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Tuesday, December 11, 2018
PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Northwestern's Will Dellicker tries to keep his opponent on the mat during last week's Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic. PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Northwestern's Will Dellicker tries to keep his opponent on the mat during last week's Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic.
PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZNorthwestern’s Matt Peters was one of four Tigers to place at last weekend’s Bethlehem Holiday Wretsling Classic at Liberty High School. PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZNorthwestern’s Matt Peters was one of four Tigers to place at last weekend’s Bethlehem Holiday Wretsling Classic at Liberty High School.
PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Jake Dellicker puts an opponent on his back during the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic at Liberty High School. PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Jake Dellicker puts an opponent on his back during the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic at Liberty High School.

Four Tigers place at Holiday Classic

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

One thing that Northwestern’s wrestling coaches have wanted to see more from Caleb Clymer is his ability to attack on his feet. After winning the 170-pound championship in Friday’s finals of the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic, Clymer still feels he needs work on his neutral game, but if he can ever put that together with the rest of his arsenal, he’ll be a force in the postseason.

Clymer used a second period tilt over Pennridge’s Logan Green to build a 3-0 lead heading into the third period before completing a 5-0 shutout for the title.

It capped off a two day tournament where Clymer didn’t give up one point in four matches to push his season mark to 14-0.

In fact, the only major problem he had to deal with at Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium was a nasty cut across the ridge of his nose that he sustained in first bout Thursday.

“It wasn’t too bad having to deal with the nose once the adrenaline gets going,” said Clymer. “It happened in my first match and it was just something that you go through. I was just happy to come away with the championship.”

Clymer’s title was Northwestern’s highlight of the tournament, as the Tigers placed four wrestlers and finished 15th in the team standings with 86 points.

Matt Peters (sixth at 138), Jackson Bernhard (fifth at 160) and Quinn Moyer (eighth at 220) joined Clymer on the medal stand.

Being able to battle with Class 3A teams for two days was a quality experience for head coach Jim Moll’s troops, as the tournament always presents challenges the Tigers don’t see often throughout the regular season.

“We saw a lot of good things and a lot of bad things,” said Moll. “Caleb was good on top, was good on bottom, but didn’t do a whole lot on his feet. A couple of the matches he lost last year were because he didn’t move his feet and stayed square. So, we’re trying to force him to open up and just move more. It’s hard to change something when he’s winning all the time, but if he wants to go further this year and wrestle in college, he needs to do more on his feet.”

Clymer agreed with that sentiment and understands that everything from now until the postseason is an opportunity for him to try different things.

“I definitely need to work on neutral because that’s where I struggled the most,” he said, “but that was the first time this year that I hit a roll through tilt [in the finals] and that’s why we wrestle in tournaments like this. To beat good guys from 3A teams throughout the tournament, it’s definitely a confidence booster heading into the rest of the year.”

After pushing through to the semifinals, Peters ended up battling for fifth place against Wilson West Lawn’s Brandon Connor, but fell by a 3-1 decision. Bernhard scored a 3-0 victory over Ben McQuillen in his medal round bout, while Moyer lost to Easton’s Jacob Frank 9-4 in the seventh place consolation.

“Matt’s effort has really impressed me every week,” said Moll. “I know sixth place wasn’t what he wanted after making the semifinals, but his effort is great. Quinn Moyer is also having a great year. All the guys that placed showed what they’re capable of.”

Liberty crowned three champions in juniors Tal-Reese Flemming (106), Matt Maloney (113) and Damen Moyer (195) en route to winning the team title with 185 points, keeping second place Nazareth (169.5 points) at bay. The Hurricanes medaled eight wrestlers in total en route to winning their first BHWC title in 24 years.

Nazareth’s Sammy Sasso (152) took home with Outstanding Wrestler award for the third straight season, as he pinned two of his four opponents, including Phillipsburg’s Brian Meyer in 3:00 during the finals, and tech falling his other two foes.

Pennridge’s Josh Stillings (182) had the most pins in the least amount of time with three in 2:24. He edged out Nazareth’s Cade Wilson 2-1 in the championship bout.

