Eagles Soar Over Downingtown East, Advance In State Playoffs

REIFFTON, PA - The Exeter Eagles were back at it again Monday night. For the third year in a row, the Eagles were in a PIAA state pigtail match. Win, and they advance to Hershey to compete against some of the best teams in the country. Lose, it's back to the practice room to gear up for sectionals. After seeing their seasons end at this point each of the past two years, the Eagles were anxious to move past this stumbling block and compete as a team in Hershey's Giant Center - no matter how much they may need the time off. Downingtown East came to Exeter as the # 3 from District I. Additionally, the Cougars were ranked one spot ahead of the Eagles in the most recent state rankings at # 12. The Eagles needed little motivation to focus on the task at hand.

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Schaeffer in on a single in his first match back from injury.

The draw of the starting weight came in at 126 pounds. Trey Harkness (126/SR), sitting on 100 wins for his career, got right to work. After an early takedown, Harkness used a series of tilts to rack up a quick lead en route to a technical fall and a 5-0 Exeter lead. Next up was a showdown of two PIAA AAA 4th place finishers from a year ago. Wade Cummings of Downingtown East, holding the #2 ranking in the state, squared off against the Eagle's # 3 Brett Kulp in a rematch of the King of the Mountain semifinals that saw Kulp drop an overtime decision on a questionable call. Kulp fought off Cummings' leg attacks through the first period, heading to the second in a scoreless bout. Kulp managed to ride Cummings for the entire second period, but also found himself picking up his second stall call giving his opponent a 1-0 lead headed to the third. In the third, Kulp quickly escaped to tie the bout. After several back and forth attempts, with about :30 seconds left, Kulp was called for another stall, putting him behind 2-1. At that point, his strategy changed, and Kulp walked into a shot from Cummings. With Cummings in deep on his leg, Kulp hit a "funk" roll putting him in position to score - which he did with about 7 seconds remaining. Kulp walked off the mat victorious with a big win over an opponent he'll likely see again come March.

Nolan Watts (138/FR) filled in for the Eagles next, in order for them to move their lineup for more favorable matchups. Watts was pinned by another Downingtown standout, Nik Zimmerman, giving the Cougars their first points on the board at 9-6. Kulp didn't have the only exciting bout, not by a long shot. Justin Landis (138/JR) bumped up to take on Downingtown East's Ryan Newbaum. The match saw a few flurries in the first two periods; however, the third period brought the crowd to their feet. Landis in deep on the legs found himself in a cradle, and suddenly on his back. He fought to get out of the cradle, and was turned once again. Finally, Landis found his opportunity and hit Newbaum with a "cement job" landing him flat on his back and picking up the fall with less than :20 remaining in the match.

Tyler Harkness (145/JR) continued the bump in weights moving up to 152. Harkness scored on his feet a couple of times before he locked up a cradle and stuck Jack Clay mid-way through the second period. At 160, Tyler Bagoly (152/JR) has been on a hot streak. Bagoly continuously tried to open up his opponent, with sporadic success. He dominated the action and scoring from start to finish, racking up a 9-0 major decision and a 24-6 Eagles advantage. The crowd erupted during introductions for Exeter's 170-pounder. Fan favorite, Scott Schaeffer (170/JR), had been sidelined since early January with a broken bone in his hand was cleared just hours earlier. Down from his usual weight class of 182, Schaeffer was on the offensive from the onset. Not as well conditioned as he normally is, Schaeffer managed the match well, handing Downingtown East yet another loss, defeating Alec Horne 3-2. Horne came into the match with a 32-6 record.

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Greenleaf working for the pin in overtime.

Nolan Buck (182/JR) once again gutted out a tough win over a quality opponent. Buck posted a dominating 4-0 workmanlike win, pushing the Eagles advantage to 30-6. Sophomore sensation Denny Karas (195/SO) took to the mat next. Karas wasted little time getting to work. Once on top, he buried an arm bar and turned his opponent getting the fall at 1:50 of the first period. 220-pound Junior Jon Greenleaf found himself in a rematch from King of the Mountain with East's Carter Regitz. Greenleaf won the first meeting 8-0; however, this one would involve a lot more work, and a lot less scoring. Greenleaf seemed in control of the bout throughout, with Regitz never really mounting a scoring opportunity. Seemingly on his way to victory with a 2-1 lead, Greenleaf was nailed for a penalty point as time was expiring in the third period, forcing overtime. In the sudden victory period, Greenleaf was able to catch his opponent in double underhooks, and drove him to his back - picking up the overtime pin.

Oscar "Big O" Daniels took the stage at 285. Daniels scored early and seemed to coast through most of the match. After some encouragement from the sidelines, Daniels picked up his motion on offense, and became a scoring machine on his way to a 16-4 major decision. Dowingtown East picked up their final two wins at 106 and 113, winning by fall and a 7-2 decision over Brandon Borton (106/FR) and Ryan Watts (113/JR), respectively. In the finale, Exeter's undefeated Austin Desanto took his whirlwind offense to Downingtown East's Brett Horne with a 23-8 technical fall in just 1:40. Exeter advances for the first time to the Giant Center in the PIAA AAA Team Tournament. Their workload for Thursday will be taking on #2 Belle Vernon at 8:00 PM. Follow the Eagles state run on Twitter (@XTRWrestling) or Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/ExeterWrestling/).

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Eagles Down Cedar Cliff, Finish 3rd In District III, Harkness wins 100th

HERSHEY, PA - The Exeter Eagles traveled to the Milton Hershey School for the third consecutive year to compete in the District III Consolation Finals. Victorious last year over rival Governor Mifflin, the Eagles faced a tough Cedar Cliff team with 3rd place in the district on the line - as well as a home pigtail match for the PIAA AAA Team State Tournament.

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The team after taking 3rd place in the District.

The bout started at 220-pounds where Jon Greenleaf (220, JR) was relentless with pressure on the Cedar Cliff opponent. With no scoring through the first two minutes - each were warned for a stall. The pair traded escapes in the second and third periods to finish tied at 1-1 and forcing overtime. Overtime went much like regulation, trading a pair of escapes in the second overtime period, before getting to the "Ultimate Tie Breaker" - a 30-second ride-out period. Escape you win, get ridden for :30 you lose. Since Greenleaf scored the first points of the match, he had choice of position. Taking bottom, Greenleaf quickly got to his feet. The Cedar Cliff wrestler picked up Greenleaf's leg, but did nothing from there. Failing to make an attempt to return him to the mat, a stall was called, awarding Greenleaf the point and the Eagles first win of the dual.

Oscar Daniels (285, JR) was much less dramatic in his bout, immediately taking down the Cedar Cliff grappler to his back and winning by fall in :40 seconds, and pushing the Eagles lead to 9-0. Exeter's Brandon Borton (106, FR) was pinned in the next bout, and Eagle Junior Ryan Watts (113) dropped a hard fought 8-2 decision to one of the top lightweights in the district. With the score knotted at 9-9, Exeter's strength came up - Desanto (120, JR), Trey Harkness (126, SR) and Kulp (132, SR). The three have combined for a 103-10 record this season alone. Desanto got the Eagles back on track with a fall in 1:01. Harkness used the full six minutes to register a 4-3 decision. Harkness' decision was the 100th victory of his high school career - a career that he'd like to finish off with a state medal later in the season.

