Feyrer leads list of regional qualifiers
The first time Parkland’s Nathan Feyrer and Freedom’s Evan Callahan faced one another was in a dual meet less than two weeks ago. The Trojan senior won that bout in overtime with a late takedown.
This past weekend, the two grapplers met again with a district title at stake. The result, however, was a bit different. Callahan earned a takedown early in the first period of Saturday’s 220-pound championship bout, and the Freedom senior held on for gold with a 3-2 decision.
Feyrer, the top seed at 220 pounds, was one of three Trojans who walked out of Liberty High School’s Memorial Gymnasium with a trip to regionals booked. Zach Ortman (138) and Ethan Moscat (182) both finished in the top four and earned a berth in this week’s Northeast Regional Tournament back at Liberty.
“I started off wrestling the same as I did last week with movement and trying to take shots, but I did not shoot early enough,” Feyrer said. “It kind of came down to the same thing as it did last week in the duals. This time I just wasn’t able to finish my shot.”
Feyrer had a takedown opportunity in the final seconds, but Callahan made the necessary adjustments from their first meeting and that made all the difference. The only points Feyrer generated were two escapes, one in the first period and one in the third.
“I know I have a shot to both sides, both legs, and I know I can do it,” Feyrer said. “I just need to execute and finish it. I have another week so I’m not too down. Second is good.
“He definitely changed it up this week. He knew what he was doing. He knew my sweep was coming because I thought I could have gotten him three times.”
While he wasn’t able to grab district gold, Feyrer put together another successful postseason stretch. On his way to silver, Feyrer pinned his first two opponents—Emmaus’ Luigi Mannino and Pottsville’s Mike Saint Juste—to advance to the semifinals. In that semifinal match, he had little trouble of disposing Liberty’s Christian Gallagher via a 10-4 decision.
Feyrer, who wrestled much of last season at 195 pounds, entered districts in 2016 wrestling at 220. He took third place a year ago.
The loss to Callahan may have left a sour taste in Feyrer’s mouth, but the two could meet again in regionals.
“I want to get through it again and have probably the same finals because we will be on opposite sides [of the bracket],” Feyrer said. “I had never wrestled him before last week because he was injured earlier this season. Last week, we went into overtime and I took a shot and took him down. You can’t be that close every time. You have to shoot more.”
Ortman returned from an injury to have a successful district run. He placed third with a 4-2 decision over Stroudsburg’s Mike Palmisano, and won four matches over the two-day event. He first pinned Bangor’s Paul Mastrogiovanni, then earned a tech fall (17-2) over Palmisano before falling to Northampton’s Dan Moran in the semifinals round. Ortman then defeated Bethlehem Catholic’s Luca Frinzi in the consolation round to earn a rematch against Palmisano.
Ethan Moscat, the No. 4 seed, pinned Whitehall’s Marwan Rajah and Pottsville’s Kolby Kleckner in the first two rounds. After falling to eventual champion Travis Stefanik of Nazareth, Moscat pinned East Stroudsburg South’s Austin Sphar in the consolation semifinals. He forfeited his third place match against Freedom’s Ryan Deloach.
“We had six guys this morning and I looked at every one of them and said they can make it to regionals,” Feyrer said. “With the three guys that we have, I want at least two of us to make it to states. I think that is very possible.
“Next week I want some revenge.”