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Familiar Foe, Unfamiliar Ending – On To Individual Success

CAMP HILL, PA – The Exeter Wrestling 2017-18 season came to an earlier end than the team had hoped for. Coincidentally, it was revenge served to the Eagles at the hands of perennial post-season foe Cedar Cliff that brought the season to an abrupt stop. For the first time since 2012-2013, the grapplers won’t be part of the PIAA AAA Team Tournament. Each of the past two seasons, the Eagles found a way to defeat the Colts. In 2016, it was the consolation finals of the District III tournament, and who will ever forget the Eagles incredible run to the 2017 District III Championship Title where they defeated Cedar Cliff behind a run of 7 consecutive victories through the heart of the Colts’ lineup? This year, it was Cedar Cliff’s turn as they put their own run together.

Starting at 195 pounds, Michael Crane (SR, 195) got the Eagles on the board with a 7-point decision. Denny Karas (SR, 220) and Ryan Crane (SR, 285) would follow with a pin and decision, respectively, putting Exeter out to a 12-0 advantage. Then the Colts took control. Cedar Cliff would rattle off 7 victories of their own – 5 by fall – to establish an all-but insurmountable lead. Jevin Guldin (FR, 106) came up 1 point short at 106 pounds in a match that saw an extremely questionable call go the way of Cedar Cliff. Behind that momentum, Cedar Cliff would win by fall in the 5 of the next 6 bouts, holding a 36-12 advantage with just 4 bouts remaining. Alex O’Neill (SR, 145) and Gage Moran (SR, 152) would bump up a weight class each and give the Eagles another life, as both won by fall to pull the Eagles within 12 with just two bouts remaining.

Matt Ward (SR, 160) would drop a hard fought overtime decision which would mathematically end the dual for the Eagles, and Cedar Cliff would put an exclamation on their redemption victory with a fall in the final weight class to put an end to any State Duals hope, by a score of 45-24. Exeter gets some much needed time off as the Eagles next action will be at the PIAA District III Section IV Sectional Tournament, February 17 at Governor Mifflin Intermediate School. The Eagles will look to advance a majority of their lineup to the District III Regional Tournament February 24 at The Giant Center in Hershey. The Junior High team will compete in their final event – the Wilson Junior High Tournament – at Wilson High School Friday and Saturday, February 9 and 10. #Workday #WhosNext

Post-Season Begins With 3rd County Title

BCIAA Team Champions
The team with their 3rd straight BCIAA team championship.

WYOMISSING, PA – Exeter took to the mats as the number one seed Friday evening in the BCIAA Team Tournament, looking for their 3rd consecutive Berks County Team Title. They didn’t have to look long. Exeter met Reading in the semifinals. In the first meeting, the Eagles posted a 40-28 victory over the Red Knights. However, much time has passed, and the team has evidently been hard at work. Exeter would run away from the Red Knights early on their way to a 46-15 victory. Exeter would win 10 of 14 bouts, and drop two bouts by a combined 3 points.

Dennis Karas
The crowd celebrating after Karas' 100th pin.

The finals would see Hamburg Area across the mat from the Eagles. Hamburg came into the tournament with a #17 AA State Ranking. The Eagles were clearly unimpressed as they romped over the Hawks by a lopsided 47-16 score, taking 11 of 14 bouts. Going 2-0 for the Eagles were Jevin Guldin (FR, 106), Jake Keller (SO, 113), Alex O’Neill (SR, 145), Gage Moran (SR, 152), Michael Crane (SR, 195), Denny Karas (SR, 220), and Ryan Crane (SR, 285).

Karas’ two victories were again by fall. In the dual against Hamburg, Exeter’s faithful following erupted in cheers as Karas downed Logan Herber in the first period to record his 100th career pin. Yes, you read correctly, 100 career PINS!

