Kids hope to make duals
If there's any indication as to how tonight's District 11 seeding meeting will go for Northampton's wrestling team, all signs point to a positive direction heading into this weekend's district duals.
Sitting with a 6-6 overall record, Northampton should see themselves slide into the 3A tournament at Freedom, which takes place Friday and Saturday.
The kids are currently rated 10th overall, which is just enough to get them invited to the dance.
"I am excited for the this team to have an opportunity to wrestle at district duals," said Kids' head coach Seth Lisa. "We started this year with eight guys in the starting line up without any varsity experience. To make district duals is great for them."
Freedom (10-9) appears to be the only team that could jump Northampton for the 10th seed, but it appears to be unlikely because they wouldn't be able to garner enough points to eclipse them.
Easton (12-1) leads the District 11 3A power points at the moment, followed by Stroudsburg (13-1) and Parkland (11-2). Pocono Mountain East enters the fray in fourth at 15-2.
Liberty (13-4), Emmaus (13-6), Nazareth (12-5), Pleasant Valley (14-7) and Blue Mountain (12-6) round out the top 10 teams in the power points along with Northampton.
How the actual seedings will unfold once Thursday's seeding meeting gets under way is a different story.
Liberty should find themselves with a top-four seed, bumping Pocono Mountain East, but the rest of seedings aren't up for clarification at the moment.
The prevailing favorite finals match is an Easton-Parkland rematch from last year's district final, which saw the Rovers topple the Trojans 38-20.
Northampton was seeded fifth last year and lost to fourth-seeded Stroudsburg 45-20 in the quarterfinals. It was the Mounties first ever victory over the K-Kids.
The Kids don't have any meets on the docket this week, so preparing for duals is the top priority.
"The team is feeling good," said Lisa. "We have just about everybody back and healthy and we are going to prepare for this weekend. We are going to have a couple hard days of training at the beginning of this week and then lighten up so we are ready for Friday."
Wrestling gets under way at 4:30 p.m. Friday, followed by quarterfinal action taking place at 6 and 7:45 p.m..
All times for 3A wrestling will mirror the 2A action, except that semifinals take place on Saturday at 1 p.m. instead of 11 a.m. Both finals will take place at 6 p.m. at Freedom Saturday evening.