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Coaches Blog-Post Season

Another season is in the books and what a season it was……………

While we were unable to qualify for the state duals, it did give us a few weeks to lift, train and prepare for our postseason. We gave our boys off the Monday after District Duals and spent our next week training and healing up before preparing for the stretch run of the season.

A week after state duals, we had our JV Districts and did very well there. We ended up finishing third overall in the tournament and came away with a solid number of place winners. John Pineda and Jacob Frank were both runner-ups and had great tournaments. Connor Duffy and Alex Montes finished third and put together strong performances. Ryan Brown, Kendal Flores finished fifth, and Andrew Spaziani came in 6th at 113. Overall a strong performance. East Stroudsburg South always hosts a great JV District tournament for our boys.

Despite what many people may say about the end result of our District XI Varsity tournament, our boys wrestled great. We had the best District tournament we have had in four years. Overall, we had nine place winners and advanced eight of them to regionals. Last year we only advanced four wrestlers to regionals, and the year before, we only advanced three. Casin Corallo ended his Easton High career by placing 6th at 113, Evan Fidelibus 3rd at 138, Jacob Montes 3rd at 145, Max 4th at 182, Craig Stahlecker 3rd at 195, Big John 4th at 220, and RJ Zimmerman 5th at 285. Jimmy Saylor and Darius Joyce were finalists who gave us a chance to extend our streak of District XI champions to 69 years. Both of our boys were defeated in the finals and our program’s streak was broken. While it was disappointing to see it end, streaks are made to end. Those two boys in the finals are great kids and the weight of an entire program’s history does not fall on the shoulders of two kids. In reality, this is a teachable moment to show us all how to move forward and persevere. In the 57th game, Joe DiMaggio did not get a hit and his streak ended. The next day, he picked up his bat, kept hitting, and started a new streak of sixteen games. We will keep hitting. The end of a streak does not diminish its significance. As an Easton wrestler, it belongs to all of us and will always be something we can be proud of.

Regionals continued a strong showing that we had the previous week. Despite strong showings, we lost Big John and Craig before the medal rounds. Regionals are always sad because every year senior’s careers end in that gym. Most of the time we see great kids who we like to root for come up just a hair short. With these two student-athletes we felt the same way. Both have worked so hard and improved so much, that it was sad to see them go. Despite the mixed emotions we all feel as we see a high school career come to an end, an ending does not take away from the joy it was to work with these individuals over the last four years.

Max, Darius, and RJ all reached the consolation semifinals before dropping close decisions to bring them to the 5th place bouts. Darius was an overtime ride out away from qualifying, but still finished a strong fifth place and is primed for a big year next season. The same can be said of Max who rose from a JV wrestler to a 25+ match winner in one off-season. If he improves as much as he did last year, big things can be envisioned next season. RJ finished out with a win to take 5th place. We really enjoyed RJ’s contributions this year. It was not always easy, but he came so far in a year. RJ was not on the team last year and he came out and won over 20 matches for us and got better as the season went on.
In addition to the success of our other guys, Jacob Montes got third place and finally got his opportunity to break through to Hershey. Jacob is such a pleasant young man and we were very pleased to see him finally have a post-season run he could be proud of. He had wrestled very well between districts and regionals and we were glad to see him join his friends in Hershey as a senior.

Jimmy and Evan finished second in the tournament as well. Evan ran into the outstanding Sammy Sasso in the finals and was cradled up early in the match, while Jimmy dropped a 2-1 decision to Travis Stefanik. Despite being disappointed by not repeating as regional champions, both boys were eager to put it behind them and focus on the task at hand next week in Hershey. Jimmy was at Washington St. hill running at 9 AM the next morning.
Hershey week was enjoyable. We had nice weather the week of and Mr. Powell took the boys out for a light run along the Lehigh River on the bike path. We also had light drills, and a few matches. The most important thing to do week of states is to get short quality workouts and make sure the boys are well rested.
We always leave for Hershey on Wednesday. Usually we do a short workout at the high school and then get on the road. Once we get to Hershey, we go straight to the Giant Center and have the boys do a 7 minute drill on each mat to get a sweat going and to get a feel for every mat in the arena. Darius came out with us to give us an even number for workout purposes. It is always nice to bring one of the younger guys out to experience what the competitors go through as they prepare for states.

