Two Trojans advance to NE Regional
Cory Border took a break from wrestling when he reached high school to focus mainly on football. But in his senior season, an opportunity came up to get back involved in the sport. He figured, why not?
He probably couldn’t have written a better script as to how it would pan out.
Border won his fifth-place heavyweight match on Saturday in the District 11 Class 3A Wrestling Championships at Liberty High School to punch his ticket to regionals. He held on for a 1-0 victory over East Stroudsburg South’s Daniel Opong-Duah for the final regional spot in the 285-pound weight class.
“This is my first district appearance,” Border said. “This is my first year wrestling [in high school]. I wrestled until eighth grade, and then I stopped to focus on football a little bit. They needed a heavyweight, and I said, ‘Sure. Let’s do it.’
“Going all the way back it was just doing something over the winter so I wasn’t sitting around. It was either that or basketball, and I don’t look like much of a basketball player.”
He’s one of two Trojans that will compete in this week’s Northeast 3A Regional Tournament back at Liberty. Kale Cummings will be joining Border after placing fifth l at 145 pounds.
For someone that put the sport on the back burner for more than three years, Border set out a few simple goals for each day. And that led him to keeping his season alive and advancing to regionals.
After pinning Pocono Mountain East’s Brandon Prados in the second period of his first-round match, Border faced a minor setback in the quarterfinals against eventual-champion Jaden Freeman. Freeman outlasted Border with a 3-2 decision, but his fate was still in his own hands.
“I broke it down into days really,” Border said. “The first day was make it to Day 2 and don’t get pinned. And [Saturday] it was place, go to regionals and don’t get pinned.”
He faced another tough matchup in the consolation bracket against Bethlehem Catholic’s Jase Crouse, and a 4-3 defeat sent him into the fifth-place match. It was there where Border did just enough to outlast Opong-Duah for a fifth-place finish.
“Coming into here I wasn’t really expecting anything,” Border says. “Going through this year I kind of had an idea of what the competition that was going to be here and everything. But going through it was an awesome experience.”
As for Cummings, he took control rather convincingly in his fifth-place match with a 7-2 decision over Stroudsburg’s Braden Breithaupt. He advanced to the quarterfinals round after picking up a 9-2 decision over Pottsville’s Dylan Bohorad on Friday.
After falling short against eventual runner-up Jagger Condomitti and being sent into the consolation round, Cummings also picked up wins over Southern Lehigh’s Dominic Caciolo (11-4) and Pocono Mountain East’s Gino Iannelli (5-2).
Border will face Dallas’ Shawn Henninger in the first round of regionals. Cummings is matched against Jonathan Rogge of Martin Luther King.
The top four Class 3A regional finishers advance to states. Wrestling begins at 4:30 p.m. on Friday at Liberty High School with the preliminary round, followed by quarterfinals (at 6:30 p.m.) and first-round consolations (at 8:30 p.m.). Saturday begins with second-round consolations at 9:30 a.m.