Seniors Sent Off with Blowout

During the past three plus years, most things have gone well for the group of 2017 seniors on the roster, and Wednesday night was no different - as nearly everything went their way in a 67-6 blowout of visting Oley Valley High School. The meet would see 7 of the team's 10 seniors compete. The group had accounted for 717 career victories heading into the match, and they would all add one more win each to the total. Austin Desanto (SR, 132) moved up to 138 pounds and secured a fall in just 1:38.

Tyler Borton vs. Oley
Tyler Borton with the fall in his first match back.

The trio of Tyler's - Harkness (SR, 152), Borton (SR, 160) and Bagoly (SR, 170) - and Nolan Buck (SR, 182) would rattle off four consecutive first period falls. Jon Greenleaf added an injury default win (blood time) in what looked to be the most competitive match of the dual. Oscar Daniels (SR, 285) wrapped it up for the seniors with a 9-1 major decision. Three seniors were missing from the lineup - Ryan Watts (sick), Ryan Barzd (sick) and Justin Landis (inury).

Others winning for the Eagles were Gage Moran (JR, 145), Denny Karas (JR, 195), Jacob Keller (FR, 106), Brandon Borton (SO, 120), and David Wentling (JR, 126). The Eagles now sit at 10-1 heading into this weekend's Blue/White Duals hosted in our home gymnasiums. Exeter is scheduled to face Quakertown, Garnet Valley, Coatesville and Red Lion. Wrestling starts at 8 AM with the final round scheduled for 3:30. #workday

Eagles Continue Roll Through BCIAA Individual Championships, Repeat As County Champions

READING, PA - The Eagles hit the mats at the county tournament over the weekend, once again shorthanded with three seniors - Jon Greenleaf (SR, 220), Nolan Buck (SR, 182) and Justin Landis (SR, 138) - still sidelined nursing injuries. Even at less than full strength, the Eagles proved once again to be too much for the county competitors rolling to their second BCIAA Individual Tournament team title in as many years. After day 1, the Eagles sat atop the team standings by the narrowest of margins, just one half point ahead of Governor Mifflin. During the early round on day 2, they sent eight wrestlers into the semifinals vying for a spot in Saturday evening's finals. It's during this round that the Eagles separated themselves from the rest of the county, advancing 7 of 8 - half of the weight classes - to the County Finals.

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The team with their second straight BCIAA Tournament Championship.

Freshman Jake Keller (106) avenged an earlier season loss to his Reading opponent, with a fall in the second period. Coming in as the third seed, Keller knew he was still the favorite, as he was caught for a fall in the dual meet while leading 10-1. Keller left nothing to chance, locking up the win before time could tick off the clock in the second period. Ryan Watts (SR, 113) dominated his way to the finals with a third period fall. Chris Matthews (SO, 126) may have had the easiest semifinal, as his opponent from Oley Valley was deemed ineligible for day 2 due to the appearance of a skin infection; however, Matthews - the eight seed - made headlines in the quarterfinals when he knocked off top-seeded Jethro Solomon of Schuylkill Valley with three near fall points midway through the third, breaking a 2-2 tie. Matthews would surrender an escape and move forward with a 5-3 victory.

Austin Desanto (SR, 132) handled his business as usual, racking up two technical falls by a scoring margin of 37-6 in a measly 2:16 of wrestling. Tyler Harkness (SR, 160) dropped a decision in the semifinals to Wyomissing's Tanner Vogel by score of 7-5. Harkness, uncharacteristically, gave up some big moves and found himself in a hole that was just a little too deep to recover from. Tyler Bagoly (SR, 170) advanced to the finals for the 3rd consecutive year with a 10-0 thumping of Reading's Ezekial Torres. The match was dominated whistle-to-whistle by Bagoly in a match that wasn't nearly as competitive as the score would indicate. Denny Karas (JR, 195) used a second period fall to advance, while Oscar Daniels (SR, 285) used a 5-1 decision to wrap up the semis, and set the stage for an Exeter heavy finals round.

The finals got off to a quick start with Keller gaining a takedown over Daniel Boone's highly-touted freshman Steven Spitko. This was the second takedown Spitko had given up on the season. Spitko rebounded quickly to get the fall at the end of the first. Watts became Exeter's first County Champion of 2016-17 with a 3-1 decision over Twin Valley's CJ Morton. Watts missed last season's county tournament due to a concussion, winning his first county title in what has been a very solid career for the senior. Chris Matthews looked to be in for a dogfight with Mifflin's Kyle Seibert. It took overtime to decide the dual meet matchup in early December. Matthews wasn't quite as competitive this time around, dropping a 9-3 decision in the finals.

