By Don Seeley
FORT WASHINGTON — Tim Seislove did rather well in math (and all of his other courses of study) as a student at Spring-Ford and Ursinus College. He was just never into statistics, and nothing has changed since, either.
So after two somewhat surprising setbacks at last weekend’s District 1-Class AAA Team Duals denied Spring-Ford’s head coach the opportunity to pin down his 200th career, it wasn’t all that surprising to know the person who cared the least was Seislove himself.
“I could care less about that stuff,” said Seislove, obviously disappointed by the losses to Council Rock South and Boyertown far more than any personal milestone.
Now in his 14th year at Spring-Ford and 18th overall as a head coach, Seislove is determined to re-energize the Rams for Wednesday night’s Pioneer Athletic Conference finale against Methacton.
Defeating the visiting Warriors would be win No. 199 for him. And if it’s any consolation for Seislove — which, rest assured, it isn’t — a win would clinch sole possession of second place for the third straight year. It would also mean he’s guided the Rams to a 24-3 mark in that stretch, with three-time champion Owen J. Roberts dealing them each and every one of those three losses.
And it would also mean Seislove will, without a doubt, get that coveted 200th victory when the PAC-10 schedule unfolds next season.
Win, lose or draw Wednesday night, Spring-Ford has already clinched its 27th consecutive winning season in the Pioneer Athletic Conference. In other words, no Rams team has finished under the .500 mark in year-end league standings. Spring-Ford’s only “close” runs at that mediocre mark were 4-3 in the first year (1986-87) of the PAC, and 5-4 four years ago. … Spring-Ford is also the only program with over 200 league wins — now at 201 — while Upper Perkiomen is second with 160 going into Wednesday’s final at Pottsgrove and Owen J. Roberts is third with 132 going into its finale with Phoenixville. … Spring-Ford’s 10 league titles (seven outright, three shared) and Upper Perkiomen’s nine (eight outright, one shared) are far away more than anyone else. … The only PAC-10 coaches with more than 100 league wins are Upper Perkiomen’s Tom Hontz (145), Seislove (110) and former Spring-Ford coach Pat Nugent (104), and Great Valley’s Joe Tornetta (101).
The Pioneer Athletic Conference’s six teams in this year’s District 1-Class AAA Team Duals went a combined 15-7, boosting the league’s overall mark in the event to a respectable 110-82 (100-69 in AAA; 10-13 in AA). … Upper Perkiomen (35), Boyertown (23), Spring-Ford (18) and Owen J. Roberts (14) own the most wins. … Going into Monday night’s state duals’ opening round, the PAC-10 was 16-22 overall (16-16 in AAA and 0-6 in AA), with only Upper Perkiomen (11) owning more than three victories and a winning percentage (.647) among the group.
Brothers Johnny Cherneskie, a post-grad at The Hill School, and Kirk Cherneskie, a junior at Pope John Paul II, are both down at 182 pounds … and both own identical 18-4 records going into this week.
The PAC-10 finishes up its season with five duals Wednesday night and the Pottsgrove at Pope John Paul II match Friday night. … There could be a lot of excitement when Pottstown visits Perkiomen Valley, which PV won a year ago on criteria. Sixteen of the 28 wrestlers who participated in that one are back in their respective lineups for this week. … Methacton’s visit to Spring-Ford “could” provide a few interesting individual matchups — at 132 between the Warriors’ Joe Staley and Spring-Ford’s Adam Dombrosky; at 170 between Devin Bradley and Tyler McGuigan; at 195 or 220 between Mike Baccaro and Mason Romano; and at 285 with Tracey Green and Josh Boyer.
Upper Perkiomen’s Wolfgang McStravick (140) in now 17th on The Mercury’s career win chart and needs nine more to move into the Top 10, where he’d tie Boyertown graduate Matt Malfaro (149). … OJR’s Gordon Bolig (112) is tied for sixth with Scott Syrek on OJR’s school chart . … The only other active wrestlers with 100 or more wins are Upper Perkiomen’s Dylan Steffenino (108), Spring-Ford’s Sean Hennessey (104) and OJR’s Adam Moser (103). … Two others — Upper Perkiomen’s Dante Steffenino (93) and OJR’s Kyle Shronk (87), both seniors — are mathematically within reach of the milestone, too.