Bethlehem Catholic checked off one of their season goals last week by clinching a district playoff spot with their 58-55 win over Northampton Friday night.
The Hawks also knocked off Dieruff by the same score earlier in the week, as they played both games without the services of center Ryan Young, who’s been dealing with a sprained ankle since injuring it on January 14 against Lincoln Leadership.
The smiles were abound Saturday night as Liberty wrestlers and coaches enjoyed every minute of their victory over rival Freedom.
The Hurricanes won the first five bouts of the match and won 10 in total en route to a 45-16 victory.
Anthony Emig (160) and Gunner Anglovich (170) started things off with technical falls, but Damen Moyer’s 5-4 decision over Ryan DeLoach at 182 set off a firestorm of celebration on the Liberty sideline, as Moyer reversed a 10-2 major decision defeat to DeLoach at the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic back in December.
Jeff Karam couldn’t remember the last time Bethlehem Catholic’s wrestling program lost two dual meets in one day, but that’s how Sunday afternoon unfolded for the Hawks at FloWrestling’s Who’s #1 Duals at Easton Area Middle School, as Becahi dropped their final two dual meets of the national showcase.
Liberty made their annual trek to the Virginia Duals over the weekend and the Hurricanes came home with a new found understanding of their potential.
The ’Canes finished 1-2 in the National Division, losing tight bouts to Christianburg (Va.) 35-28 and Erie Cathedral prep 31-30.
Not being able to pull out wins in those matches may have been disappointing to Liberty head coach Jody Karam, but it showed what his team is capable of in taking on two power programs.
Freedom came home from Maryland over the weekend with a sixth place team finish from the War on the Shore tournament, as the Patriots placed 10 wrestlers in the event.
Ryan DeLoach (182) and Andrew Evans (132) led the way with third place finishes for the Pates, as it was a positive weekend for the team heading into a tough slate of matches this week against Northampton and Liberty.
When it comes to taking part in basketball events, there’s one that stands out above the rest for Liberty head coach Chad Landis. Taking part in the Yasso-Rothrock Christmas City Classic has a deeper meaning for the Hurricane coach, who worked under Todd Rothrock as an assistant at Liberty before taking over as head coach of the program nine years ago.
Bethlehem Catholic started fast and never looked back in Wednesday night’s 45-22 victory over Northampton in a battle of unbeaten East Penn Conference foes at Pete Schneider Gymnasium.
The Hawks (6-0) won seven straight bouts after Northampton (8-1) started the match with a 10-1 major decision by Cade Moisey over Ryan Zeiner at 170.
Becahi led 20-4 heading into 106, where the bout became unofficially over after Dillon Murphy pinned Joey Tiwold in 3:29 to push Becahi’s lead to 26-4 and sink any momentum the Kids looked to pick up heading into the strength of their lineup.
Bethlehem Catholic will have its eyes set on reaching the finals of FloWrestling’s Who’s #1 Duals for the second-straight year when the event comes to Easton Area Middle School on Sunday, Jan. 22.
The Hawks took part in the inaugural all-day event last year at Penn’s fabled Palestra, but with the move to Easton, it should spark greater interest and attendance.
The eight-team tournament will feature two pools of four teams, where each team will wrestle another in their respective pool before taking on the same placing team in the afternoon placing rounds.
The Yasso-Rothrock Christmas City Classic basketball tournament will take place this Saturday at Freedom with a slate of matchups featuring each of Bethlehem’s boys’ programs.
The varsity action tips off at 4 p.m. when Bethlehem Catholic takes on Lincoln Leadership Academy, followed by a 6 p.m. slate between Liberty and Blue Mountain. The nightcap will feature Freedom taking on Bangor at 8 p.m.
There’s potential and then there’s results and Bethlehem Catholic has reached the mark on both of those halfway through the basketball season. The Golden Hawks enter the second half of the year with a 7-3 record heading into Tuesday’s EPC contest with Stroudsburg.
But besides starting the year off on the right foot, the Hawks are also proving to head coach Ray Barbosa that they can compete with anyone, highlighted by last week’s 53-52 loss to Allen.