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James Harkness after his 100th win Saturday.

Kulp made quick work of his opponent with a fall in 1:32, as the Eagles saw their lead grow to 24-9 heading into the 138-pound bout. At 138, Junior Justin Landis battled to the final seconds against one of Cedar Cliff's top wrestlers, Gabriel Ikeda. Ikeda got the better end of things, and walked off with an 8-6 decision. Nolan Watts (138/145, SO) stepped in at 145 to set the Eagles gameplan in motion. Against a very physical opponent, Watts battled but was simply out-gunned, losing by fall. Exeter held on to a 6-point lead heading into 152/160 bouts which were clearly the turning point of the meet.

With each team weighing in two wrestlers at 152, the matchups here would be critical to the outcome of the meet. Exeter, having won the pre-match coin flip, had the advantage here, as Cedar Cliff had to present their wrestler first. Cedar Cliff sent Collin Toggas to the table at 152-pounds, expecting Exeter to try and avoid the senior standout. However, Exeter's plan was to go toe to toe with their strength and responded with Ty Bagoly (152, JR). Bagoly has been on a hot streak recently with 2 victories over wrestlers ranked in the top 10 in the state in the past two weeks. Bagoly continued his roll, scoring an early takedown in the first period. Bagoly built a 4-2 lead by the end of the third, only surrendering an escape and one penalty point, before Toggas reached back in the final seconds and caught "Bags" in a headlock for a two-point reversal as time expired. Now, tied at 4-4, they went to sudden victory overtime. Bagoly wasted all of 15 seconds in securing a takedown and the win pushing Exeter to a 27-18 advantage.

Next up was the second half of the plan. Tyler Harkness (145, JR) weighed in at 152 to be eligible for this weight class. He got the matchup the Eagles had hoped for against Clayton Gause. Gause came out and scored a quick first period takedown. Harkness got to his feet where Guase lifted him in the air and viciously returned him to the mat. Wrestling was stopped, and Harkness was awarded a point for an illegal slam. After using about :45 seconds of recovery time, Harkness told his coaches and the trainer he was ready to continue. Harkness entered the second period down 2-1. Guase chose bottom, and he chose wrong. Harkness immediately locked up a cradle, putting Gause on his back where he would end the match with a fall at 3:56. The Eagles now held a 33-18 advantage with 3 bouts remaining.

At 170 pounds, John Harrell (160, SO) could not beat the hands of his opponent on his feet, and was unable to score as he planned. Harrell dropped a 10-4 decision. The score now 33-21, Cedar Cliff would need two falls to tie with two bouts remaining. 182-pounder Nolan Buck, gutted out the match against a tough Emerson Wentz of Cedar Cliff. Buck was in position to steal the win throughout; however, he just couldn't get over the hump, dropping a 3-2 decision - and locking up the bout for the Eagles by putting things out of reach. Denny Karas (195, SO) took on Cedar Cliff's UNC-bound Josh Collello, ranked #3 in the state at 182 pounds. Karas made Collello work hard throughout the match, often slowing his scoring opportunities, and keeping the match within reach; however, Collello proved to be a little too much for Karas, and took the bout 6-2. The final 33-27.

Exeter's win marks the second time in as many years they've finished third in District III (both times behind perennial powers Central Dauphin and Cumberland Valley). The win gives Exeter a home pigtail bout in the State Tournament on Monday, February 8 at 7:00 PM. The Eagles will host Downingtown East - the third place finisher from District I. The Eagles have seen their season end at this point the past two years, but have expectations to see the mat in Hershey on Thursday - so come out and support the Eagles in their last home action of the season.

Eagles Advance To District III Semis

REIFFTON, PA - The Exeter wrestling team hosted the District III Preliminary and Quarterfinal Rounds for the first time in school history. As the # 4 seed, Exeter was matched up against Manheim Central in an elimination match - win or go home.

The Eagles delivered in front of their home crowd, hammering Manheim Central 54-18. While the win wasn't a surprise, once again the team stepped up and surprised the coaching staff with the margin of victory. The meet was highlighted by an opening bout win for Dom Caccesse (170, SR). Stepping into the varsity lineup, Caccesse went to the "Ultimate Tie Breaker" - a :30 second ride-out. Caccesse quickly escaped to get the Eagles on the board, and they didn't look back. Others posting wins against Manheim Central for the Eagles were Ryan Watts (Fall 3:46), Austin Desanto (Forfeit), Trey Harkness (10-2 major decision), Brett Kulp (Fall 3:07), Justin Landis (Fall 4:33), Tyler Bagoly (6-1 decision), John Harrell (Fall 3:42), Denny Karas (Fall 2:45), Jon Greenleaf (Fall 3:48) and Oscar Daniels (13-5 major decision).

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John Harrell with a headlock.

With the win, the Eagles advanced to the quarterfinal matchup against # 5 Spring Grove. On paper, this match looked to be very tight, and bonus points seemed to figure into the equation - getting them, and not giving them. Once again, the boys delivered, BIG TIME, posting a 47-18 shellacking. The match started off in Exeter's favor as Nolan Buck came from behind with seconds left to post a two-point takedown and two-point near fall. Buck's late match heroics earned him a 4-3 decision in what figured to be a key bout. Karas, Greenleaf and Daniels followed up Buck's win with a pin and two decisions, respectively. Brandon Borton and Ryan Watts dropped matches to give Spring Grove their first points, and two of their four wins in the dual.

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James Harkness works a bar.

Austin Desanto entertained the crowd with a technical fall and was followed by a pair of dominating pins by Trey Harkness and Brett Kulp. Spring Grove's bump away from Kulp backfired when Anthony Hinson found himself staring at the lights to finish the third period as Justin Landis stole a 10-7 decision. Tyler Harkness almost stole another win for the good guys, but ran out of time in a 3-1 loss at 145 pounds. Tyler Bagoly and John Harrell followed with a pair of pins, while Dom Caccesse dropped the final bout of the evening. Exeter advances to the District III Semifinals where they'll face familiar foe, and perennial power, Central Dauphin. The matches are held at Spring Grove, and wrestling will begin Thursday at 5:30 PM.

Eagles Win County Title, Sweep Blue/White Duals

WYOMISSING, PA - Friday night was one for the record books for the Exeter Township Wrestling Team. Coming off a stellar 51-17 winning performance against cross-town rival Wilson, Exeter found themselves as the top seed in the BCIAA Team Tournament. Exeter opened with a convincing 57-15 win over Governor Mifflin to set up a finals rematch with Wilson. Surprised by the margin of victory two nights earlier, the Eagles took nothing for granted. Focused on the task at hand, the Eagles took to the mat with a "business as usual" mindset.

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Justin Landis celebrates
after his win Friday night.

