Trojans host annual duals
The Parkland Duals, held Jan. 4 at Parkland High School, proved to be an educational encounter for the host team.
“Parkland had a very good experience,” said Trojan wrestling head coach Jon Trenge. “We competed well and several of our wrestlers were very successful on the day.”
Wrestling tournaments have become commonplace over the last decade, but the question becomes does volume equal value? What is the advantage for a school tor participate?
“Getting schools from different regions in for competition mixes things up a bit,” said Trenge. “This is great for kids who make it beyond the district tournament this post season. It builds confidence to know you can compete with people far away.”
So the positives were there, but so were a few negatives.
“Usually the disadvantage is the junior varsity kids are neglected,” Trenge said. “It is great to have five varsity matches in one day, but unlike a standard dual meet, they do not hold JV matches at duals like this. To correct this issue, we held JV matches all day on one mat. My only regret is we didn’t have two or three JV mats running.”
A Trojan who has few regrets about his high school career is Joseph Dolak. The 145-pounder has been superb this season. During the duals, he faced five opponents from five different schools and beat them all.
“Joseph Dolak is doing it right this season,” said Trenge. “He is a leader in the room and on the mat.”
On the mat, Dolak has the soul of a fighter and mind of a surgeon.
“He wrestles like a warrior every match and uses high percentage moves to score with explosiveness,” said the coach. “His intensity is really hard to match for most of his opponents.”
Another tough Trojan is Jacob Ortman. The 2019-20 campaign brought a minor injury, but his coach said he’s overcome it and is performing well.
“Jacob brought his weight down a bit since fall when he came in at 178,” said the coach. “He is dedicated to it and doing well for himself.”
Against Allentown Central Catholic on Jan. 8, Ortman pinned Colby Reyburn in 32 seconds in their 160-pound match. The next night, Ortman earned a 12-2 major decision victory over Pocono Mountain West’s Dylan Blose.
In those matches, the Trojans defeated Central Catholic 59-14 and took care of PM West 54-16.
Parkland 54, PM West 16
106: Aaron Ciampittiello (Park) pinned Alex Reese (PMW) in 2:53.
113: Carl Cramer (PMW) SV dec. Evin Harris (Park), 4-2.
120: Gabe Montanez (Park) pinned Omari LaMothe (PMW) in 1:50.
126: Charlie Palomino (PMW) major dec. Caleeb Watson (Park), 11-3.
132: Lucas Kern (Park) pinned Jeremy Saleh (PMW) in 2:52.
138: Bryan Diaz (Park) tech. fall Jose Kevin Hernandez (PMW), 18-0.
145: Joe Dolak (Park) pinned Andrew Sanchez (PMW) in :42.
152: Luke Yatcilla (Park) pinned Tye`Mere Shields (PMW) in 4:24.
160: Jacob Ortman (Park) major dec. Dylan Blose (PMW), 12-2.
170: Alex Neely (Park) pinned Louis Nunez (PMW) in 4:24.
182: Charlie Maloy (PMW) pinned Marcus Loch (Park) in 2:43.
195: Jonathan Owens (PMW) dec. Garrett Fitzgerald (Park), 6-4.
220: Zayd Afif (Park) dec. Rahjan Lewis (PMW), 2-1.
285: Nick Rode (Park) pinned Steven McKenna (PMW) in 4:37.