PHS wrestlers compete in District 11 Duals
The Parkland wrestling team might not have gotten as deep into last week’s District 11 Class AAA team tournament as the Trojans would have liked, but the team got in five matches against quality opponents over two days.
Despite some injuries and a quarterfinal round loss to Easton, Parkland put on its best performance of the year in its first round consolation match against Stoudsburg and then took care of top-seeded Pottsville in its first two matches Saturday at Freedom High School.
“Our first match against Stroudsburg was probably the best we’ve wrestled all season as a team in terms of a complete effort from the entire team,” said Parkland head coach Ryan Nunemaker. “I was pleased with our performance against Pottsville”
The Trojans went on to face nemesis Easton in the consolation bracket final, but lost their third straight match to the Rovers in two week.s
Parkland opened districts last week with a preliminary round win over Northampton, 47-15 last Thursday at Catasauqua High School.
Jacob Lizak, Brayson Haas, Nathan Feyrer and Tyler Krisher all won bouts by fall against Northampton, while Joey Guida and Edward Jordan won by major decision and Brandon Kassis, Lee Todora and Frank Guida won by decision.
Parkland met Easton in the quarterfinal round looking for revenge. The Rovers edged the Trojans a week earlier, 30-29 by virtue of criteria at the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Championship Day.
The Rovers didn’t need criteria this time, earning a 34-25 win that sent Parkland into the consolation bracket.
Kassis earned Parkland’s only pin in the match. Nick Dolak won by technical fall, while Todora and Frank Guida earned major decisions. Andrew Mastrangello and Haas won by decision.
Parkland moved on to Saturday’s consolation bracket and routed Stroudsburg 51-9. Trojans who won by fall against the Mountaineers include Dolak, Blake Shalbert, Todora and Haas. Frank Guida won by technical fall and Feyrer earned a major decision. Mastrangello, Lizak, Joey Guida (OT) and Krisher won by decision.
Parkland advanced to face top-seeded Pottsville in the next round and knocked the Crimson Tide out of the tournament with a 48-17 win.
Winning by fall for Parkland were Mason Landenderfer, Dolak, Mastrangello, Lizak, Todora, Frankd Guida and Krisher. The rest of Parkland victories came by decisions from Shalbert, Adam Lizak, Jordan and Feyrer.
“The kids really came out and performed really well,” said Nunemaker of Saturday’s first two matches. “We have Mason Lansenderfer stepping in at 106 today. He’s doing a great job for us. Blake Shalbert is another guy that’s filling in for us. He had two wins today. And then our seasoned guys are doing what we expect them to do, they’re going out there and competing and getting bonus points where we need them. Overall it was a really good team performance.”
Parkland took on Easton in the consolation bracket final, with the winner advancing to the true second place match do determine which team would qualify for state duals.
The Rovers once again came out on top, this time by a 33-25 final score.
Jacob Lizak earned Parkland’s only pin against Easton. Dolak and Frank Guida won by major decision, while teammates Mastrangello and Todora won by decision.
The Trojans will have two weeks to prepare for the individual portion of the postseason as the District 11 Championships will be held Feb. 26-27.