Earlier in the week, Exeter would wrap up their regular season schedule with their Senior Night festivities against local rival Daniel Boone. Exeter would take 12 of 14 bouts on the evening en route to a 61-10 victory. Posting victories by fall for the Eagles were Denny Karas, Brandon Borton (JR, 126), Chase Guldin (JR, 138) and Gage Moran (SR, 152). Chris Matthews (JR, 132) added a technical fall, while John Harrell (SR, 182) and Michael Crane picked up forfeits.

Chris Matthews
Matthews finishing a double.

The Eagles will travel to Cedar Cliff on Tuesday to open the PIAA District III Team Tournament. The Eagles will enter as the 13 seed and square off against # 4 Cedar Cliff in a rematch of last year’s District III Championship… and the 2016 District III Consolation Final. #workday

Eagles 4th at Blue/White Duals, Defeat Oley in League Dual

Malvern Prep
Exeter Duals Team Champion - Malvern Prep

REIFFTON, PA – Exeter hosted their annual Blue/White Duals this past weekend. This year, the tournament saw some different faces and increased the level of competition. The Eagles would go 3-2 on the day, dropping a lopsided dual to Malvern Prep (#17 Nationally) and a close decision to Stroudsburg in the consolation bracket final. The day got off to a good start with a 45-29 victory over Hazelton. Chase Guldin (JR, 138), Gage Moran (SR, 152), Denny Karas (SR, 220) and David Wentling (SR, 120) recorded falls for the Eagles, as Alex O’Neill (SR, 145) and Brandon Borton (JR, 126) picked up forfeits for the Eagles. The next bout saw nationally ranked #17 Malvern Prep square off against the Eagles. The Eagles were outgunned in 10 of 14 bouts, surrendering a 47-16 defeat. Gage Moran recorded a major decision for the Eagles, while Ryan Crane (SR, 285) and David Wentling picked up decisions. Brandon Borton picked up his second forfeit on the day.

Stroudsburg's Patrick Noonan & Garnet Valley's
Griffin Hollingsworth with their OW awards.

Exeter would rebound quickly and dismantle Coatesville and Garnet Valley in convincing fashion, winning 45-21 and 58-12, respectively. The Eagles would head to the consolation final against a tough Stroudsburg team. The Eagles would get off to a fast start, with the dual beginning at 182, winning the first 5 bouts. John Harrell (SR, 182), Ryan Crane, and Denny Karas would get falls for the Eagles, while Robbie Unruh (SO, 195/220) picked up his first wrestled varsity win with a 4-2 decision. Jevin Guldin (FR, 106) would add a forfeit to put the Eagles ahead 27-0. The next 9 bouts would see Stroudsburg storm back, winning 7 – all by fall to take the dual by a 42-36 score, winning the dual in the final bout. Brandon Borton would add a fall for the Eagles, and Gage Moran stole a 6-2 decision with a bulk of his points in the final moments of the bout. Gage Moran and Brandon Borton would record 5-0 days for the Eagles.

Gage Moran
Gage Moran pinning his opponent.
Brandon Borton
Brandon Borton with a cross-face cradle.

Next, the Eagles would travel to Oley Valley for a rescheduled league dual – a rare Monday evening match for Exeter. The Eagles proved too much for the Lynx, as Exeter stormed to a 67-9 victory. Exeter took 12 of 14 bouts from the Lynx, winning all but 2 by fall or forfeit. Recording pins were Matt Ward (SR, 160), Dirk Amole (SO, 170), John Harrell, Michael Crane, Ryan Crane, Jevin Guldin, Jacob Keller (SO, 113), Chris Matthews (JR, 132) and Chase Guldin. Denny Karas would receive another forfeit. Alex O’Neill would post a 10-6 decision over BCIAA Runner-Up Travis Lambert, and Brandon Borton added a 15-4 major decision.

