Kulp finishes 5th in PIAA AAA State Tournament
Kulp on the AAA 106 podium
Brett Kulp, Tristan Watts, and Ethan Stever all competed in the PIAA AAA Tournament this past Thursday-Saturday. Brett finished 5th, becoming the first sophomore to place in the state tournament for Exeter. His 5th place finish also ties the highest finish by any individual in Exeter history. Brett won his first bout 5-0 over Cole Manley from Altoona and his quarterfinal bout 5-2 over Boyertown's Jakob Campbell. These two victories placed Brett in the semi-finals, guaranteeing no worse than a 6th place medal. In the semi-final, he lost 6-4 to eventual champion Devin Brown of Franklin Regional. The consolation semi-final was a tough match, as Brett lost 2-1 to Kordell Rush from Pennridge. It appeared Kulp had a takedown in the final seconds of the 3rd period, but the points were not given and Kulp would have to settle for 5th by beating Gage Curry from North Hills in the ultimate tie-breaker. Tristan Watts and Ethan Stever both went 0-2, each losing a match in overtime during the tournament. The state tournament appearance caps off a great career for Tristan and hopes to be a building block for Ethan as he enters his senior season next year.
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Annual Banquet set for Monday March 24th at Shady Maple @6:00pm
The Exeter Wrestling Family is proud to announce the location, time, and date of their Annual End of Season Banquet. The banquet will once again be held at Shady Maple Smorgasbord on Monday March 24th, starting at 6:00pm. The banquet is a wonderful time to honor our seniors as well as celebrate the accomplishments and efforts of all of our JH and SH 7-12 grade wrestlers. All of the specific information can be found on the link to our invitation below. Remember that ALL current AND former parents, wrestlers, friends, families, and close friends are invited. Please RSVP to Joanne Watts by next Monday, March 10th, and secure your spot in this year's Exeter Wrestling Banquet!
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Exeter Finishes 5th @ Districts, Qualifying 3 wrestlers for the PIAA AAA Tournament
Hershey, PA - Exeter Wrestling continued its strong post-season performance at the District III tournament at Hershey Park Arena this past weekend, qualifying a program record-tying 3 wrestlers for the PIAA State Tournament at The Giant Center, March 6-8.
Kulp at the top of the District 3 podium
Leading the way for Exeter was Brett Kulp, bringing home a District III Championship in his 2nd appearance at the District Tournament. Kulp came out strong with a first period fall over Chase Mowery of South Western. Kulp then managed to win his next 3 bouts by a total of 3 points! Perhaps the most exciting finish was his semi-final matchup versus New Oxford's Zurick Storm. Down 2-1 in the final 10 seconds of the bout, Kulp threw Storm to the mat and was able to spin behind and secure the takedown and rideout the final waning seconds on top for a 3-2 win. In the finals, Kulp avenged an earlier season OT loss to 2013 State Runner-Up Connor Sheehan of Solanco. Kulp used a 1-point escape 15 seconds into the second period to gain the bouts only points. He then rode Sheehan for the entire third period to secure the championship.
At 126, Exeter's Tristan "T-Dubbs" Watts warmed up with a 2-1 thriller in the preliminary round, and then dominated Solanco's Wyatt Jennings by a score of 11-6 to get to Saturday morning's semi-final. In the semi-final, Watts faced familiar foe Daniel Grant of Twin Valley. Watts had dropped a pair of close decisions to Grant earlier in the season, losing by 2 in the dual meet and dropping a 1-point decision in the county tournament. The match was expected to be low scoring, and it delivered. Watts pushed Grant to overtime tied 1-1. Each wrestler was able to gain an escape in the 30-second tie-breaker round, leading to an Ultimate Rideout Tiebreaker. Watts, having scored first, was given choice of position. Taking bottom, Watts wasted no time, gaining the escape 3-seconds into the period for the sudden-victory win - which gave him a spot in the District III finals, and a guaranteed berth in the PIAA State Tournament! Watts then faced top seed Rodney Sunday in the final where he found himself struggling to score on his feet, dropping the final by major decision.
