The Bucks opened up with a 6-3 decision win from Liam Caplette, and cruised to a big 75-18 victory over visiting Abington Heights in junior high wrestling action on Tuesday afternoon.


The Bucks opened up with a 6-3 decision win from Liam Caplette, and cruised to a big 75-18 victory over visiting Abington Heights in junior high wrestling action on Tuesday afternoon.

The win over the Comets gives the young Bucks a record of 12-3, and boosts their confidence heading down the stretch of the season.

“Our line-up is finally starting to settle down. We have kids coming back from injuries, guys getting down to their weight classes, and we have tremendous competition in practice,” Paupack coach Scott Gee told the News Eagle.

“Our line-up is finally getting into the post season form.”

Caplette’s bout got the ball rolling for Paupack and when all was said and done the Bucks racked up four pins, two major decisions, and six forfeits.

“He’s (Caplette) funky. We can’t put a name on how he wrestles and half the stuff he does on the mat, but he has a ton of potential and is wrestling great right now,” added Gee.

Ben Gendlemenn, wrestling at 165, picked up a decision 4-0 early in the day to give the Bucks a 12-6 advantage.

“He’s been off the mat for a little while with a hand injury, and this was his first time back in a dual meet in a while.

“He’s been one of those missing links from our line-up. We want to get him as much as experience as possible before sectionals. He’s real hard worker.”

Zach Krial, at 75, went to work and racked up an 8-0 major decision.

“Unfortunately for him, we have a hard time finding opponents for him in that weight class.

“He’s young, and he’s a tough wrestler that knows what he is doing, unfortunately he just doesn’t get a lot of matches,” said Gee.

Chase Gallik remains undefeated on the season, and picked up a forfeit against the Comets.

Jared Werhmann (155), Kyle Hartman (210), Kenny Roman (250), and Pat Gilligan (105) all recorded pins on the day for Paupack.

Ryan Egger (100) also won by major decision.

Chad Sives (115) won by forfeit, but still put on an impressive show in an exhibition bout, coming back from 0-5 deficit to win 12-7.

“That is one of the weight classes that we have had a tremendous competition at. Sean Duncan and Sives have been going at it at that spot, and Sives won it for this match.

“Today was a great match for him and he’s been coming on lately and working hard,” added Gee.

Jack McLaughlin (80), Andrew Demchuk (85), Jeremy Kochoros (90), and Todd Frick (122) all won by forfeit.

Next up for the Bucks is the Myers Duals on Saturday.

“This will be a great tune-up for us in terms of looking at districts and sectionals,” said Gee.