Unruh is Golden: Eagles finish in 10th

SPRING GROVE, PA - On Friday and Saturday, 6 wrestlers took to the mats with the goal of placing in the top 4 of their weight class to earn a trip to the PIAA AAA Individual Tournament in two weeks. The effort was there but in most cases the result was dissapointing. However, for Robbie Unruh, it was perfect. Robbie became Exeter's 10th District III/South Central Regional Champion! He earned that medal with 4 falls over two days. Robbie's championship, along with the efforts of the other 5 wrestlers, earned Exeter a 10th place finish, out of 51 schools.

Pat Borja started his tournament with a dominant win by major decision. Later Friday night, he provided the crowd with one of the most entertaining bouts of the entire tournament. At the end of 6 minutes, he was tied with his York Suburban opponent 15-15. In overtime, it looked like Borja was in deep and ready to score a takedown, but was rolled through to his back and pinned. He then went on to win by major desicion in his next match and lose the one after that, ending his tournament with a record of 2-2.

Jevin Guldin also went 2-2 in the tournament, but started with a loss, followed by a tight 1 point decision to make his way into Saturday. In Guldin's first match, he racked up 14 points before pinning his opponent, but then dropped his next match. Jevin finished the season with 29 wins and 16 pins.

Connor Lender lost a close decision in his first match, but battled back to win by 1 point to get himself into Saturday. Unlike his teammates, he started with a loss on Saturday, eliminatin him from the post-season. Connor's 1 win in this tournament gave him 30 for the season, one of 4 wrestlers to earn at least 30 wins this year.

Nick Nettleton and Johnny Miller both went 2-2. Nick was a little more explosive, earning 2 falls but also losing by fall twice. Miller keeps things a little closer, dropping 2 close decisions, but winning once by major and once by decision. Both wrestlers are sophomores and finished the season with 36 wins and lots of post-season accolades and experience, which is exciting for their future.

And Finally, Senior, Robbie Unruh, was as consistant as he has been all year, earning 4 falls en route to his gold medal finish. In the final, he defeated a familiar foe in Adam Kase of Conrad Weiser. He has now defeated Kase 4 times this season, 3 by fall and 1 by decision. Robbie will continue to practice with his teammates over the next week and a half, with the goal of becoming a Pennsylvania State Medalist.

Eagles edge Garden Spot for Sectional Title

Sectional Team
The team with their Championship Trophy

Exeter has found themselves fighting year after year for a Sectional Tournament Championship. As a matter of fact, The Eagles have finished in the top 4 of this tournament for 10 straight seasons. This marks the 3rd team title in the last 5 years. After Friday night, Exeter held the team lead by only 2 points over Cocalico, with Garden Spot and Wilson also within striking distance. It was obvious when Saturday started, that Exeter was prepared mentally and phsycially to protect their lead, as 11 of 13 wrestlers placed top 5 in their weight class with four individual champions. During the final medal round, Exeter won 10 of 11 bouts to extend their lead on second place Garden Spot and bring home the championship trophy.

Nick Nettleton
Nettleton with a mat return.
Pat Borja
Borja working an arm bar.

Starting at 106 pounds, Jacob Keller secured 2 first period falls to earn a trip to the finals where he built an early 4-1 lead, but was unable to score another point and lost in the finals 5-4. Ian Lubenow, an undersized 106 pounder, was willing to wrestle 113 pounds since Keller dropped to 106. His effort was there, but was unable to win a match and went 0-2 in the tournament. Next up for the Eagles was Pat Borja at 126 pounds. Pat earned a technical fall in the quarterfinals and a tough 5-4 decision in the semis to earn a trip to the finals. Through great defense, Borja was able to secure several takedowns to win his first Sectional Title by a score of 15-9 over Garden Spot's Mason Casey.

