. Things were a little different in the rematch -- unfortunately not in the way the Blazers expected.

The Berks I runner-up Mustangs took a couple of key bouts early that set the tone for a surprisingly one-sided 54-17 victory over Berks II champ Boone at Wyomissing High School.

'We were feeling pretty good coming into this, but some matches didn't go our way,' said Colin Martucci, whose technical fall at 152 was one of just three Daniel Boone wins on the afternoon. 'People that should have wrestled better didn't. I don't know what went wrong, but a lot of stuff didn't go our way.' That trend began in the opening bout when Boone's 160-pound Justin Williams absorbed a hard-luck 3-2 loss to Michael Shermot, who had earned a similar 5-4 decision in Mifflin's 36-21 league victory over the Blazers nearly two weeks ago. But the big momentum swing came next at 171, when the Blazers had to forfeit what many considered a sure victory heading in. With regular 171-pounder Nick McGlauflin, who wasn't in school the previous two days, not making the trip, first-year Boone coach Matt Shutt tried to send out Justin Williams. Williams, however, was only eligible at 152 and 160, and Mifflin's Tyler Kern was the recipient of the forfeit. 'We came in and we had a game plan, but unfortunately we lost the toss and didn't get what we wanted,' Shutt said. 'With our 171-pounder not here, we couldn't do what we had to do with our lineup. That was a key loss, because he gave us six points last time. It kind of caught us off guard and it went from there.'

Trailing 15-0 after three bouts, Boone finally got on the board when Sam Batchelor won by forfeit at 215. But at 285, Mifflin's Derek Goldsorough eked out a 4-1 overtime decision over Kyle Walleigh with a reversal and takedown in the closing seconds of the third extra frame.

In a high-proflie battle at 103, Mifflin's Colin Ochs pinned Eddie Lockwitz at 1:12, then the Mustangs' Kenny Arentz pined T.J. Richard at 112 to make it 30-6.

'We wrestled hard, but it just wasn't our day today,' Shutt said. 'We went on a gamble and it didn't pay off. I learned my lesson and I'm only going to get better as a coach as far as what to do and what not to do in these situations.' Boone's Liam Gibbons pinned Tom Bui at 2:51 at 119, but that was the lone bright spot until Martucci's 16-1 technical fall over Haydn Curtis at 4:00 in the final matchup. Another tough loss came at 135, when the Blazers' Nate Soto scrapped back from a 6-2 deficit in the final period to draw even at 8-8 only to see Mifflin's Keith Stednitz literally escape with a 9-8 victory thanks to a point in the closing seconds.

'We'll regroup and get back to work,' Shutt said. 'Our kids do a good job of responding. We'll hit the weight room, go back and clean up some of our technique, and start to focus on individual stuff.'

Congratulations to the wrestlers and coaches for clinching the Berks Conference II division. As the Blazers roll into the post season, seven of their starters have already compiled 20+ wins on the season and have captured the attention of the local rankings.

Pottstown Mercury (1/26/10)

3rd - Eddie Lockowitz (103)

3rd - Liam Gibbons (119)

Hon. Mention - Zach Mitchell (125)

Hon. Mention - Nate Soto (130)

1st - Colin Martucci (145)

Hon. Mention - Ken Bock (189)

Reading Eagle (1/27/10)

3rd - Eddie Lockowitz (103)

4th - Zach Mitchell (125)

1st - Colin Martucci (145)

4th - Ken Bock (189)

PA Power Rankings 1/24/10

District 3 AAA - 2nd - Colin Martucci (145)

State AAA - 12th - Colin Martucci (145)

2010 BCIAA Wrestling Results

Wrestling Individual Results

Wrestling Team Brackets

Wrestling Standings

Daniel Boone 64, Twin Valley 6

With the help of six forfeits, the Blazers rolled to a victory over the Raiders in a Berks Conference match. Boone's only pin came at 215 pounds when Sam Batchelor dropped Malik Moss in 1:39. Colin Martucci and Justin Williams each won by technical fall and Nick McGlauflin picked up a win by disqualification. (Pottstown Mercury)