The Eagles will wrap up their regular season schedule with Daniel Boone, Wednesday, January 24, @ 6:30 PM. Prior to the meet, the Eagles will honor their Senior wrestlers with their annual Senior Night recognition ceremony. Come early, and see the Junior High meet Daniel Boone at 4:30. Friday, Exeter will compete in the BCIAA Team Tournament. The Eagles have received a bye to the Semi-Finals where they’ll face the winner of Reading/Brandywine Heights. In the finals, the Eagles expect to see the victor of the Governor Mifflin/Hamburg rematch. #workday

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Elementary Wrestlers make an Impact at Hamburg

Eleven elementary wrestlers competed at the Hamburg Open Tournament this past weekend, coming home with 6 first places, 2 third places and three who wrestled hard. More importantly a stranger at the tournament paid our kids the best compliment. He said of all the teams there we had the nicest, best , and well coached kids at the tournament. Our program's focus is not only to develop dominant wrestlers, but to build strong moral, emotional, and mental character. Keep up the great work Elementary wrestlers, you are making us all proud!

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Eagles Three-peat at BCIAA Individual Tournament

Team BCIAA First
The team with their 1st place BCIAA trophy.

READING, PA - What do you do after you've won back-to-back team titles at the Berks County Individual Tournament? Well, that's easy... you win a third! And, easy is what the Eagles made it seem like. Entering only 12 of a possible 14 wrestlers in the tournament, the Eagles saw all 12 walk away with individual hardware. 8 of the 12 wrestlers would place third or better.

Leading the way for the Eagles was Denny Karas (SR, 220). Karas himself walked into the tourney with a pair of county titles to his name. He walked out, untested, with a third crown. Karas would once again roll through the competition, posting three consecutive first-period falls. Michael Crane (SR, 195) entered the tournament as a relative unknown. Securing a starting position for the first time as a Senior, Crane crept into the tournament as a #4 seed. Crane would post a 5-1 decision in the quarterfinal and knock off the #1 seed by a score of 7-3 in the semifinals en route to a showdown with #2 Tulpehocken's Tristan Eshbach. Crane outlasted Eshbach, taking a slim lead to the third period and working for a fall in 4:45.

Gage Moran (SR, 160) had revenge on his mind when he chose to stay at 160 pounds, after checking in for a couple of competitions at 152. Unhappy with his performance in Exeter's opening dual against Governor Mifflin where he suffered a 6-4 loss at the hands of Mifflin's John Arentz. Moran would square off against Arentz in the semifinals and exact his revenge in grand fashion. Midway through the third period, Moran exposed Arentz for back points and made some quick adjustments, securing a fall in 5:05. That would set up a final showdown with Oley Valley's Dylan Lambert. Lambert entered the tournament the top seed with only one blemish on his record. Moran, the seventh seed, and 11 losses to date, looked to be the underdog on paper. The strength of the Eagles early season schedule paid dividends as Moran forced Lambert to overtime, winning in the second tie-breaker period by a score of 4-2 for his first county championship.

At 170, Exeter's Matt Ward (SR, 170) would also see a rematch of a tight bout in the semifinals. Quinn Foley of Reading High fell to Ward 7-4 in the dual. Foley would get out to a 3-0 lead early, but Ward's conditioning proved to be too much, as he scored two takedowns in the final minute to put himself on top by a score of 8-7. Ward, the second seed in the bracket, would meet up with Mifflin's Dante Cavalucci in the final. The lack of scoring by either wrestler proved to be a winning plan for Cavalucci, as he would deliver Ward a second place finish by way of a 2-1 OT decision in the second tie-breaker period.

12 Place Winners
All 12 Place Winners on the podium.

In addition to the four finalists Exeter had, they would put four more wrestlers in the consolation finals, wrestling for third place. Jacob Keller (SO, 113) would be the first to take home a bronze as he outpaced Reading's Corey Jenkins by a score of 11-8. Keller's victory was another grudge match, as Jenkins had knocked him out of the championship bracket in the quarterfinals. Chris Matthews (JR, 132) rebounded from a tough 1-point loss in the semifinals to hammer his next two opponents - winning by fall in 1:47 and :32, respectively. Chase Guldin (JR, 138) had an impressive run in the tournament. As the #8 seeded wrestler, he posted a first period fall in the preliminary round, before meeting the #1 seed in the quarterfinals. After dropping the quarterfinal, Guldin would go on a run of three wins, 2 pins and a decision, before securing third place with a 2-0 overtime victory in the consolation final. John Harrell (SR, 182) would be the final Eagle grappler competing for bronze. Harrell would suffer a shutout loss in the semifinal round, but would bounce back with a 7-4 decision and complete his tournament run to third with a third period fall in the final bout.

