Wrestlers fall to Cavaliers
Parkland junior wrestler Brandon Kassis did not wrestle last year as a sophomore, but has been a part of the Trojans program for two seasons counting this year. They have been two successful seasons when it comes to wrestling at one of the biggest wrestling tournaments in the North East, Escape the Rock Tournament.
As a freshman, Kassis won the event, and he followed that up this season with another first place finish in the 120 weight division as a junior. Kassis took first and left with the championship belt after beating Pennsylvania state champion and Lehigh University commit Jaret Lane in the finals. Kassis became just the 28th wrestler in program history to win the elite tournament twice in a career.
“It means a lot knowing I was able to win a great tournament like that twice, and be of just a select group of wrestlers at Parkland to do it,” said Kassis. “It also means that I can still win it again next year, and that is a goal of mine. It’s something I’d like to accomplish.”
Parkland finished the tournament 15th out of 44 teams. Fellow Trojan Zach Ortman finished sixth, with only two losses. Kevin Vrablik and Ethan Moscat both finished one match short of placing, and 11 of 12 wrestlers that competed won at least one match.
Kassis did not last year off or play another sport, but kept in shape and prepared for his junior season back with the program.
“Having last year off away from wrestling motivated me to compete at my best this season,” Kassis said. “I’ve been hungry this year to be successful.”
A few nights after Escape the Rock, Parkland was back on its home mat against Eastern Pennsylvania Conference opponent East Stroudsburg South.
Head coach Mike Ottinger rested a few of his regulars in the weight classes, and the Trojans fell to the Cavaliers 42-27 last Thursday night at Parkland High School.
Parkland won six of the 14 bouts, including pins by Lucas Kern at 120 and Vrablik at 160. Bryan Diaz had a technical fall at 113 and Kale Cummings won by a major decision at 138. Mason Lansenderfer and Louis Sivonda both won their bouts by a decision at 126 and 152 respectively.