Boone takes 4th at 2010 BCIAA Individual Tournament

Team Standings

(1) Schuylkill Valley 276.0, (2) Wilson (West Lawn) 216.5, (3) Hamburg 150.5, (4) Daniel Boone 146.5, (5) Muhlenberg 129.0, (6) Governor Mifflin 125.0, (7) Wyomissing 115.5, (8) Brandywine Heights 106.5, (9) Fleetwood 66.0, (10) Oley Valley 60.5, (11) Conrad Weiser 51.0, (11) Reading 51.0, (13) Twin Valley 46.5, (14) Exeter 27.0, (15) Tulpehocken 7.0, (16) Kutztown 1.0


103 - Colin Ochs (Governor Mifflin) maj. dec. Eddie Lockowitz, 8-0

119 - Zachary Snow (Muhlenberg) maj. dec. Liam Gibbons, 15-2

125 - Zach Mitchell dec. Marco Pangrazi (Oley Valley), 7-6

145 - Colin Martucci maj. dec. Dan Teti (Exeter), 11-2

Consolation Quarterfinals

130 - Nate Soto dec. Kyle Ezolt (Fleetwood), 7-4

152 - Emmanuel Encarnacion (Muhlenberg) dec. Justin Williams, 5-2

171 - Nick McGlauflin dec. Wilmer Cortez (Muhlenberg), 3-2

189 - Kenny Bock pinned Carlton Brooks (Reading), 2:43

215 - Sam Batchelor dec. Louis Weaver (Wilson (West Lawn)), 4-3

285 - Kyle Walleigh dec. Derek Goldsborough (Governor Mifflin), 4-2

Consolation Semifinals

103 - Eddie Lockowitz dec. Jacob Werner (Wilson (West Lawn)), 7-1

119 - Liam Gibbons dec. Jonah Horst (Schuylkill Valley), 9-4

130 - Sheldon Hannibal-Nixon (Wilson (West Lawn)) dec. Nate Soto, 5-4 OT

171 - Nick McGlauflin dec. Nate Unger (Conrad Weiser), 3-2

189 - Kenny Bock maj. dec. Drew Eisenhower (Oley Valley), 9-0

215 - Sam Batchelor pinned Joe Feeg (Oley Valley), 1:40

285 - Dan Hendley (Brandywine Heights) pinned Kyle Walleigh, 1:14

Fifth Place

130 - Victor Signorelli (Twin Valley) won by tech. fall over Nate Soto, 17-2

285 - Darren Kline (Fleetwood) pinned Kyle Walleigh, 1.57

Third Place

103 - Eddie Lockowitz pinned Evan Brown (Muhlenberg), 3.43

119 - Wayne Resh (Hamburg) dec. Liam Gibbons, 10-3

171 - Jeff Mohn (Schuylkill Valley) pinned Nick McGlauflin, 2.24

189 - Kenny Bock dec. Cody Brown (Wilson (West Lawn)), 4-2

215 - Tyler Weisman (Governor Mifflin) dec. Sam Batchelor, 7-3

Championship Finals

125 - Zack Terefenko (Wilson (West Lawn)) dec. Zach Mitchell, 3-2

145 - Colin Martucci maj. dec. Guiliano Caloiero (Schuylkill Valley), 14-4

Berks County Individual Tournament

Nine Blazers medaled at the annual Berks County Individual tournament this past weekend. That effort earned Boone an impressive 4th place finish out of the 16 team field, trailing the third place Hamburg team by only 4 points. Two Blazers qualified for the finals. Zach Mitchell (125lbs) lost a close 3-2 decision to Wilson's Zach Terefenko. Colin Martucci (145lbs) was too much for Schuykill Valley's Guiliano Caloiero as he major decision the Panther 14-4. The Reading Eagle noted that the biggest upset of the first evening of wrestling was Liam Gibbons 4-0 defeat of Wilson's number one seeded Giovanni Giorgio.

