HATBORO — If there is such a thing as A quiet 29-3 season Souderton’s Kolton Veit has done it.
The senior has eclipsed the 100-career win total and still had to go through the gauntlet at 126 pounds to reach the District 1-AAA East championship match. There against his longtime rival Ben Ross of Pennridge, Veit finally has his moment under the lights.
It took all the energy he had left to hold on for an 8-6 win against Ross, who never stopped running. The championship, his first district title since his freshman year, was the perfect way to end a long day. Veit had to win three matches in order to reach Ross in the finals. There was no bye since he struggled at the Suburban One League Continental Conference Championships the week prior.
“Considering I did not have the best week at sectionals this feels good,” Veit said. “It was good I did not get a bye because the first match was a good warm up and it helped me wrestle well today.”
There is no better way to end his senior year with a return trip to the PIAA Championships after failing to get out of districts last season and suffering a skin condition as a sophomore that prevented him from competing in Hershey. A state medal would be the perfect ending to a 120-plus win career and a great birthday present.
“It was pretty disappointing to wrestle hard all year, make it, and it was my birthday as well,” Veit said. “The last day of states is my birthday and that is extra motivation. I want to place in the top five, but always aim to be number one.”
But before they can smell Hershey, wrestlers just had to be in the top three at Hatboro-Horsham Saturday to reach South East Regionals at Pottstown. That put a lot of attention toward the third-place matches. At 113 pounds, a 99-pound Matt Parker joined his brother Scott Parker at the next stop with a bronze medal. The elder Pennridge brother stormed through the 120-pound field and earned his second consecutive district championship.
“I would have liked to done it in more dominating fashion,” said Scott Parker, who won 10-4 in the finals. “I wanted to pin or tech everybody up until states, but a win is a win, and I will take it. It is ride right now and Matt’s match today meant more than mine. I am so proud of him.”
Parker could not be more prepared for his final shot at a state championship, but is more excited that his freshman brother can come along. Together they were joined by fellow Rams junior Joe Kracz (second place), and sophomores Kordell Rush (second place) and 160-pound champ Kyle Gentile at next week’s regional tournament. The Rams finished second to Council Rock South in the team score.
“You always get dinged up a little bit, but I am feeling pretty good,” said Scott Parker, the Rams all-time wins leader said. “Everybody is gunning for me, but I like the challenge.”
“Regionals has a lot of good wrestlers and as a freshman I lost my first match,” Gentile said. “I cannot wait to go back and get revenge.”
North Penn’s Jeff Reimel joined Parker and teammate Alex Price as back-to-back District 1 champs. The 152 pound Reimel held off Quakertown’s Lucas Garges 2-1 in the championship bout. Now he has his goals set on improving a third-place finish at regionals last season and grabbing his first state medal in his senior year.
“Top position is what I worked on for this situation,” Reimel said. “I knew it was going to be close. This is definitely one my goals. Now I am trying to reach the regional finals and medal in states. Last year has given me confidence to get to states and get a medal.”
“It is always good to have a teammate come with you, especially Jeff,” Price said. “I wish Chris Barr (fourth place finish) would have made it, but I am still proud of my whole team. I definitely want to medal. There are some tough wrestlers in the same weight as me, but I just have to be the best that day. Anything could happen.”
District 1 East Class AAA Championship Round
106 - Riley Palmer (C.R. South) dec. Kordell Rush (Pennridge), 3-0; 113 - Connor Joyce (Pennsbury) pinned Tom Matarazzo (C.R. North), 0:49; 120 - Scott Parker (Pennridge) dec. Zack Trampe (C.R. South), 10-4; 126 - Kolton Veit (Souderton) dec. Ben Ross (Pennridge), 8-6; 132 - Tommy Stokes (Bensalem) dec. Harry Murray (C.R. South), 3-2; 138 - Tim Ambacher (C.R. North) dec. Evan Wilson (C.B. East), 3-1; 145 - Francesco Fabozzi (C.B. East) dec. Riley Barth (C.B. West), 8-6; 152 - Jeff Reimel (North Penn) dec. Lucas Garges (Quakertown), 2-1; 160 - Kyle Gentile (Pennridge) major dec. Samson Akporotu (Academy Park), 15-1; 170 - Jesse Huber (Truman) dec. Evan Pascucci (Neshaminy), 8-3; 182 - Alex Price (North Penn) dec. Kody Lupfer (Neshaminy), 7-0; 195 - Karon Lucas-Tilley (Penn Wood) dec. Ben Kenis (C.R. South), 8-5; 220 - Marc Isaac (William Tennent) pinned Thaison Nguyen (C.R. South), 5:02; 285 - Bruce Graeber (Neshaminy) dec. Joe Kracz (Pennridge), 3-0.
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