Austin Desanto took on Daniel Boone's Jack Zummo. Zummo, coming from the 6th seed, was overmatched from the handshake as Desanto ran the score up quickly in a 20-3 clinic in just 1:12 to take home his 3rd county title. Bagoly took on 2016 State Qualifier Tommy O'brien from Wilson in his final. Bagoly, wrestling conservatively, maintained a consistent hand fight on his feet taking the match to the second period tied at zero. After a quick reversal, Bagoly held O'brien down for the remainder of the period, to take a 2-0 lead to the third. The third period would look almost identical to the first, and the score wouldn't change - giving Bagoly his second county championship. Karas' matchup in the finals had much of the Geigel Complex intrigued, as he would face Tulpehocken's freshman Zach Ruffner. Ruffner advanced to the finals by upsetting 2016 PIAA AAA Qualifier Charles Wildermuth of Oley Valley by a score of 7-2. Karas squashed any debate as to who top dog was quickly, getting the fall in the finals in just 1:08 to repeat as county champion. Daniels wrapped up the finals in anything but heavyweight fashion. Daniels displayed his dominance on his feet en route to a 23-8 major decision of Brandywine's Michael Hubble.

Also placing for the Eagles were Gage Moran (JR, 152) with a 3rd place finish, Tyler Harkness (3rd), and John Harrell (5th). In the placement round, the Eagles won 8 of their 10 bouts to close out the team title in dominating fashion. Heading into the final round, Exeter held a 190-158 advantage over rival Governor Mifflin. However, Mifflin would fail to make it to the 190 threshold - as the Eagles finished with a 223.50-182 margin of victory. Exeter pays tribute to their sensational group of Senior's this Wednesday at home against Oley Valley. The match is scheduled to start at 6:30PM with a ceremony to honor the class prior to the dual meet. Exeter stays at home for the weekend when they host their Blue/White Duals on Saturday. Saturday's action starts at 8AM. The Eagles look to repeat as champions of their duals. #workday

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Shorthanded, Eagles Takedown Bulldogs

The Exeter wrestling team headed to the other side of town to take on the Wilson Bulldogs. A week ago, there was likely little thought of this being a marquee matchup of recent Berks County powers, but coming off of Parkland last weekend, the Eagles have a bit of the injury bug. The recent injuries left the team without Justin Landis (SR, 138), Nolan Buck (SR, 182) and Jon Greenleaf (SR, 220).

Gage Moran
Gage Moran in on a takedown.

The dual got started in uneventful fashion, as Jake Steward (FR, 113) took a forfeit from the Bulldogs. Exeter bumped 113-pound starter Ryan Watts (SR) to 120 pounds to face defending county champion Brandon Connor. A questionable first period takedown proved to be the difference in an 8-6 loss suffered by Watts. Chris Matthews (SO, 126) got Exeter back on their winning ways after Brandon Borton (SO, 120) lost his matchup bumping to 126. Matthews faced a familiar opponent in Wilson's Ryan Lesko. Matthews faced Lesko twice last season, coming away with 1-point victories each time. This year would be much different for a much improved Matthews, who spent a significant amount of his off-season time on the mat or in the weight room. After a nearly scoreless first period, Matthews used a late takedown on the edge to take a 2-0 lead and start the scoring. He would continue to dominate on his feet and roll to a 7-1 victory.

Michael Crane
Mike Crane working for the Fall.

Austin Desanto (SR, 132) continued the bump in weights, and improved on an early season technical fall against Wilson's Kolbe Eidle with a first period fall. After Desanto's win, Exeter would only drop two more bouts, at 145 and 182. Gage Moran (JR, 152) was physical from the top position, ultimately turning Nick Williams and securing the fall in the second period. Tyler Harkness (SR, 160) took advantage of the top position, locking up a cradle early for 3 back points en route to a 6-1 win. Tyler Bagoly (SR, 170) took to the mat which would be the longest bout of the night. After a quick takedown, Bagoly went to work on top, at which time the match would be delayed for bleeding coming from the Wilson wrestler. The match would be riddled with stoppages, sometimes multiple stoppages before wrestling would even restart. Finally, after about 15 minutes, and the use of all blood time, Bagoly won by injury default.

