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.
Kyle Haas has found a new home, as the former Bethlehem Catholic football coach was formerly approved to become Northampton’s new head coach during Monday’s school board meeting.
Haas served as Bethlehem Catholic’s interim head coach in 2016, leading the program to an 11-4 mark, which included a District 11 4A title and an appearance in the state semifinals, while current Becahi head coach Joe Henrich took a year off from the sidelines for personal reasons.
There’s one thing you never see from a wrestling boxscore and that’s Bethlehem Catholic having a zero beside their final score.
For the first time in Jeff Karam’s 10 years as head coach of the Golden Hawks, a team shut them out over the weekend.
Wyoming Seminary’s 56-0 victory over the Hawks on Saturday night was certainly an eye-opener, even for the most seasoned Becahi observer.
The East Penn Conference Wrestling Championship Day will take place this Saturday at Easton Area Middle School headlined by the 7 p.m. showdown between Bethlehem Catholic and Nazareth for the EPC crown.
The Golden Hawks (7-1, 7-0) knocked off the Blue Eagles (10-0, 5-0) last year 40-20 to win the league title and will be favorites to do so again.
Wrestling begins at 1:30 p.m. Saturday with the bottom three teams from Division A and B squaring off.
The next round takes place at 3:15 p.m. with the 7th, 9th and 11th place bouts taking place.
It’s getting down to crunch time for Liberty and Freedom on the hardwood and time isn’t on their side.
The Hurricanes (7-8) and Patriots (6-9) have roughly three weeks left on the calendar and if they’re going to make a run at the playoffs, each game will have significant impact on their postseason ramifications, as both teams don’t have much room for error the rest of the way.
Bethlehem Catholic won another Escape the Rock title over the weekend and they did it without any of their wrestlers winning titles.
The Hawks squeaked out a 173-171.5 advantage over Cincinnati La Salle (Ohio) for the team title, as Ryan Anderson (138), Cole Handlovic (145), Luca Frinzi (152) and Robert Spezza (195) each found themselves in the finals but all came home with silver medals.