Patriots Qualify for Nationals With Third Place Finish at PAISWT

MALVERN — Before the season even started, Germantown Academy Head Coach Solomon Fleckman said that the most important match for the team would come at Prep Nationals. With the season winding down, it is almost time to see how the Patriots perform at that meet. First, however, they had to compete at the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Wrestling Tournament.

Germantown Academy finished third overall at the tournament with a score of 132.5. The result qualifies GA for Prep Nationals as teams that finished sixth or better are able to advance.

Christopher Kim ’20 led the way for all GA wrestlers, taking first in the 106 weight class. The first place finish by Kim is the first of its kind by a Patriot since 2015.

“Chris did a wonderful job throughout the tournament mentally, technically and tactically,” Fleckman said in an email. “He is wrestling well and is absolutely prepared to shine next weekend at the Nationals.”

Two Patriots placed third in their respective brackets in Brandon Seidman ’18 and Patrick Salmon ’18. Christian Colman ’21, Sami Cerebe ’21 and Ben Sawyer ’18 all placed fourth. Jamie McGrath ’21 and Mark Fasciocco ’19 placed sixth.

All of those athletes will be going to Nationals at Lehigh on Feb. 23. The team is waiting to find out if Andrew Sandifer ’18 will qualify via a wildcard berth. Sandifer placed seventh in his weight class at PAISWT.

“By and large, we achieved what we set out to achieve this weekend,” Fleckman said in an email. “It was nice to get a Germantown Academy wrestler back up on the top step of the podium, and we managed to qualify at least one more wrestler for the Nationals than we did last year… All that said, everyone on the team and close to our program knows full well that our final exam is next weekend at National Preps—what we do there will be the defining metric for the 2017-18 season. Our kids were dialed in and fighting hard, but it was clear that every single guy on the team had the sense that this weekend was merely a pit stop on our way to the finish line.”

PAISWT 2018 Results for Germantown Academy

106

Chris Kim (31-2) placed 1st and scored 24.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Chris Kim (GA) 31-2 received a bye
  • Quarterfinal – Chris Kim (GA) 31-2 won by fall over Ethan Kisiel (Westtown School) 19-13 (Fall 0:38)
  • Semifinal – Chris Kim (GA) 31-2 won by decision over Jake Shaifer (The Haverford School) 28-11 (Dec 2-1)
  • 1st Place Match – Chris Kim (GA) 31-2 won by decision over Blair Orr (Episcopal Academy) 38-5 (Dec 5-0)

113

Jamie McGrath (17-8) placed 6th and scored 9.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Jamie McGrath (GA) 17-8 received a bye
  • Quarterfinal – Dayton Delviscio (Malvern Prep) 39-10 won by fall over Jamie McGrath (GA) 17-8 (Fall 1:51)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Jamie McGrath (GA) 17-8 won by fall over Mohammad Mustafa (Westtown School) 18-16 (Fall 3:51)
  • Cons. Round 3 – Jamie McGrath (GA) 17-8 won by fall over Andrew Parente (The Haverford School) 19-5 (Fall 4:49)
  • Cons. Semi – Nic Botello (Wyoming Seminary) 36-9 won by fall over Jamie McGrath (GA) 17-8 (Fall 1:55)
  • 5th Place Match – Jess Anderson (William Penn Charter School) 21-9 won by decision over Jamie McGrath (GA) 17-8 (Dec 7-1)

120

Brandon Seidman (29-6) placed 3rd and scored 17.50 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Brandon Seidman (GA) 29-6 received a bye
  • Quarterfinal – Brandon Seidman (GA) 29-6 won by tech fall over Ted Kennedy (The Hill School) 31-9 (TF-1.5 5:29 (15-0))
  • Semifinal – Micah Visuwan (Malvern Prep) 33-7 won in tie breaker – 1 over Brandon Seidman (GA) 29-6 (TB-1 4-3)
  • Cons. Semi – Brandon Seidman (GA) 29-6 won by fall over Simon Kioko (Springside Chestnut Hill Academy) 33-12 (Fall 3:54)
  • 3rd Place Match – Brandon Seidman (GA) 29-6 won by decision over Ryan Shepherd (The Haverford School) 29-10 (Dec 4-2)

126

Mark Fasciocco (24-12) placed 6th and scored 8.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Mark Fasciocco (GA) 24-12 received a bye
  • Quarterfinal – Mark Fasciocco (GA) 24-12 won by major decision over Alex Bendineli (Episcopal Academy) 22-5 (MD 15-2)
  • Semifinal – Beau Bartlett (Wyoming Seminary) 39-2 won by fall over Mark Fasciocco (GA) 24-12 (Fall 2:43)
  • Cons. Semi – Luke Purcell (Springside Chestnut Hill Academy) 30-7 won by decision over Mark Fasciocco (GA) 24-12 (Dec 3-2)
  • 5th Place Match – Alex Bendineli (Episcopal Academy) 22-5 won by forfeit over Mark Fasciocco (GA) 24-12 (For.)

