Monday, February 25, 2013

SEELEY ON WRESTLING: Peaking PAC-10 showing strength in numbers

Owen J. Roberts’ Colby Frank, top, and Boyertown’s Eddie Kriczky worked their way through a daunting 126-pound bracket over the weekend at the District 1-AAA West Tournament. Frank won the gold medal and was named tournament Outstanding Wrestler while Kriczky pulled out the bronze in a 1-0 thriller against Spring-Ford’s Sean Hennessey to earn a spot at this weekend’s Southeast Regional at Pottstown. (File photo by Tom Kelly III)

By Don Seeley
All things are indeed relative, even in wrestling believe it or not.
In the past, there have been some great sectionals (well before this year’s switch to league championships). In the past, there have been some great districts (well before this year’s switch to a three-district alignment). And in the past, there have been some great Class AA districts (most notably when Octorara, Oxford, Phoenixville and Pottstown — just to name four — were much smaller and part of the bracket).
Yes, the weight classes have changed quite a few times, even the postseason schedule has been altered along the way.
And there have been good Pioneer Athletic Conference teams, actually great teams — most notably Pottstown, Spring-Ford and former member Great Valley early on, and Upper Perkiomen, Boyertown and Owen J. Roberts of late – that have stepped up and above the rest in their respective February fights, too.
But in the past two weeks, the PAC-10 — collectively, that is — just may have been the best it’s ever been. 

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