Friday Roundup for Wrestling, BKB
It takes a village to turn a basketball court into a wrestling venue.
Assorted Penn Charter folks accomplished that feat Friday in the Graham Athletics Center and coach Pete Shaifer's grapplers made the experience extra enjoyable for all by winning not one, but two matches as part of, let's call it, Senior Afternoon Then Night.
Long-time coaches Chuck Hitschler and Val Erdmanis served as honorary captains.
The most important tussle, vs. Inter-Ac foe Episcopal Academy, took place first and the Quakers, despite having to hand over 12 quick points due to forfeits, won that one by a 45-27 count. Lawrenceville School (NJ) was topped in the nightcap, 45-21.
Winners by pin vs. Episcopal, in order, were soph Jess Anderson, freshman Max Lentz, seniors Jordan Steinhouse and Alex Koenig, junior Wayne Derkotch and soph Matt McGlinchey. Along the way, triumphs by decision went to frosh Tone DeMarco and seniors Dante DiStefano and Luke Mattice.
To make things even better, all four seniors also bested their Lawrenceville foes.
The basketball teams experienced a 1-1 split. The girls traveled to Agnes Irwin and coasted, 60-34. The boys hosted Haverford School on their Senior Night and could not muster quite enough firepower while falling, 79-66.
Soph Carmen Williams led coach Joe Maguire's team with 17 points. Junior Emma "Meadowlark" Maley and frosh Laila Hamiter halved 16 points. Soph Hayley Hunt (seven) and frosh Kait Haughey (six) were right behind.
Senior Mason Williams, Carmen's brother, led the boys by scoring 22 points and hitting five three-pointers. Senior Will Samuel (14) and junior Ryan "Zingy" Maloney (11) also notched double digits. The all-seniors starting lineup for Senior Night (photo with parents below) included Ryan Dickson, Jake Nicastro and Christopher "Floater" Thomas aside from Williams/Samuel.
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