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Wrestling season comes to end

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 by Steve andres Special to the Press in Sports

Whitehall’s hope for extending their wrestling season didn’t materialize last weekend at Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium, closing the book on the 2017-18 season.

Area wrestling teams competed at the District XI AAA Individual Wrestling Tournament which saw Bethlehem Catholic place nine wrestlers into the finals, allowing them to emerge as the champs with 246.5 points. The Zephyrs finished 16th with 32 points.

On Friday, a number of Zephyrs won their bouts, including Julio Diaz. He wrestled well on his feet, getting three takedowns for the 7-4 win over Nazareth’s Justyce Searock. That win put him on the mat with eventual champ at 285, Jonathan Pineda of Easton. He lost 7-2, putting him into the consolations bracket. He won again, defeating East Stroudsburg South’s Daniel Opong-Duah in a 2-1 overtime tiebreaker. He fell in his next bout, losing in an overtime tiebreaker to Bangor’s Thomas McKeough.

Carlos Lorenzo won his opening bout with a fall over Stroudsburg’s Josh Jasionowicz. Lorenzo’s next match resulted in a pin as Liberty’s Tal-Reese Flemming prevailed in 0:35.

Kevin Urena also won two matches, earning a major decision over Bangor’s John-Henry Bacon, and then defeating Pottsville’s Mat Ross 6-2 in the consolations.

Kai Clark also won two bouts, getting a fall over Gavin Dorn at 152, and defeating Southern Lehigh’s Dominic Caciolo by pin in the consolations.

Josh Grol (126), Izak Bright (220), John Kaintz (160), Sean Cunningham (145) and Aiden Toussaint (132) each won one bout in the tournament.

Head coach Tim Cunningham said that they entered the tourney with the right mindset and wrestled to the best of their ability.

“We did not have any place winners which is always our goal, but for the most part the guys prepared and did all the right things to wrestle the best they could this weekend,” said Cunningham. “We always tell our guys to take it one match at a time and just score points and not worry about the score just worry about scoring your next point.”

Cunningham said that everyone came to practice with the right attitude and worked hard throughout the season.

“We are proud of the guys that were coachable all year and worked hard at practice,” said Cunningham.

He said that their goal was to block out the distractions throughout the tournament, and merely focus on scoring the next point. Whether they won or lost, they all wrestled to the best of their ability and worked hard to achieve their goals.

District 11 is routinely the toughest district wrestling tournament in the state. Cunningham said that in order to place in the tourney, it takes competing with the best wrestlers in the state.

That means they’ll need to put the time into their offseason training, and that includes time spent in the weight room as well as club wrestling.