NHS in top-five at district wrestling
Zach Valley and Bobby Fehr both got the district gold medals they coveted over the weekend at Liberty's Memorial Gymnasium. Valley topped Easton's Evan Fidelibus 7-5 in the 126-pound champion ship, while Fehr (160) scored a convincing 8-2 decision over Nazareth's Ricky Fornaciari.
It was the first district championship for both seniors, as it helped Northampton grab a fourth-place finish with 127 points in the team standings.
The K-Kids advanced six wrestlers to this weekend's Northeast Regional 3A tournament back at Liberty, where Valley and Fehr both look to claim back-to-back golds.
"Very happy to get gold in my last opportunity as a senior," Valley said. "I just need to work forward from here and look forward to regionals. I lost by one-point in the district final last year and I feel like getting this title was overdue, just like getting a regional title."
Valley knows he'll need to be a little sharper when Friday's tournament kicks off at 4 p.m., as a late takedown by Fidelibus made last week's championship match appear closer than it really was.
"I was a little angry about letting that happen," said Valley of the late score. "After beating him 12-1 earlier this year, I was a little sloppy. Obviously, it's nice to get the district title, but it's the little things like that, that give you more motivation."
Fehr looked strong throughout the tournament, as he recorded two falls and a 15-0 tech fall en route to his finals bout.
"This has been a goal of mine ever since I was a freshman," said Fehr. "Now I want to work on winning regionals and states. I feel like I can still work on my conditioning more and my top position. I wish I could have scored some more points in the finals, as he kind of slowed me down. I want to try and push the action a little more at regionals."
Todd Hetrick (132) also found himself on the main stage, but was overmatched by Nazareth's Chase Zemenak in the midst of a 13-0 defeat in the finals.
Dan Moran (106, third), Michael Scheetz (113, fourth) and Josh Coleman (152) also advanced to regionals.
Valley (34-3) and Fehr (31-3) both sit atop the brackets this week for regionals and are favorites to win their respective weights as well.
Moran (30-6) would need to get past Dakota Conner (26-7) of Berwick in order to face a tough quarterfinal match with top-seeded Sean Lyons (30-0) of St. Joe's Prep. Scheetz (21-5), who lost to Liberty's KJ Fenstermacher 8-3 in the semifinals last week, would meet the district champ again in the semifinals if things work out for both wrestlers.
Hetrick (30-8) is filled in a bracket with District 2 and 12 opponents, which should provide him a favorable path to the finals again, while Coleman (20-15) needs to worry about defeating Matthew Judge (23-8) of Valley View in his preliminary bout.