Rovers beat PHS in D-11 Duals
Coach Mike Ottinger has been consistent in his agenda for the Parkland Trojans wrestling squad this season - put in the work and get better with each battle.
The Trojans put up a good fight in their battle with the Easton Red Rovers in the first round of the District 11 3A Duals on Jan. 31 at Liberty High School in Bethlehem. However the Red Rovers proved to be too much wrestling squad, defeating Parkland 40-21.
Evin Harris and Nathan Kresge lost their two matches leaving Parkland in a 9-0 hole, but the Trojans quickly responded. Junior Gabriel Montanez, wrestling at 120, pinned Rover Augustus Ireland in just 1:54 to cut the deficit to 9-6. The victory improved Montanez’s season mark to 11-6. Parkland’s Matt Hartnett then claimed his dual at 126 thanks to a forfeit. The decision put Parkland on top, 12-9.
It was the last advantage Parkland had on the evening. The Red Rovers took the next five matches and held a 26-12 lead when Gio Catania stepped on the mat for his battle at 170 pounds against Jordan Williams.
Catania has been Mr. Versatile for Parkland this year, wrestling at 170 and 182. Ottinger has praised Catanai for his selflessness and team-first attitude. On this night Catania was superb, pinning Williams in 5:46 to close the gap to 26-18.
However, Easton was not about to lose the lead, winning the next three matches at 182,195 and 220 to take a commanding lead, 40-18. Then Parkland’s heavyweight,Cory Border, got tough in his bout with Tyler Pellechia. The Trojan senior won a tough decision, 6-4 ,to improve his season record to 19-8 and produce the final score. The loss gave Parkland a 10-6 record for the season. The team will now prepare for the individual district tournament, which is scheduled for Feb. 22-23 at Liberty High School.