HERSHEY — Different venue, same result.
Boyertown has established a reputation for winning wherever it goes. Be it their home mats or arenas like the University of Delaware, the Bears just go out and focus on the task at hand.
It was more of the same Thursday, when the PIAA Team Wrestling Championships got into full swing at the Giant Center. Boyertown looked past the cavernous home of Hershey's minor-league hockey franchise and squarely at its first opponent, Wyoming Valley West.
And staying true to form, the Bears rolled up a 41-18 victory on the Spartans.
"It feels great,' Cody Richmond said after applying the clincher for the Bears (23-0). "We've worked hard for this all year. These few days are what we've been waiting for all year.'
Bolting to a 29-point lead through the first six weights, the Bears recovered from West's surge between 132 and 160 to maintain their unbeaten stature. It will be back in action Friday with a 2 p.m. quarterfinal-round pairing against Greater Latrobe, a 60-6 winner over Jersey Shore.
"Our guys know they will have a tougher test coming up,' Boyertown head coach Pete Ventresca said. "Greater Latrobe is a tougher team. They'll have to be at their best.'
The Bears' best came out on display from the start. They used the bonus points of three pins and two major decisions to establish their early domination over the Spartans (18-6), who came in as the District 2 champions but got dropped into wrestlebacks.
Jordan Wertz got things rolling with his 11-3 major at 220. Jordan Wood then racked up a first-period pin at 285, and Jakob Campbell followed suit at 103.
The roll continued with David Campbell's decision at 113, and Garrett Mauger's major at 120. Lucas Miller's first-period pin at 126 boosted Boyertown's point spread to 29.
"Fortunately, we have coaches who brought some of us up here last year to get used to the atmosphere,' Richmond said. "So we kind of have an idea what it's like.'
The roll came to an end at 132, though, with West's Travis Roper piling up points on Chris Berry for a buzzer-beating technical fall. Eddie Kriczky provided Boyertown's response at 138 with a first-period pin, but the Spartans mounted their lone run of the night with a major decision, pin and regular verdict between 145 and 160.
"This being a new venue, with a lot going on, it can be intimidating,' Ventresca said. "But I'm hoping we wrestle better once we get used to it.'
Richmond (26-6) showed no signs of being in awe of the surroundings. He needed just 43 seconds to administer the match-clinching pin, the fastest of Boyertown's five falls.
"That really helped us,' Ventresca said.
The remainder of Boyertown's scoring came from Michael Fretz's decision at 182 and a forfeit at 195. William Scholl got forfeit at 195 to close out Boyertown scoring. ... Friday's schedule opens with wrestlebacks at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. In the championship bracket, quarterfinals at 2 p.m. will be followed by semifinals at 8 p.m.
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