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.
Northampton’s wrestling team is looking for an encore performance from their 2016-17 campaign, but what do the K-Kids have in store this season?
After losing Dan Moran, Cade Moisey and KJ Fenstermacher, three Division-I wrestlers from last year’s team, the Kids still appear to have plenty of ammunition in the vault to contend this season.
After last year’s 15-4 finish in the dual meet season, the Kids placed four wrestlers at the PIAA tournament, good enough for third in the team standings.
Northampton football coach Mark Scisly has stepped down from his position after four years at the helm of running the Kids football program.
Scisly submitted his resignation on November 28, days after Northampton defeated Catasauqua 46-19 on Thanksgiving.
During Scisly’s tenure, the Kids compiled a 12-36 record, going 0-32 in the EPC South.
Northampton finished this season 4-8, but showed signs of improvement battling in a close loss to Freedom (26-13) and registering wins over East Stroudsburg North, Pleasant Valley, Pottstown and Catty.