Tigers take third at D-11 Duals
Northwestern wanted another shot at Saucon Valley.
But so did Wilson.
The Warriors got the rematch they wanted by knocking off the Tigers in the semifinals of the District 11 Class 2A team championships on Saturday at Freedom’s McIntyre Gymnasium. The victory avenged a loss to Northwestern in the semifinals of the Colonial League tournament a week earlier.
“Obviously, (losing to Wilson) was a letdown,” said Tigers head coach Jim Moll. “The goal coming in was to be district champs. We felt we could push Saucon and be even closer than we were in the past.
“But we had to get by Wilson first and they wrestled a great match. And a lot of stuff went their way today ... they earned it. They wrestled real hard in some close matches, and made it tough on us.”
Northwestern rebounded with two wins in the consolation bracket. The Tigers defeated Tamaqua before rallying to top Pen Argyl in the consolation final.
Despite having their hopes dashed earlier, the third-seeded Tigers finished strong with a 43-33 win over the No. 10 seed Green Knights.
Trailing 33-27, Northwestern won the final three bouts to take the match. The run started with a major decision from Matt Peters at 138, and was capped off by pins from Colin Rex (145) and Jackson Bernhard.
The pin from Rex put the Tigers ahead for good at 37-33.
“I had to bump up when my team needed me for the last match (against Pen Argyl) ,” said Rex. “And overall it worked out really well.”
Pen Argyl took the lead with a flurry of pins, but Northwestern countered with falls from Tyler Watson (182), Quin Moyer (220) and Ben Griffith (120). Griffith’s fall broke a 21-21 tie and gave the Tigers a 27-21 advantage.
Wilson defeated the Tigers 37-36 on criteria. Tied at 36-36, criteria C, unsportsmanlike conduct penalties during the match, broke the deadlock and gave the Warriors the win.
The Tigers led 24-19 after the first nine matches, but No. 2 seed Wilson won three of the final five bouts. Pins from Matt Peters (132) and Colin Rex (138) in the final two matches brought the score to 36-36.
Will Dellicker (145) started the match with a pin for Northwestern and Jake Dellicker’s fall at 106 gave the Tigers a 24-19 lead.
Second round cons.
The Tigers won the first six matches en route to a 50-24 win over Tamaqua.
“It’s good that we bounced back,” Moll said. “A loss can be good if they show they can respond well, and wrestle well, after a loss.”
Jackson Bernhard (152), Caleb Clymer (170), Isaac Bredbenner (195), Quin Moyer (220) and Matt Peters had pins for Northwestern.
Tyler Watson (182) and Will Dellicker (145) also got bonus points for the Tigers with major decisions.
The Tigers had a first-round bye before rolling to a 61-9 victory over the Panthers.
The third-seeded Tigers won the first four matches and took eight of the 10 contested bouts.
Quin Moyer (220), Harrison Bernhard (126) and Donovan White (132) all had pins. Matt Peters (138) recorded a tech fall, while Williard Dellicker (152) and Caleb Clymer (170) won by major decision to get bonus points for Northwestern, which got four forfeits in the match.
Jackson Bernhard picked up a 3-1 decision in overtime over Tanner Kennedy at 160 pounds in the third bout of the match to push the Tigers lead to 10-0. Bernhard also had an overtime victory on Monday against Saucon Valley in the league title match.
Bernhard credited improved fitness for helping him pull through in both matches.
“I actually helped start get our morning runs going, so we’ve been getting our conditioning up,” said Bernhard. “That definitely helped me out in my match, and my last match. I had two overtime matches. It’s good to have a little bit of energy in the tank when I’m going out there.”
The Tigers have a nonleague match Tuesday at Liberty. After that they will go on to Class 2A individual districts Feb. 23-24.