Wrestlers rout So. Lehigh
As the Northwestern wrestling team prepares for postseason competition, it looks as if the Tigers will be the healthiest they’ve been in awhile.
And that health is translating to success up and down the lineup for head coach Jim Moll.
In a battle of two of the Colonial League’s top teams, Northwestern left little doubt as to who was the better team last Tuesday night. The Tigers (4-0 in Colonial League) earned six falls en route to a dominant 56-24 win over Southern Lehigh (2-2) at Northwestern High School.
“We knew we had three guys coming back from states, and then we had Matt Peters coming back after being injured the past two years,” said senior Caleb Clymer. “We knew we had the talent coming in. Our 220-pounder Quin Moyer, he didn’t wrestle last year, but he came to wrestle this year and he’s been absolutely dominant the entire season.”
Clymer had been less than 100 percent in each of the past two seasons, dealing with hip injuries as postseason wrestling set in. Peters, who wrestles at 138 pounds, missed the past two individual postseasons. Both have been to states in prior years, as have Jackson Bernhard and Colin Rex last winter.
But this year, the Tigers are hoping all four get back to Hershey at the same time, maybe even a couple more.
In the most competitive bout of the evening, Peters edged Southern Lehigh’s Nicholas Colasurdo with a 9-3 decision in the first match of the night. After the Spartans picked up a forfeit win at 145 pounds, the tide shifted the Tigers’ way.
Will Dellicker (152) got it started with a fall in 1:14 after Southern Lehigh’s Nathan Derby led 5-2 in the first period.
“We were missing our 145-pounder Collin Rex,” Clymer said. “Then we didn’t have anyone to back him up. We were a little bit nervous to see what we would do. They bumped up their kid to [face] Will Dellicker, which was big because he ended up getting a pin for us. We did not have him getting that pin.”
Bernhard and Ryan Kaverkamp added falls in the next two matches. Then Clymer captured a 15-0 tech fall for Northwestern at 182 pounds, the fourth straight bout that went the Tigers’ way.
“I felt like I wrestled well,” Clymer said. “I knew the challenge for me in the match would be my takedowns because he was a lot stronger than I was. But that was pretty much it. As soon as I got to my takedown, I knew I would dominate the top. I was able to go out and do that in the second period.”
Northwestern also got falls from Moyer at 220 pounds, Jake Dellicker at 106 and Donovan White at 132 to end the match.
For Clymer, nearly a year after dealing with a nagging hip injury, he feels as great as he has in years. It couldn’t come at a better time.
“Everything is going pretty good right now,” Clymer said. “The body is still all together. The hip isn’t broken. Everything is going pretty good right now as far as health goes.”