Team Scores

1 Liberty 185.0

2 Nazareth 169.5

3 Phillipsburg 151.0

4 Saucon Valley 137.0

5 Easton 134.0

6 Northampton 122.5

7 Council Rock South 114.0

7 Spring Ford 114.0

9 Pottsville Area 108.0

10 Pennridge 103.5

11 Delaware Valley 102.0

12 Parkland 98.5

13 Northern Lebanon 91.0

14 North Penn 89.0

15 Council Rock North 86.0

15 Northwestern Lehigh 86.0

17 Warwick 85.5

18 Freedom 82.5

19 Blue Mountain 69.0

20 Tri Valley 59.0

20 Wyoming Valley West 59.0

22 Wilson West Lawn 57.0

23 Hazleton 56.0

24 Wilson Area 55.0

25 Cocalico 54.5

26 Quakertown 51.0

27 Pen Argyl 43.5

28 Honesdale 39.0

29 Garnet Valley 38.5

30 Pleasant Valley 23.0

31 Whitehall 14.5


1st Place Match

Tal-Reese Flemming (Liberty) Jr. over Kyle Waterman (Council Rock South) So. (Dec 11-8) 3rd Place Match Kyle Hauserman (Council Rock North) Fr. over Joe Porco (Delaware Valley) Sr. (Dec 13-6) 5th Place Match Luis Vargas (Freedom) So. over Brandon Breidegan (Northern Lebanon) So. (Dec 4-2) 7th Place Match Gunnar Wagner (Northampton) So. over John Corra (Hazleton) Fr. (Dec 8-4)


1st Place Match

Matthew Maloney (Liberty) Jr. over Andrew Smith (Nazareth) So. (Dec 5-3) 3rd Place Match Maximino Mendez (Council Rock South) Jr. over JJ White (Wyoming Valley West) So. (Dec 5-2) 5th Place Match Nick Onea (Pottsville Area) Jr. over Cullen Day (Phillipsburg) Sr. (SV-1 6-4) 7th Place Match Evan Gleason (Easton) Fr. over Joseph Tiwold (Northampton) So. (Dec 8-2)


1st Place Match

Brandon Meredith (Spring Ford) Sr. over Brandon Kassis (Parkland) Jr. (Dec 4-3) 3rd Place Match Travis Jones (Phillipsburg) Jr. over Sebastian Mateo (Liberty) Sr. (Dec 8-5) 5th Place Match Kayde Althouse (Cocalico) So. over Shane Hanson - Ashworth (Council Rock South) Jr. (For.) 7th Place Match Luke Lucerne (Council Rock North) over Corey Cope (Quakertown) Jr. (Dec 4-1)


1st Place Match

Joshua Jones (Saucon Valley) Jr. over Travis Brown (Liberty) Jr. (MD 10-1) 3rd Place Match Sean Pierson (Nazareth) Jr. over Cal Schoffstall (Pottsville Area) So. (For.) 5th Place Match Nick Dolak (Parkland) Sr. over Logan Ninos (Northampton) Sr. (Dec 3-1) 7th Place Match David Krokowski (Wyoming Valley West) Jr. over Jack McGill (Spring Ford) Fr. (Dec 2-0)


1st Place Match

Jonathan Miers (Easton) So. over Josh Mason (Blue Mountain) Sr. (TB-1 2-1) 3rd Place Match Jagger Condomitti (Northampton) Fr. over Ben Radner (Council Rock South) Sr. (Dec 7-3) 5th Place Match Drew Clearie (Nazareth) Fr. over Michael Torres (Liberty) Jr. (Fall 1:47) 7th Place Match Colin Leonard (Northern Lebanon) Jr. over Kyle Tino (Phillipsburg) Jr. (For.)


1st Place Match

Devon Britton (Northampton) Jr. over Cameron Robinson (Council Rock North) So. (Dec 6-4) 3rd Place Match Cody Harrison (Phillipsburg) Jr. over Andrew Evans (Freedom) Sr. (Dec 5-0) 5th Place Match Brandon Connor (Wilson West Lawn) Jr. over Matt Peters (Northwestern Lehigh) Sr. (Dec 3-1) 7th Place Match Justin Kyra (Saucon Valley) Jr. over Mike McKinney (Delaware Valley) Sr. (Fall 1:07)


1st Place Match

Zach Ortman (Parkland) Sr. over Jason Jones (Saucon Valley) Sr. (Dec 1-0) 3rd Place Match Nathan Stefanik (Nazareth) So. over Kolbe Eidle (Wilson West Lawn) Jr. (Dec 5-3) 5th Place Match Jarret Niedosik (North Penn) So. over Jayson Zinsmeister (Phillipsburg) Jr. (For.) 7th Place Match Benjamin Huber (Freedom) Sr. over Landon Stanislow (Wyoming Valley West) Sr. (For.)


