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Press photo by Nancy ScholzJulio Diaz and the Zephs, shown here at the Zephyr Duals, took care of business at the Indian Duals. Press photo by Nancy ScholzJulio Diaz and the Zephs, shown here at the Zephyr Duals, took care of business at the Indian Duals.

Whitehall wins Indian Duals

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by Steve andres Special to the Press in Sports

It was a good week for the Whitehall wrestling team as they won a dual meet and an area tournament as they get ready to face one of the top teams in the state.

The Zephyrs posted a 48-25 victory over Pleasant Valley last Wednesday, winning nine matches. That was followed by a Saturday trip to Lehighton High School where they came in first place at the Indian Duals.

In the win against the Bears, the Zephyrs got bonus points in five matches as Ali Barkley (195), Izak Bright (220), Caleb Staub (120), Kevin Urena (126) and John Kaintz (160), all recorded falls.

Their other wins came at 170 as Mike Ajami decisioned Christopher Frable, 3-2, and Wilfred Jimenez won 7-3 over Hannah Hunter at 113.

With that win, the Zephyrs are now 9-6 overall, and 3-2 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.

At the Indian Duals, they went undefeated, getting wins over Schuylkill Haven (54-21), William Allen (63-15), Central Bucks South (75-5) and Notre Dame- Green Pond (45-29). Eight teams participated in the Duals last Saturday, with Whitehall emerging as tops among the field.

A number of wrestlers had multiple wins, including Caleb Staub who had two pins and a decision in his four matches. Kevin Urena also had three wins, registering two pins as well. Julio Diaz won all three of his matches by fall, while Izak Bright and Dez Boykin each had two pins to help the Zephyrs win the tourney.

Mike Ajami, who wrestles at 170, also had a good tournament, getting four wins. He won by fall and a decision, outlasting NDGP’s Liam Carroll, 6-3.

Ali Barkley pinned Allen’s Manuel Rodriguez in 0:43, one his three wins, while Josh Grol also had three wins, two by fall.

Head coach Tim Cunningham said that they are continuing to make daily improvements and those were on display as they won those four matches last week.

“We defeated Pleasant Valley on Thursday and continued wrestling hard into the weekend,” said Cunningham. “We still are making mistakes that are common with a team that has some inexperienced wrestlers, and will continue to make those corrections this week at practice.”

Cunningham also said that there’s plenty of work to be done and that will continue as they head into the meat of their schedule which features some tough opponents.

“We need to get in better shape as well as continue to get in the practice room and work hard and smart to make improvements,” said Cunningham.

He said that they view the Bethlehem Catholic clash as just another match, allowing them to compete against the best and go out and wrestle to get better.

“They are a very tough team with some of the best wrestlers from all over the area that compete at the highest level in the country,” said Cunningham. “We want our guys to just go out and compete and wrestle to the best of their ability against teams like BC.”