Tulpehocken wrestling coach Madison Winchester

Three years ago, Tulpehocken had just one wrestler on its team.  Two seasons ago, the Trojans went (1-9).  Now they're Division 4 champions in Berks County.  The turnaround in New Schaefferstown has been remarkable.  "As they started becoming successful, the school really noticed that. The administration really got excited and it was kind of incredible to see the support that we got," Madison Winchester told SV Sports' Paul Roberts.  Winchester, a Wilson graduate, is in his sixth season as Tulpehocken's head coach.  He guided the Trojans to a (13-10) record last year.  They captured the first division title in school history this season.  "It was really special. I think the excitement ran through the school...any time there's a first, it's pretty exciting," said Winchester.  Sophomore Abramm Schaffer added to the excitement by winning the BCIAA title at 107 pounds.  It's the first individual county championship for Tulpehocken since Kevin Bordner in 2002.  "For him to go in there and win that championship among all these bigger Triple-A schools, it was something incredible," emphasized Winchester.  The Trojans lost a tight match to Wyomissing 36-27 in the Berks County quarterfinals.  Tulpehocken was one of six schools from the BCIAA to qualify for the District 3 team tournament.  "Berks County is at an all-time high with wrestling," stated Winchester.  Wilson is the top seed in the District 3-3A playoffs.  Berks Catholic is the #2 seed in the District 3-2A field.  The (15-3) Trojans face fifth-seeded West Perry in the quarterfinals at Bishop McDevitt.  Tulpehocken has come a long way in a short time.


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