Monday, January 14, 2013

SEELEY ON WRESTLING: Rise of the Trojans highlights 1st half of season

In his first year, Pottstown head coach Brad Bechtel
has guided the Trojans to an impressive
14-5 record already this season. (File photo by Tom Kelly III)
By Don Seeley
Five down, five to go … weeks that is.
In other words, wrestling’s regular season is at the halfway mark.
The first half sure was entertaining, and the second half certainly should be when it kicks off this week with Owen J. Roberts visiting Spring-Ford in the newest feature-of-the-year and continues into next week with the opening rounds of the district duals.
But before claiming to own wrestling’s crystal ball and taking a glimpse into it, there is a need to take a moment or two to acknowledge a few teams and individuals who provided some much-needed fresh air to the sport that in recent years was becoming quite stale, perhaps even a little boring, and definitely way too predictable.
First and foremost, Pottstown is already 14-5 … and not the result of a softer schedule but the result of a handful of upperclassmen’s commitment and the influx of another handful of very skilled freshmen. The Trojans debuted with four wins at the Jim Thorpe Duals, where they’re accustomed to getting only one, perhaps two, and took second — with four wins and a championship setback to neighboring rival Methacton — at the Avon Grove Duals.
Pottstown’s refreshing look features a foursome of feisty freshmen, namely twins Logan and Mason Pennypacker, Bubba Gephart and Bryant Wise. They’re being pushed by juniors Robbie McCoy, Darien Hain, Patrick Bohn and Josh Slody, and the entire group — as well as the rest of the team — are being led by seniors like Sebastian Shiffler, Jordan Eckstrom, Jasheel Brown and Mason Weber, who labored through and didn’t quit during the last two of six straight losing seasons. 

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