At 132 pounds, Jevin Guldin went 4-1 to earn 3rd place with 3 falls and 1 technical fall. Guldin has been wrestling extremely lately and looks to continue his winning ways at districts next weekend. Riley Tryanski competed at 138 pounds and went 1-2 in the tournament. At 145, Connor Lender also went 4-1 to earn 3rd place in what many thought to be the toughest bracket in the tournament. As a matter of fact, Gunner Gehr of Garden Spot was voted Outstanding Wrestler by the coaches for winning the 145 pound bracket. At 152 pounds, Nick Nettleton earned his first Sectional Title with 3 falls in a dominating tournament.

Robbie Unruh
Unruh handfighting on his feet with Kase.
Johnny Miller
Miller working for a takedown.

Johnny Miller used 1 technical fall and 2 closes decisions to earn his first Sectional Title as well. The next four weight classes, 170-220, saw the Eagles fall just short of qualifying for the District tournament, with all 4 wrestlers finishing in 5th place, but earning valuable team points along the way. Charles Williams (170lbs.), Sam Orzolek (182lbs.), Ryan Peterson (195lbs.), and Allen Cisneros (220lbs.) will all be District Alternates if someone cannot compete next weekend. And last, but certainly not least, Robbie Unruh earned his first Sectional title at 285 by defeating Conrad Weiser's Adam Kase for the 3rd time this season, by a score of 3-2.

Next up for the Eagles is the District 3/South Central Regional Tournament on Friday and Saturday at Spring Grove High School. Wrestlers who place top 4 in their weight class earn a trip to the PIAA AAA Tournament 2 weeks later. Wrestling begins at 5pm on Friday and 10am on Saturday. Best of luck boys and lets bring home some District Medals! #workday

JH/HS Banquet, 3rd Annual Beef & Beer, and the STEEL Spring Flyer

There are 3 exciting events coming up and all the information is provided in the PDF documents below.
FIRST, the annual end-of-season JH/HS Banquet will take place on Monday, March 16th at Shady Maple. The flyer is below with all the information, but all wrestlers, parents, and coaches grades K-12 are welcome to attend and you must RSVP to Amy Lubenow by March 2nd.
SECOND, we will be hosting the 3rd annual Beef & Beer Fundraiser at Stonersville Social Hall on Saturday, March 21st. Flyer is below and make sure you RSVP to Tim Morgan soon, only the first 150 people will be accepted.
THIRD, our entire program is encouraging wrestlers to join STEEL Mat Club this spring. The flyer is below, but stay tuned for more details about payment if we can work out a team rate. If you have any questions about STEEL, contact Coach Kramer.

Loss to Hempfield ends Dual Meet Post-Season

Jacob Keller
Keller working for the fall.

The Eagles traveled to Spring Grove HS this past Thursday to take on Hempfield in the consolations of the District 3 Team Tournament. The match started at 220 pounds and did not get off to a fast start as Exeter had hoped. Allen Cisneros dropped a tough 9-5 decision, but Robbie Unruh got the team back on track at 285 with a 3rd period fall. Hempfield would earn two falls at the next two weights, and after four bouts they were winning 15-6. Jacob Keller and Pat Borja earned major decisions at the next two weights and closing the match score to 15-14.

Connor Lender and Nick Nettleton each earned hard fought decisions, and Johnny Miller was able to pin his opponent. Unfortunately for the Eagles, those were the only 3 wins the team would earn in the rest of the dual meet, losing by a final score of 42-26. In the 8 bouts the Eagles lost, they were bonus'ed in 7 of them. That is a difficult way to try and win dual meets and the loss ends their post-season run as a team. This match also moved their season dual meet record to 15-6. Up next for the Eagles is the end of season North Penn JV Tournament on Saturday, February 8th.

Eagles advance in District 3 Team Championships

GETTYSBURG, PA - Tuesday night the high school team traveled over 2 hours to Gettysburg Area HS to compete in the first round of the District 3 Team Championships. In the first round, Exeter would square off against a familiar foe in Cedar Cliff. In the last 6 years, Exeter and Cedar Cliff have wrestled 4 times in the playoffs. Exeter was able to secure the 37-28 victory and improve their record to 3-1 against Cedar Cliff in those playoff matches.

