Winning your first district wrestling championship is always a special moment. Beating a Bethlehem Catholic wrestler in order to do it is just icing on the cake.
That was the sentiment from Liberty’s Damen Moyer following his 3-2 decision over Becahi’s Tavion Banks during last Saturday’s District 11 3A championships at Memorial Gymnasium.
When Ryan Anderson found out he was named to the second team of the East Penn Conference wrestling all-stars, it’s fair to say that it provided a bit of fuel heading into last weekend’s District 11 3A tournament.
Anderson, who is ranked fourth in the country at 138 according to Intermat, had little trouble dispatching through his bracket at Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium, producing a fall, technical fall and two major decisions en route to winning his first district title.
It was Round 2 for Bethlehem Catholic with their date in the East Penn Conference championship and the Hawks made sure they didn’t go through the same emotions they endured a year ago when Allen thumped them 84-62 in the league championship.
Instead, a Holy War battle against Central Catholic Friday night at Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium came down to the buzzer as Central point guard Jay Vaughan’s three-point attempt to push the game to overtime smacked off the rim, preserving a 47-44 victory.
Bethlehem Catholic doesn’t have any returning district champion wrestlers heading into this weekend’s District 11 3A tournament, but the odds the Golden Hawks don’t come away with any champions this week are close to slim to none.
Becahi enters round one of the individual postseason as favorites to come away with the team title, but the hypothetical question is how many champions can they crown when action culminates Saturday night at Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium?
Bethlehem Catholic boys and girls basketball programs will be looking to repeat as champions when the District 11 tournament gets underway this week.
Both the boys and girls are the top seeds in their 4A brackets and are favored to win both classes.
The boys open up the tournament on Friday at Allen against eighth-seeded Octorara at 7:30 p.m. The Hawks don’t have a real formidable opponent in the 4A bracket and should be a lock to win districts, barring a catastrophe.
The East Penn Conference announced their boys and girls all-star teams this week and Bethlehem products were featured throughout the nominated all-stars with Bethlehem Catholic center Ryan Young taking home MVP honors.
Joining Young on the first team included teammate Justin Paz and Liberty’s Alex Serrano.
On the girls side, Freedom’s Hailey Silfies and Bethlehem Catholic’s Taliyah Medina were named to the first team. Easton’s Leanna Deegan won MVP.
The complete list of all-star recipients is listed below.
Survive and advance.
That’s the name of the game for wrestlers this weekend when the District 11 3A tournament takes place Friday and Saturday at Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium.
The Hurricanes are looking for an encore from their district duals performance, while the Patriots are hoping to make a splash in the individual postseason en route to pushing competitors on the road to Hershey.
For the host Hurricanes and head coach Jody Karam, there’s a good chance he’ll have some of his lightweights in the finals, specifically, Tal-Reese Flemming and Matt Maloney.
Chalk up another state championship for Bethlehem Catholic. The Golden Hawks came away from Hershey with their sixth PIAA wrestling title (four in 2A, two in 3A) over the weekend following a 38-22 victory over Kiski Area Saturday afternoon at the Giant Center in the 3A finals.
Saturday’s achievement also marked the 300th career victory for head coach Jeff Karam, who relished the celebration of winning a state title with this year’s team.
One of the biggest reasons Bethlehem Catholic has entered the East Penn Conference tournament as the top seed and favorite to win the league is because of the balance and weapons they have at their disposal.
On Monday night, the Golden Hawks showed that teams are going to need a special performance to take them down in the postseason.
Becahi (20-3, 15-1) jumped out early and never looked back in the EPC quarterfinals at home, handling eighth-seeded Parkland 67-53.
To say that revenge wasn’t on the mind of Bethlehem Catholic wrestlers heading into last weekend’s District 11 3A finals would be an understatement.
The Hawks were out to take back the district crown that has reigned in their trophy case for much of the duration of their stay in the 3A bracket following last year’s defeat to Nazareth.
Last Saturday at Freedom, Becahi took back their crown in a dominating 43-12 victory.
The Hawks won 12 of 14 bouts and controlled the match from the start with Kenny Herrmann’s 4-3 win over Sean Pierson at 126.