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Kids fall in districts

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

Northampton fell short of their goals over the weekend at the District 11 3A wrestling tournament, as the Kids bid for an opportunity to wrestle in the “true second” place ended following a 30-18 defeat to Liberty Saturday evening in the third place consolation round.

A win over the Hurricanes would have placed the Kids in the “true second” place bout against Nazareth, but things didn’t work out that way for Seth Lisa’s group.

Northampton (14-5) lost eight of 14 bouts to Liberty (21-2) with the bulk of those defeats coming in the middle to upper weights, dropping six of seven bouts from 152-to-heavyweight.

“We really wanted to beat Liberty and get an opportunity for true second,” said Lisa. “The match was close and both teams fought hard. Liberty won some close matches in the middle that made the difference for them.”

Wins by Sam Hanley (113), Logan Ninos (120), Jagger Condomitti (126) and Devon Britton (132) gave the Kids a run in the light weights, but neither of them were able to grab bonus points.

Michael Kistler’s 15-6 decision over Joseph Bonilla at 145 was the only bout that gave Northampton bonus points on the night.

The Kids made their run through the tourney with a 46-13 win over Stroudsburg in the opener before being bounced by eventual champion Bethlehem Catholic 41-18 Saturday morning.

A 49-21 win over Bangor then parachuted them to the match against Liberty, a team that knocked off the Kids twice this season.

“Seven out of 14 kids never wrestled varsity until this year,” said Liberty head coach Jody Karam of his team. “We have kids wrestling in their second year of the sport and they’re showing so much progress and they’re beating the Easton’s and Northampton’s of the world and the only teams to beat us are the #1 and #3 teams in the state.”

Now the focus moves to preparing for the individual postseason, which doesn’t get underway until February 23rd with the District 11 3A tournament.

“Biggest thing we need to work on is being offensive and confident,” said Lisa. “If we can put those two things together our guys will enjoy a successful post season. Our schedule puts everyone in tough positions at some point throughout the year and hopefully those lessons can get a bunch of our guys to the state tournament.”