The match would then get out of control for the Bulldogs. Following a victory by Wilson's Tommy O'Brien at 182, Denny Karas (JR, 195) recorded a first period fall, followed by wins from Michael Crane (JR, 220), Oscar Daniels (SR, 285) and Jacob Keller (FR, 106) by major decision, forfeit, and technical fall, respectively. All said and done, the Eagles walked out with a 51-20 victory. The Eagles are 5-0 in Berks duals and have outscored their opponents 281-77, averaging more than a 42 point margin of victory.

The Eagles depth will be tested this weekend as they head to the BCIAA Individual Championships Friday and Saturday at Reading High's Geigle Complex. Exeter won their first championship in program history last year, and hope to be able to retain the title.#workday

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Grapplers Show Grit in 4-1 Run at Parkland Duals

The first weekend in January has been a bumpy one for the Exeter Wrestlers over the past several years. Marked on their calendar each year has been the Parkland Duals. Coach Rugg entered the duals as the team began turning the corner on their way to becoming a team of state ranking caliber. The level of competition and getting out of Berks County were the driving forces. This year, like all others, the competition was solid, and the boys battled to a program best 4-1 record at the duals. Exeter's first pairing was with the NY Catholic State Champions S-t. Anthony's. On paper the matchup looked to be a good one; however, key swings fueled a lopsided 48-22 Exeter victory. Jon Greenleaf (SR, 220) won the first swing bout with an impressive 11-3 victory over defending NYSHSAA Catholic State Champion Maguire Horl. Exeter's next big win was by Brandon Borton (SO, 120) as he pushed 2016 Catholic State Runner-Up Domenik DiBenedetto to sudden victory overtime. Borton took DiBenedetto down to his back and got the fall just 18 seconds into the sudden victory period. With the team score out of reach for the Friars, adding to the margin was Tyler Harkness (SR, 160). Harkness found himself trailing in the match when he locked up a cradle and rolled Chris Mulford to his back for the fall at 4:39.

Dennis Karas vs. Souderton
Dennis Karas in on a leg.

The next two bouts the Eagles had prepared to win by significant margins facing two young teams on their way up. The first victory was a 46-24 win over Souderton. A nice highlight for the Eagles was at 152 where Matt Ward (JR) filled in for Gage Moran and won a hard fought 3-2 overtime victory. Delaware Valley was another opponent that's been rebuilding and putting a younger team on the mat. The Eagles again ran away with a 44-30 victory in that dual. Brandon Borton had a key win in that matchup, using an early on spladle for 4 points to push him on to a 7-4 victory. The big news coming out of this bout was the loss of Nolan Buck (SR, 182) - for at least the day - due to an injury, as Exeter headed into showdowns with #8 Council Rock and #18 Parkland.

The Council Rock South dual was the focal point of the entire gym during the 4th round of the duals. Two state ranked teams in #8 CRS and #11 Exeter looked to do battle. The match certainly didn't disappoint. The meet saw the two teams split individual matches evenly 7-7; however, too many bonus points for the Hawks pushed them to a victory 37-30 over Exeter. Big wins were posted by Ryan Watts (SR, 113), Chris Matthews (SO, 126), Austin Desanto (SR, 132), Tyler Harkness, Tyler Bagoly (SR, 170), Denny Karas (JR, 195) and Oscar Daniels (SR, 285).

How the Eagles would respond to their first dual meet loss of the season would be key in the next dual against Parkland. With little time to dwell on the loss, Exeter headed to Parklands home mat to face them in what has been a monkey on Exeter's back for many years. In 2015, Exeter met up with Parkland at the Cumberland Valley Duals and lost by the slimmest of margins - on criteria at the end of a tied dual. This matchup appeared to be just as close heading into the starting bout at 113. Ryan Watts gets Exeter on the board with a 3-0 win. David Wentling (JR, 120) stepped in to take on Parkland's heavily favored Brandon Kassis. Wentling surrendered a 16-1 technical fall, showing great fight and determination to not get pinned and save Exeter a valuable team point. At 145, Alex O'Neill (JR), like Wentling, battled off his back several times - holding Parkland's Kevin Vrablik to a 15-1 major decision, saving the Eagles another point or two. Matt Ward followed O'Neill's loss with a fall at 3:49. Ward's win started a run with Harkness and Bagoly following up with a fall and technical fall, respectively. Denny Karas and Oscar Daniels sealed the deal for the Eagles - each posting falls - to put the match out of reach by the narrowest of margins, as they escaped Parkland with a 37-36 victory!