Jevin Guldin
Jevin with a peterson.

The dual meet started at 195 pounds where Sam Orzolek worked hard the entire match, eventually wearing down his opponent and securing the fall with just 5 seconds remaining in the match. That pin was followed by a decision from Allen Cisneros at 220 and a pin by Robbie Unruh at 285 to give Exeter an early 15-0 lead.

Cedar Cliff would earn 2 consecutive falls and a technical fall to take the lead 17-15 after 6 matches. The eagles would win 6 of the 8 remaining matches, with bonus point victories from Jevin Gulidin and Nick Nettleton. After the win against Cedar Cliff, Exeter would face off against the #1 seed, and undefeated, Gettysburg in their home gym.

Throughout the Dual, it was obvious that Gettysburg was the better team, as they won 9 of the 14 matches en route to a 46-19 win over Exeter. The loss moved the Eagles into the consolation bracket to compete against Hempfield in the first round of consolations on Thursday night at Spring Grove. Wrestling is start to set at 5pm. Exeter will need to defeat Hempfield, and then the loser of Central Dauphin vs. Dallastown semi-final match, if they want to qualify for the PIAA Team Tournament.

Exeter Falls to Hamburg in County Finals

BCIAA Team Runner-up
The Team with their silver medals.

WYOMISSING, PA - Friday night at Wyomissing HS, 6 Berks teams were competing for a BCIAA Team Tournament Championship. Ever since the BCIAA Individual Tournament in the middle of January, it appeared as if Exeter and Hamburg were on a collision course to meet in the team championship finals. Both teams earned a first round bye, as expected, but the drama throughout the night did not dissapoint.

In the opening round, Conrad Weiser beat Governor Mifflin and Wilson beat Brandywine Heights. In the semi-finals, Wilson would face off against Hamburg and Weiser would wrestle Exeter. With both matches happening simultaneously on 2 mats, the gym had no shortage of noise. Pins and close decisions, back and forth wrestling, it was hard to know who was winning and losing. Exeter wrestled really strong and defeated Conrad Weiser 57-21. Their match ended a few minutes before the other one so the Exeter faithful were able to watch the drama unfold on the other mat.

Going into the last bout, Hamburg led by 6 points. During the final bout, Wilson's wrestler was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct, but eventually pinned his Hamburg opponent and tying the dual meet 36-36. Hamburg won on tie-breaking criteria because of that unsportsmanlike conduct in the last match. That set up the assumed showdown between Exeter and Hamburg.

Chazere Woody
Chazere pinning his opponent.

As mentioned before, there was no shortage of drama in the finals. The match started at 138 pounds. Hamburg's Gimbor twins earned a fall at 138 and at 145 a 5-1 decision over Connor Lender in one of the better matches in the dual. Exeter followed that at 152 with a fall by Nick Nettleton and at 160 a technical fall by Johnny Miller. Exeter's Charles Williams went out and continually fought off his back at 170, but lost the match by technical fall. Sam Orzolek avenged a defeat in the BCIAA Individual Tournament with a last second takedown to secure a 2-1 victory. Hamburg followed that with back to back pins at 195 and 220. Senior, Robbie Unruh got the Eagles back on track with a first period fall, followed by a first period fall at 106 from Chazere Woody.

At this point, the dual was tied 24-24 with 4 matches remaining. Hamburg got a quick pin at 113, but Exeter's Jacob Keller and Pat Borja followed with back to back pins, putting Exeter up by 6 going into the final bout. Hamburg's Kyle Vernon and Exeter's Jevin Guldin would face off in the final bout to determine the team tital. Guldin took a quick shot and Vernon was able to lock up a cradle and secure the pin early in the first period. The atmosphere and crowd was electric and back and forth all night, but at this moment the gym was almost silent as the fans, teams, and coaches were all waiting for the scorer's table and officials to determine a winner. When the dust settled, Hamburg won on Criteria I, most cumulative first match points scored, by a margin of 13-10.

