Cheltenham wrestling captures 1st SOL title since 1995, boys’ basketball advances

The Cheltenham High School wrestling team secured its first league title since 1995 on Wednesday, February 14 at the 2024 Suburban One League Freedom Division Tournament at William Tennent.

Cheltenham outpaced runner-up Upper Moreland by over 40 points.

The Panthers were led by a school-record seven championship runs from freshman Joe Durham (107 lbs.), senior Connor Stegeman (121 lbs.), senior Rah’Miere Sanders (127 lbs.), junior A.J. Gordon (160 lbs.), senior Corey Bradley (172 lbs.), junior Jordan Rodriguez (215 lbs.) and senior Kurt Scheuerman (285 lbs.).

Other key contributors included: sophomore Nate Kelly (fourth at 121 lbs.), Max Borisov (second at 133 lbs.), freshman Eli Stehman (fourth at 139), senior Spencer Epstein (third at 189 lbs.), and Qadir Hayward (third at 215 lbs.).

“The tournament victory, combined with the team’s unblemished dual meet league record (5-0), caps an impressive program turnaround,” the district wrote. “Just two seasons ago, the team was winless in league action and finished a distant fourth at the annual league tournament with only one individual champion.”

In related news, the Cheltenham High School boys’ basketball team survived a slow first-quarter start to slip past North Penn, 47-41, in its opening-round District One Class 6A playoff game last night in Wyncote.

The Panthers advance to the second round of the tournament and will play Coatesville High on Tuesday night.

Osei Johnson and Josiah Hutson combined for 24 points.

Cheltenham is now 15-1 in games when it holds its opponents to 60 points or less. In only six years at the helm, head coach Pat “Pede” Fleury, a 2005 CHS grad, has coached the Panthers to 117 victories, including 10 District One playoff wins.

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