Junior varsity wrestlers do well
The future of Whitehall wrestling was on display recently as the junior varsity grapplers took center stage to see who was tops in the district.
Teams from both AA and AAA classifications gathered at East Stroudsburg South High School to crown winners among the 28 teams participating in the District XI Wrestling Coaches Association's junior varsity tournament.
Whitehall fared well in the tourney, finishing in 11th place with 61 points. Easton was the top team, capturing 224.5 points to win the tournament handily.
Whitehall placed three wrestlers at the event. John Kaintz finished 5th at 138, while Jesiah Davis was 4th at 152 and Daniel Mittura was 4th at 160.
Junior varsity head coach Doug Bonshak said that Mittura was 6-1 in the tourney en route to his fourth-place finish, while Davis was 4-1 and Kaintz was 2-2.
All three wrestlers saw some action on the varsity squad as well this season, and their experience this year helped them place among their peers in the junior varsity ranks.
Head coach Tim Cunningham knows the value of having wrestlers perform well at the district meet. It's often a steppingstone to success on the varsity level. Last year Tyler Oswald was a champ at 195, and this season Oswald had a strong year for the maroon and gold on the mat.
"The three guys wrestled well and this should increase their confidence for next season," said Cunningham.
Every year the Zephs look to build toward the postseason when wrestlers can put into practice what they've learned all year. That progress begins early, and the success that Mittura, Davis and Kaintz had in the J.V. tourney, along with the experience they gained this year will help them moving forward.
Winners at the J.V. tourney included Zach Glenn (Bethlehem Catholic) at 106; Diego Santiago (Easton) at 113; Ian Pulli (Nazareth) at 120; Nicholas Nunez (Easton) at 126; Berhard Jackson (Northwestern) at 132; Mark Schuon (Northampton) at 138; Reed Custer (Emmaus) at 145; Edward Jordan (Parkland) at 152; Quincy Wellen (Easton) at 160; Max Viduszynski (Easton) at 170; James Setcer (Easton) at 182; Thomas Seaman (Blue Mountain) at 195; Jake Rugis (Freedom) at 220 and Matthew Bruno (Pocono Mt. East) at 285.