Britton takes silver; leads Kids to Hershey
Devon Britton thought he had a handle on East Stroudsburg South’s Patrick Gould in Saturday’s Northeast Regional finals, but Gould had another idea.
After trading takedowns in the first period with the Cavaliers talented grappler, Gould earned his nod as the tournament’s outstanding wrestler with a fall over Britton in 3:21 at Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium in the 132-pound championship.
Britton was Northampton’s only finalist of the tournament, making the trek up the ladder in clearly the toughest weight class. However, his ambition to work a cradle on Gould, turned into a second period fall in 3:21.
“That’s not how I wanted to finish a match,” said Britton. “I felt like he was slowing down a little bit and I was getting him with my fakes, but it’s those little mistakes that got me in trouble and cost me.”
Britton hopes that he can amend those mistakes when he heads out to Hershey this week for the PIAA tournament. Three of his teammates will be joining him on the trek when things get underway Thursday afternoon at the Giant Center, as Logan Ninos (120), Jagger Condomitti (126) Mikey Kistler (145) earned top four finishes to advance from regionals. The Kids took home a fourth-place finish in the team standings at regionals with 85.5 points behind Bethlehem Catholic (193), Nazareth (143.5) and Liberty (112).
Condomitti finished third with 4-2 decision over Wyoming Valley West’s David Krokowski in the consolation final, while Ninos and Kistler both took fourth.
Ninos lost to Parkland’s Brandon Kassis by a 6-5 decision in the consolation final, while Scranton’s Jeremiah Oakes topped Kistler by a 12-1 major decision.
Britton didn’t place in Hershey last year, but is hoping not only the lessons he learned a year ago in Hershey will help him, but also the ones he can take away from his loss to Gould can benefit his quest for a medal.
“Coming into districts and regionals I wanted to be the best and that doesn’t change at states,” he said. “I want to be a state champion. That’s been a dream of mine and that’s till my end goal heading into this week.”