1st Place Match

Samuel Sasso (Nazareth) Sr. over Brian Meyer (Phillipsburg) Sr. (Fall 3:00) 3rd Place Match Evan Widing (Pennridge) Jr. over Cole Flanagan (Council Rock South) So. (TF-1.5 4:34 (18-3)) 5th Place Match Angelo Mahaffey (Saucon Valley) Sr. over Luke Hirtzel (Warwick) Sr. (Dec 3-1) 7th Place Match Stephen Herb (Northern Lebanon) Sr. over Michael Kistler (Northampton) Jr. (Dec 3-2)


1st Place Match

Chase Anklam (Pen Argyl) Sr. over Dillon Sheehy (Council Rock North Hs) So. (MD 17-4) 3rd Place Match Gaven Krazer (Easton) Jr. over Blaise Bressler (Northern Lebanon) Sr. (Dec 7-1) 5th Place Match Jackson Bernhard (Northwestern Lehigh) Sr. over Ben McQuillen (Blue Mountain) Sr. (Dec 3-0) 7th Place Match Thomas Spirk (Saucon Valley) So. over Patrick O`Neill (North Penn) Jr. (Fall 2:25)


1st Place Match

Caleb Clymer (Northwestern Lehigh) Sr. over Logan Green (Pennridge) So. (Dec 5-0) 3rd Place Match Lance Wissing (Phillipsburg) Sr. over Nik Korbich (Council Rock South) Jr. (Dec 6-3) 5th Place Match Joshua Talijan (Liberty HS) Jr. over Michael Gradwell (Spring Ford) Sr. (MD 23-11) 7th Place Match Tommy Manos (Nazareth) Jr. over Joe Guida (Parkland) Jr. (DFF)


1st Place Match

Josh Stillings (Pennridge) Sr. over Cade Wilson (Nazareth) Sr. (Dec 2-1) 3rd Place Match Andrew Kidd (Delaware Valley) Sr. over Cole Painter (Pottsville Area) Sr. (SV-1 3-1) 5th Place Match Kolt Schaeffer (Tri Valley) Jr. over Dane Csenesits (Saucon Valley) So. (Fall 1:51) 7th Place Match Adam Lizak (Parkland) Sr. over Logan Boring (Warwick) Sr. (Dec 3-2)


1st Place Match

Damen Moyer (Liberty) Jr. over Nate Stine (Blue Mountain) Sr. (Fall 4:32) 3rd Place Match Ben Fromm (Cocalico) Sr. over Shane Noonan (Hazleton) Jr. (Dec 5-4) 5th Place Match Timothy Nevadomsky (Pottsville Area) Jr. over Tyler Pellechia (Easton) Jr. (Dec 7-0) 7th Place Match Daniel Sibel (North Penn) Sr. over Roland McClune (Warwick) Jr. (Dec 8-2)


1st Place Match

Evan Clark (Warwick) Sr. over John McCarthy (Delaware Valley) Sr. (Dec 3-2) 3rd Place Match Owen Verespy (North Penn) Sr. over Tyler Larocca (Spring Ford) Sr. (Fall 2:36) 5th Place Match Edward Confer (Northampton) Jr. over Kolby Flank (Wilson Area) So. (Dec 3-1) 7th Place Match Jacob Frank (Easton) Sr. over Quinn Moyer (Northwestern Lehigh) Sr. (Dec 9-4)


1st Place Match

Danny Scheib (Tri Valley) Sr. over Ryan Stewart (Warwick) Sr. (Dec 3-2) 3rd Place Match Ryan Cody (North Penn) Sr. over Matthew Lepore (Spring Ford) Sr. (Dec 6-1) 5th Place Match Jonathan Pineda (Easton) Sr. over Jaden Freeman (Liberty) Jr. (Dec 6-5) 7th Place Match Mike Saint Juste (Pottsville Area) Sr. over Tommy Mahoney (Garnet Valley) Sr. (Dec 4-3)