Trojans send two to Hershey
The look on Nathan Feyrer’s face said it all after losing to Freedom’s Evan Callahan in the 220-pound final of the Northeast Regional tournament last weekend.
Feyrer jumped the gun and scored a first period takedown to grab a 2-0 lead, but saw that disappear in the wake of a 6-3 defeat, leaving a look of frustration in the aftermath of another finals loss to Callahan.
It was the second consecutive runner-up performance in as many weeks to Callahan, as he hasn’t been able to solve the Patriots’ puzzle this postseason.
“I think you have to be aggressive and push the pace early on [against Callahan] and Nate did that in the first period,” said Parkland head coach Ryan Nunamaker. “We thought that maybe with Callahan being a little banged up we could score a second takedown in the first period, which would have made a big difference, but we just weren’t able to get it done this weekend. Hopefully, we get another shot.”
That other shot starts Thursday, as Feyrer and teammate Zach Ortman (138) qualified for the PIAA tournament at Hershey’s Giant Center.
Feyrer will make his second appearance in Hershey, as he looks for his first medal at the state tournament this weekend, while Ortman, who took third at regionals, will make his Hershey debut.
Nunamaker thinks that Feyrer needs to be more offensive this week in Hershey if he wants a chance to place.
He opened regionals with a fall before squeaking out a 3-2 decision over Michael Leyland of Roman Catholic in the quarterfinals and following up with a 5-4 decision over Greg Bensley of Pocono Mountain West in the semifinals.
“Nathan has good shots on his feet, but he’s got to be more confident in them,” said Nunamaker. “He’s got to be willing to take them in high pressure matches when they mean the most.”
Ortman reached the regional semifinals as well, losing to Northampton’s Dan Moran 12-5 before taking care of business in the consolation rounds, first by clinching a state berth with a 4-2 decision over Scranton’s Jeremiah Oakes and then grabbing bronze with a 2-0 decision over Bethlehem Catholic’s Luca Frinzi.