Grapplers take down Cardinals
Coming off of a 1-4 showing as host of the Parkland Duals Tournament and a dual meet loss to Nazareth last week, Parkland was looking to bounce back.
A day after the loss to the Blue Eagles, Pocono Mountain East came into Parkland High School Gymnasium, and the Trojans won 11 of the 14 bouts. Parkland had seven pins and took down the Cardinals 62-13 last Thursday night.
“It was good for us to get this win tonight, no matter how we did it,” said senior Nate Wieder. “We had some tough matches lately, and unfortunately weren’t able to win them, so we definitely needed something to go our way here tonight.”
Wieder, who was a member of the district championship football team, has not wrestled since his sophomore year, so there has been some time having to get used to a different sport again.
“It was a hard transition because wrestling is totally different from football,” said Wieder. “But I think I’ve been adjusting and it’s been going well so far. I’m staying in shape and continuing to get better each and every match. This season has been going well for us.
“I’ve wrestled against some really good competition. Guys that have had a lot of success in their careers in the weight class.”
Wieder picked up a forfeit win at 220 class against Pocono Mountain East.
Parkland began the match with three straight pins in the 106, 113 and 120 weight classes, thanks to Gabe Montanez, Bryan Diaz and Lucas Kern.
A decision by Brandon Kassis at 126 was followed by another Trojans pin coming at the hands of Mason Lansenderfer to help Parkland jump out to a 27-0 lead through five bouts.
PM East won two of the next three, with a Zach Ortman pin at 145 sandwiched in-between.
Kevin Vrablik and Adam Lizak each earned pins at 160 and 182 respectively, and David Polanki won on a technical fall at 170. At the 195 and 220 classes, Ethan Moscat and Wieder both won via forfeit.
At 285, Jeremy Sell, wrestled in his first career match. Not having much knowledge on the sport, or any moves in general, Sell lasted 1:41 before being pinned. But his teammates knew he was there to help out the team anyway he could.
“As a team we’re looking to place in the top-two at team duals,” said Wieder. “We’re working hard towards that and it’s always a goal of this program to achieve that goal.”
First-year head coach Mike Ottinger and his staff have instilled their system, and are meshing well with the current crop of Parkland wrestlers.
“Our coaches have been great so far,” Wieder said. “You wouldn’t know that it’s their first year with the program with the knowledge and experience that they bring. It’s just natural for them and they’re great coaches.”
Parkland also competed in the Escape the Rock Tournament last weekend at Council Rock High School South. Kassis took first place at the tournament at 120 pounds. He beat Southern Columbia’s Jared Lane, a Lehigh commit and returning state champ, 1-0 in the finals. The win makes Kassis just the 28th wrestler in history to win two Rock titles in his career. Ortman also placed at the tournament, taking sixth.
Pocono Mountain East 13
106: Gabe Montanez (P) pin Nico Shepherd 1:58
113: Bryan Diaz (P) pin Ian Hagan 1:47
120: Lucas Kern (P) pin David Drumgo 3:43
126: Brandon Kasis (P) dec. Eli Hernandez 6-2
132: Mason Lansenderfer (P) pin Max Baker 1:43
138: Steven Storm (PME) maj. dec Kale Cummings 8-1
145: Zach Ortman (P) pin Jeremy Stoner 0:11
152: Billy Koch (PME) dec Louis Sivonda 4-2
160: Kevin Vrablik (P) pin Gino Ionelli 3:58
170: David Polanki (P) tech. fall Anthony Maimone 18-3
182: Adam Lizak (P) pin Alex Brunetti 0:35
195: Ethan Moscat won by forfeit
220: Nate Wieder won by forfeit
285: Brandon Pradas (PME) pin Jeremy Sell 1:41