As if the weekend hadn't provided enough heart-stopping excitement, Ethan Stever made sure to keep everyone's attention during his run to a PIAA State berth. Stever cruised to the semi-finals behind a first round fall, and second round 8-5 decision. In the semis, he dropped a hard-fought decision to familiar foe Chad Wickard of Big Spring, 5-1. Still needing one win to punch his ticket to the state tournament, Stever matched up against Adam Peris of JP McCaskey. With the score tied late in the third period, a scramble ensued, and Stever used his trademark unorthodox funkiness to fight off the scoring attempt by Peris, catching him on his back and scoring the fall and the trip to States. In the consolation final, Stever came up short against Mike Hartman of Spring Grove by a score of 5-1.
Exeter's 2014 District 3 Medalists
Freshman Austin Desanto had perhaps the most memorable match of the entire tournament. Opening the tournament with a dominating 9-3 decision, Desanto went into the quarterfinals versus Derek Wilson of South Western. After 8 minutes of wrestling, the match came down to the Ultimate Tie-Breaker Rideout. Desanto, choosing top, needed to remain in control for 30-seconds to emerge victorious - or so one would think. Dominating his opponent from the top position, Desanto twice flattened his opponent, only to have it result in a stalemate and restart. The third attempt once again saw Desanto flatten his opponent to the mat - only to have Austin penalized for stalling, awarding the point, and the match, to Wilson. The entire Hershey Park Arena erupted with an echo of boos. The call was argued to no avail. Desanto was then dropped into the consolation bracket. After two sound victories, Desanto's run of bad luck continued, as he was then matched up against top ranked Dylan Chatterton of Central York. Chatterton, ranked 4th in the state, was winning 8-0 when he was caught and pinned - dropping him to the consolation round versus Desanto. Chatterton used a takedown and 2 near fall points to lead his way to a 5-1 victory. Desanto once again defeated his opening round opponent to place 5th in the tournament, and sit in the first alternate position, should one of the top four not be able to compete in the state tournament.
At 120 pounds, Freshman Tyler Bagoly put his name on the District III radar for the next few years. Bagoly opened the tournament with a 6-5 win that saw him battle back from a 5-1 deficit and mentally break his opponent along the way. That opponent came up one win short of a state berth. Bagoly then dropped a 10-0 decision to eventual champion Zack Clingan of Spring Grove. Down in the wrestlebacks, Bagoly scored a 4-0 shutout over his first opponent before dropping a 9-1 major decision to eventual state alternate Cal Reichert of Cumberland Valley. Bagoly showed unshakeable poise as a Freshman, and is expected to lead the program forward with fellow Frosh Desanto.
Scott "Chachi" Baker wrapped up a successful senior campaign with a 2-2 showing in the 138-pound bracket. Fresh off his Sectional Championship, Baker picked up where he left off with a dominating 6-1 decision in the preliminary round. Baker then ran into Solanco's Kody Hart, where he was caught in a armbar and lost by fall. Dropping into the consolation bracket, Baker bounced back with a 2-1 decision of East Pennsboro's Matt Danner. Baker's Exeter career ended by fall to eventual state alternate Lucas Ortiz of Cumberland Valley, ranked # 13 in the state. Baker's passion and leadership will be hard to replace.
Last, but certainly not least, Drew Bennett entered the tournament at 152-pounds versus 2x State Finalist, and currently ranked # 1 in the state T.C. Warner of Cumberland Valley. Unfortunately, Bennett was outgunned in this one - as were most of Warner's opponents over the weekend. Bennett dropped into the Consolation Rounds against Arthur Watkins of Susquehanna Township. Once again, Bennett found himself on the losing end of the bout. Bennett was a testament to the phrase "Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn't work hard." The hardest worker in the room for the past two seasons, Bennett's success was well deserved - and his work ethic will be sorely missed.
The District 3 Tournament once again saw our team peaking at the right time of year - as Exeter finished in 5th place, ahead of all other Berks County schools. Berks County will send 6 wrestlers to the AAA State Tournament - half of them coming from Exeter! The State Tournament will start Thursday, March 6 at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA. Tickets are still available. If you cannot make it to Hershey, you can follow Exeter on Twitter @XTRwrestling or on our Facebook page. The schedule for AAA wrestling can be found here.
