Bethlehem Press

Thursday, March 23, 2017

National Champion!

Monday, March 20, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Former Hawk Darian Cruz wins NCAA title

Lehigh’s Darian Cruz wanted to enjoy the moment with his family after coming home from St. Louis on Sunday following the conclusion of the NCAA wrestling championships Saturday night.

With District 11 wrestling on the national spotlight over the weekend, the former Golden Hawk turned Mountain Hawk took home the ultimate prize after posting a 6-3 decision over Minnesota’s Ethan Lizak to win the 125-pound NCAA championship.

But, area teams still digging out from last week’s storm

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Spring officially began on Monday, but we all know it doesn’t feel like those 70 degree days that winter teased us with.

As the snow gradually melts away, most area coaches and athletic directors can’t wait for the snowy cover to completely vanish as we head into the spring sports calendar.

Spring practices began on March 6 and teams were afforded five quality days of practice to open the season, only to see that trend reversed last week with Tuesday’s 10+ inches of snow across the Lehigh Valley.

Mikey Labriola repeats state title glory

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Mikey Labriola said he hasn’t seen Bethlehem Catholic coach Jeff Karam tear up, but he broke him down Saturday night.

Labriola won his second straight state championship in Hershey following a 17-9 major decision over Clearfield’s Luke McGonigal in the 170-pound 3A finals, ending his Becahi career how everyone expected him to.

But one can never anticipate the emotion of the moment, no matter how far you see it coming.

Werner grabs silver medal

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Luke Werner’s 2017 trip to Hershey for the PIAA wrestling tournament can be simply defined as a fun experience.

It was the greatest run he’s ever had at the Giant Center and it culminated with a silver medal performance, following a 13-3 defeat to Northampton’s Julian Chlebove during Saturday night’s 120-pound 3A championship.

It marked the third time in as many weeks that Werner lost to Chlebove in a finals situation, dropping both the district and regional titles to the Northampton sophomore.

STATE WRESTLING UPDATE Hawks advance ten to Day 2

Friday, March 10, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s Mikey Labriola and Northampton’s Julian Chlebove both continued their treks to a second straight state championship Thursday night during the opening round of the PIAA 3A wrestling tournament.

Labriola won his opening bout by fall over Britain Shields of Big Spring with a fall in :34 seconds.

Labriola is one of four Hawks heading to Friday’s quarterfinals, as Ryan Anderson (126), Jarred Papcsy (132) and Niko Camacho (HWT) look to move through the bracket.

Hawks win NE Regional title

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Ryan Zeiner paced back and forth in the hallways of Memorial Gymnasium Saturday night after winning the 152-pound Northeast Regional title over Scranton’s Jacob Burgette 5-4.

A bystander walked by and offered, “Congrats champ.”

The word champion is something Zeiner always wanted for himself, but one that was never guaranteed. After leaving districts a year ago without placing, Zeiner is now heading to Hershey, as a regional champion.

Callahan is champ, DeLoach advances

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

With one week left in the wrestling season, Freedom senior Evan Callahan isn’t going to let anything stop him from competing in the PIAA championships this week in Hershey.

Callahan also didn’t let a tweaked knee cost him an opportunity at his first Northeast Regional championship, following a 6-3 decision over Parkland’s Nate Feyrer in Saturday’s 220-pound championship.

His title capped off the evening for the Patriots, as they advanced two wrestlers to this week’s state tournament at the Giant Center.

Hurricanes advance four to state wrestling

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Luke Werner knows he’s had a tough road in the wrestling postseason. Nestled in the 120-pound bracket, Werner has had Northampton’s defending state champion Julian Chlebove in his weight class throughout this postseason.

With a talent like Chlebove in his bracket, the task was always going to be difficult, but Werner has kept battling over the past two weeks despite losing to Chlebove in both the District 11 and Northeast Regional finals.

WRESTLING - Becahi gets a little revenge on Eagles

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Mikey Labriola became a four-time District 11 champion Saturday night at Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium, but it wasn’t the joyous moment you would expect.

When you’ve won a district title in every season you’ve competed, perhaps the feat becomes expected, if not, monotonous.

Labriola is the overwhelming favorite to win the 170-pound 3A state championship this year and on paper, defeated Northampton’s Cade Moisey by a 15-8 decision during Saturday’s finals, but a seven-point victory isn’t what Labriola is all about.