Thursday, January 24, 2013

WRESTLING: Upper Perkiomen comes up big in win over Garnet Valley

By Jeff Stover
LOWER GWYNEDD ­— It was a somewhat unaccustomed experience Upper Perkiomen faced Thursday.
Certainly not opening the District 1-Class AAA Teams Duals with a victory, which they were able to accomplish. No, the unusual aspect of the Indians’ 34-24 triumph over Garnet Valley lay with the fact it was secured by wrestlers at the upper end of the weight scale.
“It was a little different,” head coach Tom Hontz said at the conclusion of the night’s action at Wissahickon. “We’ve been used to our little guys clinching matches for us.”
To be sure, the Tribe flexed their muscle at the lower end of the lineup. Two of the Steffenino brothers, Dustin (106) and Dante (120), staked the locals to an initial 10-3 lead in a match that started at the light end of the lineup. And Wolfgang McStravick (145), along with Ray Young (160), provided a timely boost to UP’s fortunes after the Jaguars reversed the early deficit into a five-point lead through six. 

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