NHS ends skid vs. Nazareth with win
The Konkrete Kids wrestling team hadn’t defeated their rivals from Nazareth since the current crop of grapplers were in elementary school and Terry Daubert led the Orange and Black.
This year’s team ended that drought and gave Seth Lisa his first head coaching victory over the Blue Eagles with an emphatic 41-20 win on Thursday night.
Nazareth took a 4-0 lead with a major decision in the first bout, at 220.
Hunter Werkheiser got the Kids on the board with a solid 5-1 decision at 285.
Ryan Stilgenbauer electrified the packed Northampton stands with a quick-as-lightening fall at 106. Stilgenbauer dispatched his opponent in just 21 seconds to give the Kids their first lead of the match at 9-4.
Alex Hanley trailed 1-0 going into the third period of his bout at 113. He was able to score a reversal and ride out his opponent for the next 69 seconds to secure the win.
The defending state champions bounced back with a tech fall at 120 and a major decision at 126. Those results put Nazareth back on top in the match 13-12.
The 132-pound bout saw Julian Chlebove return to the mat for Northampton for the first time since his 2017 state championship. Chlebove used 10 takedowns and 2 nearfall points to score a major decision at 22-8 and give the Kids a lead they would never relinquish at 16-13.
After a scoreless first period, Devon Britton used 5 takedowns to score a major decision of his own, 12-4, at 138-pound weight.
At 145, Jagger Condomitti didn’t allow any takedowns by his opponent to earn a solid 8-3 decision.
After a Blue Eagle win by decision at 152, Mikey Kistler drew the assignment to take on state placewinner Nathan Stefanik at 160 and protect a 23-16 Northampton lead. Kistler had just finished off a takedown to go ahead 3-2 in the bout, when Stefanik suffered an injury and had to be helped from the mat.
The Kids earned another six team points and put the match out of reach when Jake Flood turned a 3-1 deficit into a takedown and fall at the 1:20 mark in the second period to win his bout at 170.
Jayden Bortz finished off the Northampton scoring by recording his own fall at 195. The Nazareth wrestler was shown the lights at 1:35 of the first period.
Although a fan congratulated Lisa for, “getting the monkey off your back,” the coach was measured in his post-meet assessment.
“Beating them right now doesn’t really get us anywhere. Losing to them isn’t the end of our season. A really good moral victory for our guys,” he said. “And it’s been a really long time since we beat Nazareth, so for our program, that’s a really good feeling.
“It is a good measuring stick. They won states the past two seasons and just getting a win over a program like that is tremendous.”
The big matches don’t stop for Northampton.
On Thursday, the Kids travel to Bethlehem Catholic to take on a Golden Hawks squad that is ranked as high as #11 nationally. The winner of that meet will have the early claim to being the best team in the district and maybe even the state.