132

Christian Colman (29-13) placed 4th and scored 18.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Christian Colman (GA) 29-13 won by fall over Jeffrey Feng (Academy Of The New Church) 3-15 (Fall 1:03)
  • Quarterfinal – Christian Colman (GA) 29-13 won by fall over Michael Clymer (The Haverford School) 25-15 (Fall 1:52)
  • Semifinal – Jack Davis (Wyoming Seminary) 38-7 won by major decision over Christian Colman (GA) 29-13 (MD 17-5)
  • Cons. Semi – Christian Colman (GA) 29-13 won by forfeit over Marco Goldberg (Springside Chestnut Hill Academy) 26-9 (For.)
  • 3rd Place Match – Dalton Harkins (Malvern Prep) 38-7 won by decision over Christian Colman (GA) 29-13 (Dec 5-0)

138

Henry Moyer (9-13) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Billy Roberts (Westtown School) 23-15 won by fall over Henry Moyer (GA) 9-13 (Fall 3:05)
  • Cons. Round 1 – Sam Bluso (Western Reserve Academy) 10-14 won by fall over Henry Moyer (GA) 9-13 (Fall 1:36)

145

Deon Savage (10-14) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Antonio Demarco (William Penn Charter School) 14-8 won by decision over Deon Savage (GA) 10-14 (Dec 10-4)
  • Cons. Round 1 – Derek Cronlund (Academy Of The New Church) 12-10 won by fall over Deon Savage (GA) 10-14 (Fall 5:46)

152

Donovan Ganges (8-16) place is unknown and scored 3.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Cole Lewis (Abington Friends School) 15-9 won by fall over Donovan Ganges (GA) 8-16 (Fall 4:47)
  • Cons. Round 1 – Donovan Ganges (GA) 8-16 won by forfeit over Ghassan Hamzeh (Western Reserve Academy) 6-11 (For.)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Ahmed Ahmed (George School) 15-11 won by decision over Donovan Ganges (GA) 8-16 (Dec 6-5)

160

Sami Cerebe (25-12) placed 4th and scored 15.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Sami Cerebe (GA) 25-12 received a bye
  • Quarterfinal – Sami Cerebe (GA) 25-12 won by major decision over Sam Barnes (Mercersburg Academy) 19-7 (MD 16-3)
  • Semifinal – Jake Stefanowicz (Wyoming Seminary) 24-12 won by tech fall over Sami Cerebe (GA) 25-12 (TF-1.5 5:59 (18-3))
  • Cons. Semi – Sami Cerebe (GA) 25-12 won by fall over Owen Veitmeier (Malvern Prep) 28-16 (Fall 1:39)
  • 3rd Place Match – Alex Taylor (Westtown School) 32-3 won by decision over Sami Cerebe (GA) 25-12 (Dec 8-5)

170

Andrew Sandifer (19-16) placed 7th and scored 4.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Andrew Sandifer (GA) 19-16 received a bye
  • Quarterfinal – Nicholas Florscutz (Malvern Prep) 38-8 won by fall over Andrew Sandifer (GA) 19-16 (Fall 0:58)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Andrew Sandifer (GA) 19-16 won by decision over Dante Distefano (William Penn Charter School) 23-12 (Dec 1-0)
  • Cons. Round 3 – Tyler Guzik (Springside Chestnut Hill Academy) 27-13 won by disqualification over Andrew Sandifer (GA) 19-16 (DQ)
  • 7th Place Match – Andrew Sandifer (GA) 19-16 won by major decision over Danil Meresenschi (Westtown School) 18-19 (MD 12-3)

182

Ben Sawyer (15-6) placed 4th and scored 15.50 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Ben Sawyer (GA) 15-6 won by fall over Joe McDermott (Springside Chestnut Hill Academy) 10-17 (Fall 3:16)
  • Quarterfinal – Ben Sawyer (GA) 15-6 won by decision over Wayne Derkotch (William Penn Charter School) 20-10 (Dec 11-6)
  • Semifinal – Darrien Roberts (Wyoming Seminary) 36-5 won by fall over Ben Sawyer (GA) 15-6 (Fall 4:25)
  • Cons. Semi – Ben Sawyer (GA) 15-6 won by tech fall over Evan Zamolli (Episcopal Academy) 14-16 (TF-1.5 4:00 (17-0))
  • 3rd Place Match – Matt Rhile (Westtown School) 32-4 won by major decision over Ben Sawyer (GA) 15-6 (MD 15-2)

195

Patrick Salmon (25-5) placed 3rd and scored 18.50 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Patrick Salmon (GA) 25-5 received a bye
  • Quarterfinal – Patrick Salmon (GA) 25-5 won by fall over Matt Mcglinchey (William Penn Charter School) 17-13 (Fall 0:28)
  • Semifinal – Austin Cooley (Wyoming Seminary) 37-6 won by tech fall over Patrick Salmon (GA) 25-5 (TF-1.5 5:20 (22-7))
  • Cons. Semi – Patrick Salmon (GA) 25-5 won by tech fall over Carter Dear (Westtown School) 22-12 (TF-1.5 4:06 (15-0))
  • 3rd Place Match – Patrick Salmon (GA) 25-5 won by major decision over Sean Edling (Springside Chestnut Hill Academy) 20-17 (MD 10-0)
Team Scores
1 Wyoming Seminary 335.0
2 Malvern Prep 307.0
3 Germantown Academy 132.5
4 Springside Chestnut Hill Academy 129.5
5 William Penn Charter School 103.0
6 Mercersburg Academy 100.0
7 The Hill School 98.5
8 The Haverford School 95.5
9 Westtown School 94.0
10 Episcopal Academy 78.0
11 Western Reserve Academy 39.0
12 Abington Friends School 37.0
13 Friends` Central 35.0
14 West-mont Christian Academy 33.0
15 Academy Of The New Church 32.0
15 Germantown Friends School 32.0
17 The Phelps School 26.5
18 Linsly 22.0
19 The Kiski School 21.0
20 George School 15.0
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