Diaz shines at tounrey
Parkland wrestlers had an opportunity to measure themselves against some top-flight competition Dec. 28-29 at the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic, held at Liberty High School.
Trojan head coach Jon Trenge was pleased with what he saw, but acknowledged there is work ahead.
“We are improving, but it is a process,” Trenge said when asked about the Trojans’ showing at BHWC. “I see improvements in the bottom position, and on the feet mostly. We are hand fighting far better than in the beginning of the year.”
Every Parkland wrestler is well-versed in wrestling fundamentals and in their desire to compete.
“The kids are fighting hard and battling in every position,” Trenge said. “We gave up less falls in this whole tournament than we did in our first single dual meet. That is a huge improvement and a testament to their hard work.”
Bryan Diaz, wrestling at 138 pounds, earned a fifth-place finish by defeating Phillipsburg’s Jason Tino 4-3 in his final match.
“Bryan is a great wrestler, student and person,” Trenge said. “He works hard and follows our advice.”
Diaz started fast with a 9-3 decision over Blue Mountain’s Owen Oakley in the tournament’s first round. He continued his winning ways in round two with a 1-0 decision over Quakertown’s Domenic DeFalco. In the quarterfinal match, Diaz showed what he was made of when he took out Delaware Valley’s Joe Casella in a 4-2 decision.
In the tournament semifinals, Diaz had a tough opponent in Northampton’s Ethan Szerencsits. This time Diaz came up on the short end of a 12-2 major decision. The Trojan was also unable to produce a win in the consolation semifinal round, losing to Saucon Valley’s Jacob Jones 6-4 before heading to the fifth-place match against Tino.
Make no mistake, Diaz is a tough customer and on the right track, according to his coach.
“He is coachable and his hard work is paying off,” Trenge said. “I am happy to see him finding success.”
Parkland’s Lucas Kern, wrestling at 132 pounds, and Nick Rode, at 285, also claimed first-round wins. Kern also tasted victory in the second round before he was defeated in the quarterfinal round.
Overall, Parkland finished 20th in the 31-team tournament with 51 points.
Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic
106 – Carson Hain
Cael Nasadeo (Williamsport) forfeit Hain
Dorian Hoffman (Wyoming Valley West) forfeit Hain
113 – Kaleb Contes
Owen Breidegan (Northern Lebanon) pinned Contes in 2:23
Matthew Ricci (Garnett Valley) tech. fall Contes, 16-1
120 – Caleb Watson
Quinn Smith (Spring Ford) dec. Watson, 12-5
Watson forfeit Nathaniel Pope (Pen Argyl)
Ansar Niazi (Liberty) dec. Watson, 11-5
126 – Gabe Montanez
Ayden Robles (Shenendehowa) pinned Montanez in 5:50
CJ Ross (Delaware Valley) dec. Montanez, 5-1
132 – Lucas Kern
Kern forfeit Jack Rissmiller (Pen Argyl)
Kern pinned Beck Hutchison (Hazleton) in 1:54
Dagen Condomitti (Northampton) dec. Kern, 4-0
Mohammed Savriddinov (Council Rock South) dec. Kern, 4-3
138 – Bryan Diaz
Diaz dec. Owen Oakley (Blue Mountain), 9-3
Diaz dec. Domenic DeFalco (Quakertown), 1-0
Diaz dec. Joe Casella (Delaware Valley), 4-2
Ethan Szerencsits (Northampton) major dec. Diaz, 12-2
Jacob Jones (Saucon Valley) dec. Diaz, 6-4
Diaz dec. Jason Tino (Phillipsburg), 4-3
145 – Juan Moya
Patrick McCoy (Quakertown) dec. Moya, 8-5
Moya dec. Dylan Reed (Easton), 12-5
Matt Flicker (Garnett Valley) pinned Moya in 3:23
152 – Luke Yatcilla
Matthew Donofrio (Phillipsburg) dec. Yatcilla, 8-5
Colby Judd (Northampton) dec. Yatcilla, 5-2
160 – Edwin Moya
Nathan Stefanik (Nazareth) pinned Moya in 1:55
Moya dec. Jake Gross (Emmaus), 7-2
Moya forfeit Mathew Arciuolo (Saucon Valley)
Kyle Goodwin (Quakertown) pinned Moya in 2:53
170 – Alex Neely
Dusten Pompei (Quakertown) pinned Neely in 2:37
Neely pinned Porter Dawson (Williamsport) in 2:51
Toby Renninger (Blue Mountain) tech. fall Neely, 17-0
182 – Marcus Loch
Isaiah Reinert (Easton) pinned Loch in 2:28
Loch pinned Rodney Perander (North Penn) in :12
Micah Kunkle (Quakertown) major dec. Loch, 8-0
195 – Garrett Fitzgerald
Freddie Retter (Quakertown) major dec. Fitzgerald, 10-1
Fitzgerald SV-1 dec. Melquan Warren (Whitehall), 10-8
Austin Wickham (Wilson) dec. Fitzgerald, 5-3
220 – Zayd Afif
Nolan Verespy (North Penn) dec. Afif, 5-1
Afif dec. Cody Lafaver (Emmaus), 2-1
Brendan Panchison (Council Rock South) dec. Afif, 5-4
285 – Nick Rode
Rode pinned Ryan Frantz (Freedom) in 1:09
Sebastian Underwood (Shenendehowa) dec. Rode, 7-3
Rode pinned Joseph Caraballo (Delaware Valley) in 1:52
Rode pinned Nicholas Mahoney (Garnett Valley) in 2:30
Sean Brogan (Spring Ford) pinned Rode in 4:04