Business as usual for the 2015-16 Eagles is what it turned out to be, as they improved on their prior performance, posting a 49-9 victory, losing only 2 of the 14 bouts. Justin Landis' (145, JR) over Tanner Vogel was one of two big highlights of the night. Landis had lost by fall to Vogel in the county tournament two weeks earlier, and dropped a 2-point decision to Wilson's Dawson Comoh in the previous dual. Landis used a solid takedown in the first period to set the stage, before throwing Vogel to his back in the second period, nailing down the pin at the 3:00 mark. The next big win came at 170 pounds where Tyler Borton (170, JR) took on 3x County Champion Adam Brown. Brown was turned late in the third against Nolan Buck in the dual two days earlier, ultimately getting pinned. Against Borton, Brown came out aggressively taking an early lead; however, Borton managed to keep the match close with a lot of funk defense, finally starting to convert for points near the end of the match. Borton forced sudden victory overtime, scoring a takedown to hand the heavy favorite his second upset in about 48 hours - both at the hands of Exeter Wrestlers.

Also winning for the Eagles were Ryan Watts (3-1 SV), Chris Matthews (1-0), Austin Desanto (TF 22-7), Trey Harkness (12-7), Brett Kulp (MD 11-2), Tyler Bagoly (4-2), Nolan Buck (12-3), Denny Karas (Fall 1:24), Jon Greenleaf (forfeit) and Oscar Daniels (8-7). The team had little time to regroup, as they took to the mats while hosting their annual Blue/White Duals on Saturday morning. The duals were rescheduled from the prior week due to the "Blizzard of 2016."

Exeter went 5-0 on the day, defeating Coatesville (49-15), Garnet Valley (52-20), Downingtown West (52-15), Quakertown (49-14) and Daniel Boone (56-23). The day was highlighted by two marquee matchups. The first saw Exeter's Tyler Bagoly knock off previously unbeaten, and #4 ranked in the state, Chase Stephens by a score of 8-3. Bagoly was rarely in danger, and set the tone with a quick takedown right to back points for an insurmountable 4-0 lead. Next, Trey Harkness squared off against #6 Matt Marino of Garnet Valley. Harkness posted a dominating 5-2 victory over Marino. Going 5-0 for the Eagles on Saturday were Ryan Watts, Austin Desanto, Trey Harkness, Brett Kulp, Tyler Bagoly, Denny Karas and Oscar Daniels.

The five wins pushed the Eagles' Power Ranking high enough to secure the #4 seed for the district playoffs, which comes with the privilege of hosting the first round of the tournament. Exeter will be at home against Manheim Central on Tuesday at 6 PM. If successful, the Eagles will take on the winner of Spring Grove / Milton Hershey at about 8 PM. Come out and support the team by wearing black for our first "Black Out" of the year. Adult ticket prices are $6 and student ticket prices are $4.

Eagles Unleash On Bulldogs, Clinch Berks I Title

REIFFTON, PA - The Exeter Grapplers took to the mat Wednesday night looking to clinch their second consecutive Berks I title, facing off against Wilson at home. The Bulldogs came into the match with an impressive lineup, featuring 5 BCIAA County Champions. The Eagles, with 6 of their own, looked to have a slight advantage, but no one could have predicted what was about to happen over the 14-bout dual. Starting at 285, Oscar Daniels (285, JR) set the tone for the night. Daniels took a close 6-4 decision over a very athletic Isaac Schannauer. The match featured back and forth scrambles, uncharacteristic for heavyweights, that played to Daniels advantage in conditioning. The Eagles were off to a good start with a 3-0 lead.

Chase Guldin (106, FR) lost by fall to the first of Wilson's 5 county champs; however, Ryan Watts (113, JR) - who missed the county tournament with a concussion - got the Eagles back on track with a third period fall over county champion Brandon Connor, emphatically taking the first of four "swing bouts" in the dual. Watts' fall set up the second swing bout at 120.

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Chris Matthews celebrates after his pin.

Chris Matthews (120, FR) won a close 4-2 decision over his Wilson rival at the county tournament. This match seemed to be heading in the same direction. However, with the Wilson grappler in deep on a double leg, Matthews appeared to be in trouble. As Wilson was awarded the takedown, Matthews responded with a chin-whip, throwing his opponent on his back. From there, Matthews took time to adjust and secured the second pin of the night for Exeter, and posting a 15-6 lead - and that would be the last time Wilson would be that close. Austin Desanto (126, JR) needed just :50 seconds to finish off Kolbie Eidle, and that fall was followed by a forfeit to Brett Kulp (132, SR). The forfeit to Kulp tipped the hand of Wilson's strategy. As expected, they were looking to get away from Kulp, bumping all of their wrestlers up a weight, in search of more favorable matchups.

Trey Harkness (138, SR) took to the mat against Tyler Wilkes. Wilkes scored first, and last, but in between the initial takedown, and final escape, Harkness racked up 10 points nearly gaining the fall on a couple of occasions. Justin Landis (145, JR) fell behind early; however, mid way through the second period, you could see Landis' conditioning starting to take hold of the match. Landis continued to pick up the pace, but ultimately ran out of time, dropping an 11-9 decision to Wilson's Dawson Comoh. 152 pounds featured Tanner Vogels against Exeter's Tyler Harkness (152, JR). Harkness struggled to get any offense going throughout the match, and dropped a 9-0 major decision, putting the match score at 30-13.

With the shifting of weights, the biggest matchup of the night would come at 160 pounds. Exeter's County Champion Tyler Bagoly squared off against Wilson's County Champion Keaton Eidle. The anticipation was worth the wait. Eidle got in deep on a few shots early, but couldn't get past Bagoly's defense and "funk" to convert for points. In the second period, Bagoly's advantage in conditioning started to show, and Eidle could no longer mount any threat. Bagoly took a 1-0 lead into the third, where he logged a takedown, and finished on top with a 3-0 win. Tyler Borton (170, JR) faced Wilson's Tommy O'Brien at 170. O'Brien scored immediately on a shot off the whistle, and ran up a 10-0 lead in the first period. The lead proved insurmountable, and O'Brien took a 12-2 major decision.

Nolan Buck (182, JR) stepped up at 182 to face Wilson's 3x BCIAA County Champion, Adam Brown. Buck had just become eligible for the weight class, dropping down from 195 earlier in the season. Known in the room as one of the hardest workers on the team, Buck took his explosive, physical style to center mat and went toe-to-toe with the best Berks had to offer. The match became "chippy" at times, with Buck being awarded a penalty point for unsportsmanlike conduct against Brown, after a shove to the face after the whistle out of bounds. That fired Buck up, and he went into the third period tied 4-4. In the third, he went right to work on top, throwing in legs and breaking down Brown on a couple of occasions. After a few restarts, Buck was able to break down Brown and turn him for near fall points. After a few adjustments, the whistle blew, the mat was slapped, and Buck's hand raised, clinching the dual meet in a manner no one expected - not even Nolan Buck. The pin put the Eagles on top to stay with a 39-17 lead, and two bouts remaining.

The final two bouts were business as usual for the Eagles as Denny Karas (195, SO) recorded a fall at the end of the second period over Wilson's Bailey Funk, and Jon Greenleaf (220, JR) needed just 1:23 to finish the dual, against Wilson's Hector Torres. All in all, it can simply be said that the Eagles "showed up." They were focused from the start, and kept attacking throughout the night. The team looks to keep their focus dialed in for Friday's County Team Tournament. Exeter, the top seed, will have a bye in the first round. They will take on the quarterfinal winner at Wyomissing HS at 5:45. The Eagles expectations are to be in a rematch - much closer - against a regrouped Wilson team Friday night at 8:00 for the County Team Title.

