|Perkiomen Valley’s Nick Giangiulio, top, won the championship at 152 Saturday at the inaugural PAC-10 Championships at Boyertown. Giangiulio was the lone Vikings to win a gold medal. (File photo by Tom Kelly III)|
By Don Seeley
BOYERTOWN — Mike Giangiulio, Darien Hain and Tracey Green had to feel like wrestling orphans after the inaugural Pioneer Athletic Conference Championships last Saturday night.
The three, all juniors, were one of only two of their respective teams’ finalists, their only gold medalists, and certainly weren’t the center of attention outside their own circle of teammates and fans … not with Boyertown, Owen J. Roberts, Spring-Ford and Upper Perkiomen sweeping the remaining 11 individual titles during their down-the-stretch, afternoon-and-evening, all-out brawl for the team title.
But Perkiomen Valley’s Giangiulio, Pottstown’s Hain and Methacton’s Green, whose teams finished seventh, sixth and fifth, respectively, made a statement of their own while sweeping their brackets and impacting those final standings.
The 152-pound Giangiulio, who had lost just once this winter — 5-2 to state qualifier Austin Rose of powerful Central Dauphin during the Hecker Duals at Garden Spot — defeated Boyertown’s Gregg Harvey in the semifinals, then finished up with a decision of Spring-Ford’s Frankie Krauss in the final.