Jimmy and Evan both started Thursday off strong with decisive falls to end their day and advance to the quarter finals. Jacob had the misfortune of drawing state champion Cameron Coy in his opening round matchup. Jacob battled him throughout the match, kept coming at him, and fought off his back, but was unable to upset Coy. Jacob then dropped his first round wrestle back to a very tough kid from Franklin Regional to end his season. Despite not placing, Jacob was able to make a strong postseason run and give himself a finish that he can truly be proud of. Whatever direction Jacob chooses to take in college, he will do very well in life. Jacob has always been a very enjoyable young man to be around and it is very hard not to laugh or smile when you are around him.

The next day Evan won his quarterfinal match by fall. It looked as if the kid he was wrestling would give him fits throughout the match, but Evan was able to throw him to his back to record the fall. Jimmy would get a rematch from last year against Jonathan Ross. Ross defeated Jimmy in the state quarters last year. Jimmy dominated the match on his feet and really took the action to Ross. Jimmy wrestled the perfect match and effectively executed his game plan to secure his second consecutive state medal and join Evan in the semi-finals the next day.

Saturday always provides an early start when you have semifinalists. Generally we are up very early and get the boys to the arena as quickly as possible for their early match. I think we were all nervous for the boys. I certainly know the boys were nervous, but they have been in so many big match situations before that they thrive in those situations. Evan won a very tense match against a tough Waynesburg kid from the WPIAL in a very strategic 5-4 decision. Evan was losing at one point in the match and used his savvy to put himself in a position to win. His opponent was very athletic and good at duck-unders. Once Evan go into his rhythm, he skillfully took away his opponents offensive openings by wrestling a highly strategic match. Jimmy drew Cole Karam (for the 37th time) and won a solid 3-1 decision. It was apparent how nothing would deny Jimmy a finals opportunity as he fought off a deep double leg late in the match and somehow did not give up any points. Upon the ending to Jimmy’s match there was a tear-jerking moment and a quiet sense of satisfaction upon how proud we were of the boys based on what it took them to reach a Pennsylvania State Wrestling Finals match and the quality of young men that all of the boys on our team are. At that moment we were proud of all the boys, their support systems, and the Easton die-hards who came out to support our boys and their teammates.

Later in the evening, Evan would draw National #2 Ranked two time state champion Luke Pletcher in the PIAA finals. Evan wrestled a very solid controlled match, which kept the match close. Despite a strong performance, Evan dropped a 3-1 decision to finish as a state runner-up. Jimmy also drew a nationally #2 ranked wrestler in the finals. Hayden Hidlay was his opponent who would be heading to North Carolina State next year. Hidlay proved to be one of the toughest kids in the gym in handing Jimmy one of his few losses this season. Jimmy would come back just three nights later in the Easton Lions All-Star Classic and pin Phillipsburg’s DJ Wissing in his patented cradle in the final bout of the evening. There could be no greater curtain call for Jimmy Saylor than pinning a P-burg kid in a cradle in his final match in 25th street gym.
Despite finishing as state runner-ups, both Evan and Jimmy wrestled outstanding tournaments and have quite a bit to be proud of. We were also very proud of Jacob for having made it to states. All three have meant so much to our program over the years.

All of our departing seniors impacted our program to an extent that far exceeds wins, losses, or championships. These are all young men of high character and integrity and it has been a privilege to work with them. These boys have set the bar high by displaying a high standard of character that the youth wrestlers of Easton can look to as true role models. Our post season was such a positive experience for everyone. Our boys have a lot to be proud of.

Thanks for the memories!!!!

Until next season……………………………

Coaches Blog-Regular Season

Another dual meet season has come to an end……

After the electric atmosphere we had at the P-burg match, we finished our season with senior night against East Stroudsburg and an away match against Liberty.

