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Six wrestlers advance

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

It wasn’t the most memorable District 11 wrestling tournament for Northampton, but one that the K-kids hope they can learn from.

Northampton advanced six wrestlers to this weekend’s Northeast regional tournament, but came away without any finalists last week, as Seth Lisa’s squad looks to regroup and make their final push toward a trip to Hershey.

Sam Hanley (113), Jagger Condomitti (126), Michael Kistler (145) and Jayden Bortz (195) each took third, while Logan Ninos (120) and Devon Britton (132) finished in fourth place to help the Kids finish fifth overall in the team standings.

“We had a good day one and we were in position as a whole to do well, but we struggled in Saturday’s morning session,” said head coach Seth Lisa. “We had 12 guys involved Saturday morning and only had one guy win. We went 0-for-6 in the semifinals. That’s a pretty defeating feeling for the entire group, but they bounced back to get back into the medal round.”

All the aforementioned wrestlers that placed reached the semifinals, but lost.

Figuring out a way to improve on that position will be key for the team heading into this weekend when the stakes ramp up with spots to Hershey on the line.

“The good thing about districts is that our guys got to wrestle guys that they haven’t wrestled before and that’s good information heading into regionals,” said Lisa. “Next week doesn’t get any easier because there’s some guys coming into the bracket that are going to make things tougher.”

Wrestling begins on Friday at Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium at 4:30pm and quarterfinals are set for 6:30 p.m.

Saturday’s semifinals are slated for 11 a.m. with the championship finals scheduled for 5 p.m.

The top four wrestlers from each weight class will move on to next week’s PIAA tournament.