Winning district titles has been apart of Northampton’s wrestling legacy and the K-Kids will look to write another chapter when the District 11 3A tournament gets underway this weekend at Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium.
The Kids will look to advance a contingent of wrestlers and try to match last year’s results, where they finished third in the team standings and medaled eight wrestlers (two champions).
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.
Things may have started slow for Northampton in their EPC championship day match against East Stroudsburg South last Saturday, but the K-Kids picked it up to close things out strong en route to a 48-18 victory at Easton Area Middle School.
The victory cemented a fifth-place finish for Northampton in the EPC, as they now gear up for Thursday’s opening round of the District 11 dual meet tournament.
Northampton (12-3) enters the tournament as the fourth seed and will host either fifth-seeded Stroudsburg (16-4) or twelfth-seeded Whitehall (10-7) at 7:30 p.m.
The District 11 team wrestling championships will kick off on Thursday and concludes Saturday at Freedom.
Bethlehem Catholic enters the 3A tournament as the top seed and the clear favorite to win the district crown as they open Thursday’s action at 7:30 p.m. against the winner of the eight-nine matchup between Easton and Freedom. Those matches will take place at Liberty.
Fifth-seeded Stroudsburg will more than likely face fourth-seeded Northampton in Thursday’s other half of the upper bracket, as the Mounties take on twelfth-seeded Whitehall in the opening round.
The East Penn Conference Wrestling Championship Day will take place this Saturday at Easton Area Middle School headlined by the 7 p.m. showdown between Bethlehem Catholic and Nazareth for the EPC crown.
The Golden Hawks (7-1, 7-0) knocked off the Blue Eagles (10-0, 5-0) last year 40-20 to win the league title and will be favorites to do so again.
Wrestling begins at 1:30 p.m. Saturday with the bottom three teams from Division A and B squaring off.
The next round takes place at 3:15 p.m. with the 7th, 9th and 11th place bouts taking place.
Kyle Haas has found a new home, as the former Bethlehem Catholic football coach was formerly approved to become Northampton’s new head coach during Monday’s school board meeting.
Haas served as Bethlehem Catholic’s interim head coach in 2016, leading the program to an 11-4 mark, which included a District 11 4A title and an appearance in the state semifinals, while current Becahi head coach Joe Henrich took a year off from the sidelines for personal reasons.
Northampton placed four wrestlers at the Escape the Rock tournament over the weekend, good to finish 17th out of 47 teams in one of the country’s top high school tournaments at Council Rock South.
Devon Britton took home the Kids highest finish, as he took a fourth place medal at 132 pounds following a 4-1 double overtime rideout loss to Bethlehem Catholic’s Jarred Papcsy.
Britton lost to Nick Raimo of Hanover Park (NJ) 8-1 in the semifinals before winding up with a rematch with Papcsy.
If Northampton turned a corner at the Parkland Winter Duals over the weekend, the Kids picked a good time to kick-start their season in the new year.
Northampton went 5-0 last weekend featuring wins over Exeter, Delaware Valley, Cumberland Valley, Council Rock South and Parkland to push their season mark to 7-2 heading into Thursday’s dual meet with lowly touted Pocono Mountain West before the team heads to the Escape the Rock tournament this weekend at Council Rock South.
When Damen Moyer claps his hands at the center of the mat, it usually means good things. And those good things could have been heard across Bethlehem when Moyer put an exclamation point on a hallmark two days of wrestling for the Hurricanes at their own Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic.
Moyer’s fall over Blue Mountain’s Nate Stine in 4:32 of last Friday’s 195-pound finals gave all the Liberty faithful something to clap about, as the Hurricanes came away with three champions and their first ever team title in the 24-year history of the event.
After a big weekend of wrestling, Northampton now goes through a big week on the mats before the holiday season kicks into full swing.
Fresh off a 20th place (66.5 points) finish at the Beast of the East tournament, the Kids came home with one medalist from the event in junior Devon Britton taking an eighth place finish at 138.
Britton fell to Luke Wymer of St. Vincent-St. Mary (Ohio) by a 12-3 major decision in the seventh place bout to end his trek in Delaware.