Trojans beat Emmaus
At a little over 200 pounds, Parkland’s Tyler Kisher is almost always giving up weight when he takes the mat at the heavyweight class. And not just any weight, sometimes more than 50 pounds to opposing teammates.
Krisher was once again slotted in the heavyweight spot during last week’s match against Emmaus. And yet again, the Trojan junior came up with a signature victory.
Despite giving up an escape late in the second period to the Hornets’ Colin Molortoritz that tied the bout at 2-2, and watching that match go three overtime sessions, Krisher found a way to prevail.
“He was heavier than me—about 70 pounds, so when we tied up he was pretty strong,” Krisher said. “I was just trying to fight it. When I was on bottom, it was just dead weight.”
After Molortoritz rode out Krisher for the second overtime, Krisher took the same down position to start the third overtime. This time, he earned a quick reversal and a decision, Parkland’s fifth win of the night in eight matches.
The Trojans, after leading 9-6 through four bouts, opened the match wide open. Alex Van Woert started a string of six straight victories at 220 pounds to push Parkland (11-2 overall, 6-1 in EPC) to a 41-12 win over the Hornets (11-6, 3-3).
“I heard my one friend’s mom in the stands and she said, ‘Dig deeper, Tyler,’ when I was in overtime,” Krisher said. “I just took it all out and dug deeper.
“He was on the side of me. I just dug deeper and I wrapped around and grabbed his leg. I was fortunate enough to reverse it.”
Brayson Haas opened the match with a tough 2-1 decision at 145 pounds. Joey Guida followed that up with a pin in the third period at 152 to give the Trojans a quick 9-0 advantage.
But once the lighter weights came to the mat, Parkland proved why that’s been its strength all year.
The Trojans’ Brandon Kassis earned a major decision at 106 pounds over Peyton Brown, and two consecutive forfeits for Emmaus at 113 and 120 pushed Parkland’s advantage to 37-9.
Nick Dolak and Zach Ortman didn’t get to face an opponent, but Andrew Mastrangelo continued the success with a major decision in the second period at 126 pounds.
“The strength I thought was Joey Guida in his match; he pulled out a win,” Krisher said. “[Zach] Ortman, we didn’t really get to see him wrestle, and he’s a very skilled wrestler. So is Mastrangelo.”
Wednesday’s conference match against Pocono Mountain West ended the Trojans’ regular season. Results were not available at time of press.
The EPC conference tournament is schedule for Saturday. Parkland, the second place team in Division A, will take on Easton, the second place team in Division B.
The District 11 team tournament will get underway next Thursday, Feb. 4, with preliminary and quarterfinal matches.