Every year it is always a bittersweet night when we honor our seniors in their last home dual meet. These seniors are always a positive presence in our program from youth all the way to high school. As coaches, it is certainly sad to see them depart. While we will certainly miss them when they are gone, we take solace in knowing that they will do well in their futures and develop into great contributors to society in the future.
Jimmy obviously has the whole world in his hands as he is moving on to West Point. There could not be a better fit of a kid for a school and vice versa. Evan will wrestle at a great academic school such as Rider in the Eastern Wrestling League and will do well there as well. While Jacob has not picked a school thus far, his strong academic record and strong athletic background will provide him great opportunities to find his niche and flourish. Casin is one of the top students in his class and an absolutely outstanding student-athlete. He has always taken his studies very seriously and will have his pick of where he wants to go to college. Craig still has a lacrosse season to finish and will have numerous offers when he ultimately chooses a school whether it be for football, lacrosse, wrestling, or simply to be a student and focus on academics. Big John has been accepted to a number of colleges and is weighing all his options to find his best fit. RJ and Ryan Brown are undecided about their futures but have discussed with us the possibility of enlisting in the armed services. That would be tremendous for both boys. While we are proud of our boys on the mat, we are equally proud of their endeavors off of it. We take great pride in seeing the boys use tools they have learned through wrestling and implementing those tools in their development into outstanding citizens as adults. All the boys will be missed.

After our senior night, we had a very nice win to close out our regular season against Liberty. Liberty is a tough team that we always have to be prepared for and that dual was no different. Coach Karam juggled his lineup to try and get a win and our boys overcome the matchups. Ethan DiRenzo won a big match early on to set the tone and Max also dominated one of Liberty’s best guys in our first two bouts. Craig defeated a wrestler who defeated him last year, while Big John racked up another headlock fall. Even RJ Zimmerman gave Andrew Gunning fits in a loss by decision. The match was mostly in the books when a few bouts later freshman Gaven Krazer upset a solid senior from Liberty. That was a great win for Gavin. After wins by Evan and Hayden late in the bout, Darius and Jimmy closed out the bout.

Our next match was the league championship dual meet event we hosted at EAMS against Parkland. We were not sure what to expect with the new format pitting the division champions against each other before deciding the league championship, but were very pleased with the event. It was very exciting having the top six teams in the EPC on the mat at the same time. Our middle school gym was the perfect venue for it. The crowd was good and it was well run. Things like that are good for our district and good for the sport.

It was an extremely tough exciting dual meet with Parkland. We started out strong with big wins by Stahlecker, Williams and Zimmerman. A forfeit at 106 turned the momentum away from us as we dropped four consecutive matches until Evan Fidelibus stopped the bleeding. Hayden Keleher had to fight off his back and came back to drop only a decision to the very tough Brayson Haas. Darius and Jimmy came through with big wins to give us some momentum. Alex Montes filled in for Ethan and fought his way through the match, which was a huge performance for us before Max closed out the match with a win for us. We ended up tied at the conclusion of the dual meet. The match would come down to the criteria for most combined first points scored. About 15 minutes after the match, we learned we would have to wrestle Parkland again in the first round of district duals. Go figure….

District duals saw us defeat a tough Parkland team again, before having a semifinal loss to eventual state champion Bethlehem Catholic. When we dropped to the losers bracket, we knew we would have three very difficult matches against Liberty, Parkland (again) and Nazareth. After finishing third in the dual tournament, we would face Nazareth for a true second. Our team wrestled much better against Nazareth than we did the first time around, but lost a few toss-ups that we felt we could have won. This 36-23 loss concluded our dual meet season and set us up to prepare for the individual championship season over the next few weeks.

Despite missing out on state duals for the third year in a row, we improved immensely as a team. We saw huge improvements in our young guys such as Jake Koerwitz & Ryan Dilts. Ethan DiRenzo and Nick Nunez improved immensely from the previous year and will only continue to get better. Max, Darius, & Diego all won 25+ matches despite not having many varsity wins last year. Also our upper weights in Craig, John, and RJ contributed so much to the team over the stretch run of the season. As always our group of seniors was a constant. As mentioned above, they will be sorely missed.

On the road to Hershey

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Coaches Blog: Mid-January Report

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My apologies for not updating our blog earlier in the season.  As you can probably understand, we are going 100 MPH once the season gets going.  It is amazing that it is already January 20th.

 

In contrast to past seasons, this year we went to the Cumberland Valley wrestling tournament the first competition date in December to get an early season tune-up.  Cumberland Valley is a great tournament with quality competition such as Cumberland Valley, Canon Mac, Council Rock South, Pennridge, and Delaware Valley.  We were excited to go to this tournament with some of our open dates this year.  It also was very helpful that we were able to bring our JV’s to the tournament and get them competitions as they ran a Junior Varsity tournament in the auxiliary gym simultaneously with the Varsity tournament.