Placing fifth for the Eagles were David Wentling (SR, 120), Brandon Borton (JR, 126) and Alex O'Neill (SR, 145). Jevin Guldin (FR, 106) would add a 6th place podium finish. This would mark the first time that the Eagles have placed every wrestler in a tournament. The totals would reflect the domination, as the team outscored second place Hamburg by a margin of 229.5 - 184.

The Eagles will be back in action locally this week as they meet up with Oley Valley on the road Wednesday. Junior High will compete at 4:30 followed by the High School at 6:30. Saturday, the team hosts the Blue/White Duals at home where they're slated to match up with Hazelton, Coatesville, Garnet Valley and Malvern Prep. #medalsallaround #workday

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Exeter Overcomes Slow Start To Top Wilson

Alex O'Neill
Alex O'Neill looking for the fall.

REIFFTON, PA - The Exeter-Wilson rivalry got off to a slow start for the Eagles Wednesday night. The Eagles managed to get one win in the first 6 bouts in a dual that started at 126 pounds. Once again, it was Exeter's upper weights that came through to take control of the meet. At 126 pounds, Exeter's Brandon Borton (JR, 126) dropped a close bout with Wilson's Ryan Lesko by a score of 5-3. Wilson followed that win with an even closer matchup that saw the Bulldog's Anthony Steinmeyer outlast Chris Matthews (JR, 132) by a one-point margin, 5-4.

Brandon Connor scored the first bonus points of the night with a :52 second fall over the Eagle's Chase Guldin (JR, 138), but that effort was matched by the Eagles Alex O'Neill (SR, 145) as he stopped Wilson's Nick Williams with a :55 second fall of his own. The 152-pound matchup saw Christian Milian (SR, 152) suffer a severely sprained ankle, surrendering to Wilson's Lance Staron by injury default. The Bulldog's Kolbe Eidle used four takedowns to knock off Gage Moran (SR, 160) by a score of 8-2, pushing Wilson's lead to 21-6 nearly half way through the dual.

Michael Crane
Mike Crane working a power half.

Then, Exeter took over, only dropping one bout in the final eight. Matt Ward (SR, 170) got things started with an 8-5 decision over Adrian Santana. John Harrell (SR, 182) needed just :13 seconds to secure the fall at 182 before Robbie Unruh (SO, 195) received a forfeit to tie the bout at 21-21. Michael Crane (SR, 195) bumped up a weight class to take a 13-2 major decision at 220 pounds, and Denny Karas (SR, 220) continued his dominance with a first period fall at 285 pounds. Jevin Guldin (FR, 106) was outmatched by a 11-1 major at 106, falling to the Bulldog's Kelvin Rodriguez. Jacob Keller (SO, 113) put the match out of reach with a pin just :37 seconds into the second period over Keegan Miller. David Wentling (SR, 120) wrapped up the Eagles scoring with a :54 second fall at 120 pounds to put the final tally at 43-25 in favor of Exeter.

Next up, the Eagles will battle for county supremacy Friday and Saturday at Reading's Geigle Complex in the BCIAA Individual Tournament. #workday

Eagles Go 2-3 At Parkland Duals, Karas Dominates

ALLENTOWN, PA - The Eagles continued to run the gauntlet of their grueling schedule, facing off against some stiff competition once again at the Parkland Duals. Exeter squared off against perennial powerhouse programs such as Parkland and Northampton, as well as formidable opponents Delaware Valley, Souderton, and Saint Anthony's (NY). On the day, the team would walk away with a 2-3 record, posting wins against Souderton and Saint Anthony's, while dropping a close 2-point loss to Parkland.

