WHS wrestlers begin prep for postseason
As the dual meet season winds down, the Zephyr wrestling team is looking to gain some momentum as they head into the postseason tournaments.
So far this season it’s been an uphill battle in matches versus league opponents. With just one league match remaining against Emmaus, they’ll be trying to prevent getting shut out against Eastern Pennsylvania Conference foes. It will be a tough task this week as the Green Hornets sport an 11-6 overall record which includes an impressive 32-30 win over Northampton on Dec. 9.
Head coach Tim Cunningham knew that heading into this season that they would encounter some growing pains. Experience is usually the best teacher, and their roster is full of wrestlers with only a handful of varsity matches under their belts.
In their two EPC matches last week, the Zephs faced East Stroudsburg North and Pocono Mountain West. They dropped both matches, but wrestling competitively in each meet, losing to the Timberwolves 48-28 and the Cardinals, 47-25.
In the match against ESN, the Zephs won five matches, four of those by pin. They also got a major decision at 170 when Dan Mittura defeated Drequan Garner 11-0.
At 113, Caleb Staub continues to impress. He pinned Daniel Obara in 1:31. It was Staub’s eighth win of the season, five of those by fall.
Noah Rex also scored bonus points. He decked Eric Whipple in 1:49. For Rex, that was his 13th win of the season.
The Zephs also got a fall from Nick Dejman at 106. He pinned Timberwolf Sierra Anderson in 0:21.
Finally, Thomas Klotz pinned Devin Goode in 4:51 for the win at 285.
In their previous meet against the Cardinals, the Zephs also won five of the 14 matches. Once again, their lightweights found success against PMW, winning all three matches through 120 lbs.
Nick Demjan got things rolling for the lightweights with a pin over Eric Sharp in 1:32. After that win at 106, Staub followed with a gritty 6-5 decision over Najzim Reed at 113.
Cunningham has always stressed how important it is to win those close matches and prevailing in tight bouts can benefit a young team and boost their confidence.
“Quite a few of the younger wrestlers are making improvements on a daily basis such as Caleb,” said Cunningham. “We need to continue to improve and correct a lot of the little mistakes we are making in our matches and try to preform on the mat like we do in the practice room. The guys need to learn to carry over the things we do in the room on the mat when we compete.”
Rex is one of those wrestlers who’s seen that steady improvement. He pinned ESN’s Nathaniel Gullenez in 3:00. Rex has won five out of his last six bouts, the only blemish a fall to Bethlehem Catholic’s Mike Lewis.
The Zephs also got a major decision from John Kaintz at 145. He won 11-0 over Matthew Tutrone.
Jesiah Davis also had bonus points for the Zephs at 160. He decked Brandon Bisono in 2:54.
Absent from the two dual meets was Nikitas Davis. Cunningham said that Nikitas Davis is being rested to make sure he is healthy for the postseason. The Zephyr is currently 10-6, his last win a 12-2 major decision over Dieruff’s Anthony Rosato.