Perk Valley’s Cole Gehman battles against Pottsgrove’s Ryan Finn in the wrestling match. Wednesday, January 15, 2014. Photo by Adrianna
Perk Valley's Cole Gehman battles against Pottsgrove's Ryan Finn in the wrestling match. Wednesday, January 15, 2014. Photo by Adrianna Hoff/Times Herald Staff. (A Hoff)

PERKIOMEN TWP. - Some time early in the preseason, Tyrelle Robinson contemplated quitting wrestling.

Word got out about what the Perkiomen Valley High senior was considering, and head coach Tim Walsh and Robinson's Vikings teammates were left wondering whether or not the middleweight was going to be at the next day's practice, or the practice after that.

The fact that Robinson delivered a first-period fall in Perkiomen Valley's 51-17 win over Pottsgrove Wednesday night is ample evidence that the senior did not follow through on his preseason pondering.

And both he and the Vikings are glad of that.

With the victory by fall, Robinson ran his season's record to 12-2.

Brian Marshall of Perk Valley attempts to pin down Pottsgrove’s Logan Vantowighe during the Wednesday wrestling match.  Wednesday, January 15, 2014.
Brian Marshall of Perk Valley attempts to pin down Pottsgrove's Logan Vantowighe during the Wednesday wrestling match. Wednesday, January 15, 2014. Photo by Adrianna Hoff/Times Herald Staff. (A Hoff)

And in the practice room, Walsh said, Robinson has been the hard-working leader the coaching staff wanted him to be.

"It was just something that hit me at the beginning of the season,' Robinson said. "I just didn't want to wrestle. It was something that hit me all at once. Maybe my body just wasn't ready for it. I don't know.

"But I got over it.'

"Tyrelle has been real good for us, he's done everything we've asked of him,' Walsh said. "We're real happy with the way he's prepared for this season, and he's doing real well.'

While Robinson wasn't specific about why he contemplated hanging up his singlet, if frustration was part of the problem, it would be understandable.

The senior entered the season with 60 career wins and a Section III championship (at 120 pounds) two seasons ago.

But over those three seasons, Robinson has never taken that next step. He's never gotten out of districts.

"Realistically, that's my goal this year,' the senior said. "I want to get past districts. I want to make regionals, at least.

"And the way I'm wrestling, I feel I can do that.'

As for his early-season thoughts on retirement, they've been retired.

"I'm thrilled that I stayed with it,' Robinson said. "If I had not wrestled I know I would have regretted it.

"Right now, it's the total opposite from the beginning of the season to where I am now. I'm just working to be the best I can be.'

Robinson's fall Wednesday was one of five managed by the Vikings, who seized a 15-10 lead on Luke DiElsi's fall at 220 pounds and never looked back.

"We're pleased to get a win, for sure,' Walsh said. "Pottsgrove is a big rivalry, and we won because our guys did what they were supposed to do.

"We didn't give up bonus points where we couldn't afford to and our guys did what we talked about before the match.'

For the Falcons, head coach Jeff Madden said his side simply ran into the perfect storm.

"I think it was a combination of us meeting up with a good team, us not wrestling well in some places and Perk Valley having just gone through a couple of rough weeks.

"They've had a tough time, wrestling teams like Spring-Ford and Owen J. (Roberts), they were looking to bounce back and we got the brunt of it.

"You have to give them credit. They put it to us when they had the opportunity.'

BACK POINTS: Pottsgrove's Evan Weneck, who lost by fall to Perkiomen Valley's Nick Giangiulio at 170 pounds, is the son of former Norristown state qualifier Rob Weneck, who got to states in a memorable 152-pound regional consolation final match at Coatesville High School, sneaking past Spring-Ford's Ed Augustin, 3-2, via a late takedown. Evan Weneck lost by fall to Giangiulio, and Madden sympathized: "I'm sure Evan expected to do better,' Madden said. "But Giangiulio is a horse. That's why he's regional champ.'