Great Valley vs Phoenixville – Match Preview
Tonight’s match features the Great Valley Patriots vs. the Phoenixville Phantoms. Great Valley enters tonight’s contest with a dual meet record of 2-1. During the Knights Duals at Academy Park HS on 12/10, the Patriots beat Kennett and Pottsgrove High Schools while narrowly losing to Bensalem High School. Great Valley’s head coach is Mike Semar and the assistant coaches are Andrew Hoffman and Adam McNabb. Phoenixville wrestlers participated in the New Hope-Solebury tournament on 12/10 and captured 9th place at the event. Since this was an individual tournament, tonight’s match will be Phoenixville’s first dual meet of the season. In Saturday’s tournament, Phoenixville had two wrestlers advance to the finals with senior wrestler Tanner Romance capturing the title at 195.
Great Valley and Phoenixville have worked together over the years to promote the sport of wrestling. During the 2007-2008 wrestling season, the Great Valley youth wrestling team was struggling with getting kids to participate in the sport. The Phoenixville Youth program was thriving during the same season with numerous coaches and wrestlers on their squad. To assist Great Valley, Phoenixville in a spirit of cooperation opened its doors to allow the Great Valley Youth team to practice with its team. Today, a couple of these fortunate Great Valley athletes will be wrestling this evening. Years prior, the situation was reversed when the Great Valley youth team welcomed the Phoenixville Youth team to its practices.