The Eagles opened the day with a loss to Northampton's Konkrete Kids by a score of 43-30. Despite the scoring differential, Exeter saw impressive wins from Dennis Karas (SR, 220), Ryan Crane (SR, 285) and Gage Moran (SR, 152) who all won by fall. John Harrell (SR, 182) and Alex O'Neill (SR, 145) contributed with wins by decision, while Michael Crane (SR, 195) received a forfeit.

Perhaps the most entertaining meet for the fans was the Parkland Dual which came down to the final bouts, as Exeter came up just short losing by a score of 32-30. The match started off with the teams splitting the first two bouts as Chris Matthews (JR, 132) dropped a close 5-3 decision, and Chase Guldin (JR, 138) brought the Eagles back with last minute heroics in an 8-6 win in the waning moments of the bout at 138. Parkland would run off 5 straight victories, including bonus point victories by a fall and technical fall, to push their advantage to a 20-point margin. Exeter's upper weights would run off 5 straight of their own with a pair of falls for Michael and Ryan Crane, a decision from Jacob Keller (SO, 113) and forfeits to Dennis Karas and Patrick Borja (FR, 106). The run would put Exeter on top by a 30-23 margin before Parkland took the final two bouts of the meet by a decision and fall.

Undeterred, the Eagles bounced back against Souderton with a convincing 48-29 victory. Winning by fall for the Eagles were Matt Ward (SR, 160), Dirk Amole (SO, 170), John Harrell, Dennis Karas, Ryan Crane and David Wentling (SR, 120). Jevin Guldin (FR, 106) and Jacob Keller rounded out the Eagles scoring receiving forfeits.

Momentum carried through to the dual against Saint Anthony's - a perennial Catholic powerhouse out of New York. Starting out at a 14-0 deficit, the Eagles stormed back winning 9 of the remaining 11 bouts. Ward, Harrell, Michael Crane, Karas, Keller and Chase Guldin posted falls for the Eagles while Ryan Crane and Matthews won by forfeit and injury default, respectively. Jevin Guldin saw his first action since the opening weekend, coming off injury, to delight the Eagles' Faithful with an exciting 16-14 win that featured some big moves from both wrestlers. When the dust settled, the Eagles had a lopsided 51-26 victory.

After a long day, Exeter would meet their final opponent, Delaware Valley. The matchups didn't fall in the Eagles' favor, as they came up on the short end in 9 of the 14 bouts. Winning for Exeter by fall were Moran, Michael Crane and Karas. Matt Ward added a major decision while Ryan Crane won the war of attrition in a 1-0 bout at heavyweight. Ultimately, the Eagles would be disappointed in the 42-25 loss, losing 4 swing bouts by a total of 7 points.

The upperweights were dominant as Dennis Karas and Ryan Crane would go 5-0 on the day, with Michael Crane posting a 4-1 record. Karas, who has only one blemish on his record this season, would win 4 bouts by fall and one by forfeit. Karas was not only dominant, but efficient as well spending just over one period total on the mat with falls in :47, :31, :44, and :29. Exeter will return to the mat at home on Wednesday, January 10 against cross-town foe Wilson at 6:30. The match will be preceded by the Junior High team squaring off against Wilson at 4:30. Your support is appreciated. #workday

Exeter Wrestlers Fare Well At CV, Shutout Muhlenberg

LANCASTER, PA - Over the holiday break, the team traveled to the Conestoga Valley Holiday Wrestling Classic. After taking home the title the last two years, this team brought home 8th place, a solid effort for an inexperienced lineup. The highlights for the Eagles were found in the 6 wrestlers placing in the tournament - Patrick Borja - 7th (FR, 106), Chris Matthews - 4th (JR, 132), Alex O'Neill - 8th (SR, 145), Matt Ward - 6th (SR, 170), Denny Karas - 1st (SR, 220) and Ryan Crane - 4th (SR, 285).

Patrick Borja
Borja in on a takedown in his 7th place match.

