|John Strickler/The Mercury Boyertown’s Gray Garber, top, turns and pins Pottstown’s Sebastian Shiffler during their 170-pound bout Wednesday night.|
By Don Seeley
POTTSTOWN — Boyertown head coach Pete Ventresca didn’t have a grin on his face, not even as much as a wry smile.
Pottstown head coach Brad Bechtel wasn’t exactly beaming, either ... but he did manage a half-smile or two.
No one was quite sure what ailed Boyertown in Wednesday night’s Pioneer Athletic Conference match with the Trojans, but it sure didn’t look like the team that opened the season with a 4-1 mark in the Brian Bealer Memorial Bear Duals, or the team that finished fifth in the highly regarded King of the Mountain Tournament last weekend ... or even the team some have listed as high as No. 2 in District 1-AAA rankings.
The Bears did win by a 41-21 margin, but it wasn’t secured until the 12th bout of the evening — Mike Fretz’s first-period pin at 195 pounds.
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