Liberty continued their hot streak in the new year with two wins last week, but the Hurricanes will face their toughest set of games since early this season with their second go-round of EPC Steel division opponents in a massive stretch to close out the regular season over the next two weeks.
Whenever Liberty and Freedom meet in any sport, it’s always a big deal.
When both teams hit the wrestling mat Wednesday night at Freedom, there will be more on the line than just bragging rights.
The winner of Wednesday’s matchup will move ahead in the EPC standings and have the right to wrestle for either third or fifth place in Saturday’s EPC championship day at Easton Area Middle School.
The East Penn Conference wrestling championship is slated to take place on Saturday at Easton Area Middle School.
The official pairings for the Saturday full slate of competition between each team in the conference won’t be decided until Thursday, but one matchup that appears to be a near certainty before pairings are released is the 7 p.m. championship bout between Bethlehem Catholic (8-0, 7-0) and Nazareth (11-1, 6-0).
Liberty played their best game of the season on Sunday and look to carry that momentum forward following their showing at the Parkinson’s Jamfest at Parkland over the weekend.
Liberty knocked off last year’s PIAA 6A runner-up, Pennridge, 51-46 in the quadruple header that raises funds and brings awareness to the disease in support of former Northampton athletic director Mike Schneider.
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 was a rough week for Freedom’s wrestling program, but one that the Patriots look to learn from after dropping three straight losses.
It was the first taste of defeat for the Pates this season after coming into the week 14-0, dropping results to Bethlehem Catholic, Easton and Parkland. Taking on traditional league powers will test anyone’s mettle, but head coach Dante Terenzio knows it’s part of the process to becoming a better team.
If the winter break proved anything to Freedom, it’s that the Pates can play with anyone.
The Patriots won the Boardwalk Classic in Wildwood last week and did it impressive fashion, which head coach Joe Stellato hopes can pave the way for the team heading into the New Year.
With an 18-point comeback win in their 70-45 contest against Sterling in the opening round and then a 73-62 win over Archbishop Carroll, the second-ranked 4A team in PA, the Pates (8-2) could have eclipsed a mental hurdle on what type of team they want to be.
It was Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic that Freedom won’t forget any time soon.
The Patriots came away with two champions from the area’s top holiday tournament and a top 10 team finish to give them a boost of confidence heading into 2020.
Freshman CJ Horvath (106) and senior Luis Vargas (120) became the first Patriot wrestlers to take home gold medals since Rodney Sigley won the tournament in 2004.
Bethlehem Catholic came away with seven champions at the Tony Iasiello Memorial Christmas Tournament over the weekend.
After getting beat up at the Ironman Tournament and Beast of the East tournaments earlier this month, the Hawks got back on the proper footing with their home event.
Becahi got titles throughout their roster from freshmen to seniors as Cael McIntyre (Fr., 106); Dante Frinzi (So., 113); Evan Gleason (Jr., 132); Kenny Herrmann (Sr., 138); Matt Lackman (Sr., 145); Cole Handlovic (Sr., 152) and Justus Bozzi (Jr., 182) all came away with championships.
National Signing Day occurred last week and Freedom honored three senior student-athletes that are moving on to the next level.
Kaden Moore, Katie Flynn and Jennifer Kokolus all signed the proverbial dotted line during a press conference to commemorate the closing of one chapter and the beginning of another.
Moore highlighted the event with committing to Virginia Tech to play football.
The two-way lineman for the Patriots projects to be apart of the Hokies interior offensive line. Virginia Tech plays in the Belk Bowl against Kentucky on December 31 at noon.