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’Canes primed to compete

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

Expect more of the same with Liberty’s wrestling program this season. It usually doesn’t matter who the Hurricanes graduate, they always are a team that wrestlers hard, is prepared and develops their own talent.

Following last season’s 15-7 finish, which saw them come away with a state runner-up in the graduated Luke Werner (Lock Haven), head coach Jody Karam enters year 25 leading Liberty’s program with expectations always to be a competitive force in the East Penn Conference.

The top wrestlers for Karam this year are Fr. Connor Werner (106); Jr. Matt Maloney (113-120); Jr. Tal-Reese Flemming (113); Sr. Sebastian Mateo (120); Jr. Michael Torres (132); Jr. Travis Brown (126); So. Jason Rezac (138); Sr. Danny Santiago (152); Sr. Eli Santiago (160); Jr. Josh Taliban (170); Jr. Damon Moyer (195); Jr. Jake Amhad (220) and Jr. Jayden Freeman (285).

Liberty started the season off with a tournament championship at the Bear Duals in Boyertown and then improved to 6-0 on the year with a win over Whitehall last week.

The Hurricanes host East Stroudsburg North tonight and Northampton tomorrow night. Thursday’s dual with the K-Kids will give Karam an opportunity to tie Frank Gutierrez’s mark of 327 all-time victories.

Liberty then looks forward to hosting their Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic next week.

“We have solid team balance, we’re young, and looking for the same leadership we had last year to emerge,” said Karam on this year’s potential. “I would like to see three individuals qualify for PIAA championships. As a team I’d like to see a top five finish at districts and top four in the league.”