Karas would once again dominate his bracket advancing to the finals with first period falls. In the finals, Karas worked on pushing his conditioning, going the distance for only second time this season en route to a 10-4 decision for the championship. Borja would put up an impressive 5-2 record on the day in his first ever varsity action. Borja was upset late in the consolation quarterfinals, which could have improved his placement; however, there was nothing but smiles from the coaching staff as they found great promise in the young freshman. Matthews had his best outing of the season en route to a 4th place finish. Matthews dropped a hard fought 5-2 decision to a Central Mountain opponent that pinned him just a year earlier. Quite possibly the most exciting matches to watch for Exeter were Chris' consolation bouts. Facing elimination, Matthews used a last second reversal to get by Northern York's Mitch Wagner by a score of 2-1. Matthews would follow that up with an Ultimate Tie Breaker Rideout win over New Oxford's Jared Bair.

Alex O'Neill brought home 8th place, with two of his three losses at the hands of Central Mountain's Logan Long. Many bright spots were seen in O'Neill's wrestling from his feet. One of the hardest workers in the room, O'Neill is starting to see the work pay off. Matt Ward, an undersized 170, fought for two days against bigger opponents. Ward would get bounced - literally - to the consolation bracket in a controversial loss to OJR's Jason Zoller's. Ward lost to Zoller's at KOM - but showed major strides as he pushed the eventual champion to the final buzzer. Ward would rebound for 5 consecutive wins before running out of steam and placing 6th. Ryan Crane was the final placer for the Eagles, taking 4th place in the heavyweight division. Crane went 4-2 through the tournament, dropping his quarterfinal to state ranked Michael Wolfgram, and a tough 3-2 OT loss in the consolation finals.

Noah Narvez
Narvez in on a takedown against Muhlenberg.


READING, PA - Wednesday night Muhlenberg visited Exeter in a Berks I showdown. The Muhls only weighed in 6 wrestlers, which predetermined the outcome of the dual from a team score standpoint. Starting at 195, the only contested bouts would be 195, 285, 106, 138, 170, and 182. Those bouts would all go in the Eagles favor by fall as John Harrell (SR, 195), Ryan Crane (SR, 285), Patrick Borja (FR, 106), Chase Guldin (JR, 138), Matt Ward (SR, 170) and Noah Narvez (SO, 182) all dominated.

Exeter is back in action at the Parkland Duals, Saturday, January 6. The Eagles look to be tested once again with solid competition from Council Rock South, Parkland, Souderton, Mariana Bracetti and Northampton. #workday

Exeter Wrestling Moves To 3-0

Michael Borja Ricky Ricketts Award Winner
Michael Borja with the Ricketts family.

Reading, PA – Exeter continued their county run with their 23rd and 24th consecutive county victories by logging wins against Twin Valley and Reading High this week. Twin Valley came to Exeter on Tuesday night, a night to recognize Exeter's youth wrestlers and hand out the annual "Ricky Ricketts Award". This year's award went to 6th grader, Michael Borja. The award is given annually in memory of Ricky Ricketts, a former youth wrestler who recently passed away. The wrestler who is chosen shows outstanding character and work ethic.

The dual would start at 160 pounds with Exeter’s Gage Moran (SR, 160) registering a fall in just :26 seconds. That is how much of the night would go, as Exeter would dominate throughout, running up a score of 60-16. Winning by fall for the Eagles were Matt Ward (SR, 170), John Harrell (SR, 195), Jacob Keller (SO, 113), Brandon Borton (JR, 138) and Alex O’Neill (SR, 145). Dirk Amole (SO, 182), Denny Karas (SR, 220) and Connor Lender (FR, 126) picked up forfeit wins for Exeter, while David Wentling (SR, 120) and Ryan Crane (SR, 285) added decisions. Borton's fall in the 3rd period when he was losing erupted the crowd late in the dual.

Brandon Borton
Brandon Borton pinning his opponent.

