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Press photo by Mark KirlinCael McIntyre, left, is looking to surprise wrestling at 106. Here, he takes on Freedom’s Christian Horvath. McIntyre won 5-3. Press photo by Mark KirlinCael McIntyre, left, is looking to surprise wrestling at 106. Here, he takes on Freedom’s Christian Horvath. McIntyre won 5-3.

Becahi wrestling ready to make some noise

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic has taken their share of bumps and bruises this year at individual tournaments, but the Golden Hawks will look to dole out some punches this weekend when they head to Council Rock South for the Escape the Rock tournament.

Becahi took home the tournament title last year and head coach Jeff Karam thinks his team is suited to make their best run at an individual tournament this weekend compared to their stints at the Ironman and Beast of the East earlier this year.

“It feels like those two tournaments were so long ago, but we take a lot of information from those tournaments and hope our guys can apply it this weekend” said Karam. “The kids are getting healthy again and they’re adding things to their arsenal. We’ve definitely gotten better. It’ll be a good test for us because it falls at a good time of the year with us prepping for the postseason.”

Kenny Herrmann (138) and Cole Handlovic (145) both come into the tournament as top seeds and will look to gain their first tournament titles at the event. Both wrestlers lost in last year’s finals, as Herrmann fell to Northampton’s Julian Chlebove 7-2 and Handlovic dropped a 3-1 decision to Ryan Vulakh of Pope John Paull III.

Handlovic will wrestle at 145 for the first time this season in the tournament, which could set up a potential finals matchup against Northampton’s highly talented Jagger Condomitti (second seed).

Matt Lackman (152) is also in title contention for the Hawks, while Cael McIntyre (106) could be a surprise challenger for a gold medal as well.

“I think Kenny, Cole and Matt are three guys that we think have a shot at a title,” Karam said. “Every year we have a couple surprises and I think Cael, Even Gleason (132) and Matt Mayer (126) can have strong showings too. Watch for Dante Frinzi (113) too.”

The Hawks (7-0) have work to do prior to this weekend’s event, as they take on Easton tonight at home in a dual meet that should give them some nice prep work before heading to Council Rock.

“Easton will be a good test for us,” said Karam. “They have tough kids in the lineup and tough upper weights. It’ll be good for our bigger guys to have that type of test because we’re really looking to have those guys improve for us.”