103lbs Eddie Lockowitz - 3rd

119lbs Liam Gibbons - 4th

125lbs Zach Mitchell - 2nd

130lbs Nate Soto - 6th

145lbs Colin Martucci - 1st

171lbs Nick McGlauflin - 4th

189lbs Ken Bock - 3rd

215lbs Sam Batchelor - 4th

285lbs Kyle Walleigh - 6th

Wilson wallops Daniel Boone

WEST LAWN - On a night when Daniel Boone's wrestling team saw its blazing Berks Conference start halted by a top-notch Wilson squad, Colin Martucci nonetheless continued his mat mastery. Martucci, the Blazers' tenacious junior 145-pounder, was one of a few bright spots in an otherwise one-sided 54-13 interdivision loss to the Bulldogs Wednesday at West Lawn.

The area's top-ranked grappler in his weight class, Martucci earned a 14-1 major decision over Ben Chelius to improve to 12-3 on the season and take a full head of steam into this weekend's Berks Individual Tournament at Reading High's Geigle Complex, where he will likely be seeded second. 'I'm trying to focus on the big goals, but still trying to keep focused on every single match that comes up,' Martucci said. 'I don't want to let down. It's a lot different mentality than last year. I don't want to come up short in districts like I did last year (when he went 1-2 at 140 pounds).'

He didn't let up at all in his bout, one of just three victories by the Blazers (3-1 Berks II, 6-3) over the Bulldogs (4-0 Berks I, 14-2). Martucci used two first-period takedowns to open a 4-1 advantage, upped the lead to 9-1 with a reversal and near-fall in the second period, then finished it up in style with another takedown and near-fall. 'I just wasn't satisfied with last year, so I put in a lot of work in the offseason,' Martucci said. 'I got a lot quicker on neutral and shot defense when they get in on my feet. And on top, I've been working more on cradles.' Martucci's slight makeover is noticable, according to Boone coach Matt Shutt. 'I've been working with him for a while now, and he's been getting much better on his feet,' Shutt said. 'He struggled a little in that area last year, but this year he's shooting and scoring on his feet. His top game is still his strength. He can turn somebody over and turn a two-point lead into a five-point lead in a hurry. We know no one's really going to hold him or ride him down on bottom, because he really scrambles.'

Team-wise, the Blazers were scrambling from the get-go thanks to two early pins by Wilson's Kyle Pych (160) and Alex Loder (171) that made it 12-0. Boone's Ken Bock gave a gallant effort at 189, but finally succumbed to a 6-4 decision in the closing seconds of the third overtime to Louis Weaver. Sam Batchelor likewise hung tough at 215 before falling 7-4 to Tyler Suruskie.
Those two matches go the other way, and the score's not going to look that bad,' Shutt said. 'We're there, but there's some things we need to clean up on. We'll go back into the room tomorrow, take a look at some film and get back to work.'

With the Blazers down 24-0, Eddie Lockowitz finally got them on the board with a hard-fought 4-1 decision over Jacob Werner at 103. It was the 91st career victory for Lockowitz, a senior who is 13-4 on the year and ranked third in the area in his class. Boone's Nate Soto, ranked third in the area at 130, received a forfeit to improve to 15-6 on the year. Other than that, however, the Bulldogs did most of the barking -- getting pins from Zach Testerman at 285, Felipe Arias at 112 and Zack Terefenko at 125 and decisions from Giovanni Giorgio at 119, Tim Ravel at 135, Nick Dragonette at 140 and Jordan Rosa at 152. Ravel and Dragonette, incidentally, both have more than 100 career wins. Wilson remained in a first-place tie with Gov. Mifflin (4-0, 9-5) in Berks I, while the Blazers now share the Berks II lead with Muhlenberg (3-1, 10-4).

'I know they're going on to bigger and better things,' Shutt said of the Bulldogs. 'It's nice to wrestle some tough competition before the Berks County Tournament. We don't want to go in there feeling light or like we haven't wrestled the best.'