We were very pleased with the results of the tournament as we took third despite not having our full lineup and finished with nine place winners.  Jimmy Saylor and Evan Fidelibus looked outstanding in winning the tournament, while Ethan DiRenzo also made the finals.  Diego Santiago, John Williams, Craig Stahlecker, Ryan Dilts, Casin Corallo and Darius Joyce also had stellar outing in coming home with hardware from Cumberland Valley.  Ryan Dilts came back from a 5-0 deficit by fighting off his back and getting two third period near falls to get into the medal round.  There were many great efforts on the part of our boys.  As a team, we felt very good about ourselves coming out of that tournament.  It was a close three-way team race that came down to the final two bouts of the day to decide which team would come home with the title.

We followed that up with league matches against Central Catholic, Pocono Mountain East, and Stroudsburg which were all convincing victories for us before we took our annual trip to Reno.

At Reno, Jimmy and Evan finally broke through and won their gold medals at Reno.  Evan was dominant throughout, while Jimmy pinned all his kids en route to the finals.  Jimmy did not make it out of the first period by piling up five consecutive first period falls, before convincingly winning his finals bout.  This tournament was sweet vindication for Jimmy after he was forced to forfeit for third place last year because of a technicality in the rules.  Cason Corallo went 8-2 in placing 5th at 106 pounds.  He lost very early in the tournament and wrestled all the way back in a gritty performance.  We ended up finishing in third place as a team as well.  Despite not placing more than three wrestlers, our entire team was able to go out there and win a stretch of matches.  While we are always pushing for more success, it was very positive to see all of our fourteen wrestlers go out and contribute a bunch of points to the cause.  The majority of our guys were able to win at least three matches and qualify for the second day before falling a match or two short of placing.  Reno is such a great experience for the boys every year and year 21 was no exception.

At Manheim, we added another team championship by running away from the rest of the field.  Jimmy Saylor and Evan Fidelibus continued their undefeated seasons in winning the tournament championship.  Jacob Montes looked to be in mid-season form as he won his first Manheim tournament championship.  Evan was named Outstanding Wrestler and also captured the award for most falls in least amount of time.  Jimmy Saylor won the award for most takedowns and Big John Williams won the award for the fastest fall throughout the tournament.  In addition to these accolades, Jake Koerwitz showed a lot of improvement in going 2-2, Isaiah Roche and Darius Joyce made the finals, Diego Santiago and John Williams were 3rd, Max Vidisczuenski was 4th, with Nick Nunez and RJ Zimmerman placing 5th.

While we were at Manheim, our JV team competed in the Northern Lehigh JV tournament.  Our entire JV team came home as place winners for the tournament while Gavin Krazer and Jacob Frank came home as tournament champions.  Our JV team wrestled very well and showed quite a bit of talent moving forward.

Our season progressed to our Easton Invitational duals tournament.  Our entire team showed a lot of improvement at this event.  Throughout the competition we defeated Bangor, Freedom, North Penn and Wilson West Lawn before finally falling to Malvern Prep in the final round.  Some of our wrestlers who attained signature victories included Max Vidusczenski, Nick Nunez, Ethan DiRenzo, RJ Zimmerman, Craig Stahlecker, and Diego Santiago.  Jake Koerwitz showed tons of improvement at 106 lbs. and Raul Echeverria qualified for his first varsity letter in filling a hole in our line-up.  Jimmy Saylor highlighted his big day with a dominant major decision over a highly ranked kid from North Penn.  In addition, Craig Stahlecker picked up a great win over the very tough Jake Rugis from Freedom.

After our dual tournament, we had two tune-up duals against William Allen and Pleasant Valley.  Unfortunately PV did not have a full line-up, but our kids wrestled well nonetheless.  Our boys did a great job against William Allen the next night.  Every kid who stepped on the mat looked outstanding.  Our only defeat was when Big John Williams was called for a slam ten seconds into the bout and his opponent began showing concussion-like symptoms.  That was certainly unfortunate for John, but it was definitely a lesson to learn.  Big John will not let that happen again.  These bouts gave us a nice tune-up before our big week against Nazareth and P-burg.

Saturday January 9th, we ran a great JV tournament at the high school.  We got about 100 bouts in on two mats and all of our kids got 3-4 matches.  I am glad we are able to get our JV kids more matches this year between the extra tournaments we picked up on our schedule.  Jacob Frank, Alex Montes, and Connor Duffy all took home first place in this tournament.  Our kids did a great job helping with the scoring tables and running the clocks.  Jacob Montes especially spent the entire day with me helping coordinate the entire tournament from the head table.  It was definitely a team effort all the way around.