Going 5-0 on the day for Exeter were Ryan Watts, Austin Desanto, Tyler Harkness, Tyler Bagoly, Denny Karas and Oscar Daniels. The 8-1 Eagles see their next action this Wednesday @ Wilson. The meet will start at about 6:30. The Eagles will then get back to the room for a day before they head to the Geigle Complex for the BCIAA Individual Tournament Friday and Saturday where they look to defend their 2016 county title. #workday

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Eagles Too Much For Muhls

The Exeter wrestlers again asserted themselves as top dog in the county with a convincing 65-9 win over a young Muhlenberg squad. The Eagles managed the lopsided victory despite having two starters taking some rest to heal some bumps and bruises. The match started off quickly - very quickly - with Tyler Harkness (SR ,160) with a fall in just :28 seconds. Not to be outdone, Tyler Bagoly (SR, 170) wasted no time in getting his pin in just :22 seconds. That is how the night would go for Muhlenberg, as they saw Exeter mow through the upper end of their lineup as John Harrell (JR, 182) added a first-period fall, followed by Denny Karas (JR, 195) and Jon Greenleaf (SR, 220) picking up a forfeit and injury default, respectively.

Things didn't get any better at the turn for Muhlenberg as Exeter's Jake Keller (FR, 106) needed just :35 seconds for his fall and Ryan Watts (SR, 113) received the last of the night's forfeits. With the Eagles out to an insurmountable 47-0 lead, Brandon Borton (SO, 120) was the first of only 3 bouts to go the distance. Borton continued Exeter's up-tempo pace and cruised to a decisive 5-3 victory. Chris Matthews (SO, 126) added his own fall, followed by a blizzard of takedowns as Austin Desanto (SR, 132) ran up a 23-7 technical fall in just 1:50.

Brandon Borton vs. Muhlenberg
Brandon Borton with a cross-face cradle.

Gage Whitman (SO, 138) saw his match go back and forth, getting caught in two big moves. The second was too much to battle back from, as Whitman was caught on his back for a fall midway through the second period for Muhlenberg's first points of the night. Chase Guldin (SO, 145) opened up his offense and ran up a 13-4 major decision. Guldin bounced back from an illegal slam late in the bout, and continued to score to secure the bonus point victory. Gage Moran (JR, 152) dropped a 5-1 decision to the Muhls top wrestler, in Stefahn Mayo (SR) who is currently ranked # 3 in the District. The Eagles will get back to work in the room and prepare for their next action this weekend at Parkland High School as they face their biggest tests to date in the Parkland Duals. Exeter will face St. Anthony's (NY), Souderton, Delaware Valley, #8 Council Rock South, and #18 Parkland. Wrestling starts at 9:15. #workday

Exeter Repeats as CV Holiday Champs

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The team with their 1st place trophy

The Exeter wrestling team took to the mats at the 16th Annual Conestoga Valley Holiday Classic over winter break. The tournament typically provides the team with a good look at some District III opponents, as they head down the January stretch, and into the postseason. Winning titles for Exeter were Ryan Watts (SR, 113) and Austin Desanto (SR, 132). Watts used a technical fall over his opponent who is a returning VA 5th place state medalist. Desanto won by major decision (>8 point margin) en route to his 3rd consecutive CV Holiday title, and was awarded the tournament's Outstanding Wrestler award.

Ryan Watts in his finals match
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Desanto OW award

Other finalists for Exeter were Tyler Bagoly (SR, 170), Denny Karas (JR, 195) and Oscar Daniels (SR, 285). Bagoly was stymied by returning PIAA AA Champion Jacob Oliver of Huntingdon. Karas dropped his 3rd decision of the season to Northern York's Jake Koser, and Daniels surrendered a 14-1 lopsided loss to Central York's Michael Wolfgram. Also, medaling for the Eagles were fourth place Jonathan Greenleaf (SR, 220), fifth place Justin Landis (SR, 138), and eighth place finishers Nolan Buck (SR, 182) and Chris Matthews (SO, 126).

