If there's any indication as to how tonight's District 11 seeding meeting will go for Northampton's wrestling team, all signs point to a positive direction heading into this weekend's district duals.
Sitting with a 6-6 overall record, Northampton should see themselves slide into the 3A tournament at Freedom, which takes place Friday and Saturday.
The kids are currently rated 10th overall, which is just enough to get them invited to the dance.
Zach Valley admitted that he had mental blocks about his potential on the wrestling mat when it came to reaching the top.
The Northampton junior never won a high school tournament, despite taking third at both districts and regionals last year and fifth at states, Valley never had even reached a finals mat in high school.
That all changed last weekend, when Valley defeated Micah Hight of Caesar Rodney (Del.) with a 3-2 decision in the 120-pound finals to knock off the two-time Delaware state champion at the Escape the Rock tournament at Council Rock South.
Dylan Brown gave Freedom their first lead of the night over Northampton with one bout to go, but the reality of the situation made it bitter sweet.
Brown's fall in 3:13 over Brandon Wallander at 106-pounds gave Freedom a temporary moment of accomplishment, as they held a 27-26 advantage, but it all ended Monday night when Northampton's Mike Scheetz packed away Tyler Trapani with a pin in the final bout of the night at 113-pounds to give the Kids a 32-27 victory.
Perhaps a free week on the calendar isn't such a bad thing for Northampton's wrestling team.
Following a difficult 35-20 loss to Liberty last Saturday night, the K-Kids have some time to reflect on their current position of sitting at 3-4 overall and 2-3 in the LVC.
Teams like Liberty (5-0) and Emmaus (7-2) have enjoyed rare victories over the Kids this season, as last weekend's Hurricane win was the second in the last 20 years over Northampton.
Something happened on the way to Liberty's wrestling tournament at Penn Manor two weeks ago that prompted a slight change to this weekend's Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic plans. Following the tragic events that transpired at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn. on December 14, Liberty's wrestling team had other things on their mind as they geared up for a wrestling tournament.
There have been some good signs for Northampton's wrestling team, but there's also been signs of a growing curve for the K-Kids.
Following last week's 39-27 loss to Nazareth, head coach Seth Lisa knows there's one thing that his team has to get better at.
"Rule number one in wrestling is to not get pinned," said Lisa. "We've been giving up too many bonus points so far, but our guys are learning and getting better. That's the important thing."
With nearly half of Northampton's wrestling roster fresh of varsity faces, it's fair to say that head coach Seth Lisa is certainly looking forward to witnessing what his wrestlers can do.
The K-Kids opened up the season last night, past Press deadlines, against Dieruff in what Lisa expected to be a closer bout than some would suggest when you see the two teams in the box score.
Northampton wrestling may never change in it's pride and history and second-year head coach Seth Lisa hopes that mantra stays even more true this season.
The K-Kids are coming off a 9-8 season a year ago where they sent three wrestlers to states, two of which are gone to graduation.
This season, however, they return eight starters back into their lineup in a campaign that Lisa hopes can transcend the results the program witnessed in his first year at the helm.
A loss to Catasauqua is never the way the Northampton football program wants to end their season on Thanksgiving. A 52-21 defeat littered with four turnovers might have made things even worse for the 2012 K-Kids campaign.
But after a 2-9 finish in first-year head coach Jeff Brosky's inaugural season, he hopes that the foundation for a future has been laid.
Most people in the Lehigh Valley thought Catasauqua would be preparing for two football games this week.
Their annual Thanksgiving Day contest with Northampton is always a given, but after an undefeated run up till November 17, the Rough Riders were expected to be preparing for the PIAA playoffs this weekend as well.
That's not the case anymore after they suffered the biggest upset of the year at the hands of Pen Argyl (10-2) last Saturday night, losing 26-20 to the Green Knights in the District 11 2A final.