We came away disappointed that Wednesday in our loss to Nazareth, but were able to take away a lot of positives from the match.  It certainly was a fantastic crowd and I think everyone can say we get thumbs up for moving all our matches’ home to 25th street where they belong.  Shawnee is a beautiful gym, but it does not have the loud intimate environment that you get at 25th street.   During the course of the match we lost a number of matches that we feel we could potentially turn around next time.  Certainly anytime you give up a defensive pin in a toss-up match, it makes it that much tougher.  Again, we can take matches like this and use it as a humbling learning experience to come back stronger next time.  We were very pleased the way our boys continued to fight with our backs against the wall and things looking bleak.  It takes a lot of character to be able to do that.  We are certainly awaiting another shot at Nazareth to try and turn it around.  There wasn’t any time to feel sorry for ourselves since we had P-Burg coming up on Saturday.

The P-Burg match was truly a spectacle.  It was amazing seeing it back in 25th street gym for the first time in a decade.  It made it even better having nearly 1500 screaming fans packing our gym.  We could not have imagined the night going any better than it did.  We started off by having an Easton Youth All-Star match against the All-Stars of Phillipsburg.  Once that was complete our JV team won the JV match with victories from Connor Duffy, Gavin Krazer, Raul Echeverria, and Andrew Spaziani.  Once the JV match was complete we took time to honor the 1981 and 1983 Easton Area High School state champion wrestling teams.  Jim Pokrivsak, John Fidelibus, Steve Powell, and I had put tons of time trying to put this together and get in touch with everyone over the past few weeks so these special individuals could finally be recognized properly.  Kudos to our booster club for pushing for this recognition to be held before the P-Burg match.  It was really special to see all the alumni who have not seen each other for a long time catch up and share stories about their experience wrestling at Easton.  It was also very fortunate that the league schedule was able to work out so Coach Dave Crowell could be there to be honored with his teams.  At the social at Morici’s restaurant after the match, these alumni were so thrilled to have been honored before such a big match.  After all these individuals contributed so much to our program decades ago, we were glad to bring them back into the fold and see them recognized properly with a standing ovation in 25th street.  There are still many more great teams to honor such as the 1969 team, 1974 team, the State champion teams in 96-97, and finally the four time PIAA dual champions from 2001-2004.

After we completed the alumni spectacle, our kids had to finally come out and wrestle.  The boys would end up prevailing and having a great end to the evening.  In a match many people predicted would be close; we wound up winning 32-18.  Despite the score, it was a highly competitive old fashioned dual meet in a truly intense atmosphere at 25th Street.  Casin Corallo got us started with a huge win, while we got workmanlike efforts from Diego Santiago, Nick Nunez, Evan Fidelibus, and Darius Joyce.  Hayden Keleher prevailed in a hard fought bout when we really needed it, while Jimmy Saylor did was a senior captain needs to do by getting a fall to extend our lead to 25-12 with four bouts to go.  This was followed by HUGE wins by Max and Craig to clinch our victory.  Even the guys who lost such as Ethan DiRenzo, Ryan Dilts, RJ Zimmerman, Jake Koerwitz, and John Williams contributed to the effort by fighting off their back, making their opponent earn their points for six minutes, and only giving up one bonus point loss.  It was truly a special evening and hopefully a sweet victory like that can help propel us moving forward as we look towards the stretch run of our season.

Thanks for reading.  More to come………..

2016 – Line Up Dinner

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Coaches Blog: Off Season Summary

As always, a busy season is followed by an even busier off-season.
We always open up our Gold Medal Wrestling Club the week of Regionals and runs up until the next November. Our numbers through the spring were fantastic. Thanks to some of the New Jersey coaches such as Dave Post, Tim Flynn, and others who supplied us with a plethora of fresh blood for our kids to work out with throughout the spring. In addition, Lehigh assistant John Hughes came in to do numerous clinics throughout the off-season as well.

During the spring, we went to the Delaware Valley HS spring duals in Milford to get our guys matches. We also had a number of our kids who wrestled Freestyle throughout the off-season as well. These were tune-ups before we went to our tournament in New Orleans in June. In New Orleans we came away with a fifth place finish and defeated nationally ranked Archer, GA in the fifth place match. As it was in 2014, the New Orleans trip was a second to none experience for the boys and it was a pleasure to take them down there and watch them display their improvements. Next year we are in preliminary talks to take our team to Disney Duals to get a new experience.