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Finals Rematch Highlights Exeter's 63-18 Win Over Twin Valley

REIFFTON, PA - Coming off their first Individual County Championship, the Eagles new that the Twin Valley match Wednesday night was just a matter of doing what they've done all season. Staying focused on the task at hand, and not looking forward to next week's showdown with Wilson, was pretty much all they had to do to ensure a win. The fans came out to honor the seniors on Senior Night; however, the main attraction would be a rematch of the county finals just days before between the Eagle's Austin Desanto (126, JR) and Twin Valley's Aaron Wildonger.

Things could not have unfolded better. The draw at weigh-ins was 132, which meant the match would start with senior team leaders Brett Kulp (132, SR) and Trey Harkness (138, SR) and finish with the marquee matchup between Desanto and Wildonger. Kulp and Harkness delivered for the home crowd, both recording pins to get the Eagles off to a 12-0 lead. Exeter fans got a glimpse into the future as Justin Landis (145, JR), Tyler Harkness (152, JR) and Tyler Bagoly (160, JR) rattled off two pins and a win by forfeit, respectively.

Exeter's Tyler Borton (170, JR) surrendered his starting position to allow Matt Bourey (160/170, SR) to get on the mat for senior night. Bourey got caught up in a scramble with his Twin Valley opponent and was caught on his back, losing by fall at the end of the first period. Dominic Caccesse (170/182) filled in at 182 for the Eagles, and capped his Senior Night off with his first varsity pin, coming early in the second period. The meet proceeded quickly with forfeits to Nolan Buck (195, JR), Jon Greenleaf (220, JR) and Oscar Daniels (285, JR) before Twin Valley picked up two first period falls over Chase Guldin (106, FR) and David Wentling (113, SO).

Chris Matthews (120, FR) got the Eagles back on track with a third period fall, setting the stage for the highly anticipated rematch at 126. Desanto came out as he always does, quickly. He worked tirelessly from his feet picking up takedown after takedown en route to a dominating 13-6 decision over Wildonger, not surrendering an offensive point to his opponent.

The Blue and White Duals originally scheduled for this weekend are going to be postponed due to weather until the following Saturday, January 30th. The JH tournament will run as planned on the 30th expanding to 6 mats and hopefully finishin quicker, followed by the varsity tournament. Follow the Eagles on Facebook (www.facebook.com/XTRWrestling) and on Twitter @XTRWrestling for updates on next weekend's schedule, and as the Eagles head into the postseason.

Eagles Take Six Titles: Earn 1st BCIAA Individual Tournament Championship

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The team with their 1st place trophy.

READING, PA - The Exeter Eagles were cautiously optimistic heading into the BCIAA Individual Championships January 15-16. Having lost one of the teams biggest personalities, Scott Schaeffer (182, SR), to a broken wrist, the team was unsure they had enough firepower to claim their first title. The questions continued to mount when Ryan Watts (113, JR) was ruled out with a concussion after his win versus Governor Mifflin. Without two starters - both ranked second in their respective weights - would the Eagles have enough to run with the likes of Wilson and Governor Mifflin? The answer, Yes.

Led by Senior Brett Kulp (132) who captured his third BCIAA title, the Eagles outpaced Wilson from wire to wire, winning by 22 points. Kulp won in dominating fashion with three falls in the tournament. His performance landed him the tournament's Outstanding Wrestler award. Heading into day two of the tournament, Exeter held a slim 1-point lead over Wilson. Exeter had advanced all 14 wrestlers to the second day, with all but 6 in the semifinals. Wilson held a slight advantage with 10 semifinalists to the Eagles 8.

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Brett Kulp won his 3rd County title and was named
the tournament's Outstanding Wrestler

Exeter started on their run with Austin Desanto (126, JR) in the semifinals with a big win over his Wilson opponent to advance to the finals. Following Desanto to the finals were Kulp, Trey Harkness (138, SR), Tyler Bagoly (160, JR), Denny Karas (195, SO), Jon Greenleaf (220, JR) and Oscar Daniels (285, JR). With the Eagles advancing seven to the finals, one would expect a dominating lead; however, the Bulldogs matched Exeter's seven finalists, trailing by just 11 points headed to the finals. The final matchups between the two were highlighted by Kulp and Bagoly each squaring off against a Wilson opponent.

Desanto continued his run, winning his second BCIAA title, and leaving the tournament as the only undefeated Berks wrestler. However, it was not without some excitement. Wrestling Twin Valley's Aaron Wildonger, the crowd erupted when Wildonger scored a takedown against Desanto, nearly putting him on his back. Desanto was able to fight to his stomach on the edge of the mat, and get a fresh start heading out of bounds. From that point forward, it was business as usual, with Desanto scoring a 12-6 decision for the title.

Kulp dominated. Scoring early and often, Kulp continued to rack up points against Wilson's Tyler Wilkes, finally finishing him off with a nearside cradle midway through the third period. Kulp became Exeter's first 3x BCIAA Champion. Trey Harkness took center stage in what was expected to be an exciting match against Governor Mifflin's Allen Arentz. Harkness was methodical in his scoring on Arentz. Harkness was never in any danger as he moved on 5-1 over Arentz to claim his first BCIAA title, after being a finalist the year before.

Tyler Bagoly came up with a big win - which looks to be the one that sealed the championship for the team. Bagoly took on Wilson's Tommy O'brien - a runner-up in 2015 to Exeter's Ethan Stever. Being familiar with O'brien's defensive style, Bagoly himself was patient. After battling for two periods, the match was tied up at 1-1 early in the third period. After a flurry that took the action out of bounds in what appeared to be a takedown - with no points awarded - the officials discussed and gave Bagoly the decisive 2 points with approximately :40 seconds remaining in the bout. Bagoly got after O'brien on top, returning him to the mat several times, and ultimately breaking him flat as time expired. Bagoly's win is his first BCIAA Championship, appearing in his second consecutive final.

Up top we went to the big boys, where Denny Karas faced off against Mifflin's Dylan Harr. Harr knocked off Karas just 3 days earlier in the dual with Governor Mifflin. After some strategy discussions, Karas had a solid plan of attack in the bout. Scoring a takedown with about :25 seconds on the clock, Karas rode Harr out for a 2-0 lead heading into the second period. That proved to be all Karas would need as he cruised to a 5-1 decision over Harr, claiming his first title. Jon Greenleaf was looking to repeat Karas' performance, facing Daniel Boone's Jesse Enck - an opponent that defeated Greenleaf earlier in the season. Again, with a plan, Greenleaf got off to a good start, heading into the third period where the match was expected to be decided. Down 1-0, Greenleaf couldn't escape Enck's spiral ride and was eventually caught on his back and stuck for the fall.

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Oscar Daniels after his first County Championship.

In the finale, Oscar Daniels took everything Wyomissing's Robert Dunbar had - and then some. In a matchup of two very large heavyweights, neither seemed to give an inch. The difference in the match was Daniels' athleticism as he used "funk" to negate two of Dunbar's takedown threats. In fact, the takedown's seemed to be a sure thing - both times being awarded to Dunbar before being waived off by the official. Daniels took Dunbar to overtime where a scramble saw the more athletic Daniels catch Dunbar on his back for a fall, and a dramatic exclamation point on Exeter's championship run.

