Twin Valley wrestling looks strong

The Twin Valley High School wrestling has a winning record of 10-6 thus far during the 2013-14 winter campaign while competing in the Berks Conference I Division. The Raiders are 3-2 in conference action.

Twin Valley stands in fourth place in the division behind Exeter, Wilson and Governor Mifflin.

Senior Daniel Grant has already established a new career record for individual wrestling victories. He did that early in the year with his 102nd win, which broke the previous mark held by Danny Halulko, the son of head coach John Halulko who graduated in 2012.

Grant, who wrestles in the 126/132-pound weight class, has a 20-3 record with six falls. He is a returning state qualifier in the PIAA Class AAA bracket.

The Raiders boast a number of other wrestlers with strong records, too. Senior David Abbadusky (170) is 21-4 with four falls. Senior Jared Fetterman (195/220) is 20-4 with eight falls. Senior Preston Hopkins (182/195) is 18-4 with five falls. Sophomore Aaron Wildonger (120/126) is 20-3 with six pins.

Senior Max Elliot (220/285) is 15-9 with one pin. Sophomore Jack Green (138/145) is 10-9 with no pins. Freshman Cross Cossitor (113/120) is 13-11 with three pins.

Senior Zach Phillips (152) is 10-12 with two falls. Freshman Cameron Patchel (106) is 8-14 with one pin. Senior Salvatore Hatfield (285) is 6-10 with one fall.

Twin Valley started the season with a first-place finish at the Germantown Academy Tournament back on Dec. 7, 2013. Then came a tough 39-33 setback on Governor Mifflin’s mats on Dec. 12. Twin Valley then wn two straight matches, beating host Reading, 46-18; and Conrad Weiser, 49-22, at home.

The Raiders fared well in the Devil Duals at Avon Grove High School back on Jan. 4. The Raiders defeated Oxford Aarea, 45-33; Malvern Prep, 45-18; and Strath Haven, 49-24, before dropping close matches to Avon Grove, 39-34; and Pottstown, 37-36, in the third-place match.

Twin Valley beat Daniel Boone, 48-13, on Jan. 6 at home before winning at Muhlenberg, 62-6, on Jan. 8. The Raiders finished in sixth place in the BCIAA Individual Tournament at Reading High School the weekend of Jan. 10-11.

The Raiders fell at Wilson West Lawn, 42-22, on Jan. 15 before going 3-2 during the Raider Duals that Twin Valley hosted on Jan. 18.

Twin Valley stopped Brandywine Heights, 43-27; fell to West Chester Bayard Rustin, 40-34; downed Phelps School, 63-10; beat York Suburban, 52-24; and fell to Unionville, 39-34.

Halulko enjoyed a fine individual career himself as a wrestler. He starred at Brandywine High School and became a three-time PIAA state place-winner. Halulko went on to wrestle at Princeton University.

Wrestling is a self-funded sport at both Twin Valley and Princeton.

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