Exeter has now been in the BCIAA Team Championship Finals in 5 of the last 6 seasons, winning 3 and losing 2 very close ones. Next up for the Eagles is a trip to Gettysburg Area HS on Tuesday to take on rival, Cedar Cliff, in the first round of the District 3 Team Tournament. Wrestling starts at 6pm, with the quarterfinals to follow 15 minutes after the completion of the first round matches. Good Luck Eagles!!

Garnet Valley wins Blue & White Duals; Eagles go 3-1

The weather has not been kind to the Blue & White Duals over the years, and this year was no different. Due to the forecast for Saturday, the school district postponed the tournament until Sunday. 9 of the 10 teams were still able to travel and compete with a start time of noon on Sunday. With 9 teams competing, Exeter would only be able to wrestle 4 duals, and the other 8 teams would get the full 5 dual meets.

Garnet Valley
Garnet Valley with the Team Trophy

First up for the Eagles was a match with Upper Perkiomen. Upper Perk was able to jump out with a 12-0 lead as a result of 2 quick first period falls. Exeter would win 10 of the last 12 bouts en route to a 47-21 victory to start the day. Next up for the Eagles was Lower Merion. Again, the team dominated from start to finish, posting a 57-16 victory. The stiffest competition would come from the next two dual meets against Oxford and Garnet Valley.

First, the Eagles faced off against Oxford in what was anticipated to be a very close match. The match started back and forth, but in the middle weights, the Eagles earned 3 falls and 1 forfeit to open up the scoring and eventually win the dual meet 45-30. Going into the 4th round, Exeter and Garnet Valley were both 3-0. The winner of this dual meet would most likely be the team champion for the duals. The match started at 126 pounds where Garnet Valley's Daniel Husain defeated Exeter Pat Borja by a 6-4 decision. That set the tone for the dual as Garnet Valley would win several other close decisions and end up defeating the Eagles 37-29.

Christian Hodges
Hodges with his Award.
Landon Meredith
Meredith with his Award.

Going undefeated for the Eagles on Sunday were Charles Williams, Nick Nettleton, Johnny Miller, Allen Cisneros, and Robbie Unruh.

Also, there were two Outstanding Wrestler Awards given out after the final round of wrestling. Coaches were asked to vote for a wrestler from the opposite team at the end of each round. As the wrestling finished up, Christian Hodges of Lower Merion and Landon Meredith from Oxford were awarded an Outstanding Wrestler Trophy for the efforts on the day.

Click here for the final Exeter Duals Box Scores

Exeter defeats Wilson and Oley to clinch Berks playoff spot

On Tuesday night, the Eagles were a little shorthanded, as the flu has been making its' way through the team. The team came out and wrestled hard, showing they were hungry to get back into the Berks and District playoffs after missing both last season. The match started at 106 pounds where Chazere Woody showed the team some perseverance, dropping a hard fought 10-7 decision to Wilson's Herb, who previously tech-falled Woody earlier in the season. Wilson then got a forfeit and pin to open up the dual meet with a 15-0 lead.

Sam Orzolek
Orzolek hand fighting on his feet.
Chazere Woody
Chazere locking up a cradle.

Exeter's Pat Borja got the eagles on the board with a technical fall in the next bout at 126. This was a much needed win to stop Wilson's momentum. The eagles would go on a run, winning 5 of the next 6 bouts and taking the lead. Sam Orzolek dropped a tough 9-3 decision to recent County Champ, Vaughn of Wilson. Ryan Peterson followed with a 5-2 decision and pretty much put the match out of reach as Exeter won 41-30.

Click here for the final Wilson Box Score

On Wednesday night, the Eagles took on Oley Valley at home. Wednesday was also senior night, and the team honored their 7 seniors before the dual meet. Manager, Araceli Graves and wrestlers: Jacob Keller, Mason Cambria, Charles Williams, Noah Narvez, Allen Cisneros, and Robbie Unruh were all introduced as they walked with close family members and friends to the center of the mat. Oley Valley was extremely short-handed as they only weighed in 6 wrestlers.

