Kids primed to contend
Northampton’s wrestling team is looking for an encore performance from their 2016-17 campaign, but what do the K-Kids have in store this season?
After losing Dan Moran, Cade Moisey and KJ Fenstermacher, three Division-I wrestlers from last year’s team, the Kids still appear to have plenty of ammunition in the vault to contend this season.
After last year’s 15-4 finish in the dual meet season, the Kids placed four wrestlers at the PIAA tournament, good enough for third in the team standings.
Julian Chlebove took home his second straight PIAA gold medal and will look for his third his junior year, but what else do the Kids have in their lineup?
Head coach Seth Lisa’s lineup looks to be filled by returners So. Joey Tiwold (113-120); So. Sam Hanley (113-120); Sr. Logan Ninos (120-126); Jr. Julian Chlebove (126-138); Jr. Devon Britton (126-138); Jr. Michael Kistler (138-152); Sr. Chance Wandler (145-160); So. Riley Gallagher (152-170); So. Blake Lambert (195-220); Jr. Eddie Confer (195-220); Jr. Jayden Bortz (220) and So. Bubba Werkheiser (285).
Freshman Jagger Condomitti (132) also enters with plenty of praise, as the Kids look to stay in contention with Bethlehem Catholic and Nazareth in the EPC and district races.
“We lost some valuable seniors from last years team, but fill our line up nicely,” Lisa said. “The success of this year’s team is on everybody’s shoulders, not just the few individuals everyone expects to win. Our success and failures this season will be an entire team effort. The goal, as always, is to wrestle at team duals and be state champions. I am very excited to see what this team has.”
The Kids opened their season last night at Pleasant Valley and host Stroudsburg tonight at home.
They get two real tests next week when they host Bethlehem Catholic on Wednesday and travel to Liberty next Thursday.