Grapplers beat Northampton
Frank Guida’s bout against Northampton was as crucial as any for Parkland. After Northampton picked up a pin at 160 pounds, the Trojans found themselves clinging to a 28-21 lead with three bouts to go.
Guida, wrestling at 170, found himself trailing 9-8 after Cade Moisey earned an escape in the third period. But that’s when Guida kicked in with another gear.
Seconds later, Guida, a junior, earned a takedown that gave him a one-point advantage in the final moments. An injury timeout to Moisey forced the two to their respective sides, and after riding him out for the final 24 seconds, Guida picked up the decision and gave Parkland a 31-21 lead.
While Andrew Lessig got pinned in the next bout, Nathan Feyrer secured the Trojans’ 36-27 win over Northampton with a technical fall over Cody Liebert at 195 pounds.
“I knew that he [Moisey] was dangerous on bottom,” Guida said. “He’s a very good and respected wrestler. He’s funky, too. He’ll grab your leg and throw it over top, and he was doing that. You could tell in the last 25 seconds, he was trying to do whatever he could, and he needed it for his team to win.”
“It’s the matchup that we wanted all along,” Parkland head coach Ryan Nunamaker said. “They ended up giving us that matchup because they kind of had to win there in order for them to win. It was important for him to stay composed.”
Some may have folded in a pressure-filled situation down the stretch. But not Guida. He welcomed the challenge.
“I was more excited for the challenge,” Guida said. “I was excited to face a good wrestler, one of the best in the Valley in my weight. It was really exciting.”
Parkland (10-1 overall, 5-0 in EPC), who didn’t wrestle one of its best matches against Northampton according to head coach Ryan Nunamaker, still managed to remain unbeaten in the conference.
“The last two nights with Phillipsburg and Northampton, those have been our toughest dual meets,” Nunamaker said. “Those were the matches we were able to pull through.
“I think obviously it’s important to find a way to win. I didn’t feel like we wrestled our best tonight as a team. But it’s important that we dug deep. We had some guys step up.”
Tyler Kisher, at heavyweight, is one of a handful of Parkland football players that are transitioning their way back to the mat. Guida, who missed four or five matches early in the season, is another. And while he admits there are some things to work on, the move to the weight room is coming full circle.
“I have to work on that conditioning,” Guida said. “A lot of people have been in here for six or seven weeks; this is only my third I think.”
Northampton won four of the first six bouts, capped by a Devon Britton decision at 126 pounds that gave the Konkrete Kids an early 15-6 advantage. Julian Chlebove (113) and Dan Moran (120) secured a pin and technical fall in back-to-back bouts, respectively, in that stretch as well.
But when the strongest part of the Trojans’ lineup took the mat, that Konkrete Kid lead slowly disappeared.
Lee Todora picked up a major decision at 132 pounds over Mike Kistler, and Jacob Lizak (138) earned Parkland’s first pin of the match late in the third period to help the Trojans regain the lead at 16-15. Bryson Haas added a pin with 43.2 seconds remaining in the first quarter of the next bout, and Joseph Guida also won by fall in the following bout to give the Trojans a comfortable 28-15 advantage.
“It was a matter of us staying composed because we were kind of falling apart there a little bit,” Nunamaker said. “Sometimes it’s hard to turn the ship and get in the right direction, but he [Guida] was able to do that.”