Brandywine's Renda, Mackie among Berks state wrestlers
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
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