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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Wrestling team gets second victory

Thursday, January 4, 2018 by Steve andres Special to the Press in Sports

While the Whitehall wrestling team earned its second league victory last week, the match revealed that there’s still room for improvement as they march toward the new year.

They defeated the Timberwolves 54-23, winning four head-to-head matches against their Division B foes. The win raises their record to 2-1 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.

At 152, Sean Cunningham earned a 5-1 decision over Dylan Hogan to put the Zephs on the board. John Kaintz followed with a technical fall over Bryan Stanel, winning 16-0. They also benefitted from a string of forfeits through the middle of the match. They finished with wins at 132 and 138 as Kevin Urena decked Jeremy Sanchez in 3:07, while Josh Grol won a hard-fought decision over Christian Reicher, 5-4.

While the final score indicated an easy outing, the Timberwolves won four head-to-head matches as well.

With the teams evenly matched in their head-to-head bouts, head coach Tim Cunningham knows that they still need to get better every day as they get into the heart of their division schedule.

“We won the match handily but have a lot of things to work on to make improvements needed to succeed in our league,” said Cunningham. “We are in the toughest league in the country and in order to compete in this league we will continue to work on not just the physical aspect but also the mental aspect of being ready to wrestle every time we step on the mat no matter who we wrestle.”

As they get ready to face Northampton this week Cunningham knows they’ll need to be on point. That will continue as Bethlehem Catholic and Emmaus loom as well in the upcoming weeks.

“Over the next couple weeks we will be wrestling the top teams in the state as well as the country which will require a mindset to go out and wrestle to the best of our ability both mentally and physically,” said Cunningham. “ As long as each wrestler goes out and competes to the best of their abilities that’s all we expect as a coaching staff. Nothing is given to you in the sport of wrestling in our district you earn everything through hard work and effort. Our guys understand that and that is why they come to practice with mindset to get a little better every practice.”