Friday, February 8, 2013

WRESTLING: 'Overachieving' Upper Perk's luck runs out at PIAA duals

Upper Perkiomen's Dante Steffenino takes down Delaware Valley's Patrick Testino
at 120 en route to a technical fall Friday night during their consolation match
at the PIAA Class AAA Team Duals Tournament in Hershey.
(Photo by Nate Heckenberger)
By Nate Heckenberger
Special to The Mercury

HERSHEY — Upper Perkiomen coach Tom Hontz characterized his team as overachieving, but as Thursday meshed into Friday and “decent draws” dissolved, the Indians’ run came to an end.
Pitted against a pair of teams who will still be wrestling today, Upper Perk couldn’t match the depth of District 11 champion Easton or District 2 champ Delaware Valley.
After reaching the quarterfinals as the No. 4 team from District 1, Upper Perk fell to Easton, 50-12, in the quarterfinals, and Del Val, 41-17, in the second round of consolations in the Class AAA PIAA Duals at the Giant Center in Hershey, Friday.
“We’re an overachieving bunch,” said Hontz. “We had some tough competition and didn’t win the coin tosses to be able to create all the matchups, and we didn’t get that. Not that it would have made a difference today against some of the upper echelon, top teams in the state. I’m proud of the way we competed.” 

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