Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Karam will be back at Bethlehem Catholic

Thursday, June 6, 2019 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic wrestling coach Jeff Karam will be in his accustomed corner next winter when the Golden Hawks return to the mats.

The Becahi boss will balance the life of coach and spectator with both of his sons wrestling in college next season. Karam originally stepped down as head coach prior to last season, because of him wanting to spend more time watching his son Luke wrestle for Lehigh and Cole at New York University.

Injuries to both his sons last season opened up more time and when head coach Rick Thompson was fired by the administration last January, Karam stepped right in to put Becahi back on top of the Lehigh Valley and state wrestling scene.

The Hawks were 6-1 at the time of Thompson’s departure, with a stunning loss to Liberty last season, until Karam, who has a career record of 311-112, took over and helped the team win 11-straight duals en route to winning the PIAA 3A championship over Northampton.

Now he’ll look to win another state title next season.

“We’re very grateful to have Jeff come back next season,” said Becahi athletic director Chris Domyan. “It ensures that we will have the leadership, energy and stability in the program that we’ve become accustomed to.”