Other's placing for Exeter were Tyler Borton (JR) 3rd at 170, Chase Guldin (FR) 4th at 106, Justin Landis (JR) 5th at 145, and David Wentling (SO) 6th at 113. Exeter's attitude and work ethic provided the boost to get them over the hump, despite missing two starters. David Wentling came in at 113 and delivered a place winning performance. Additionally, Michael Crane (182, SO) wrestled tough in Scott Schaeffer's absence, going 2-2 picking up two valuable wins for team scoring. Exeter is back in action at home vs. Twin Valley on 1/20 at 6:30 PM. Not only is this Senior Night, where we will have the opportunity to recognize our 5 seniors, but the dual will be highlighted by a rematch from the county tournament between Desanto and Wildonger. If you like aggressive wrestling, this is one to see. #workday

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Exeter Gets It Done Against Mifflin

REIFFTON, PA - The Exeter Eagles, coming off a tough weekend at the Parkland Duals, rebounded Wednesday night against a banged-up Governor Mifflin Team 43-26. The match started uneventfully with Austin Desanto (126, JR) receiving a forfeit. Brett Kulp (132, SR) racked up the points quickly in the next bout, before eventually sticking Elijah Horst from Governor Mifflin in the third period. At 138, Mifflin made their first move of the night. As anticipated, they bumped their 138 and 145 pound starters to get away from Exeter's Trey Harkness (138, SR). Harkness dominated with a major decision, pushing Exeter's advantage to 16-0.

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Ryan Watts working a near side cradle.

The 145 pound match featured Mifflin's Allen Arentz against Justin Landis (145, JR). Landis struggled with cradle after cradle, but fighting off his back to prevent the fall. Landis ultimately saved a team point, succumbing by technical fall. Tyler Harkness (152, JR) battled for six strong minutes against Mifflin's strength Zach Sheetz, top-ranked in the county (145). Harkness nearly caught Sheetz in a cradle to start the second period, but was unable to get the lock, ultimately dropping a decision 6-1. Tyler Bagoly (160, JR) stepped onto the mat, briefly, next. Bagoly needed just over :40 seconds to lock up his opponent and finish with a fall, and a 22-8 Exeter lead.

John Harrell (SO, 170) took the mat at 170 pounds for the Eagles. After a first period takedown, nearly securing back points, Harrell fought off Ben Maack for nearly two periods, losing by fall mid second period. Tyler Borton (182, JR) came up just short in the third period, nearly tilting his opponent for backpoints. Borton surrendered a 5-4 decision to Mifflin's Joshua Liptock. Borton bumped up from his usual home at 170 to fill for Scott Schaeffer (182, SR) who is sidelined with a broken wrist.

195 pounds featured the most anticipated match of the night. Exeter's Denny Karas (195, SO) battled Mifflin's Dylan Harr. Karas scored first, but could never gain control of the bout. Surrendering a last second reversal in the first, the two went into the second period tied at 2 each. Mifflin's Harr started from the bottom position in the second, and after a couple of scrambles caught Karas hanging his head, and locked up a headlock for a reversal and two back points. Karas was able to fight - for about a minute - ultimately coming out and scoring a reversal of his own. However, the fight seemed to exhaust all Karas' energy, and he was never able to initiate any offense after that. The final, in Harr's favor, 8-4. The next three wrestlers, Jon Greenleaf (220, JR), Oscar Daniels (285, JR) and Chase Guldin (106, FR) received forfeits from the Mustangs, pushing Exeter to an insurmountable 40-20 advantage with two bouts remaining.

Ryan Watts (113, SO) battled his Mifflin opponent for a lopsided 8-5 win, with 2 of Kyle Seibert's points coming late. In the finale, Chris Matthews (120, FR) met up with returning regional qualifier Alex Centeno. The match lasted all of :47 seconds, as Matthews lost by fall, with the final score settling at 43-26 Exeter. The Eagles are back in action Friday and Saturday at the Berks County Individual Tournament at Reading High's Geigle Complex. Wrestling action starts at 5:30 Friday and resumes Saturday at 12:30. The Eagles look to compete for their first championship at the individual tournament.

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Eagles Stumble, Fall at Parkland Duals:
DeSanto records his 100th career victory

Desanto 100

ALLENTOWN, PA - The season had been going off without a hitch for the #8 Exeter Eagles. After posting dual meet victories over local rivals by lopsided margins, the Eagles got out of town this past weekend to up the ante, and face some top notch competition in #9 Parkland and #12 Council Rock South. Rankings are nothing more than opinions, and as the old adage goes about opinions... everyone has one. Heading into the weekends matchups, the Exeter Coaching Staff predicted three lopsided victories over Delaware Valley, Marianna Bracetti Academy, and Pine-Richland. However, it was evident that both Parkland and Council Rock South had enough firepower to push the Eagles to their limit, and that is what they did. Opening the day versus Delaware Valley, it was business as usual for the Eagles as the ran off with a 46-24 victory. Next up, #12 Council Rock South.

With the meet starting at 145 pounds, Exeter found themselves in the middle of the Hawks strength. Council Rock South jumped out to a 16-0 lead with a fall at 145 pounds, and back-to-back technical falls at 152 and 160. However, knowing the opposition, the Eagles had weathered the initial storm satisfactorily when considering the potential. Tyler Bagoly (170, JR) got the Eagles on the board with a fall - moving up from his normal 160-pound weight class. Tyler Borton surrendered a decision at 182, also moving up, before the first of many pivotal matchups. At 195 pounds, Denny Karas (195, SO) saw a close match fall apart, as he was caught and pinned in the waning moments of the match, providing unexpected bonus points for the Hawks. Nolan Buck (220, JR) pushing weight got Exeter back in the win column with a decision, and Oscar Daniels (285, JR) backed that up with one of his own. The next four matchups went a total of approximately 11 minutes as Exeter posted a fall by Ryan Watts (113, JR) and a technical fall by Austin Desanto (126, JR). Those wins were offset by a pair of pins at 106 and 120 for Council Rock South. The last two bouts of the meet would feature #4 Brett Kulp (132, SR) against #1 Zack Trampe. Trampe controlled the match on his feet en route to a 7-2 decision in the premier matchup of the dual. CRS' Riley Palmer then posted a 3-2 win over Trey Harkness (138, SR) to close out the dual with a final score of 43-23.

Things would be no easier against # 9 Parkland; the lineups seemed to work more in Exeter's favor - on paper. However, the match wasn't wrestled on paper, and the Eagles seemed to be suffering a hangover coming off their first dual meet loss of the season. Exeter dropped a decisive 42-21 loss to Parkland, highlighted by lackluster intensity from the Eagles. Posting victories in the dual were Tyler Bagoly (tech fall), Nolan Buck (7-1), Oscar Daniels (Fall 1:32), Austin Desanto (20-10) and Brett Kulp (2-0). The lack of bonus points combined with the surrender of bonus and two last second victories were the storyline. Exeter bounced back, as expected, with decisive wins over Marianna Bracetti Academy (52-24) and Pine-Richland (53-21). Top performers on the day were Austin Desanto (5-0), Oscar Daniels (5-0), Brett Kulp (4-1) and Ty Bagoly (4-1). Junior Austin Desanto started the day with a technical fall, recording his 100th career victory. Desanto reaches the century mark faster than any Exeter wrestler in history - becoming only the 9th Eagle to reach the mark, and the 6th in the past 4 years.