All 6 seniors were able to get into the lineup, and luckily, 4 out of the 6 had matches. Keller and Williams won by Fall, Unruh won by Technical Fall, and Narvez won by Injury Default. At the end of the short match, Exeter won 70-5, moving their season record to 9-2 and securing their spot in the berks playoffs next Friday. Next up for the Eagles is their home Duals Tournament that will take place this weekend at the High School.

Click here for the final Oley Valley Box Score

Hamburg Edges Exeter by 2.5pts for BCIAA Individual Championship

The Exeter team showed up on Friday and Saturday at the Giegle Complex in Reading, placing 11 individuals and finishing in 2nd place behind Hamburg by just 2.5 points. Overall, the team wrestled extremely well, and crowned 4 individual champions in Nick Nettleton (SO, 152), Johnny Miller (SO, 160), Allen Cisneros (SR, 220), and Robbie Unruh (SR, 285)

Johnny Miller
Miller finishing a takedown against Wilson's Bidelman.
Nick Nettleton
Nettleton smiling during his pin in the finals.

Nettleton used 3 falls and 1 technical fall to earn his first Berks Title and showed his dominance all weekend long. Miller secured 2 falls, a major decision, and a regular decision to earn his first title. Miller has been one of the most consistant wrestlers all season for the Eagles. Cisneros and Unruh were equally as dominant with 3 pins each to earn their titles. This was Unruh's second Berks Championship in the past two seasons. His finals matchup was against undefeated, Adam Kase, of Conrad Weiser who was ranked ahead of him in the both the District and the State. After a scoreless first period, Kase chose down and earned a quick escape. Unruh followed with a takedown, right to Kase's back and secured the fall.

Robbie Unruh
Unruh earning the fall against Kase in the finals.
Allen Cisneros
Cisneros headlocking his Boone opponent.

Also placing for the Eagles were Jacob Keller (SR, 113) - 5th, Pat Borja, (JR, 126) - 2nd, Jevin Guldin (JR, 138) - 3rd, Connor Lender (JR, 145) - 3rd, Charles Williams (SR, 152) - 3rd, Noah Narvez (SR, 170) - 4th, and Sam Orzolek (SO, 185) - 5th.

Next up for the Eagles is a showdown at Wilson HS on Tuesday, January 14th, followed by a home match against Oley Valley on Wednesday which is also Senior Night.

Click here for the final Team Scores
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Eagles place 3rd, go 4-1 @ Octorara Duals

Jacob Keller
Keller looking for the fall.
Pat Borja
Borja with a tilt.

The High School team traveled south to compete in the Octorara Duals on Saturday. This duals tournament has 10 teams separated into 2 pools where you compete in 4 duals meets, with a crossover round, wrestling a team from the other pool for placing. The Eagles went 3-1 in their pool, defeating Hatboro-Horsham, Unionville, and Pottstown, but losing to West Chester Henderson.

In the first match, Exeter defeated Hatboro-Horsham 46-31. The highlight of this match was a come from behind win by Jevin Guldin, (JR, 138) against Hatboro's Sam Smith. Guldin gave up a takedown early but just stayed aggressive, pouring on the points and winning by a 15-5 major decision. In the second mathc, West Chester Henderson defeated Exeter 43-27. Henderson went on to take 1st and go 5-0 on the day. The highlight of this match was when Johnny Miller, (SO, 160) decisioned Koh Bauman 4-3. Bauman had pinned Miller in this tournament last season.

Johnny miller
Miller riding legs.
Robbie Unruh
Unruh working for a takedown.

Exeter won the 3rd dual against Unionville 63-18 and the 4th dual against Pottstown 67-9. In the 3rd place bout during the crossover round, Exeter would face Perkiomen Valley, the same opponent they beat in last year's 3rd place bout. This year saw the same result, as Exeter won 53-22. Going undefeated on the day were Jacob Keller, (SR, 113), Pat Borja, (JR, 126), Johnny Miller, (SO, 160), and Robbie Unruh, (SR, 285)

Click here to view the full results for the day.