By Darryl Grumling, Special to the Mercury

7 Boone wrestlers place @ Governor Mifflin Holiday Tourney

SHILLINGTON - Daniel Boone and Pottstown went home from the 36th Annual Governor Mifflin Holiday Wrestling Tournament Wednesday night with a bunch of medals, but none of them were gold. Trojan heavyweight William Carter and Boone 145-pounder Colin Martucci were the top finishers for the local squads as they both placed second and Blazer 189-pounder Ken Bock finished third. Governor Mifflin won the team championship in the 17-team field and Carter was presented with a clock for recording the most pins in the shortest amount of time. Seven Daniel Boone wrestlers earned medals for finishing in the top seven, as did five Trojans.

Martucci got off to a rough start in his championship bout as Northeast Catholic's Anthony White pulled off a takedown at the first-period buzzer for a 4-1 lead. White wound up with four takedowns in all in a 9-3 decision. 'He was really quick,' said Martucci, who placed fourth last year. 'He was one match away from making it to states last year. I thought I wrestled well. He was tough.' The Boone junior escaped three times, but couldn't manage to take White to the mat. 'If I could have had him down on the mat, it would have been different,' Martucci explained. 'I thought if I could get on top I could roll him, but he stands up way too quick.'

Bock bounced back with two close wins after a one-sided loss in the semifinal round to wind up one place better than last season. He lost to Mifflin's Louie Acampora by a 21-7 score to start the day. 'It was tough,' Bock said. 'You just have to get your mental game back ... shake it off and come back for the next one.' The Blazer junior rallied with a 4-3 win to advance to the bronze medal match and then broke a tie with an escape with one minute left and held on for another 4-3 verdict over Big Spring's Danny Hockensmith. 'It was a total opposite of yesterday,' said Bock, who had won a pair of falls in a total of 74 seconds on Tuesday.

Boone's Sam Batchelor also recovered from a semifinal setback at 215 pounds to advance to the third-place match before falling to Wyomissing's Tyler Rank, 6-4. ... Zach Mitchell and Nate Soto finished fifth, Justin Williams sixth, and Eddie Lockowitz seventh for Boone, which placed ninth for the second straight year.

By Dennis Weller - Pottstown Mercury

Governor Mifflin Holiday Tournament

SHILLINGTON - The Governor Mifflin Holiday Wrestling Tournament is always a good early-season test, and the Daniel Boone and Pottstown squads ran into some tough assignments during Tuesday's opening day of the 36th annual competition at the Intermediate School gym.

Three Blazers - Colin Martucci, Ken Bock and Sam Batchelor - advanced to today's championship semifinal round, as did Pottstown's William Carter. Semifinals of the 17-team affair are scheduled for 11 a.m., with fifth- and seventh-place bouts set for 2 p.m., and the first- and third-place finals slated to begin at 4:30 p.m.

'I really like this tournament. It really shows how you've improved,' said Batchelor, who had a bye and an 11-4 decision in Friday's action. The 215-pound junior is happy with his season so far after working hard during the offseason. 'It's pretty good,' he said. 'I've come back and beat a lot of the kids who beat me last year. I put in a lot of work during the off-season, a lot of tournaments. I've generally gotten better. Me wrestling on top is a lot better, I'm able to move a lot better on the bottom, and I feel a lot more comfortable in neutral.' Batchelor will face a tough semifinal foe in Northeast Catholic's A.J. Vizcarrondo, who had a pair of pins, each in 1:12 on opening day. 'He looks really tough,' said Batchelor. 'It's going to be a tough match. Whatever happens, happens.'

Bock had what amounted to a light workout on Tuesday as he pinned a pair of opponents in a total of 74 seconds. 'I would like to get a little more work,' said the 189-pound junior. 'I didn't even wrestle a period. I wish the tournament was one day.' Bock took his first match in 23 seconds and finished up the day with a fall in 51 seconds. 'I worked my game,' he said. 'I did all the fundamental things and came out on top.' Today will undoubtedly be tougher as he tries to improve on last year's fourth-place finish. 'I'm looking to do a little better this year,' he said. 'I've got a tough match in the morning (against Governor Mifflin's Louie Acampora). There's a lot of tough competition, a lot of good schools here.'