Exeter is back in action at home on Wednesday, January 13th against Berks rival Governor Mifflin at 6:30 PM. The Junior High team will face Mifflin at 4:30 on the 13th.

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Eagles Continue Winning Ways, Dominate Boone

REIFFTON, PA - Exeter Wrestling hasn't been slowed down by anyone through mid-season. The Eagles continued their torrid pace through county opponents with a 46 point margin of victory over the visiting Daniel Boone Blazers Wednesday night.

Dennis Karas vs Boone
Dennis Karas works his opponent in a bar.

The match started off at 120 pounds with Freshman Chris Matthews. Matthews came out aggressively scoring an early takedown and continued to work, getting a tilt for a pair of back points in the first period. Continuing with his scoring ways, Matthews pushed to the final moments of the match, getting a takedown in the final seconds to secure an 11-2 major decision, and a 4-0 Eagles lead. Austin Desanto (126, JR) received a forfeit for his 99th career victory before Brett Kulp (132, SR) finally nailed down his opponent for a fall in the third period, putting Exeter in front 16-0.

At 138 pounds, the highly-anticipated matchup between Exeter's Trey Harkness (SR) and Boone's Owen Powell lacked the edge-of-your-seat thrill the crowd hoped for. Harkness scored quickly in the first period, and added a pair of back points to put himself comfortably in the lead. Powell created a flurry or two, but not enough to capitalize and score any points of significance. Harkness went on to dominate the match whistle-to-whistle for a 10-2 major decision, and a 20-0 team lead. 145 pounds proved to have some excitement for the crowd, wrestlers, coaches, and official. Justin Landis (JR, 145) came out and scored an early takedown on Boone's Joey Yohn. Yohn scored an escape and initiated a flurry of action on their feet. The ensuing scramble resulted in Landis finding himself on his back, the victim of a headlock. Fighting off his back, Landis was unable to prevent Yohn from locking up a cradle in the waning moments of the first period. Things got interesting when the mat was slapped after the buzzer. After much deliberation, protest and - above all - confusion, the official deemed the fall to be good, awarding Boone their first victory of the night.

Tyler Harkness (152, JR) stepped to the center of the mat next. Leading with a good hand fight, Harkness capitalized on some poor shots, and good counter offense to take down his Daniel Boone opponent. It didn't take long for Harkness to lock a cradle of his own and get the fall in the first period, getting the Eagles back on track. Tyler Bagoly (160, JR) kept things rolling with cradles. A quick takedown and tight cradle was all he needed for a :50 second fall - the fastest of the night, putting the Eagles on top 32-6. The Eagles third Tyler, Tyler Borton (170, JR), was next up. One takedown was all he needed, along with a punishing cross-body ride from top. Once on top, he turned Boone's Tyler Ring repeatedly, and scored a technical fall by a score of 17-1 early in the third period.

Scott Schaeffer (182, SR) found himself in another of the featured matchups of the night, battling Boone's Brendan Valverde. Last season, Schaeffer posted a 1-1 mark against Valverde, losing the dual and being victorious in the County Final. Valverde scored first, but Schaeffer continued to battle back. While Valverde won on his feet, Schaeffer seemed to even things out on the mat. Schaeffer took a 5-4 lead to the third. The margin was quickly erased by a Valverde escape, knotting things at 5 each. Valverde scored a late takedown in the final 15 seconds of the match to put things out of reach, notching a hard fought victory over Schaeffer. Next, Denny Karas (195, SO) got in on a shot early, unable to convert; however, the second time in, he took down Daniel Boone's Cinque Ramsey for a 2-0 lead. Right to work on top, Karas muscled in an arm bar and was able to get out and run it, turning Ramsey and getting the fall at the 1:49 mark. Jon Greenleaf (220, JR) stepped into a rematch from a season ago versus Boone's Jesse Enck. While Greenleaf seemed to initiate most of the action throughout the bout, Enck was able to repeatedly convert Greenleaf's work into points for himself. Ultimately, Enck came out on top 7-3, notching Boone's final win of the night, putting the team score at 43-12.

Oscar Daniels (285, JR) tried to beat Bagoly's time; however, he came up just shy posting a quick fall at the :56 second mark of the match. Brandon Borton (106, FR), in his high school debut, got his first varsity win by way of a forfeit. The last match of the night saw Ryan Watts (113, JR) take a convincing 6-0 win for the Eagles, in a contest that wasn't as close as the score would indicate. Watts was never in danger of giving up points, and controlled the match from the onset. Exeter posted a final score of 58-12. The Eagles are back in action on the road this weekend at the Parkland Duals. There will be some great individual matchups, as well as some great dual meet competitions. Wrestling starts at 9:30 AM against Delaware Valley HS. Exeter will also be banging heads with Council Rock South, Parkland, Mariana Bracetti Academy, and Pine-Richland.

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Exeter Continues Roll through Conestoga Valley Holiday Classic

Team 1st CV

LANCASTER, PA - Exeter Wrestling had lofty expectations entering the holidays. As a team, the goal was to win the Conestoga Valley Holiday Tournament. After a second place finish a year ago, the Eagles came in brimming with confidence, undefeated in dual meets and having a good showing at King of the Mountain. The Eagles realized that goal, but likely didn't expect the tournament win to be in such grand fashion. The Eagles won the tournament - leading from wire to wire - with two champions, and a total of eight wrestlers finishing in the top 4, and 10 place winners overall. In fact, Exeter sent 9 of their 14 entrants to the semifinal round to start day 2.

Championships were won by Brett Kulp and Austin Desanto. Kulp posted a thrilling OT victory over 3x state qualifier and 2x medalist Colin Glorioso of Huntingdon Area. Kulp posted an OT victory over Glorioso in the consolation semifinals at King of the Mountain as well. Down 5-2, Kulp battled back with penalty points and an escape to push overtime. Winning in the second OT period, Kulp became a 3x Conestoga Valley Holiday Classic Champion.

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DeSanto with his
OW award.

Desanto's run to the title was much less dramatic - however, completely dominating. Desanto racked up 87 points in under 12 minutes on the mat, advancing to the finals with three first-period tech falls before finishing with a second period tech fall in the final. Overall, Desanto outscored his three opponents by a lopsided margin of 87-24. The convincing victories led to Desanto being named the tournament's Outstanding Wrestler - an honor Kulp brought home to the Eagles the year before.

Ryan Watts (113, JR) advanced to the finals with a 1-0 semifinal victory, before losing by fall in the finals. Joining Watts with second place finishes were Scott Schaeffer (182, SR) and Oscar Daniels (285, JR). Schaeffer and Daniels each saw late 1-point leads slip away in the waning moments of the match. Schaeffer gave up a late takedown, while a stall call with :21 left sent Daniels to overtime - ultimately losing on a sudden victory takedown. Junior Tyler Bagoly (160) took third place honors. Bagoly ran into a returning state medalist in the semifinals where a couple of questionable calls cost him a couple of takedowns, and the lead. Bagoly bounced back with two convincing victories in the consolation bracket. Denny Karas (SO, 195) continued to log fall after fall before getting downed in the semifinals. Karas, like Bagoly, redeemed himself in the consolation bracket with two victories and a third place spot on the podium.

