It’ll be a dual meet against the old world power and the new world order when Bethlehem Catholic travels to Northampton Wednesday night for the biggest wrestling match of the season so far in the East Penn Conference.
The K-Kids (8-0) are fresh off an undefeated performance at the Cumberland Valley Duals over the weekend and have shown glimpses of the dominant Northampton teams from the past and Becahi (5-0) is looking for it’s first real test in a dual meet this season, as the Hawks come into the bout with the state’s top 3A ranking as a team.
They say you can’t win them all and that finally became true for Bethlehem Catholic on Saturday evening at Freedom High School.
Nazareth reversed a 20-point loss from the East Penn Conference championship and rode it to a 33-24 victory in the District 11 3A duals final, snapping the Hawks run of six straight District 11 titles (2A and 3A combined) and showing the most signs of mortality the program has had in a long time.
Sometimes, when success is as prevalent and common as the Hawks (14-4) have enjoyed over the last six years, it can become stale.
Nazareth and Saucon Valley captured District 11 team wrestling titles Saturday.
The Blue Eagles knocked off Bethlehem Catholic in the finals of Class 3A, falling 33-24 to a team the Hawks beat twice this season, including a week ago in the league title match.
Bethlehem Catholic came back with a 46-14 win over Northampton in the true second-place match to earn a trip to the state team tournament.
It’s the largest consumer outdoor show in the country. And it gets underway this Saturday, Feb. 4 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. To sportsmen in the Lehigh Valley, it’s still known as the Harrisburg Show, despite its new name, The Great American Outdoor Show.
Halfway through Freedom’s swim meet against Central Catholic, the Patriots began to gain some ground on the Vikings, who eventually won the meet by a score of 102-81, with a 1-2 finish in the 500 free.
“I didn’t expect the score to be as close as it was,” said Rileigh Ellis, who came in first in the 500 with a time of 5:30.65. “I went for individual time, and once I noticed it was so close, I was excited.”
In addition, Ellis had just won the 100 free in 57.79 moments before, and did not know how much energy she would have to endure the 500 free.
With just over a week left before the end of the basketball regular season, posted below is an updated list for teams that have already qualified for the District 11 postseason and ones that lurk in the hunt with their final games left on the schedule.
Listed below is a breakdown of each class and as a quick reminder, in order to qualify for the postseason, teams must compile a .500 record in their overall record or a .500 record in their league record.
Despite Freedom’s boys’ swim team’s 110-69 loss to Allentown Central Catholic last Thursday, it was a good day for senior, Troy Watlington, junior, Colin Burnette, and sophomore, Al Bell.
All three Patriot swimmers had first places finishes in individual races.
In order of events, Bell won the 200 IM with a time of 2:01.79, which was nine seconds faster than Central’s Charlie Li who placed second. Six races later, Bell won the 100 fly with a time of 54.20.
Liberty hopes to snap out of their recent funk before the postseason arrives, as the Hurricanes have lost three straight East Penn Conference games heading into a rivalry week of games against Bethlehem Catholic and Freedom.
With losses to Stroudsburg, Allen and Northampton in their recent EPC meetings, Liberty (10-8, 6-7) head into this week needing one win to clinch a district berth.
Head coach Chad Landis certainly understands that finalizing a playoff berth is important, but even more, playing well at this point of the season is equally significant.
The District 11 team wrestling championships will begin Thursday night and conclude on Saturday evening, as the wrestling postseason is upon us.
Listed below are the format and locations for Thursday’s preliminary and quarterfinal rounds, as well as Saturday’s schedule, which is moved entirely over to Freedom.
To say that Freedom’s victory over Stroudsburg during Saturday’s East Penn Conference wrestling championship day was uplifting, well, would be an understatement.
The Pates saw the return of Evan Callahan to the lineup and coupled that with an energetic performance en route to a 36-28 victory.
The victory in the league’s 7th place match was a reversal of a 54-20 defeat the Mounties handed Freedom back on December 10, showing that progress had been made, especially a week after Liberty embarrassed them by a 45-16 margin at Memorial Gymnasium.