Saturday, February 9, 2013

WRESTLING: Owen J. Roberts misses medal stand at state duals

Owen J. Roberts' Gordon Bolig grapples with Nezar Haddad of Parkland in the 182-pound match in Saturday morning's consolation match at the PIAA Class AAA Team Duals Tournament at Giant Center in Hershey. Bolig won 3-1 in overtime. (Photo by Nate Heckenberger)
By Don Seeley
HERSHEY — Neither Colby Frank nor Dominick Petrucelli, nor any of their Owen J. Roberts teammates for that matter, cared to do the math.
The Wildcats split Saturday morning’s consolation quarterfinal encounter with Parkland right smack down the middle, both teams winning seven individual bouts each. But two pins and five decisions, opposed to one major and six decisions, just didn’t add up.
Not for Owen J. Roberts.
Parkland’s two pins were just enough, or the difference, in a 27-22 win that cut short the Wildcats’ bid for a state medal for the second straight year and, ironically, ended their regular-season run at 20-2 overall for the second straight year.
“We’re disappointed,” said the 126-pound Frank. “We thought we had a good chance of placing.”
“We’re upset,” added the 132-pound Petrucelli. “We thought we’d go home with some hardware.”

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