Border takes fifth place at BHWC
The 25th annual Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic was held last Friday and Saturday at Liberty High School. A number of Parkland grapplers had successful outings at the highly competitive tournament that included some of the best Class 2A and 3A teams locally, as well as a number of other squads from across the country.
A total of 32 teams competed in the tournament, with Liberty repeating as team champions for the second straight season with 225 points. Northampton (211) and Nazareth (170.5) rounded out the top three finishers. Parkland finished with 47.5 points.
Cory Border’s run at 285 pounds was the most impressive for Parkland. He went 6-2 and placed fifth after pinning North Penn’s Amir Pickens in 1:44 to close out his tournament showing.
Border’s tournament started off similar to how it ended. He picked up a pin early against Blue Mountain’s Aaron Rice in the first round. After a loss sent him into the consolation bracket, Border reeled off four straight wins. He earned quick pins against Northern Lebanon’s Nicholas Goodyear and Wyoming Valley West’s Manny Selever in his first two consolation round wins. He grinded out a 3-0 decision against Hunter Werkheiser and a 4-0 win against Tri Valley’s Stone Couser.
Bryan Diaz was the other Trojan to finish in the top eight and earn a medal on Saturday. Wrestling at 132 pounds, Diaz won three straight matches in the consolation bracket before Hazleton’s Christian Kislan won by major decision over Diaz in the seventh-place match.
After a loss in his first match, Diaz went to work in the consolation bracket to fight his way back into medal contention. He first earned a 5-3 decision over Quakertown’s Patrick McCoy, then defeated Wissahickon’s Charlie Brammer (7-3), and finally took care of business against Pen Argyl’s Lorenzo Reto with a 9-3 decision.
Kale Cummings wrestled at 145 pounds and went 3-2 for seven team points. He pinned Garnet Valley’s Desmon Perry in the first round, and then defeated Tri Valley’s Jacob Strohecker (10-3 decision) and Honesdale’s Nick Lizza (8-0 major decision) in the consolation bracket.
Lucas Kern won two matches at 126 pounds and earned 6.5 team points. He pinned Pen Argyl’s Jake Pultz in 1:04 in his opening round match, and then earned a tech fall (17-0) against Hazleton’s Jorven Rodriguez.
Gio Catania also won two matches. He pined Pennridge’s Adam Pollock and Wissahickon’s Kevin Salmon. Both victories came in the consolation bracket.
Liberty had 10 wrestlers earn medals on Saturday, including four champions: Tal-Reese Flemming at 113 pounds, Matt Maloney at 120, Damen Moyer at 195, and Jaden Freeman at 285.