Thursday, Exeter headed to the Geigle Complex at Reading High to face off against the Red Knights, in what many anticipated to be the showdown for the Berks I lead. While both Reading and Exeter are a little banged up right now, the matches didn’t disappoint. Starting off at 195 pounds, John Harrell got things started for Exeter with a quick fall in just :22 seconds to celebrate his 18th birthday. Following Harrell’s lead, Karas posted a :56 second pin. 285 was the most closely contested bout of the night, as Ryan Crane would drop a 3-2 decision in the Ultimate Tie Breaker. Reading picked up a forfeit win at 106, but the momentum was stopped with a Jacob Keller fall at 113 followed by David Wentling’s impressive 15-5 major decision at 120 pounds. Exeter and Reading would split the next 8 bouts en route to Exeter’s 40-28 victory. Down the stretch, Chris Matthews (major decision), Alex O’Neill (pin), Chase Guldin (technical fall), and Matt Ward (decision) would seal the victory.

Exeter has some time off with the holiday schedule and will be back in action next Friday and Saturday, December 29-30 at the Conestoga Valley Holiday Classic. #workday

Karas is King, Crane Impressive

Mill Hall, PA – Exeter took to the road over the weekend heading into the hills of central Pennsylvania for the prestigious King of the Mountain tournament. One year removed from winning the team title, the new-look Eagles were prepared to face some top level talent. Friday afternoon, Exeter saw quite a few bumps in the road – and many complete roadblocks. The Eagles won only 4 of their 12 first round bouts. In all, only 4 wresters would survive Day 1 – Davd Wentling (SR, 120), Matt Ward (SR, 170), Denny Karas (SR, 220) and Ryan Crane (SR, 285).

The highlight of Day 1 – and one of the bigger highlights of the Eagles tournament weekend – was Ryan Crane’s 10-1 dismantling of Northern Lebanon’s top-seeded Kyle Sonnen. Crane entered the tournament as a an unknown, missing last season due to injury and wrestling behind Oscar Daniels and Jon Greenleaf for the prior two seasons. Crane put heavyweights around the state on notice last week when he won by major decision over #13 Jordan Espinosa of Governor Mifflin. He kept momentum up winning by fall in round one and dominating the top seed in the second round.

Dennis Karas
Dennis Karas 1st place on the podium.

Day 2 would see Ward and Wentling drop out of the tournament in some hard fought contests. Ryan Crane would slow his scoring, but continued to move forward, ultimately advancing to the finals. In the finals, Crane dropped a 3-1 decision to the heavyweight from host Central Mountain. A slight slip during a scramble awarded the takedown to CM’s heavyweight, late in the bout. Crane ended the match with a flurry just moments too late to bring home the silver. Denny Karas dominated his competition. DOMINATED. Karas won by fall in all of his bouts, after receiving a first round bye. Karas advanced to the finals with just 2:34 of mat time winning in :34, 1:20 and :40, respectively. In the final, Karas squared off against #7(AA) Hunter Poust. Poust showed a valiant effort; however, ultimately he too would succumb to Karas’ relentless pressure from top, losing by fall in 1:52. With only two place winners, Exeter didn’t contend for the team title. Exeter finished 19 out of 32 teams.

Exeter is back in action Tuesday 6:30 PM at home vs. Twin Valley. Show up early for the Junior High (4:30) and the elementary program’s “Big Brother Night” which will precede the high school’s varsity dual. #workday

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Wrestlers Edge Mifflin in Comeback Win

David Wentling
David Wentling pinning his opponent.

Shillington, PA – The Eagles travelled across town to perennial Berks I rival Governor Mifflin Wednesday night in what was expected to be a highly contested showdown. The teams didn’t disappoint, as Exeter – with their backs against the wall – rattled off three consecutive pins to overcome Mifflin’s 17-point lead and secure a 37-36 win.

