Wrestling, Boys BKB Capture Wins
Penn Charter did not merely win Friday's wrestling match against visiting Haverford School. The Quakers racked up more than twice as many points, at 51-24.
Coach Pete Shaifer was thrilled by the performance. He also loved the contributions of two adults.
Seniors are now selecting honorary captains for each home match. The new tradition began with this tilt. Pat Noonan, director of the Math Center, and Travis Larrabee, director of the Upper School, joined the ref and captains of both schools for pre-match pleasantries and sat right with PC's wrestlers/coaches during the action. "They did really well," Shaifer noted. "We may need to bring them back."
In what "Shaif" viewed as toss-up matches, the Quakers received pins from senior Luke Mattice and frosh Tone DeMarco and a decision from junior Sam Shemtov.
Also, soph Matt McGlinchey, wrestling up to 220 pounds, almost made it 4-for-4 in either-ors, incurring a narrow setback. "He has gotten so much better," Shaifer said.
Senior Jordan Steinhouse likewise was impressive in a 3-1 defeat. "He knew that his opponent had beaten him soundly just a month ago," the coach noted. "He also knew that it was in the team's best interest to take on this opponent . . . Man, has Jordan improved over the three years he has wrestled."
Though officially not part of the match, Andre O'Neal also drew raves. Just in the last two weeks, the frosh football player decided to give wrestling a whirl. He took to the mat twice against HS for exhibition matches. And twice won by pin! A debut to remember forever.
Boys basketball headed up to SCH Academy and claimed a 64-53 win.
The Quakers shot 10-for-22 from beyond the arc. Seniors Mason Williams (25 points) and Will Samuel (16) nailed four apiece and the former added 11-for-12 marksmanship at the foul line. Senior Jake Nicastro and junior Dylan Topaz combined to limit SCH's most reliable scorer to 11 points.
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