We followed that up with our annual summer sports camp in July. For that camp we had John Hughes, Easton Alum Mitchell Minotti, NC State Coach Pat Popolizio, and Duke Coach Glen Lanham.

In addition, Robbie Rizzolino brought up a crew of guys from NC State including National Champion Nick Gwiazdowski to do a clinic at Gold Medal. Robbie enrolled at NC State this past summer and will be taking a redshirt this year. He recently placed second in the East Stroudsburg Open.

We also took teams to the Waterway Duals, Interboro Duals, and Delaware Valley Duals. These tournaments provided a number of our younger guys great opportunities to get matches throughout the off-season. A number of our athletes also went up to the 1000 island duals and got matches there as well. Brad Wilson of the Express wrote a great article on the performance Craig Stahlecker had at that tournament as well.
In mid-October, we ran our Easton Elite Fall Duals and got each one of our kids lots of matches. In this format, we included junior high weights which gave some of our younger kids opportunities to wrestle with the high school team. The event went so well and we were very appreciative of all the community support to coordinate a great event to benefit our kids.

Individual Highlights in the Off-Season

Jimmy Saylor was 2nd in Junior Nationals in Virginia Beach, Competed at the Junior National Freestyle Championships, Journeyman Classic, Super 32, and was Outstanding Wrestler of the Lock Haven Fall Classic. It should also be noted that Jimmy recently commit to wrestle at the United States Military Academy at West Point. We are very proud of Jimmy and will enjoy watching him pursue a state championship in his senior season.

Jimmy Saylor, Jacob & Alex Montes, and Max Viduszynski completed all three legs of the Spartan Race throughout the summer. Nick Nunez, Ethan DiRenzo and our manger Megan also completed various legs of the race. What a great team building opportunity to complete those physical challenges it was for the boys.

Evan Fidelibus placed 6th in the NHSCA Junior National Championships in Virginia Beach and 7th in the Super 32 Challenge.

Alumni Robbie Rizzolino placed 2nd in the East Stroudsburg open for NC State

Alumni Mitchell Minotti recorded a fall in the NWCA All-Star Match at Georgia Tech University

We also offer our prayers and condolences to the families of Ray Nunamaker and Tony Iasello due to their passing over the summer. They were certainly legends in the sport and we hope to honor them by carrying on the excellent tradition they helped establish in the District 11 Wrestling community.

Right now, we are into our second week of practices and the seniors are collecting wood for the bonfire as we speak. This is certainly an exciting week to be a member of Rover Nation. We hope you and your family have a happy Thanksgiving as we head toward a new year and a successful season.

Beat P-Burg

2015 Summer Wrestling Camp

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Join Us For Camp (Grades K-12)

July 13-15
Mon, Tues, Wed; 10AM-12PM
& Mon & Wed Evening: 6:30-8PM
$75

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Pat Popolizio
NC State (Head Coach)

Glen Lanham
Duke University (Head Coach)

ALUMNI CLINICIANS

Mitchell Minotti 
Lehigh University

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2015 Golf Scramble

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Join Us Monday, July 27th

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Easton Wrestling Car Wash

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Easton Wrestling Fundraiser

Sunday, May 31st

9 am – 3 pm

Easton Area High School Upper Parking Lot
(located by cafeteria entrance)

Cost: Donations Only

Thank You For Your Continued Support

 

Coaches Blog-Post Season

As many of our readers know, we have had a District XI champion every year since our program started 68 years ago.  Referred to simply as “The Streak,” it has become one of the many important traditions of our program.  Some years we enter Districts more confident in continuing that streak than others.  Last year Elijiah Brown won an epic overtime match against Josh Ortman to push our streak to 67 years.  While we do not regularly discuss “The Streak,” and sometimes even downplay it, ensuring that it continues is very important to our program.  That streak belongs not only to the champions with name plates on our walls, it belongs to everyone who has ever stepped in our wrestling room and/or been affiliated with our program.  This year we were eager to see one of our boys continue that tradition.

District weekend saw us crown two District XI champions in Evan Fidelibus and Jimmy Saylor to extend “The Streak” to 68.  Evan won in a loaded 132 LB. weight class, while Jimmy continued his dominant season by never being in danger throughout the whole tournament.  We were very pleased with their performances.  Jacob Montes looked very good in taking 2nd place.  Casin Corallo made the semifinals before falling back to 4th place and qualify for regionals.  In addition, Anthony Roche concluded his career with a  6th place finish.