Trey Harkness (138, SR) took a 4th place medal home in one of the deepest brackets in the tournament. Advancing to the semifinals, Harkness lost a late lead against state ranked Dylan Chatterton of Central York. Harkness dominated his consolation semifinal before going toe-to-toe with Ryan Resnick of OJR (5th in State Rankings). Harkness and Resnick went back and forth, with Harkness coming up just short at the final buzzer. Jon Greenleaf (220, JR) saw his run to the championship get derailed by another OJR Wildcat in the semifinals, dropping a 1-0 decision to the eventual runner-up. After dropping his consolation semifinal, Greenleaf received a medical forfeit in the 5/6 bout to take home 5th place. Tyler Borton (JR, 170) was the sole wrestler in the consolation bracket to advance to the second day for the Eagles. Borton dropped his opener on day 2, setting him up in the 7/8 bout. Going out with a win, Borton finished 7th for the Eagles, helping them add to their margin of victory.

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Coaches and Wrestlers wih 1st place JV trophy.

Finishing with 215.5 total team points, the Eagles separated themselves from the pack early, outdistancing runner up Central Mountain by 46.5 points and claiming their first Conestoga Valley Holiday Classic Team Championship. The JV Wrestlers participated in the JV Tournament on day one. The JV team competed Tuesday at CV after wrestling tough at the Governor Mifflin JV Tournament the day before. Not to be outdone, the JV team took home the team championship as well. Exeter is back in action with a dual meet at home on January 6 @ 6:30 against the Daniel Boone Blazers before heading to the Parkland Duals on January 9.

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Exeter Keeps On Rolling...

REIFFTON, PA - The Exeter Varsity Wrestling Team continued their early season domination, steamrolling Muhlenberg by a score of 72-4 at home. The Eagles are now 3-0 in dual meets headed into the holiday break. Before the varsity team took the mat, they watched their "little brothers" and Junior High team wrestle dual meets as well. It was the first time in program history that all 3 levels were able to compete back-to-back-to-back.

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Codey Eshenaur scoring a takedown

The varsity match started with Ryan Watts (JR) at 113 pounds. Watts didn't need much time, posting a first period fall at the 53-second mark. Chris Matthews (FR, 120) followed Watts. Matthews continued to battle hard, but once again, he came up short dropping a major decision 15-1. Exeter posted two quick falls by Austin Desanto (JR, 126) and Brett Kulp (SR, 132) before James "Trey" Harkness (SR, 138) entertained the crowd with a 6-4 decision over a formidable Muhlenberg opponent.

Back-to-back first-period pins by Justin Landis (JR, 145) and Tyler Harkness (JR, 152) were followed by a forfeit to Tyler Bagoly (JR, 160). Muhlenberg moved their 160-lber away from Bagoly in an effort to secure more team points; however, Tyler Borton (JR, 170) wanted no part of that, and put on a dominating display of offense from the top position, grinding out a 15-0 technical fall, and an impressive 44-4 Eagles lead. Scott Schaeffer (SR, 182) and Denny Karas (SO, 195) added a two more first period pins, as did Chase Guldin (FR, 106). Jon Greenleaf (JR, 220) received a forfeit, and Oscar Daniels (JR, 285) put on a takedown clinic en route to a 22-9 major decision.

The Eagles get back to training prior to going on Christmas Break. Over break, they'll compete at the Conestoga Valley Holiday Classic, December 29-30 at Conestoga Valley High School. This is a good test for the athletes, and their first look at some top-level District III competition.

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Exeter's Big Brother Night Leads By Example

Jacob Dunning
Jacob Dunning (Ricky Ricketts Award Winner)
and Mike Hodowanec

REIFFTON, PA - Exeter's Youth Wrestling program celebrated its annual "Big Brother Night" prior to the high school's home meet against Conrad Weiser. Big Brother night is an annual rite of passage for the youth wrestlers, where they are paired with a high school varsity wrestler as their "Big Brother." After the ceremony, the Big Brothers on the high school team came up BIG. Starting out at 120 pounds, freshman Chris Matthews took the mat against a Conrad Weiser senior who's been in the starting lineup his entire career. A couple end of period mistakes proved costly for Matthews as he dropped a major decision, setting the Eagles back in a 0-4 hole to start the meet.

That match seems like a distant memory to the fans, including the 40+ youth wrestlers, in attendance. Next up was junior Austin Desanto. Desanto racked up a big lead quickly before launching his opponent in a body lock straight to his back, sticking him there for a 6 point fall. That lead would never be surrendered. In fact, the Eagles wouldn't allow Conrad Weiser to win from that point on. Brett Kulp (132, SR), Justin Landis (145, JR), Tyler Harkness (152, JR) and Tyler Bagoly (160, JR) added to Exeter's totals with falls of their own, while Trey Harkness (138, SR) and Tyler Borton (JR, 170) added technical falls before Scott Schaeffer (182, SR) picked up a forfeit.

Denny Karas (195, SO) added yet another pin, as Jon Greenleaf (220, JR) won by injury default. Oscar Daniels (285, JR) finished the wrestling for the night with a 5-2 decision at heavyweight before Chase Guldin (106, FR) and Ryan Watts (113, JR) picked up forfeits. The final score was a lopsided 73-4 in favor of Exeter. The Eagles are back in action this Saturday hosting their first ever tri-level meet. At 10 AM, Exeter's youth wrestlers will try to make their Big Brothers proud as they face Muhlenberg. The youth meet will be followed by the Junior High (12 Noon) and High School (2 PM) facing off against Muhlenberg as well.

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DeSanto Earns Crown at King Of The Mountain, Eagles Place Five - Finish 5th

MILL HALL, PA - The Exeter Eagles changed up their schedule heading into the 2015-16 season due to a conflict between competitions from last year. What they gave up was the prestigious Escape The Rock. Replacing a tournament of that caliber was no easy task; however, Exeter landed in the highly touted King Of The Mountain tournament hosted at Central Mountain High School in Mill Hall, PA. Regarded as one of the best early-season challenges in Pennsylvania, the tournament boasted over 80 returning state qualifiers - including 5 PIAA State Champions - along with five Top 10 AAA teams and three Top 10 AA teams. The message was clear - this would be no easy mountain to climb.

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DeSanto on the top of the KOM podium

Exeter Junior Austin DeSanto climbed the mountain. Desanto went 4-0 over the weekend, including two technical falls and a pin, en route to a King of the Mountain championship. Despite the score reflecting a 4-3 decision in the finals, Desanto controlled the tempo of the match and was never threatened. Joining Desanto with hardware from the tournament were Brett Kulp (3rd), Tyler Bagoly (8th), Denny Karas (7th) and Oscar Daniels (4th).

Senior Brett Kulp found himself in a weight class that had plenty of competition. Currently ranked # 4 in the state by PA Power Wrestling, Kulp was joined by 8 other state-ranked wrestlers, most notably for Kulp were the # 2 and # 3 wrestlers perched ahead of him. Kulp opened the tournament with a quick fall, and followed that up with a 5-2 decision over the # 13 ranked wrestler in the state. The semi-finals set the stage for a matchup between # 2 Wade Cummings of Downingtown East and # 3 Kulp. The match lived up to its hype going into sudden death overtime where Kulp found himself on the losing end of a controversial call. Down to the consolation bracket, Kulp posted wins over AA # 6 and AAA # 9 to bring home third.

