Wrestling and Basketball Action
A fifth winter squad opened its season Saturday and, like the first four, created good vibrations.
As you might remember, boys basketball (over Germantown Friends), girls basketball (over Friends' Central), girls squash (over Shipley) and boys squash (over Conestoga) claimed wins in comfortable-to-dominant fashion.
Wrestling is more of an individual sport, of course, and PC traveled to Germantown Academy for a tournament.
Stealer of show? Junior Alex Koening.
Competing in the 152-pound weight class, Koenig not only won but was named the event's Most Outstanding Wrestler. Coach Pete Shaifer said a PC kid had not captured that award in more than 10 years.
Alex wrestled three times. He won his first two matches by fall in 3:42 and 4:34, respectively. He seized No. 3, a sudden victory in overtime, by a 9-7 score.
The Quakers' other competitors were junior Jordan Steinhouse at 126, freshman Johnny Giuffrida at 132, soph Wayne Derkotch at 182 and senior Billy Costello at 285. Giuffrida won twice to advance to the final. Costello lost his first match, then rallied to claim third place thanks to falls in 1:28 and 0:56.
Penn Charter opened the home portion of its 2016-17 boys basketball season Friday vs. Academy of the New Church and suffered a 56-50 defeat.
Junior Mason Williams (19 points, five treys) and senior Adam Holland (15) scored in double digits while junior Will Samuel – pictured here blocking a shot – claimed eight rebounds. More action shots.
Just three days earlier at Germantown Friends, Samuel was a JV starter and varsity sub. This time he did not suit up for the JV and instead was a varsity starter.
The Quakers trailed, 41-30, after three quarters. They did not reduce the spread to fewer than four points.
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