Regional weekend saw Jimmy and Evan win their 100th career matches on Friday night.  Both boys looked dominant throughout the tournament.  Jimmy absolutely dominated the very tough Chase Gallick (who is Lehigh bound) in the finals.  We watched quite a bit of film on Chase and know that he can score points in bunches.  Chase actually beat Jimmy in a tournament a few years back, but Jimmy showed just how far he has come in picking him apart in the finals.  Evan did not have an opportunity to wrestle in the finals and received a forfeit to give him his Regional championship.  Despite the anti-climactic end to his tournament, that does not take away from the fact that he still has a championship to his credit.

Casin was very close to qualifying after putting together a solid tournament.  He dropped a very close match to the District II champion in the consolation semifinals, which kept him from qualifying for states.  Casin would then drop down and take 6th place.  Although Casin was certainly disappointed, and has areas he can improve, he had an outstanding year for us and cemented himself as one of our top returnees for next season.  If Casin can improve his strength and can get 50-100 off-season matches, he will have a chance to be a hammer in our line-up next year.

Jacob on the other hand, suffered an awful looking ankle injury in the consolation semifinal match that he was winning.  He rolled his ankle very badly early in the second period and had to default out of the match.  We had initially thought that his ankle may be broken, but all indications to this point say that is not the case.  Even so, a high ankle sprain is still a long recovery process and incredibly painful.  Jacob is a great kid and will come back from this stronger.  The adversity Jacob has suffered through will only make the success he will have next year that much sweeter.

The state tournament was next and we had our two qualifiers.  We actually had off from school due to weather on Wednesday.  Mr. Powell and I drove out to check into our hotel, while Mr. Snyder drove the boys to the arena.  Hershey only takes about 90 minutes to get to and it is usually an easy ride from Easton.  Once we were checked in at the Chocolatetown Motel, we went to the arena.  Each year we have the boys roll around for five minutes on each mat to get a feel for the entire arena.  They move to the next mat when they hear Mr. Snyder’s very distinct whistle.

Jimmy and Evan both won their bouts on Thursday.  I think both of them probably had a lot of anxiety to get that first match out of the way after last year’s 0-6 Thursday that ended our medal dreams very quickly.  Both boys dropped their quarterfinal match on Friday before recovering to win in the blood round.  Jimmy won a dramatic overtime decision against Becahi’s Cole Karam to earn his first medal.  It was a huge relief leaving the arena with the assurance that both Evan and Jimmy would come home with a medal.

Jimmy dropped his first match on Saturday against NC State bound Junior Hayden Hidley.  This would drop him down to the 7th place match that he would ultimately win by a 3-2 score.  He was losing the match before battling back and putting the kid on his back to take the lead.  Jimmy’s weight was one of the most stacked weight classes in the tournament.  Willie Saylor from FloWrestling tweeted that there were four Fargo finalists in his weight.  That was not even including Joe Kemmerer who would win the weight class.  For Jimmy to medal at that weight was most impressive.  Jimmy has come very far in just a year and he will have a chance to make a big jump before next year.

Evan wrestled Lucas Schaf from Emmaus in his first match.  He would then win his next match before getting a shot at the kid who beat him in the quarterfinals.  We knew going in that Evan would have to win the match on his feet and avoid getting tilted.  To Evan’s credit, he was able to secure that takedown late in the second period after a nice scramble on his feet.  His 3-1 decision would secure his 3rd place medal.  Finishing 3rd behind AC Headlee and Luke Pletcher was a very impressive accomplishment.

All in all, we were very proud of all our boys this past season.  We took our lumps and had many ups and downs.  We met that adversity together as we will always do.  Families stick together through the toughest of times.  While we did not have as many accolades as a team as we have had in the past, it was a pleasure working with this group of boys.  They improved immensely, accomplished a lot, and we feel that we are in a great position to make an even greater jump next year.  Gold Medal has already started and we had 50 kids in the room the Monday after states.  The program is in a great place moving forward and we are confident we can give these kids the greatest experience possible with all the resources we have to offer.

Thank you for all of your support.  Thank you for reading.  “One you’re a Rover, you’re a Rover for life.”