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Baker & Bennett Win Scholarship for Books
Scott & Drew with their certificates
Every season, the District 3 Coaches Association awards 2 scholarships for each Sectional Tournament. To be eligible for the scholarship, you must qualify for the District 3 Wrestling Tournament. Then, applicants overall GPA are compared and the two highest GPA's are awarded the scholarship. This year, Scott Baker and Drew Bennett both won this scholarship, and we congratulate them on their successful wrestling seasons, and commend them on their outstanding academic performance.
Exeter Finishes 2nd at Sectionals, Qualifying 7 Wrestlers for the District 3 Tournament
7 Sectional Medalists
Shillington, PA - The Exeter High School wrestling team continued to raise the standards for the program, competing this past weekend at the District III Section IV individual tournament. This tournament is the first step towards the coveted PIAA AAA State Championships. The top 3 finishers at each weight class are guaranteed a spot in this upcoming weekends District III Tournament - the last stop before "States."
Brett Kulp (106) and Austin Desanto (113) once again dominated their respective weight classes, both winning by Major Decision (victory by 8 or more points) in their final. Ty Bagoly (120) avenged an earlier season loss with an upset victory over the number 2 seed in the semifinal round. After scoring an early first period takedown in the final, he was caught and pinned, taking second place. Tristan Watts (126) clinched his spot at the District Tournament with a decision in the consolation semifinals, while notching his 100th career victory at the same time. He finished 3rd with an overtime victory in the consolation final.
Scott Baker (138) knocked off Governor Mifflin's Colin Johnson with a takedown with about 2 seconds to spare to get to the finals where he went on to clinch his frst Section IV Championship. Ethan Stever (145) cruised to the finals where he knocked off the number one seed 4-3 for his first Section IV Championship. Eighth seeded senior Drew Bennett (152) was the surprise of the weekend. After dropping a 2-point decision in the quarterfinal round, Drew battled his way back through the consolation bracket. In dramatic fashion, Bennett scored a takedown as time expired in the sudden victory overtime period to get into the consolation final. With a trip to Districts on the line - and facing the end of his high school career - Bennett avenged his quarterfinal loss with a 3-0 victory, prolonging his high school for at least one more weekend. Freshman Justin Landis (132) entered the tournament with just one varsity match under his belt and stormed to a 4th place finish, dropping matches to the 2nd and 3rd seeds.
As a team, Exeter finished second to perennial foe Wilson. However, the program took another step forward, qualifying a program record-tying 7 wrestlers for the District Tournament. Additionally, the program doubled their previous best with 4 sectional champions - 3 of them winning titles as underclassmen. Action for the District Tournament gets underway Friday at Hershey Park Arena.
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Tristan Watts earns his 100th career victory
Congratulations to Tristan Watts for earning his 100th career victory this past Saturday at the District 3 Section IV Tournament at Governor Mifflin Intermediate School. 100 career wins is always a huge milestone for any Pennsylvania High School Wrestler. Tristan is now a 3x District 3/SC Regional Qualifier and has placed in the BCIAA Tournament 3x. His accomplishments over the past 4 seasons speak for themselves, and he has one more goal to accomplish. Good luck this weekend at Hershey Tristan!
Exeter Falls to Spring Ford 39-19, ending their historic post-season run.
Royersford, PA - Tuesday night, the Eagles fell to the Rams in a pigtail PIAA AAA dual meet. The winner goes to Hershey, the loser's dual meet season is over. The dual meet started strong for Exeter. The Eagles opened with Brett Kulp's 11-0 major decision over Jimmy Frank. They added to it at 113 with Austin DeSanto rallying from a 9-2 deficit against the Rams' Ryan Hayes to secure a 10-9 victory in the second overtime — and again at 120, where Tyler Bagoly went the OT route for a 5-3 decision on Hunter Mitch.
Matt Krieble got the Rams on track at 126 with an 11-4 decision of James Harkness. Nick Beauchamp kept the Rams going with his 3-1 decision of Tristan Watts at 132. But Exeter stemmed the Rams' modest run at 138, where Scott Baker held on for a 5-3 decision over Adam Dombrosky. And in yet another OT bout at 145, Ethan Stever prevailed over Jon Cooper by virtue of an ultimate rideout for the 16-6 edge. Although the Eagles had won 5 of the first 7 bouts, they only scored 1 bonus point, and found themselves in a bit of a hole. Spring Ford won 6 of the last 7 bouts, scoring 4 falls and 1 injury forfeit, which broke the score wide open 39-19, and ending Exeter's historic post-season run.
