Bethlehem Catholic’s Mikey Labriola and Northampton’s Julian Chlebove both continued their treks to a second straight state championship Thursday night during the opening round of the PIAA 3A wrestling tournament.
Labriola won his opening bout by fall over Britain Shields of Big Spring with a fall in :34 seconds.
Labriola is one of four Hawks heading to Friday’s quarterfinals, as Ryan Anderson (126), Jarred Papcsy (132) and Niko Camacho (HWT) look to move through the bracket.
There was ice and water spilled all over the floor in the hallways of Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium during the championship round of the 3A Northeast Regional finals last Saturday night.
It wasn’t hard to guess the culprit either, as Hazleton’s Jimmy Hoffman was the one responsible for making a mess.
And you couldn’t really blame him for knocking over a water cooler after getting pinned by Northampton senior KJ Fenstermacher in the 132-pound championship.
KJ Fenstermacher won his third District 11 3A wrestling championship over the weekend, but it didn’t come in the manner he hoped.
It was too close.
That’s how the mentality of a wrestler evolves over the duration of a career, where early on you’re just happy to grab gold, while your senior year is more about how you win gold.
The East Penn Conference recently announced their wrestling all-stars for this season.
Bethlehem Catholic had 11 representatives throughout all three teams, as well as the league MVP in senior Mikey Labriola.
Becahi and Northampton each had four wrestlers on the first team ballot to lead the way.
The Kids were led by Julian Chlebove at 126, KJ Fenstermacher at 132, Dan Moran at 128 and Cade Moisey at 170, who all made the first team.
Joe Tiwold was selected to the third team at 106.
106: So. Matt Maloney, Liberty
Northampton may have missed out on the PIAA state team tournament, but the K-Kids cemented road to Hershey’s individual tournament begins this weekend when the District 11 3A wrestling tournament gets underway at Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium.
The Kids have faired well in individual tournaments this season, placing 12th at the Beast of the East, first at the Bethlehem Holiday Classic and third at Escape the Rock.
Were you entertained?
Saturday’s PIAA 3A wrestling state championship between Bethlehem Catholic and Nazareth came down to the final bout, where the winner took all and Zac Kiefer instantly became a Nazareth legend, following his 2-1 victory over Tavion Banks in the 170-pound finale to give the Blue Eagles a 30-29 state championship victory over Bethlehem Catholic.
It was a stunning match from start to finish and that we’ll likely never see again.
It’ll also be one that Hawks’ head coach Jeff Karam will never forget either, of course, for all the wrong reasons.
Northampton maxed out their District Duals weekend with five matches, but the K-Kids came up short in their bid to qualify for the PIAA tournament with a 46-14 loss to Bethlehem Catholic in Saturday’s “true second place” match at Freedom.
After battling with the likes of Nazareth and Becahi in the regular season, the Kids couldn’t overcome either program at the District 11 tournament, falling to Nazareth in the semifinals by a 40-23 margin and then running out of gas against Becahi in Saturday’s final match of the tournament.
Seth Lisa knew it and most of Northampton’s fans knew it.
The K-Kids 34-32 victory over Liberty in Saturday’s East Penn Conference Wrestling Championship Day third-place match may have been a gift.
If Liberty had a healthy Tal-Reese Flemming in the lineup at 113, they wouldn’t have had to forfeit at 106 and give up six crucial points in a dual meet, where the Kids let a 25-4 lead slip away into a 29-28 deficit with two bouts to go.
How that transpired was the ire of Lisa’s frustration leaving the mat at Easton Area Middle School.
The District 11 team wrestling championships will begin Thursday night and conclude on Saturday evening, as the wrestling postseason is upon us.
Listed below are the format and locations for Thursday’s preliminary and quarterfinal rounds, as well as Saturday’s schedule, which is moved entirely over to Freedom.
Northampton’s KJ Fenstermacher was the lone K-Kid on top of the podium at the Escape the Rock tournament this past weekend at Council Rock South.
Northampton finished third in the team standings with 123.5 points, off the pace of team champion Malvern Prep (164 points) and runner-up North Allegheny (135.5).
The Kids had six wrestlers medal, but Fenstermacher’s 7-6 decision over Athens’ Brian Courtney solidified him the 132-pound championship, leaving as Northampton’s only gold medalist over the weekend.