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PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERBNorthwestern’s Tyler Watson competes against Council Rock South’s Nik Korbich at the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Tournament. Watson won the match by fall in 3:05. Copyright - Don Herb 2017_ PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERBNorthwestern’s Tyler Watson competes against Council Rock South’s Nik Korbich at the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Tournament. Watson won the match by fall in 3:05. Copyright - Don Herb 2017_

Article By: TODD KRESS tkress@tnonline.com

Saturday, January 5, 2019 by TODD KRESS tkress@tnonline.com in Sports

Bernhard wins three matches at Bethlehem Holiday Classic

The 25th annual Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic was held last Friday and Saturday at Liberty High School. A number of Northwestern grapplers had successful outings at the highly competitive tournament that included some of the best Class 2A and 3A teams locally, as well as a number of other squads from across the country.

A total of 32 teams competed in the tournament, with Liberty repeating as team champions for the second straight season with 225 points. Northampton (211) and Nazareth (170.5) rounded out the top three finishers. Northwestern finished with 22.5 points.

Harrison Bernhard was the Tiger who advanced the furthest, going 3-2 and accounting for eight of Northwestern’s 22.5 points at 145 pounds. After winning his opening match via a 7-3 decision over Quakertown’s Trent Nielsen, a major decision defeat in the next round sent him into the consolation bracket.

Bernhard pinned both North Penn’s Nolan Roberts and Northern Lebanon’s Kai Whitman in the consolation bracket. Saucon Valley’s Nicholas Rosengrant ended Bernhard’s run with a 4-0 decision in his final match.

Donovan White, wrestling at 138 pounds, won two matches and earned 5.5 team points. White’s tournament started off well with a 16-1 tech fall against Wyoming Valley West’s Matt Giza in the first round. After a tough 6-3 loss against Quakertown’s Domenic DeFalco, White once again looked dominant.

White picked up a major decision against Northern Lebanon’s Cooper Gill, 11-0. Saucon Valley’s Thomas Spirk then pinned White in the first round of his next match.

Ryan Haverkamp picked up six team points at 195 pounds and went 2-2. Haverkamp pinned Whitehall’s Timothy Ritter in just 37 seconds in the first round. He won by major decision over Honesdale’s Michael Ehrlich, 14-4, in the second round of the consolation bracket.

Ryan Haas (160) and Tyler Watson (182) also picked up wins for the Tigers.

Haas defeated Tri Valley’s Aaron Heffron via a 3-2 decision in the consolation bracket. Watson won his first match with a 7-4 decision over Parkland’s Jacob Ortman.

Liberty had 10 wrestlers earn medals on Saturday, including four champions: Tal-Reese Flemming at 113 pounds, Matt Maloney at 120, Damen Moyer at 195, and Jaden Freeman at 285.

The 25th annual Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic was held last Friday and Saturday at Liberty High School. A number of Northwestern grapplers had successful outings at the highly competitive tournament that included some of the best Class 2A and 3A teams locally, as well as a number of other squads from across the country.

A total of 32 teams competed in the tournament, with Liberty repeating as team champions for the second straight season with 225 points. Northampton (211) and Nazareth (170.5) rounded out the top three finishers. Northwestern finished with 22.5 points.

Harrison Bernhard was the Tiger who advanced the furthest, going 3-2 and accounting for eight of Northwestern’s 22.5 points at 145 pounds. After winning his opening match via a 7-3 decision over Quakertown’s Trent Nielsen, a major decision defeat in the next round sent him into the consolation bracket.

Bernhard pinned both North Penn’s Nolan Roberts and Northern Lebanon’s Kai Whitman in the consolation bracket. Saucon Valley’s Nicholas Rosengrant ended Bernhard’s run with a 4-0 decision in his final match.

Donovan White, wrestling at 138 pounds, won two matches and earned 5.5 team points. White’s tournament started off well with a 16-1 tech fall against Wyoming Valley West’s Matt Giza in the first round. After a tough 6-3 loss against Quakertown’s Domenic DeFalco, White once again looked dominant.

White picked up a major decision against Northern Lebanon’s Cooper Gill, 11-0. Saucon Valley’s Thomas Spirk then pinned White in the first round of his next match.

Ryan Haverkamp picked up six team points at 195 pounds and went 2-2. Haverkamp pinned Whitehall’s Timothy Ritter in just 37 seconds in the first round. He won by major decision over Honesdale’s Michael Ehrlich, 14-4, in the second round of the consolation bracket.

Ryan Haas (160) and Tyler Watson (182) also picked up wins for the Tigers.

Haas defeated Tri Valley’s Aaron Heffron via a 3-2 decision in the consolation bracket. Watson won his first match with a 7-4 decision over Parkland’s Jacob Ortman.

Liberty had 10 wrestlers earn medals on Saturday, including four champions: Tal-Reese Flemming at 113 pounds, Matt Maloney at 120, Damen Moyer at 195, and Jaden Freeman at 285.