Brandywine's Renda, Mackie among Berks state wrestlers

Published: Mar 04 2013 06:42:20 PM EST   Updated On: Mar 04 2013 07:29:49 PM EST

While the state basketball tournament will begin this weekend, the PIAA will crown its wrestling champions in Hershey over that same span.

Two Berks wrestlers that have a legitimate shot at accomplishing that are Brandywine Heights' standouts Peter Renda and Adam Mackie.

The duo brought home 2A regional titles last weekend. They were the only Berks wrestlers to do so at the tournament.

Renda, a state silver medalist last year, has gone undefeated this season and looks poised for gold.

For Mackie, it's been a near-perfect season. His only loss of the year was avenged over the weekend when he pinned the only wrestler who defeated him this year, Stephen Loiseau from Lancaster Catholic.

The win over Loiseau gave Mackie the regional championship.

Renda and Mackie are a combined 74-1 this year, but the duo shares more than a great record.

In fact, each is responsible for the others' success. Renda and Mackie are training partners on the mats, and best friends off them. This kind of chemistry has helped both wrestlers reach tremendous heights.

Here is the complete list of the other Berks County wrestlers that will be going to Hershey:


113 - Alec Torres, Wyomissing

120 - Josh Giorgio, Schuylkill Valley

126 - Jaquan Gordon, Wyomissing

145 - Zach Homan, Schuylkill Valley

170 - Peter Renda, Brandywine Heights

182 - Adam Mackie, Brandywine Heights

195 - Austin Bashore, Hamburg

285 - Ben Wertz, Wyomissing


113 - Daniel Grant, Twin Valley

120 - Joey Fick, Oley Valley

126 - Jacob Werner, Wilson WL

126 - Eddie Kriczky, Boyertown

160 - Andy Francos, Wilson WL

182 - Marcus Johnson, Governor Mifflin

195 - Jan Johnson, Governor Mifflin

220 - Hunter Hatlee, Wilson WL

220 - Jordan Wood, Boyertown