Zephs place eight at Donegal Tournament
Whitehall took their annual trip up north to participate in the Donegal Holiday Tournament, crowning one champ during last weekend’s busy wrestling weekend.
The Zephyrs placed eight wrestlers, including Julio Diaz who was tops in the 285-pound class, pinning Donegal’s Yonnie Harvey in 3:48 to earn the title. They also had a second-place finisher as Kevin Urena dropped his championship match to Upper Dauphin’s Bronson Garber, 9-0.
Additionally, both Caleb Staub (120) and Carlos Lorenzo (106) finished fourth, while John Kaintz (160) and Luis Arzola (170) placed fifth. Josh Grol was sixth at 132, while Izak Bright was eighth at 220.
This year’s field featured 13 teams with Whitehall finishing eighth among the competitors with 119 points. Whitehall’s performance at Donegal was an improvement over last year’s twelfth-place finish.
The tournament was won by East Stroudsburg South who racked up 183 points. Upper Dauphin was second with 177.5, while Coastesville was third with 145.
Head coach Tim Cunningham said that they’re continuing to progress, making strides every day.
“The guys are wrestling better and need to continue to make improvements to win the close matches,” said Cunningham. “Right now we are banged up a bunch so we will need time to get healthy and continue to work on the little things to make daily improvements.”
The Zephyrs opened their Eastern Pennsylvania Conference schedule with a match against Liberty. Liberty finished last season 16-7 and they’re another team within the EPC’s B Division that returns some talented wrestlers. The ’Canes defeated the Zephs 59-12, earning bonus points in a number of matches. Whitehall got a fall from Kai Clark at 152 as he decked Daniel Santiago in 0:26. They also got a forfeit at 106.
Liberty was also able to win the close matches. At 126, Travis Brown defeated Kevin Urena 4-1, while at 285, Jaden Freeman edged Julio Diaz, 2-1. Additionally, Caleb Staub lost a decision to Sebastian Mateo, 10-4, at 120 lbs.
The Zephyrs will continue their EPC schedule with matches against Pocono Mountain West and East Stroudsburg North this week.