Chalk up another state championship for Bethlehem Catholic. The Golden Hawks came away from Hershey with their sixth PIAA wrestling title (four in 2A, two in 3A) over the weekend following a 38-22 victory over Kiski Area Saturday afternoon at the Giant Center in the 3A finals.
Saturday’s achievement also marked the 300th career victory for head coach Jeff Karam, who relished the celebration of winning a state title with this year’s team.
One of the biggest reasons Bethlehem Catholic has entered the East Penn Conference tournament as the top seed and favorite to win the league is because of the balance and weapons they have at their disposal.
On Monday night, the Golden Hawks showed that teams are going to need a special performance to take them down in the postseason.
Becahi (20-3, 15-1) jumped out early and never looked back in the EPC quarterfinals at home, handling eighth-seeded Parkland 67-53.
To say that revenge wasn’t on the mind of Bethlehem Catholic wrestlers heading into last weekend’s District 11 3A finals would be an understatement.
The Hawks were out to take back the district crown that has reigned in their trophy case for much of the duration of their stay in the 3A bracket following last year’s defeat to Nazareth.
Last Saturday at Freedom, Becahi took back their crown in a dominating 43-12 victory.
The Hawks won 12 of 14 bouts and controlled the match from the start with Kenny Herrmann’s 4-3 win over Sean Pierson at 126.
It’s down to the final week of the basketball regular season and Liberty and Bethlehem Catholic both have something to play for with one game left on the docket before the EPC playoffs get underway.
Liberty (10-11, 6-9) needs to defeat Dieruff on Wednesday night to secure a spot in the postseason, while Bethlehem Catholic (18-3, 14-1) would secure the top seed for the EPC playoffs this weekend with a win over Allen.
With plenty at stake on both sides of the coin, both coaches are fully aware of their scenarios after coming away with league wins on Monday night.
Bethlehem Catholic has their eyes set squarely on a team title this weekend as the PIAA wrestling tournament gets underway Thursday afternoon in Hershey.
The Hawks are on their quest to grab their sixth state championship (four in 2A) and enter the tournament as clear favorites heading into the tourney.
That process begins with their opening match against District One third place finisher Downingtown West in Thursday’s opening round of action.
If you would have projected Liberty’s wrestling team to be a top three finisher this season, that would have been news to Jody Karam in the preseason.
The Hurricanes completed a 21-2 season on Saturday with a 30-18 victory over Northampton in the third place consolation of the District 11 3A tournament.
Bethlehem Catholic may have a comfortable outlook on their postseason fate, but Liberty and Freedom are on the opposite end of the spectrum.
The Golden Hawks (14-3, 10-1) have clinched a district playoff berth and are fighting Pocono Mountain West (11-6, 10-1) for the top spot in the East Penn Conference.
Liberty (8-10, 4-8) and Freedom (7-10, 5-6), however, will be clawing for their playoff lives this week, as their rivalry showdown on Friday night will most likely become a postseason elimination game.
Liberty’s wrestling team is shaping up to be one team that nobody wants to see this weekend at District duals.
The Hurricanes had little trouble taking third place at the East Penn Conference wrestling championship day Saturday at Easton Area Middle School with a convincing 43-21 over Easton.
The District 11 team wrestling championships will kick off on Thursday night and concludes Saturday at Freedom.
Bethlehem Catholic enters the 3A tournament as the top seed and the clear favorite to win the district crown as they open Thursday’s action at 7:30 p.m. against the winner of the eight-nine matchup between Easton and Freedom. Those matches will take place at Liberty.
Fifth-seeded Stroudsburg will more than likely face fourth-seeded Northampton in Thursday’s other half of the upper bracket, as the Mounties take on twelfth-seeded Whitehall in the opening round.
It was business as usual for Bethlehem Catholic, as the Golden Hawks won their seventh straight East Penn Conference championship over the weekend knocking off Nazareth 47-12 Saturday evening at Easton Area Middle School.
The Hawks have owned the EPC since the inception of the conference, but Saturday’s victory is now the telltale caution of how winning a league title may not mean so much a week later when district duals roll around.