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Liberty runs away with Penn Manor title

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

Liberty continued their torrid start to the wrestling season over the weekend with an overwhelming championship at the Penn Manor tournament. The Hurricanes took home the team title, crowned four champions and medaled 10 wrestlers en route to racking up 246 points, easily outdistancing themselves from second place New Oxford (143 points).

Tal-Reese Flemming (113) and Matt Maloney (120) posted their second consecutive championships from the event, while Connor Werner (106) and Damen Moyer (195) won gold medals as well.

“Penn Manor is an event that offers something for every level of talent,” said Liberty head coach Jody Karam. “Ideally we need to eliminate the mistakes we have been working on and leave less points on the table. Escaping injury and getting through the weekend healthy was certainly a priority. As a team, I believe a top 3 finish is usually an indication that we had some individual success.”

Werner got a fall in 2:32 over Micah Sams to win his first championship, while Flemming had a tighter bout with Kyle Hauserman (Council Rock North), squeaking out a 2-1 decision.

Maloney topped Adam Jacob of East Pennsboro 6-3, giving Liberty champions in the first three weight classes.

Moyer pinned Chase Mielnik of Downingtown West in 3:03 to cap off the Hurricane champions.

The other Hurricanes to place included: Mike Torres (132, third); Travis Brown (138, second); Jason Rezac (145, third); Alex Cruz (160, seventh); Kevin Hennessy (182, fourth) and Jaden Freeman (HWT, third).

Liberty enters this week 6-0 after putting on a demolition against Whitehall in their first EPC dual meet of the season, winning by a 67-6 margin. Liberty will travel to East Stroudsburg North on Thursday night in their final match before next weekend’s Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic.

Bethlehem Catholic (2-0) hasn’t missed a beat so far this season either, as they posted a 56-12 win over Stroudsburg on Saturday night. The Hawks have a busy week ahead with a matchup at Emmaus on Wednesday, followed by their biggest dual of the season to this point at home against Northampton on Thursday. They’ll then head to Delaware this weekend for the annual Beast of the East tournament. The Hawks finished ninth at the event last season and medaled three wrestlers a year ago.

Freedom (5-1) only had a dual against Pocono Mountain East last week and the Pates had no trouble dispatching the Cardinals to the tune of 59-15. Freedom now gears up for road matches against Easton and Nazareth this Wednesday and Thursday before facing Parkland at home Saturday night. This week’s results will tell a lot about what type of team the Pates have this year.