Scheetz, Kids rally; knock off Freedom
Dylan Brown gave Freedom their first lead of the night over Northampton with one bout to go, but the reality of the situation made it bitter sweet.
Brown's fall in 3:13 over Brandon Wallander at 106-pounds gave Freedom a temporary moment of accomplishment, as they held a 27-26 advantage, but it all ended Monday night when Northampton's Mike Scheetz packed away Tyler Trapani with a pin in the final bout of the night at 113-pounds to give the Kids a 32-27 victory.
The loss ended a three match losing streak for Northampton, who put themselves back at .500 with a 4-4 mark heading into last night's bout with national power Bethlehem Catholic.
"This was absolutely a big win for us," said Kids' head coach Seth Lisa. "We lost three in a row and we really needed to get things going back in the right direction. This was the type of win we needed to get some confidence back."
Northampton jumped out to a 20-0 lead, winning the first five bouts of the night, which started at 120, before Cole DiGuiseppi earned a 3-1 overtime win at 152 to stop the bleeding for the Patriots.
The Kids countered with a fall at 160 from Bobby Fehr to build a 26-3 advantage, but Freedom would win the next six bouts to pull ahead by a point following Brown's fall.
Freedom's lost lesson came by not registering bonus points at 170 and 220 pounds.
Josh Young (170) had William Eaton on his back twice for near falls throughout the first and second period, but couldn't get him flat. The end result was an 11-5 decision.
Evan Kauffman (220) held a 10-2 lead late in the third period over Imad Azar, but won 10-3 for a decision.
That could have been a total of four bonus points for Freedom.
Instead, Northampton gave up none in those bouts, which at the end of the day, proved to be a difference.
"It's those type of little things that help you get wins," Lisa said. "It really was the opposite of what we did against Liberty when we lost. We were able to fight off some bonus points to help us get the win."
Freedom head coach Brandon Hall also cited swing matches at 138 and 145 that went Northampton's way as keys to the Kids leaving Bethlehem with a win.
"I'm just disappointed in the effort at those weights," Hall said. "I just wanted to see our guys go out and wrestle harder and I didn't see that."
With last night's bout with Becahi and next Wednesday's tilt with Easton on the horizon, Lisa knows the Kids are staring down the barrel of a difficult two week stretch.
Northampton also wrestles at the Escape the Rock tournament at Council Rock South this weekend.
"We know things aren't going to be easy down the stretch," he said. "But our guys are going to keep working and we'll keep getting better."