Tyler Bagoly got to the quarterfinals before he ran into eventual runner-up Trent Hidlay of Mifflin County. Bagoly gave Hidlay all he could handle, but came up short in an 8-2 loss. Bagoly bounced back in the consolation round to ensure himself a top 8 finish. Dropping the next two bouts, 8th is where Bagoly finished the tournament. Denny Karas showed that a couple extra pounds of competition didn't intimidate him. Wrestling up at 195, Karas pinned his way into the quarterfinals where he met up with 2x WV State Champion Justin Allman of Parkersburg South. Karas fought through some scrambles and appeared to have the # 1 seed running out of gas; however, Karas couldn't capitalize on several scoring attempts and dropped the bout 7-2 to the eventual champion. Once in the wrestlebacks, Karas went 2-1, dropping his second of the tournament to the # 4 seed.

Finally, Oscar Daniels showed that his off-season work is starting to pay off. Daniels battled his way to the quarterfinals where he ran into # 1 seed, and familiar foe, Tommy Killoran of Boyertown. Killoran, and his # 3 state ranking, seemed to be too much for Daniels in the quarterfinal. After an early lead, Daniels found himself caught on his back at the edge of the mat, and Killoran posted the fall. Daniels went to the consolations bracket to battle back to the consolation finals for a rematch against Killoran. Same wrestlers, same result. Daniels took home the 4th place finish for Exeter.

Many other wrestlers battled tough, often through some unfortunate draws in the bracket. Scott Schaeffer found himself in an opening round bout versus the eventual champion who came in unseeded. Trey Harkness fought hard in a bracket that was viewed to be the toughest in the tournament. Harkness upended a 2x Maryland State Finalist early on, before dropping a close decision to a PIAA runner-up from a year ago. All in all, it was the competition the Eagles had hoped for, offering up a measuring stick of where each grappler is on their road to post-season glory. The Eagles are back in action at home on Wednesday, December 16th vs. Conrad Weiser. Match time is 6:30. This will be Exeter Youth Wrestling's "Big Brother" night where the youth program is recognized for their hard work towards continuing Exeter wrestling success.

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Eagles Get Dual Season Off To Strong Start

READING, PA - The Reading High Red Knights hosted the Exeter Eagles in their season opening dual meet for Berks I wrestling. Exeter got off to a quick start, and there was no looking back en route to a 65-5 performance against the always tough Red Knights. The meet started at 106 pounds where Freshman Chase Guldin made his varsity debut. Guldin got off to a good start with solid hand fighting and used a series of snapdowns to score early and often. Guldin earned back points at the end of each of the first two periods, before turning his opponent and finishing him off with a fall in the 3rd period, and a 6-0 Eagles lead.

Justin Landis vs. Reading
Justin Landis working on top against Reading

Ryan Watts (JR) received a forfeit at 113 pounds to push the score to 12-0. Following Watts, Freshman Chris Matthews made his Berks I debut, coming off a solid performance at Saucon Valley. Matthews was overpowered by his Reading opponent, fighting mightily at times, he avoided the pin but ultimately surrendered a technical fall, giving the Red Knights 5 points, and leaving the match at a 12-5 Exeter advantage. Austin DeSanto (JR) took another forfeit for Exeter, who then went on a run of wins. Brett Kulp (SR), James "Trey" Harkness (SR) and Justin Landis (JR) ran off a line of three straight pins at 132, 138, and 145 respectively, widening Exeter's margin to 30-5.

Tyler Harkness (JR) came up at 152 and continued the domination with a 14-2 major decision, and 4 team points for the Eagles. Perhaps the most anticipated matchup of the night came at 160 pounds, where Exeter's Regional Qualifier Tyler Bagoly (JR) faced off with Reading High's 2015 Sectional Champion Tyler Davis. The match saw a couple of flurries early on before things settled down. Bagoly used some funk to fight off Davis' scoring threats throughout, and then rode Davis for the second period. Bagoly used an escape in the third period to take home a 1-0 win, in a match that wasn't as close as the score indicated. Tyler Borton (JR) was next up at 170 pounds and notched a 4-1 decision against an opponent that came to fight for six minutes, pushing the score to 40-5. Dennis Karas (SO) once again proved he is tough to score on, as his 7-1 decision at 195 was sandwiched between Scott Schaeffer's (SR 182) and Jon Greenleaf's (JR 220) first period falls. Oscar Daniels (JR) wrapped up the night with a dominating 13-5 decision with a takedown clinic at heavyweight.

The Eagles travel to Lock Haven on Friday, December 11 to participate in the highly touted King Of The Mountain Tournament at Central Mountain High School. This tournament will feature some of the best talent in the state of Pennsylvania in some entertaining early season matchups. If you want to follow the action, the RESULTS CAN BE FOUND HERE, and the finals will be STREAMING ONLINE Saturday at 4:45pm.

Eagles Start Season With A Title

HELLERTOWN, PA - Exeter's wrestling team claimed their first title of what they hope to be many in this highly anticipated 2015-16 season. Traveling to Saucon Valley High School, the Eagles came away a distant first place while crowning champions at 5 different weights. Winning titles for the Eagles were Austin Desanto (126), Trey Harkness (138), Tyler Bagoly (160), Denny Karas (182) and Oscar Daniels (285).

Desanto made quick work of his two opponents, with a second period fall followed by a second period technical fall in the finals. Senior Trey Harkness quietly dominated his bracket with a 12-0 major decision and 9-2 decision in the finals. Junior Tyler Bagoly moved up 4 weight classes this season. Coming from 132 lbs. last season to 160 lbs. this year, you'd expect some growing pains; however, Bagoly showed no mercy en route to a championship winning by technical fall and fall in two bouts. Sophomore Denny Karas turned in another impressive tournament for the Eagles, running off three straight pins on the day, while Oscar Daniels worked over the big men for two falls in his only two matchups.

Runner-up finishes were posted by Brett Kulp (132), Tyler Harkness (152) and Nolan Buck (195). 2x PIAA Place Winner Brett Kulp went 1-1 on the day. The highlight for many of the spectators at the tournament was a scramble-laden matchup between Kulp and PIAA AA Runner-Up Brian Courtney of Athens Area. The 1-0 loss was anything but what the score would indicate with both wrestlers on the verge of scoring several times for the entire six minutes. Tyler Harkness dropped a decision to the number one seed, but battled back to take a "true-second" posting a 4-1 record on the day, including 3 pins. Nolan Buck logged two pins on his way to the finals where he matched up with Pleasant Valley's Trent Thomas. Buck dropped a 10-2 major decision to finish second.

Additional place winners for the Eagles were 113 Ryan Watts (4th, 1-2), 120 Chris Matthews (4th, 2-2), 145 Justin Landis (5th, 2-2), 170 Tyler Borton (4th, 2-2) and 220 Jon Greenleaf (4th, 2-2). The Eagles are back in action Wednesday at the Geigle Complex where they open their dual meet season against Berks I opponent Reading at 6:30.

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