Grapplers compete at Zephyr Dual Tourney
Northwestern Lehigh’s wrestling team battled top competition Jan. 5 during the Zephyr Duals at Whitehall High School, defeating Southern Lehigh in a consolation round after dropping matches to Bangor, Muncy and Pocono Mountain East.
“We wrestled well,” said Northwestern head coach Jim Moll in assessing his team’s overall performance. “We wrestled some tough teams. Bangor’s tough. Muncy’s real good, I think fourth in the state. So it was good to see what that competition looks like. It kind of showed us where we are at. There’s some stuff on film from matches that we definitely have to clean up,”
During their first round-matchup, the Tigers came up on the short-end of a 45-24 decision to Bangor. Raising their arms in victory were brothers Elijah and Jake Dellicker at 106 and 120, respectively. Ben Griffith, Donovan White, Harrison Bernhard and Tyler Watson also were winners at 132, 138, 145 and 182, respectively.
The Tigers were dominated in their battle with Muncy, losing 62-12. Winners for the Tigers were Elijah Dellicker (106), Mason Brensinger (120) and Ben Griffith (132).
Later in the day, Northwestern lost a heartbreaker to Pocono Mountain East 36-34 in the ninth-place match. The brothers Dellicker (Elijah and Jake) came out on top in their 106 and 120 battles. Brensinger won an 8-5 decision at 126 and Bernhard took care of business at 145 at 11-3. Ryan Haas, Ryan Havercamp and Tyler Watson also proved victorious.
“We lost a close one to Pocono Mountain East, but again a good effort,” the coach said. “That’s all that we’re really looking for right now. Good effort, good attitude each match.
Northwestern rebounded for their lone dual victory over Southern Lehigh during an extra round.
“We were lucky enough to end the day with a win against Southern (Lehigh),” Moll said. “Eli Dellicker had a really good day. This was his first time down to 106 from 113, so that weight suits him much better.
“Ben Griffith looked good. Mason Brensinger looked good and Jack Casciano the last few matches of the day really stepped up and wrestled well.”