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.

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

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

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

Chazere Woody
Chazere locking up a cradle.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

Unruh continues his run with more Gold

Robbie Unruh
Unruh looking for the pin in his finals match.

The HS team competed at the Conestoga Valley Holiday Tournament on Saturday and Sunday, December 28th and 29th. Finishing in 15th place out of 26 teams was definitely a dissapointment, but lucky for the team, it's still only December. There is a lot of wrestling in January and February to get the team ready for the post-season and to improve on their technique and conditioning.

Robbie Unruh had a slow start to the season, finishing in 4th place at the Cumberland Valley Kickoff Classic, as he was getting adjusted to wrestling at heavyweight. The adjustment period has not lasted long, as he is undefeated since that tournament, with a record of 15-2, and finishing in first place again this weekend. He used 3 falls and an overtime decision en route to his gold medal. Robbie has really been a leader in the practice room with his hard work and it's showing on the mat.

Nick Nettleton
Nettleton with a cradle.
Connor Lender
Lender finishing a mat return.

Also placing for the Eagles were Nick Nettleton, 5th at 152 and Connor Lender, 6th at 145. Both wrestlers lost quarterfinal bouts, but battled back to place and bring home some hardware. Next up for the Eagles are the Octorara Duals on Saturday, January 4th. They will compete in a pool, wrestling Hatboro-Horsham, West Chester Henderson, Unionville, and Pottstown.

Eagles go 2-0 in League Duals

The HS team had back to back dual meets on Wednesday and Thursday against Muhlenberg and Governor Mifflin. Wednesday, they traveled to Muhlenberg and won 65-12, winning all but 2 matches. With a short turnaround to Thursday night, the Eagles knew that bonus points were going to be the key to victory against the Mustangs and that the dual meet was going to be close. I don't think anyone in Exeter's gym could have predicted just how close the dual meet would finish.

Allen Cisneros
Allen pinning against Governor Mifflin.

Cutting right to it, the dual meet ended in a 40-40 tie. It was back and forth all night with each team securing 6 falls and 1 major decision. After much deliberation and discussion at the head table between both head coaches, both scorekeepers, and the official, it was determined that Exeter won the dual meet on the tie-breaking criteria letter 'h'. In head coach Jon Rugg's tenure, this was only the 3rd dual meet tie, and by far the deepest criteria needed to determine a winner.

Going 2-0 in both dual meets for the Eagles were Jacob Keller, Jevin Guldin, Connor Lender, Nick Nettleton, Johnny Miller, Allen Cisneros, and Robbie Unruh. It was a great win for this young team and they look to keep the momentum going into the Holiday break when they compete at the Conestoga Valley Tournament on Saturday and Sunday, December 28th and 29th. #workday

Click here to read the Reading Eagle story from the Mifflin Match.

Exeter Places 4 at the Penn Manor Tournament

Robbie Unruh
Unruh with his 1st place plaque on the podium.

MILLERSVILLE, PA - The Eagles competed on Friday and Saturday at the Penn Manor Holiday Tournament. At the end of two long days of competition, the team finished in 14th place out of 28 teams and saw 4 wrestlers standing on the podium. Leading the way for the Eagles was Robbie Unruh (SR, 285). Robbie started the tournament as the second seed, picking up a fall on Friday night to send him to the quarters. On Saturday, Robbie was able to take first place with two more pins and a major decision.

Also, placing for the Eagles were Jacob Keller (SR, 113), Johnny Miller (SO, 160), and Pat Borja (JR, 132). Keller made it to the semi's and was unable to earn another victory, finishing in 6th place. Miller backed up his 6th place finish from the weekend before, with more hardware, going 5-2 in the tournament and finishing in 7th place. Borja missed last week's tournament due to taking the SAT's, but showed his worth by wrestling hard and finishing in 8th place.

Next up for the Eagles are dual meets this upcoming Wednesday and Thursday vs. Muhlenberg and Governor Mifflin.

Blazers top Eagles 43-27

Austin Roeder
Coach Lloyd with Eagle Spirit Award Winner, Austin Roeder.
Noah Narvez
Narvez looking for the fall against Boone.

REIFFTON, PA - A shorthanded Eagles team was unable to produce a win on Big Brother Night, Wednesday, falling to Daniel Boone 43-27. Winning for Exeter was Jevin Guldin (JR, 138), Charles Williams (SR, 152), Johnny Miller (SO, 160), Noah Narvez (SR, 170), Ryan Peterson (SO, 195), and Robbie Unruh (SR, 285). On a night where we recognized over 80 youth wrestlers, the Eagles wrestled hard, but missed a few starters to injury and were unable to pick up the win in front of the home crowd.

Every year, the elementary coaches pick an Eagle Spirit Award Winner in memory of Ricky Ricketts, given to a 6th grader who has been in our program and shown leadership, hard work, and dedication. This year's award winner was Austin Roeder.

Eagles Show Improvement from last year

MECHANICSBURG, PA - The Cumberland Valley Kickoff Classic is a meat grinder of a tournament, featuring a lot of the top teams in the state during the opening weekend of competition. Last season, the Eagles were only able to place two wrestlers on the podium, showing their youth and inexperience. After a long, and successful off-season, this year's team was able to place 5 wrestlers and finished in 11th place out of 24 teams.

Nettleton finishing a takedown.
Keller with a cradle.

The first day of competition was brutal to the eagles, but they were able to send 8 wrestlers into the second day of competition. Jacob Keller (SR, 113) placed 4th, dropping both of his losses to the same Nazareth wrestler. Connor Lender (JR, 145), Nick Nettleton (SO, 152), and Johnny Miller (SO, 160) all finished 6th in their respective weight classes. Robbie Unruh (SR, 285) rounds out the place finishers and took 4th in his weight class. Next up for the Eagles is a Berks I showdown with Daniel Boone on Wednesday. Come out and show your support, match starts at 6:30pm in the main gym. #workday