Exeter outlasted runner up Central Mountain by a score of 200.5 - 195.0, in what was presumed to be the closest team race in the tournament's 16 year history. Exeter held a 3 point lead going into the final, and managed to increase their lead, despite dropping the last 5 bouts of the final round. Exeter will be back in league action this Wednesday, January 4 at Muhlenberg. The high school match (6:30) will follow the Junior High (4:30) dual. This coming weekend Exeter will be tested once again, as they head to the Parkland Duals in the heart of powerhouse District XI. #workday

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Eagles Continue To Roll

The Exeter High School wrestling team continued their dominating roll in Berks County action with two dual meet victories over Reading High School (57-12) and Twin Valley (49-18). Wednesday night, the Eagles hosted Reading High School and got off to a quick start with Tyler Bagoly (SR, 170). Bagoly racked up a technical fall in just two periods of action. Nolan Buck (SR, 182) came up just short of a major decision with an 8-1 victory, followed by two falls from Denny Karas (JR, 195) and Jon Greenleaf (SR, 220) before Oscar "Big O" Daniels used an onslaught of takedowns for a 10-5 win.

Freshman Jacob Keller (106) had a big lead when he was caught for a Reading fall. Keller had run up a double-digit lead and was caught trying to roll through a cradle. David Wentling (JR, 113), Ryan Watts (SR, 120), Chris Matthews (SO, 126), Austin Desanto (SR, 132) and Justin Landis (SR, 138) rattled off a series of victories to push Exeter's lead to 47-6. Chase Guldin (SO, 145) lost by fall, but Gage Moran (JR, 152) and Tyler Harkness (SR, 160) closed out the dual with bonus point victories to push the Eagles to a final of 57-12.

Thursday, the team was back in action with Twin Valley. Starting at 145, Chase Guldin was battling hard when he was caught for a fall. Gage Moran battled back and forth for a tough decision at 152, leading the Eagles rampage as Tyler Harkness (decision), Tyler Bagoly (fall) and Nolan Buck (fall) went on to put them ahead for good. Michael Crane (JR, 195) stepped into the lineup and was dominating his opponent before slipping to his back and getting caught for a pin at the end of the period, with 0.2 on the clock. Karas moved up to 220 and got a quick fall, followed by a forfeit to Jon Greenleaf filling in at heavyweight.

Landis against Twin Valley

Jacob Keller needed little time to get a fall at 106. Jacob Steward filled in due to injury and was pinned by Twin Valley's CJ Morton. Watts, Matthews and Desanto took care of their opponents in dominating fashion before the finale that had the crowd on their feet. Twin Valley's Finn Tinsley used an early takedown and cradle to take a 5-0 lead on Exeter's Justin Landis. Landis fought hard off his back to get to the second period trailing. Landis continued with persistent attacks to close the gap, and his superior conditioning proved troublesome for Tinsley as he tied the bout with under 30 seconds to go. From that point forward, it was just a matter of time before Landis secured an early takedown in OT to wrap up the night with the Eagles out in front by a large margin. The team gets back to work over the holidays at the Conestoga Valley Holiday Classic in Lancaster on December 29 and 30. The Eagles won the team title last year. #workday

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Exeter Crowns Two, Takes Team Title At King Of The Mountain

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KOM Tournament Championship team photo.

Mill Hall, PA - Exeter wrestling went into the prestigious King of the Mountain tournament with one goal in mind - wrestling better than they had the week before at Cumberland Valley. After a solid week of practice, consistently drilling on the exploited weaknesses of the competition before, the team seemed poised to perform better... and that they did. This isn't just your average weekend roll on the mat. The King of the Mountain has earned a reputation of one of the best competitions in the state. Boasting 51 state-ranked wrestlers in the semifinals (out of a total 56), the tournament definitely lived up to its billing.

Top performers for the Eagles were Oscar Daniels (SR, 285) and Austin Desanto (SR, 132) who took first place - along with Ty Bagoly (SR, 170) who posted a runner-up finish. In all, the Exeter wrestling team put 7 of their 14 wrestlers on the podium. Daniels and Desanto came into the tournament with #1 seeds, expected to be atop the podium at the end. Daniels made quick work of his opponents up to the final round, earning his 100th career victory in semi-finals - where it took him an OT win with a takedown to secure the title - for him, as well as the team.

Oscar Daniels 100th victory.

Desanto's road to the finals included (another) win over a state-ranked wrestler, and his finals bout saw him unchallenged by a Boyertown opponent who was a state place winner in 2016. Desanto's domination culminated in him being voted the tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestler. Bagoly saw great improvement over the previous week, while taking second place for the second week in a row. Bagoly's signature win of the tournament was a come from behind semi-final win over a 2016 PIAA 6th place finisher. While scrambles early on didn't end in his favor, Bagoly's conditioning and persistent attacks on his feet proved too much, advancing to the finals for a rematch from last year's KOM against Mifflin County's Trend Hidlay - PIAA Runner up last year. Hidlay's explosiveness from his feet and tough ride on top gave him the championship; however, Bagoly found himself down by only one point in the final 30 seconds - greatly improving on last year's matchup with the #2 ranked wrestler in the state.

