Wrestlers cruising but tough tests on horizon
After wrapping up their holiday tournament schedule, the Northampton wrestling team returned to dual meet action last weekend at the Parkland Winter Duals. The K-Kids defeated all five of their foes to push their record to 7-0 on the season.
They opened with a 83-0 romp over Souderton in which there were 10 pins, 3 forfeits, and 1 tech fall.
Hempfield proved to be a little more frisky as there were several exciting bouts in leading to a 48-12 final score. Dagen Condomitti won 7-5 in a tiebreaker at 132. Jagger Condomitti trailed 2-1 after the first period before pinning his opponent in 3:41 at 152. Ethan Szerencsits (138) and Riley Gallagher (182) also won by fall.
The matchup with Central HS was another lopsided affair, 72-6. The only Central team points came from a forfeit at 160 with Colby Judd wrestling down at 152 to give Jagger Condomitti a break to limit the wear and tear on his injured ribs. Judd’s pin in 2:30 was one of 10 Northampton pins.
Cumberland Valley provided the toughest competition as the K-Kids won the match 43-24. The most significant development was a right knee injury suffered by Gallagher that could sideline him for a while.
Northampton finished the day with a 54-15 win over Boyertown. The Kids racked up seven pins.
The EPC dual meet schedule resumed on Wednesday at Dieruff, after Press deadlines. A win by Jagger Condomitti during this meet would get him to the career win #100.
On Thursday, Northampton hosts East Stroudsburg South which should represent little more than an appetizer compared to the next two dual meets.
Easton visits Pete Schneider Gymnasium on Saturday to renew a classic rivalry. The Rovers are still striving to return to the form that made them one of District XI’s wrestling powers. They recently finished 8th at the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic (Nazareth 1st, Northampton 2nd) and were beaten by Nazareth in a dual meet 52-6.
While Easton lacks depth in its lineup, it does feature a returning district champion in Braxton Appello wrestling at 112 this year, as well as standouts at 170, 182 and 220.
Then next Wednesday, Northampton travels to Nazareth. Many people have the Blue Eagles and Bethlehem Catholic penciled into the AAA state final dual meet already, but those places will have to be earned on the mat.
While Wednesday’s meet won’t have much bearing on the postseason, it still means something.
After his pin against Hempfield, before his injury, Riley Gallagher described what the rivalry means to him.
“The dual meets are fun,” he said. “It’s always a great atmosphere, especially against Nazareth, whether it’s at home or at their gym. It’s always packed, it’s always crazy, the adrenaline is pumping all the time. Nazareth’s always a good one.”