Fehr takes second at Classic
With a win over the No. 2 seed earlier in the season, Bobby Fehr felt like he should have been higher than a No. 7 seed in the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic.
Six wrestlers had first round byes, meaning Fehr had to start in the pigtail round. On the other hand, he fell on the opposite side of the 160-pound bracket from defending state champ Garrett Peppelman.
Fehr proved much better than his seeding. He won four straight matches to earn a spot in the championship match with Peppelman, a Central Dauphin junior who's ranked fifth in the nation and already has 108 career wins.
Fehr lost 19-6 to Peppelman for second place at the tournament.
"I feel pretty good" Fehr said. "I came in with the seventh seed not really knowing what was going to happen. My goal was to come in here and get top three. That's what I was hoping to achieve and I did it."
Fehr, a Northampton junior, pinned Pen Argyl's Phi Ruggiero and beat Northwestern Lehigh's Mitch Evans by tech fall. He then took out No. 2 seed Nick McGinley of St. Mark's (Wilmington, DE) for the second time this season. He beat him just 1-0 at the Beast of the East Tournament then earned an 8-1 win against McGinley in Friday's quarterfinal at Liberty.
"I almost got a major," Fehr said. "I was pretty happy about that."
Fehr, who is now 12-4 this season, knocked off Lehighton freshman Connor Frey, 3-2, in the semifinal to earn his shot at Peppelman, who he hasn't faced since eighth grade.
"I didn't really know what to expect," said Fehr. "I felt like I didn't have anything to lose. He's top dog, so he's the one with all the pressure on him. I just wanted to go out and give it my all."
Two other Northampton grapplers placed at the tournament, which is held annually at Liberty High School.
The Kids' Zach Valley (126) took third place. Valley won two matches before falling in the semifinals to eventual champ Kyle Krasavage of Wyoming Valley West.
He wrestled back with two wins, including a 6-2 decision over Pen Argyl's Andrew Sutton in the third-place bout.
Michael Scheetz (113) finished in sixth place. Scheetz also won two matches before falling in the semifinals. He injury defaulted and forfeited his two consolation bouts for sixth place.
The Konkrete Kids finished in 17th place as a team with 77.5 points.
District 2's Wyoming Seminary cruised to the team title, scoring 245 points. Central Dauphin was second at 163, followed by Phillipsburg (157), Big Spring (123) and Delaware Valley (119). The top District 11 team was Saucon Valley (113.5) in seventh place. Freedom was the top Lehigh Valley Conference team in 10th (103).