Monday, January 21, 2013

WRESTLING NOTEBOOK: Pottstown celebrating 50th anniversary

Pottstown longtime assistant coach John Armato, center, has led the organizational efforts on a 50th anniversary celebration of the Trojans wrestling program to be held Wednesday night. Head coach Brad Bechtel will lead this year’s Pottstown team against Pope John Paul II where they will go for their 20th win of the season. (Photo by Tom Kelly III)

By Don Seeley

POTTSTOWN — Some of Pottstown’s older fellas will meet some youngsters Wednesday night. And they aren’t just any older wrestlers, mind you, but some of the best who ever competed in the program.
Prior to their Pioneer Athletic Conference match with visiting Pope John Paul II, the Trojans will officially celebrate the 50th anniversary of their wrestling program with a get-together of alumni and coaches in the Culinary Arts room.
The irony of the entire evening is that the older folks will be treated to refreshments and beverages prepared by current members of the high school’s Culinary Arts program, then they’ll sit in on the match to watch current members of the Trojans team try to pin down their 20th win of the season, which would tie the school’s single-season record set by the 1988-89 gang — which is being recognized for its perfect 20-0 run that included PAC-10, Section Four, District 1-South and Southeast Regional titles.
Longtime assistant John Armato, who has been around “almost” as long as the program — which started in 1963 under the guidance of Lee Bohner — has been the mover and shaker behind Wednesday’s special night of events.

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