If there’s any Bethlehem Catholic wrestler heading into this week’s PIAA tournament with a ton of momentum, it’s Cole Handlovic.
The Hawks junior 152-pounder steamrolled his way to a Northeast Regional 3A title last weekend at Memorial Gymnasium and now has his sights on the ultimate prize of state championship this weekend in Hershey.
It was probably not a coincidence that Ryan Anderson and Jagger Condomitti were slated as the final matchup of last Saturday’s District 11 3A wrestling finals.
The 145-pound showdown set up a rematch of Condomitti’s upset victory at the PIAA team championship and Anderson knew this would be an opportunity at redemption and he took care of business.
The quest for their third-straight District 11 4A title continues this week for Bethlehem Catholic, as the Golden Hawks hope to lock themselves into Friday’s potential championship matchup with Central Catholic.
The 4A semifinals took place on Tuesday night, past Press deadlines, but it was a safe bet that both Becahi and ACCHS, the number one and two seeds respectively, would find their way toward another meeting this season.
Jaden Freeman has battled injuries over the past two years to prevent him from participating in the District 11 postseason. Last weekend in his home gymnasium, Freeman finally took advantage of his chance to compete and came away with a gold medal.
Freeman was one of four Liberty finalists, but the only one to come away with a district title, as he topped Northampton’s Hunter Werkheiser by a 5-3 decision in Saturday’s championship finals.
It’s playoff time for local teams heading into the District 11 basketball tournament, as Liberty and Freedom both kick off this week’s action on the hard court.
The Hurricanes started the week with Tuesday’s contest against Pocono Mountain West (12-10) at home in an eight-nine matchup.
The two teams last met on January 3 and Liberty (12-10) blew them off the court courtesy of a 72-49 victory, but it’s safe to assume that things won’t be that easy this time around.
Freedom’s wrestling coach Dante Terenzio is taking a wait-and-see approach heading into this weekend’s District 11 wrestling tournament.
The Patriots will have 12 wrestlers in the mix, with three returning medalists, as Terenzio hopes this weekend will display his team’s potential.
With weeks to prepare for the District 11 wrestling tournament, Liberty hopes that injuries and their psyche have healed after bowing out of the District 11 team tournament a few weeks ago.
The Hurricanes look to get back on the mats, eager to prove themselves again when districts gets underway this Friday and Saturday at Memorial Gymnasium.
“We got banged up at team districts and I am trying to get the team at full strength again,” said head coach Jody Karam.
Bethlehem Catholic will strut into the District 11 3A tournament this weekend as favorites to come away with the team title, but the Hawks will also look to bring home some individual gold medals as the final three weeks of the postseason gets underway for wrestlers across the state.
Becahi returns four district champs and two runners-up from a year ago and hope to equal or better those numbers at this year’s tournament, as things kick off Friday afternoon at Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium.
Bethlehem Catholic’s boys’ basketball team has had their fair share of close contests throughout the season, but the Hawks may have saved their best for last in the EPC championship Saturday at Easton Area Middle School when they took down Emmaus 46-44 for the league title.
Justin Paz’s layup with 2.5 seconds left in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference in the finale and helped push Becahi (22-3) to their second straight conference crown.
Bethlehem Catholic coach Scott McClary still feels like his Golden Hawks have room for improvement and that may be a scary proposition for opposing teams heading into the postseason.
The Hawks (17-3, 13-1) enter the final week of the regular season first place in their division and the top-seed in the East Penn Conference with games against Dieruff (3-16) and Allen (11-7) this week.
With Becahi in prime position to head into the EPC playoffs with the number-one seed and only one regular season loss, McClary is taking it all in stride.