Martucci is also looking to improve his final standing after fifth and fourth-place finishes the last two years. 'I wrestled well,' said the 145-pound junior. 'I'm just looking forward to the next day.' Martucci won by scores of 16-4 and 11-0 and was one of just four Blazers (along with Batchelor, Bock, and Nate Soto) to make it through the opening round undefeated. Five Daniel Boone wrestlers survived consolation matches to advance to today: Eddie Lockowitz, Liam Gibbons, Zach Mitchell, Nate Soto and Justin Williams. They'll be joined in today's continuing consolation rounds by Pottstown's Zane Bechtel, Trenton Clifford, James McKinney, and Ricardo Gonzalez.

By Dennis Weller - Poosttown Mercury

Boone wins key wrestling match over Muhlenberg

By Mercury Staff

LAURELDALE - Daniel Boone passed its first big test of the wrestling season Wednesday night. The Blazers, on the strength of four pins, defeated host Muhlenberg, 36-27, in a key Berks Conference Section Two match. Colin Martucci got the pin parade started in the second bout of the night at 145, then teammates Ken Bock (189), Sam Batchelor (215) and Eddie Lockowitz (103) added three more to underline the victory. The Blazers also got decisions from Justin Williams (152), Nick McGlauflin (171), Zack Mitchell (125) and Nate Solo (130), the latter clinching the outcome in the next-to-last match.

Lockowitz puts Boone in control of Berks II

In its most important match of the season, Daniel Boone turned to its smallest wrestler to get the biggest win. Senior 103-pounder Eddie Lockowitz fought off his back and scored a fall to help Daniel Boone take a giant step toward winning the Berks II title with a 36-27 victory over Muhlenberg Wednesday night in Laureldale.

'I was honestly scared,' said Lockowitz, who trailed 5-0 after one period. 'I wanted to get off my back and get back to wrestling.' Lockowitz was facing previously undefeated Evan Brown, the top-ranked 103-pounder in Berks County. But Lockowitz said he didn't feel overmatched. 'I thought I had a fairly good chance of winning,' Lockowitz said. 'We had a tough schedule and a couple tough tournaments, so I took some losses there.'

The Blazers (3-0, 6-2) also got falls from Colin Martucci at 145, Kenny Bock at 189 and Sam Batchelor at 215. Bock and Batchelor scored back-to-back falls in close bouts to help the Blazers close in on their second division title in three years. 'This was the match to win,' Daniel Boone coach Matt Shutt said. 'We came today to wrestle and we wrestled with our hearts and it really showed.'

With Muhlenberg leading 12-9 after the first four bouts on falls by Jennsy Santana at 140 and Jonathan Santiago at 160, Nick McGlauflin started the Blazers comeback. McGlauflin scored the winning takedown over Wilmer Cortez just prior to the buzzer at 171 to tie the match. 'We win in the third period,' Shutt said. 'Our conditioning has been top-notch since the beginning of the season.'

Bock, who led 2-0, followed with a fall with 1:17 left to give Daniel Boone the lead. Batchelor, who led 3-0, scored his fall with nine seconds left in the second period. 'This one stings,' Muhlenberg coach Matt Host said. 'This was the one we needed to win. They knew.' Instead, the Muhls (1-1, 5-2) will have to bounce back to earn to their first county playoff berth.

Following Batchelor's fall at 215, Muhlenberg tried to climb back into the match. Jordan Sweitzer scored a 2-0 decision at 285 to trim Daniel Boone's lead to nine points. Brown, who entered with an 8-0 record, was looking to close the gap further when he took down Lockowitz and put him on his back for a quick 5-0 lead. But Lockowitz, who improved to 12-4, turned the tables in the second period for the pivotal win. 'This match was the most important step in winning that second division title,' Lockowitz said.

