Milk sure does a body good. At least in the case of Down-ingtown West senior Pat May (119 pounds), who, after a sleepwalking binge to the refrigerator for some milk and water in the middle of the night, found himself three pounds overweight. So May did what any other high school kid would do in that situation - run off that extra weight at 2 a.m., get four hours of sleep and win a Section 4 championship Saturday at Great Valley.May, along with Josh Homer (171) both won golds and nine other Whippets qualified for districts, sparking Downingtown West to its first Section 4 team title since the split. Carl Buchholz (215) of Great Valley, Kyle Bove (125) of Kennett and Owen J. Roberts' duo of Will Bentley (112) and Nick Fuschino (145) also took their respective crowns. Unionville had two champions as well, with Nick Fischer taking the 140-pound bracket, and Colin Ely muscling his way through the 189-pound bracket.
Ely set the tone early taking Owen J. Roberts' burly freshman, Scott Syrek, down quickly in the first period, eventually gaining a 6-1 edge before walking away an 8-6 winner.
"I knew I wanted the first takedown," Ely said. "He was trying to get into my head I think. I saw him wink at me a couple times so I didn't want him to think he had the upper hand."
Ely and Fischer were the first sectional champs for Unionville in five years. Fischer won by injury default over Owen J. Roberts' Connor McCormick, but was leading 4-1 when the match was stopped.
"It feels nice," Fischer said. "Hopefully I can keep it going into next week and into regionals and hopefully get to states and medal there."
Fuschino had McCormick's back, so to speak, shutting out Great Valley's Domenic DeRobertis, 7-0, for his first sectional gold. Bentley gave the Wildcats their first though, majoring Boyertown's Matt Malfaro for the second time this season. After running into familiar foes weekend after weekend the past few postseasons, Bentley was relieved to finally get over that hump for his first Section 4 championship, before stopping himself of any bulletin board material.
"Every year there's one guy in my weight class that always beats me," said Bentley, "so this year... I'd like to thank my coach, Steve DeRafelo."
Following Bentley's triumph at 112 pounds, May squared off against Great Valley's Kyle Lib-erato. After neither could find any offense on their feet the first four minutes, May chose down in the third and escaped early to earn a 1-0 lead. With time ticking down in the third Liberato took a shot in desperation, but May was able to convert it into a take-down, capping the 3-0 win.
Homer, on the other hand, did not have too much trouble on the day, picking up two first-period pins before registering a major decision over Downingtown East's Brian Fitzgerald in the finals.
Homer could very well see Penncrest's Vinnie D'Ortone next week in the finals of the District 1 Central tournament. D'Or-tone was a 5-4 winner in their matchup in early December.
"With those early losses to D'Ortone and (Octorara's) Josh Smith, I've been somewhat overlooked, but with good reason," said Homer, who has won 24 bouts in a row. "I'm looking to prove myself against D'Ortone and hopefully then at regionals."
Speaking of winning streaks, Bove is halfway to Homer's mark of 24 after coming out on top of the 125-pound bracket. Pitted against Unionville's Joey Bonaduce, who wrestled the best he has all season Saturday, Bove found himself down in the second, before he managed to get on top of Bonaduce with a reversal and rode him out for a 5-4 win.
"That really won the match for me, that last reversal" Bove said. "I felt pretty good on top and I felt confident I could hold him down at least if I didn't score."
In the penultimate bout of the night, Buchholz shut the door quickly on Spring-Ford's Alex Kanakis' night with a pin in 1:07. After upsetting Kanakis' former teammate Mike Platco last February for some surprising sectional supremacy, Buchholz was dominant, as he's been all year, again on Saturday.
"Last year the season ended wrong," Buchholz said. "So I want to make sure that's not how it ends again and hopefully get to states."
Next Saturday the top four in each weight from Section 4 will be joined by those of Section 6 in the District 1 Central tournament at Spring-Ford.