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Pa. Boys | Seven area wrestlers advance in Beast of the East tourney

If you made it to the quarterfinals of the Beast of the East tournament at the University of Delaware, you've done some excellent wrestling.

If you made it to the quarterfinals of the Beast of the East tournament at the University of Delaware, you've done some excellent wrestling.

Several area wrestlers will compete in the quarterfinals and possibly beyond when competition resumes today.

Justin Heller of

Chestnut Hill Academy

and David Irwin of

Upper Perkiomen

advanced yesterday at 112 pounds, Pat Owens of

Germantown Academy

moved on at 119 pounds, Alex Pelliciotti of


advanced at 125 pounds, Andrew Grabfelder of

Germantown Academy

advanced at 130 pounds, Jonathan Weibel of


moved on at 152 pounds and Andre Petroski of

Springfield (Delaware County)

moved on at 171 pounds.

Viking Duals.

Kevin Laurinaitis became just the second wrestler in

Central Bucks East

history to win 100 bouts and helped his team take the tournament title with three victories at

Perkiomen Valley


Competing at 135 pounds, Laurinaitis reached the milestone with a 16-8 decision in the Patriots' 61-16 win over

Allentown Dieruff

. His career mark is now 101 wins.

East also beat

Mahanoy Area

, 61-9, downed

North Penn

, 44-19, and

Allentown Central Catholic

, 62-12.

Tony Lozzi picked up five wins at heavyweight to lead North Penn to a third-place finish.

Lozzi earned a 3-0 decision in a 36-28 win over the host Vikings, grabbed a pin in 2:33 against East, pinned in 1 minute in a 41-25 loss to Allentown Central Catholic, got a 2-1 decision in a 39-29 win over Allentown Dieruff and got a forfeit win in a 62-18 win over Mahanoy Area.

Warwick Tournament.

In Lititz, Pa.,

North Catholic

had seven individual champions to take the team title with 254 points.

The Falcons' champions were David Davidson (112 pounds), T.J. Van Horn (130), Shane Rand (135), Matt Dugan (140), Mike Nugent (145), Kevin Mallon (152) and heavyweight Eric French.

Travis Manion Memorial Tournament.

Neil Willis of

Malvern Prep

pinned in the title match at 160 pounds and was named the outstanding wrestler at

La Salle


The host Explorers scored 193.5 points to take the team title. The tournament was named after Manion, a former La Salle wrestler, who was killed in Iraq earlier this year.

Willis earned his crown by pinning Tyler Cunningham of

Haddon Township (N.J.)

in 1:52.

Washington Duals.

Ken Richmond earned three pins at 135 pounds for


, but the Vikings won just one of three matches.

Richmond pinned in 3:23 as Northeast beat

Cardinal Dougherty

, 58-12, pinned in 3:16 in a 56-24 loss to

St. Joseph's Prep

and pinned in 1:40 in a 57-24 loss to

Father Judge



Academy of the New Church

's trip home was weighed down by not one, but two, pieces of hardware.

The Lions took home the trophy for winning the Mercersburg Academy Boys' Basketball Tournament and Sam Givens carried home the MVP trophy after a 66-53 win over

Blue Ridge Academy

(Va.) in the championship game.

Givens finished with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the Lions. He made the all-tournament team along with his brother, Shannon Givens.

Larry Loughery was ANC's leading scorer with 19 points.

Dave Mercer Tournament.

Mike Walther collected 18 points and

Abington Friends

built a 25-17 lead in the first half en route to a 47-43 win over

Calvert Hall (Md.)


Hill School


The host Blues needed overtime to beat

Mount Carmel

, 81-78.

Patrick Lee scored 29 points and Amauris Quezada added five three's and 22 points for Hill.

Make A Wish Tournament.

C.J. Aiken and Matt Crozier each struck for 17 points and

La Salle

to the team title with a 52-45 win over host

Germantown Academy


Lenny Young nailed a jumper at the buzzer and handed

North Catholic

an 80-78 win over

Episcopal Academy

in the consolation game.

Young finished the game with 17 points for the Falcons.


Ryan Kearney hit a three pointer with 32 seconds left and Sam Kurtzman converted a pair of free throws with 20 seconds remaining to give

Haverford School

a 47-46 win over host

Delco Christian


Indoor Track and Field

A pair of


athletes turned in standout performances at the Delaware Valley Track and Field Coaches Association meet at Ursinus College.

Shanae Bailey won the 60-meter dash in 7.5 seconds and Anthonia Ballard took the 60-meter hurdles in 8.9 seconds.


Kevin Wilbank of


turned in a winning time of 23.2 seconds in the 200-meter dash to highlight the Division I meet at Ursinus College.

In Division II, Ben Petrak of


and Sean Unterkoeffler of


each covered 60 meters in 6.7 seconds, but Petrak edged out Unterkoeffler for the win.