Starting off at 138 pounds, Exeter saw the Mustangs jump out to a quick lead recording two decisions, a fall and a forfeit in the first four bouts. Down 18-0, Exeter got on the board with Matt Ward’s (SR, 170) 5-0 shutout win. Mifflin responded with a fall at 182 pounds before John Harrell (SR, 195) started a run for Exeter with a first period fall. Harrell’s win was followed by #7 Denny Karas’ (SR, 220) first period fall. Heavyweight did not disappoint the crowd as Ryan Crane (SR, 285) got into a physical battle with Governor Mifflin’s Jordan Espinosa. The match was explosive, with each wrestler recording back points throughout the bout, but ultimately, Crane’s patience and positioning would prevail and he would emerge victorious with a much needed bonus-point win in a 18-10 major decision.

Exeter would surrender a forfeit and fall at 106 and 113, respectively, setting up the dramatic run as the Eagles looked upward at a 17-point deficit, 36-19, with only three bouts left on the card. First up, David Wentling (SR, 120) would get after it early and often, turning his opponent multiple times before getting the fall early in the third period. Next, Connor Lender (FR, 126) got his Exeter High School dual career off to an exciting start, controlling the bout for the first two periods before getting a late turn and pin in the third. Chris Matthews (JR, 132) knew the stakes and came out and physically dominated his opponent getting the fall in the waning seconds of the first period at 1:56.

Exeter will get back to the mats this weekend, Friday and Saturday, at the prestigious King of the Mountain tournament hosted by Central Mountain High School. Wrestling will begin at 2 PM on Friday. Updates will be posted periodically throughout the day via Twitter. You can follow Exeter Wrestling on Twitter: @XTRWrestling. Live Updates are also available on Central Mountain's website. #workday #whosnext

Eagles Wrestlers Open Season At CV Kickoff Classic

Dennis Karas
Dennis Karas working for the fall.

Mechanicsburg, PA – The Exeter wrestling team saw their first action in competition since wrapping up last year’s storybook season. After graduating 10 seniors – 7 starters – some growing pains are to be expected in the short term, but the team has a solid group of wrestlers that have been battling in the room for years with the departed class of 2017. The Cumberland Valley Kickoff Classic is unforgiving. Diving head first into the season, the tournament is viewed as one of the Top 5 tournament’s in all of Pennsylvania this season. The Eagles entered 13 wrestlers into the opening tournament that featured 22 teams from across the state. Like any opening weekend, there were some ups and downs. A few wrestlers outperformed their seed, while some came up short. Ultimately, the team would see 3 wrestlers end the day on the podium.

Leading the way was Exeter senior and 4-year starter Denny Karas (220). Karas carried a #7 state ranking into the tournament. After two first period falls, Karas took on a returning PIAA AA State Qualifier in the semifinal. The match was all Karas, as he rolled on to a 17-2 technical fall. Karas would see his bid for a championship come up just short as he dropped a 4-3 decision to nemesis #6 Cole Forrester of Shippensburg.

Another highlight for the Eagles was freshman Jevin Guldin (106). Guldin showed some explosiveness throughout the day. Posting a :25 second fall in his first ever high school bout, Jevin advanced to the quarterfinals to face the #2 seed. Trailing early 6-1, Guldin had no quit. After a shot was countered, he came up top with a nasty headlock and threw his opponent to his back for a fall in 1:26. Guldin would fall 9-5 in the semis, but bounced back winning by injury default (blood time) and a spectacular spladle for a fall in the 3/4 bout to take home third place.

Jon Harrell (SR, 195) was the final placer for the Eagles. Harrell would drop a 5-3 sudden victory loss in the opening round, and bounce back rattling off 3 wins in a row (two by fall and one 5-0 shutout) before falling in the consolation semifinals. Harrell would add another fall in the 5/6 bout to place 5th for the Eagles.

The team fared well, considering the competition, placing 12th out of 22 teams. Exeter will see it’s Berks’ League actions start on Wednesday 12/13 vs. Governor Mifflin at Governor Mifflin Senior High School Gymnasium. The Junior High will compete at 4:30, followed by the high school dual at 6:30. #workday #whosnext