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Wrestling team now preps for district tourney

Story first appeared in the Feb. 10, 2016 edition of The Northampton Press and on thelehighvalleypress.com later that day.

The Northampton wrestling team started off well in its match against rival Parkland latest week.

Unfortunately, the Konkrete Kids did not end on the same high note.

The Trojans emerged victorious, 47-15, in the District 11 AAA Team Wrestling Duals preliminary match last Thursday at Catasauqua High School. The loss eliminated Northampton from the tournament.

“The dual meet was exactly what it was like the first time,” Northampton head coach Seth Lisa said. “We tried to maybe shift up in the middle. We gave them a good shot in the regular season and lost by eight. We thought there in the middle we could maybe get [152], it didn’t go our way. All in all it was a good fight.”

After losing by decision at 106 pounds, the K-Kids won three-straight bouts to surge into a comfortable lead. Julian Chlebove earned a 21-8 major decision at 113 pounds, Danny Moran won by a 22-6 technical fall at 120 pounds and at 126 pounds Austin Britton earned a 3-1 decision.

Following the streak, Northampton lead 12-3, but it was all Parkland after that.

The Trojans won all but one of the remaining bouts, including five falls, which spurred the fellow Eastern Pennsylvania Conference school to victory. Zachary Rooks was the only K-Kid to put a bump in the road for the Trojans as he earned a 6-2 decision over Adam Lizak at 160 pounds.

Even with the falls, the match took nearly two hours, which is the status quo for a Parkland team that likes to wear down its opponents.

“Our guys know our conditioning is good,” Lisa said. “We can go six, seven, eight, nine, 10 minutes [in a bout]. It doesn’t really matter. We are coming in as a eleventh seed. We had nothing to lose. Take a good shot. Some guys in close matches we were encouraging big play. We needed to make up some ground, but unfortunately it didn’t happen.”

The sixth-seeded Trojans went on to finish fourth in the AAA bracket behind Becahi, Nazareth and Easton.

Lisa’s team went home after being just one and done in districts, something he doesn’t like to do.

“You want to wrestle late in these tournaments,” he said. “It is upsetting that we lost in the first round.”

The season is not over though for the Kids as they will compete in the District 11 AAA Individual Tournament, with the hopes of qualifying wrestlers for the PIAA tournament in Hershey. Districts is slated to get underway on Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. and continue on Saturday Feb. 27.

Both days of competition will take place at Liberty High School.

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