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BC top-10 at Beast

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

Bethlehem Catholic didn’t have one of their most prestigious showings at the Beast of the East tournament in Delaware over the weekend, but the Hawks scraped together a valiant effort to finish tied for ninth in the team standings, despite only having 11 wrestlers compete in the event.

The Hawks had three wrestlers medal as sophomore Matt Lackman (120, seventh), sophomore Kenny Herrmann (126, fourth) and senior Jarred Papcsy (138, fifth) came home with hardware from the event.

With several starters missing, including returning PIAA placewinners junior Ryan Anderson and senior Zach Glenn, Becahi put together a quality tournament considering the circumstances.

“We performed fairly well considering we were missing four or five starters,” said head coach Jeff Karam. “Had three guys (Nate Lackman, Luca Frinzi, and Robert Spezza) lose in the placing round. The guys out were mostly injury related, but nothing really serious. I did not let anyone coming off football to wrestle, thought it would be too much this early in the season without a lot of practices. I’m pretty happy with everyone who competed, but the place winners did an outstanding job. Going to a tournament like this really shows us a lot we need to work on as we prepare for the league matches.”

The Hawks (2-0) now prep for this week’s set of matches against Northampton (2-0) on Wednesday night and Stroudsburg tomorrow. Both bouts are on the road and should give them their first real tests of the season after pounding Pocono Mountain West 66-6 and Emmaus 55-10 last week.

“Looking forward to two good matches this week and they should both be very competitive,” said Karam. “As always, toss up bouts will be crucial and getting bonus points in other matches. Not sure yet if we’ll have everyone back for Northampton, but I should have a couple guys back this week.”

Liberty (6-0) will look to stay hot this week as well with bouts on Wednesday and Thursday. The Hurricanes host East Stroudsburg North on Wednesday before facing their toughest bout of the year on Thursday against Northampton at home.

Freedom (5-2) is coming off a 40-25 loss to Easton last week and face two of the EPC’s toughest programs this week as well with Nazareth on deck Wednesday night before hitting the road to Parkland on Thursday.

Both the Patriots and Hurricanes will then gear up for the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic next Thursday and Friday (Dec 28 and 29) at Memorial Gymnasium.