Until this season, the Eagles had only qualified for the D3 Team tournament 3 times and had never won a district match. This post-season dual meet tournament found the Eagles winning three D3 matches en route to their 4th place finish and qualifying for the PIAA AAA State Team Tournament, setting the bar high for the next couple of seasons, and putting their program on the map at the state level. After being the first team to qualify for the State Duals, it's difficult to see it come to an end, but the team knows that the individual post-season is right around the corner, and it is time to get back to work.
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Exeter takes 4th in the District, Narrowing the gap but still falling to Wilson
On Saturday, the Eagles fell 35-25 to the Bulldogs at Milton Hershey's Spartan Center. The Eagles started strong with a technical fall by Austin DeSanto at 113 and a decision by Tyler Bagoly at 120. After dropping two close decesions at 126 and 132, the Eagles forfeited to Wilson's Mike Hafer at 138. Scott Baker went out at 145 and earned a technical fall. Ethan Stever bumped up a weight class to wrestle Wilson's Parker Eidle at 152. They found themselves knotted at 1 heading into the first overtime period. Eidle got in deep on a double leg and brought Stever forcefully down to the mat. The referee immediately stopped the match and declared that it was an illegal slam. Stever was unable to continue, and the Eagles picked up 6 team points. At this point, Exeter was winning 19-12. Unfortunately, the Eagles lost the next 6 matches, and were unable to win the dual meet. Next up is a first round PIAA AAA Team Tournament pigtail match with Spring Ford on Tuesday night at Spring Ford High School starting @ 7:00pm.
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Exeter Splits Pair, Earns First Trip To PIAA AAA State Team Tournament
The team after their state qualifying victory.
Spring Grove, PA - The Exeter High School wrestling team has been finding a way to win all year. Close match after close match, the team looked for different individuals to rise to the occasion all season, and it proved no different in the consolation semifinal on Thursday night at Spring Grove High School, as Exeter won by the narrowest of margins.
Exeter came out of the gate strong, running up a 24 point lead behind wins from Nolan Buck, Oscar Daniels, Brett Kulp, Austin Desanto, Ty Bagoly and Tristan Watts. Entering the 132 lb. bout, Exeter knowingly approached the strength of the Big Spring lineup. Big Spring then ran off three pins in a row, all under 1-minute, closing the gap to 24-18. Ethan Stever stopped the bleeding in what proved to be one of the most significant bouts of the night - and team history. With a third period fall, Stever pushed the lead to 30 -18; however, at the conclusion of the match, the Big Spring grappler used an expletive and threw his headgear resulting in a 1-point team penalty, making the score 24-17.
After a major decision at 160 pounds, Exeter found itself with a 30-21 lead, and three bouts remaining. Enter Evan McGarry at 170 pounds, matched up with Big Spring's Chance Rayhart. McGarry used a 1st period takedown to take a 2-0 lead into the second period. Rayhart chose the bottom position and responded with a 2-point reversal in the second, and road McGarry for the remainder, sending the two into a third period deadlock. McGarry chose bottom, and scored a 1-point escape about 30 seconds into the period. After a 10-second stare-down between the two, which seemed to last for an eternity, McGarry controlled the hand-fight for the remainder of the match, warding off several scoring attempts by Rayhart to emerge with a 3-2 victory and a 33-21 Exeter lead.
Following two quick falls by Big Spring, the teams concluded the match tied at 33-33. However, Exeter was awarded the win based on Criteria B - fewest number of team points deducted, as Big Spring was penalized 1-point after the 152 lb. bout. The win advanced Exeter to their first ever appearance in the PIAA AAA State Team Tournament.
Earlier, Exeter fell behind early and couldn't recover against perennial power Central Dauphin, dropping a hard-fought 37-26 brawl. Exeter is back in action on Saturday, February 1 at The Spartan Center at The Milton Hershey School, versus Wilson in the consolation final to determine 3rd place in District III. Exeter advances to the PIAA State Team Tournament which begins on Monday. Time and opponent to be released late Saturday.
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• The updated D3 AAA Team Championship brackets can be found here.