Muhlenberg stayed close with a major decision by Ryan Brown at 112 and a decision by Zach Snow at 119. But Zach Mitchell stopped the Muhls with a 3-0 decision at 125 to give Daniel Boone an 11-point lead with two matches left. That meant Muhlenberg needed falls in the last two bouts to pull out the win. Evan Whitney gave Muhlenberg fans hope when he rolled Nate Soto to his back in the second period. But Soto fought back for a 9-6 decision to clinch the victory.

By Brian Rippey - Reading Eagle

Daniel Boone 54 - Reading 13

BIRDSBORO - First-year Daniel Boone wrestling coach Matt Shutt couldn't have asked for a better way to make his Berks League debut. Thanks to a heavy-hitting performance from his lightweights, Shutt didn't have to endure too many nervous moments Wednesday night as the Blazers defeated the visiting Red Knights 54-13 in an interdivision affair.

Liam Gibbons (119), Zach Mitchell (125) and Nate Soto (130) got the proceedings started with three straight pins; Colin Martucci had a momentum-swinging fall at 152; and Eddie Lockowitz closed out the match by stepping up a weight class and notching a pin at 112 to remain unbeaten on the season.

'It was a good first league match,' said Shutt, an assistant for the past three years who took over for Matt Palmer. 'Our kids came out real well. You know Reading High is always going to fight you tough, but the kids that needed to step up for us really stepped up.'

'We wanted to get off to a good start,' Lockowitz said. 'We wanted to get as many wins and pins as we could and make a statement that we are a contending team in Berks County.'

The Blazers, who had opened the season by going 3-2 in the Ephrata Duals over the weekend, did exactly that against the Red Knights. Gibbons needed just 1:04 to pin Kyle Rice; Mitchell followed with a fall at the 3:17 mark over Jose Ortiz; and Soto pinned Edgar Tafolla with one second left in the opening period as Boone opened an 18-0 lead right out of the chute.

'We have a good core group of juniors that are a little bit more mature,' Lockowitz said.

Reading High got on the board with Richard Morales' pin of Tracey Wright at 135, then decisions by Samuel Nieves (19-6 over Ian McCullough) at 140 and Ramon Rodriguez (4-3 over Robert Fitzcharles) at 145 cut the deficit to 18-13. Before things got too tight, however, Martucci (an all-division pick last year along with Lockowitz) earned a fall over Tim Bauer with 52 seconds left in the third period as the Blazers won the final eight bouts.

'It was great to see how we stopped them after they got to 13,' Shutt said.

Justin Williams, a transfer from Conrad Weiser who was an all-division pick last year, opened a 9-3 lead after the first period against Gil Cornejo and cruised to a 14-6 decision at 160. After Nick McGlauflin and Ken Bock earned decisions at 171 and 189, respectively, 215-pounder Sam Batchelor staged a third-period rally for a hard-fought 6-2 decision over Eliel Alvarez. Then Kyle Walleigh took a decision at heavyweight and Tyler Richard received a forfeit at 103 before Lockowitz locked things down by pinning Hitman Doan with 12 seconds left in the third period.

'We worked really hard all summer and it showed,' Lockowitz said. 'Our key guys wrestled good over the weekend and won the matches they needed to win tonight. Our goal is to get our division title back and win some county playoff matches.'

Lockowitz improved to 6-0, while Martucci and Bock are each 5-1.

'The kids are really buying into what we're preaching,' said Shutt. 'We're trying to build a program here, all the way from the mat club through the high school.'

Darryl Grumling, Special to the Mercury

Daniel Boone 36, Exeter 34

Pins by Liam Gibbons and Zach Mitchell got the Blazers off to a good start, one that held up down the stretch for a Berks Conference victory over the Eagles.

The falls by Gibbons (125) and Mitchell (130) helped stake Boone to an initial 15-point lead, Nate Soto adding an overtime decision at 135. Justin Williams (160) and Ken Bock (189) had other pins for the Blazers. (Pottstown Mercury)