By Don Seeley
POTTSTOWN — When Nick Giangiulio strolled onto the mat Friday night, he was well aware it was the beginning of the penultimate weekend of high school wrestling season, a time when more often than not the difference between winning and losing is nothing more than sheer will.
And Giangiulio’s resolve was never more evident than during his two bouts in the preliminaries and quarterfinals of the Class AAA Southeast Regional at Pottstown High School.
The Perkiomen Valley junior wasn’t quite up to snuff in last weekend’s District 1 West Tournament, settling for third place after a semifinal setback to Boyertown upstart Gregg Harvey. But he showed that disappointment was behind him Friday evening, coming from behind twice to outlast Wissahickon’s Daniel Schueren in a 3-1 ultimate tie-breaker marathon, and North Penn’s Jeffrey Reimel in a 6-4 sudden-death thriller — becoming the lone preliminary round winner to defeat a No. 1 seed.
Giangiulio’s wins were two of the not-so-many highlights provided by the Pioneer Athletic Conference’s 25 qualifiers. The PAC-10 was a perfect six-for-six in the preliminaries. But even though that entire group of 25 was still intact going into the quarterfinals, only 12 won in the quarterfinals to advance into today’s (10 a.m.) semifinal showdowns which, when completed, will determine two-thirds of the Southeast Regional’s 42 entries into next week’s season-ending state spectacle out in Hershey.