Wrestling (courtesy of Patty Kinney)

Five Braves wrestlers will move on to the regional competition in Quakertown, PA the weekend of April 8 and 9, following top three finishes at the MAWA District Tournament at Thorndale.

Mike Kinney finished first in the 171-pound Advanced division weight class. His first match of the day was against Anton Ocepek of Downingtown West. Kinney won with a second period tech fall, 15-0. His next match was a 6-0 victory over Jonny Capretti of Marple Newtown. In the finals, Kinney was pitted against Chad Bucholz of Great Valley. The match went into overtime with Mike Kinney winning 2-0 with a takedown in the "sudden victory" period.

Josh Smith placed second at 160/Advanced, losing only a 5-2 bout to Justin Ortega of Oxford in the finals.

Eighth graders Dan Miller finished first in his weight class and Michael Blankly finished third.

Freshman wrestler Steve Tarloski finished fourth, but will still move on to the Regional competition because one of the other top three will be unable to attend that weekend.

Note: A large contingent of Booster Club wrestlers competed in the MAWA Tournament. If anyone has results for the younger guys, please forward them to me using the contact information listed at the end of this column).

Hockey

Octorara Ice Hockey Club announces an Open House, Sunday, March 26 , 6 to 7 p.m. at the John M Cleveland Ice Rink on Byrd Road in Kennett Square. The club is looking for interested players for the 2006-07 season. Students who will be in grades 5-8, and that live in Octorara or Pequea Valley School District and students in grades 9-12, in Octorara School District, are invited to meet current team and committee players. Information will be available. For questions, call 610-869-8932.

Football

I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised to see that the Octorara School Board approved football on a 6-2 vote. Last summer, I thought it was extremely likely to succeed--a great booster club was in place, and the new school board seemed interested.

But as the months wore on with the board giving no indication that they would ever even vote, I began to question the interest I thought I saw. But with the only "no" votes coming from the two carry-overs from the last school board--which was always opposed--I guess the new board really was supportive.

My hats off to Paul Solomon and the Octorara Football Boosters. In the face of some vocal public opposition and months of little direction from the OASB as to where they stood on the idea, the Boosters continued to work diligently at fundraising and selling the idea of football at Octorara. Congratulations on seeing your dream become reality.

Feel free to contact Bill Rudick at 717-786-6095 or brudick@epix.net to report any sports news or to comment on anything regarding sports in the Post Ledger.

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