|John Strickler/The Mercury Owen J. Roberts’ Derek Gulotta works for a takedown and control of St. Marks’ Justin Engelmann in their 113-pound bout in the first round of Saturday’s Bear Duals. Gulotta went on to win, 13-2.|
By Don Seeley
BOYERTOWN — Nothing like opening a new season with morning, noon and night wrestling, capped off by what could very well have been an actual live Pioneer Athletic Conference championship preview.
An obvious physical as well as mental challenge, especially for Owen J. Roberts and Boyertown.
The two PAC-10 rivals dominated their respective pools in Saturday’s ninth renewal of the Brian Bealer Memorial Bear Duals to earn a spot opposite one another in the final for the second time in the last three years. This one didn’t at all resemble their 39-33 thriller of two years ago nor their 68-6 blowout 11 months ago, but the Wildcats sure did deliver a similar message — as in it’s still the team to beat — with a 37-16 decision.
Owen J. Roberts was virtually unchallenged all day, and got spotless 5-0 showings from returning state medalist Derek Gulotta (113 pounds), Dominick Petrucelli (132), Kyle Shronk (160/170) and Gordon Bolig (182); a flawless three-bout run from Adam Moser (152); and 4-1 efforts from Aston White (106), Alec Pupo (120) and Nick DeAngelo (220) and similar 3-1 efforts from Drew Gerber (138) and Evan Boaman (195).