Perhaps the most impressive run of the weekend was that of Justin Landis (SR, 138). Landis entered the tournament unseeded and left the tournament with 3rd place hardware. Landis' advantage that no one could match was his conditioning - registering multiple 3rd period comebacks to stay alive in the consolations. Next to Landis, Chris Matthews (SO, 126) showed impressive improvement. Another unseeded wrestler for the Eagles, Matthews fought his way through the bracket to land on the podium in 8th place. Matthews improvement on his feet was the key to his success.

Also placing for the Eagles were Denny Karas (JR, 195) in 5th place, and Jon Greenleaf (SR, 220) with an 8th place. The Eagles get back to their dual meet schedule with back-to-back matches this week. Wednesday, the Eagles host Reading High School at 6:30 PM and Thursday we travel to Twin Valley for a matchup with the Raiders, also at 6:30. #workday

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Exeter downs Mifflin 57-18 on Big Brother Night

Ricky Ricketts Award
Matthew Skipper with
Coach Harner

The Eagles took the mat last night as the defending county champions for the first time in school history. This night was equally as memorable because it was Big Brother Night, where our elementary wreslters are recognized before the match, as well as the start of season that marks the 50th anniversary of the program's inception. Every year, there is an elementary wrestler who is chosen for the "Ricky Ricketts Award", given to an individual who possess a good work ethic, leadership skills, and is coachable. This year, 6th grader, Matthew Skipper was the award recipient. Big Brother Night is always a great night for the program and a perfect way to lead into the varsity match with longtime rival, Governor Mifflin.

Jacob Keller
Jacob Keller earning his first varsity win.

The varsity match started at 126 pounds where senior, Ryan Watts, got things started with a fall for the Eagles. At 132 pounds, Chris Matthews lost an overtime decision to Mifflin's Kyle Seibert. Next up for the Eagles was returning AAA state 2nd place finisher, Austin Desanto. Much to the dissapointment of the crowd, Mifflin forfieted to Desanto. Mifflin followed that FFT with two falls to take the lead. At 160 pounds, Tyler Harkness got the eagles back on track with a decision. The rest of the way, the Eagles would only lose 1 more match, by decision, en route to a 57-18 victory over the visiting mustangs. Dennis Karas (jr, 195), Oscar Daniels (sr, 285), and Jacob Keller (fr, 106) earned falls for the eagles down the stretch.

Next up for the Eagles is the prestigious, 33 team, King of the Mountain Tournament at Central Mountain High School this Friday and Saturday. Live results can be found here. Good luck to all of our wrestlers this weekend.

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Exeter Wrestlers Kick Off Season at Cumberland Valley

The Exeter Township Senior High wrestlers got their first taste of live action on the mats of Cumberland Valley in their annual Kick Off Classic on December 9th & 10th. The team took home a 6th place finish, while only entering a competitor in 12 of the 14 weights. Exeter placed 6 of their 12 wrestlers, led by a first place finish from 2016 PIAA AAA State Runner-Up Austin Desanto at 132 pounds.

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Austin Desanto on the podium

Desanto went 5-0 on the weekend, posting three technical falls and 1 pin, before upending PIAA AAA 4th place finisher Chandler Olson of Shippensburg by a score of 6-2 in the finals, in a bout that wasn't nearly as close as the score would indicate. Dropping their first matches of the season in the finals for Exeter were Tyler Bagoly (170) and Jon Greenleaf (220). Bagoly dominated his way to the finals with two falls and a 5-0 shutout, before meeting Cumberland Valley's Quentin Milliken in the finals. Bagoly started off slow, falling behind early, but battled back to challenge at the end, ultimately dropping an 8-7 decision that had its fair share of questionable calls. Greenleaf used a 15-7 major decision to advance following a first round bye, and then scored a takedown in the waning seconds of the semifinal to score a 2-1 victory securing his place in the finals. The finals saw Greenleaf match up with Council Rock South's Joey Doyle. Doyle marched through the tournament with first period falls in each bout, including his final win over Greenleaf.

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Justin Landis on the podium

Other's placing for Exeter were SR Oscar Daniels (285) 3rd, JR Denny Karas (195) 4th, and SR Justin Landis (138) 5th. Exeter returns to action opening their dual meet season at home on December 14th against perennial Berks power Governor Mifflin at 6:30 PM.

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