Zach Ortman knew the day would come where his Parkland wrestling career would be over.
That reality came to fruition Saturday evening at the Giant Center in Hershey, as Ortman closed out his season and career on a winning note following a 4-2 decision over Leno Ciotti of McDowell to take seventh place and finish out as Parkland’s only wrestler to come home from Hershey with a medal.
After holding off Ciotti in the final 20 seconds of the bout, Ortman (138) found a spot in the Giant Center stands, put his head in his warmup and reflected on four years flying by.
One of the biggest reasons Bethlehem Catholic has entered the East Penn Conference tournament as the top seed and favorite to win the league is because of the balance and weapons the Hawks have at their disposal.
On Monday night, the Golden Hawks showed that teams are going to need a special performance to take them down in the postseason.
Becahi (20-3, 15-1) jumped out early and never looked back in the EPC quarterfinals at home, handling eighth-seeded Parkland 67-53.
When Damen Moyer claps his hands at the center of the mat, it usually means good things. And those good things could have been heard across Bethlehem when Moyer put an exclamation point on a hallmark two days of wrestling for the Hurricanes at their own Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic.
Moyer’s fall over Blue Mountain’s Nate Stine in 4:32 of last Friday’s 195-pound finals gave all the Liberty faithful something to clap about, as the Hurricanes came away with three champions and their first ever team title in the 24-year history of the event.
Zach Ortman may have appeared to be an underdog on paper heading into the PIAA 3A state wrestling tournament at Hershey’s Giant Center over the weekend, but Ortman knew he belonged with the best.
Ortman finished in fourth place following a 10-2 defeat to Upper Darby’s Colin Cronin in the third-place bout of the 138-pound category, but it was a three-day performance that personified Ortman’s work ethic.
Day two of the PIAA 3A wrestling championships saw seven of our local wrestlers advance to Saturday’s semifinal round.
Parkland’s Zach Ortman (138) is the most surprising semifinalist of the group, as he registered an overtime fall over Hollidaysburg’s Nathan Swartz in 6:46 during Friday’s quarterfinal round to advance in dramatic fashion.
Bethlehem Catholic’s Mikey Labriola and Northampton’s Julian Chlebove both continued their treks to a second straight state championship Thursday night during the opening round of the PIAA 3A wrestling tournament.
Labriola won his opening bout by fall over Britain Shields of Big Spring with a fall in :34 seconds.
Labriola is one of four Hawks heading to Friday’s quarterfinals, as Ryan Anderson (126), Jarred Papcsy (132) and Niko Camacho (HWT) look to move through the bracket.
The look on Nathan Feyrer’s face said it all after losing to Freedom’s Evan Callahan in the 220-pound final of the Northeast Regional tournament last weekend.
Feyrer jumped the gun and scored a first period takedown to grab a 2-0 lead, but saw that disappear in the wake of a 6-3 defeat, leaving a look of frustration in the aftermath of another finals loss to Callahan.
It was the second consecutive runner-up performance in as many weeks to Callahan, as he hasn’t been able to solve the Patriots’ puzzle this postseason.
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Saturday’s PIAA 3A wrestling state championship between Bethlehem Catholic and Nazareth came down to the final bout, where the winner took all and Zac Kiefer instantly became a Nazareth legend, following his 2-1 victory over Tavion Banks in the 170-pound finale to give the Blue Eagles a 30-29 state championship victory over Bethlehem Catholic.
It was a stunning match from start to finish and that we’ll likely never see again.
It’ll also be one that Hawks’ head coach Jeff Karam will never forget either, of course, for all the wrong reasons.
There’s a new summer basketball tournament in town and it hopes to fill some of the holes that high school coaches have talked about for years with the July tournament dates.
Glenn Klein, the veteran basketball tournament director for the Stellar Construction Catch A Rising Star showcase, is going solo and forming the Cedar Beach Basketball Showcase from June 22-25.
Klein has directed and organized summer tournaments over the past 37 years and feels the time is right now to branch off to put together a different tournament.
It’s week 10 of the football season and there’s a lot on the line heading into the regular season finale.
Check out the breakdowns below for each classification with scenarios for what local teams have to accomplish to either get into the postseason or improve their seeding.
(All teams listed have either clinched or are in contention)
1A (4 teams qualify)
1. Williams Valley 8-1
2. Tri-Valley 7-2
3. Marian Catholic 5-4
4. Nativity BVM 1-8
5. Shenandoah Vy. 0-9