For the third time this season District XI powers Bethlehem Catholic will take on Northampton Area but this time it will be for PIAA State Gold. On Friday night from inside the GIANT Center an unlikely Northampton found themselves sitting in the State Finals after a ten year absence from the PIAA State Dual Team Tournament.

The last time the Konkrete Kids made an appearance in the PIAA State Dual Team Tournament was 2009 when they finished third. Since then Northampton has been on the short-end of a District XI stick that only qualifies two teams to the State Tournament. They are in search of their second ever State Dual Team title having won the crown in 2000 – just the second ever contested Dual Team Championships. It is their first State Finals appearance since 2008 when they were second to Central Dauphin.

For Bethlehem Catholic this is normal. The Golden Hawks are looking for their second straight State Championship and their seventh overall. Since 2011 there has only been two years where Bethlehem Catholic has not won a State title – 2015 & 2017.

If recent memory serves us correctly, it looks promising for Bethlehem Catholic as they have twice this season defeated Northampton including last week in the District XI semifinals. Their first meeting on December 20th was a (32-26) win for BECAHI but the gap widened last week when the Golden Hawks were victorious (41-13). The good news for Jeff Karam is he now has Tavion Banks available at 182 pounds. The bad news for Seth Lisa is State Medalist Devon Britton is highly unlikely to make his return back from an injury on Saturday afternoon.

Regardless of the result on Saturday it is quite the run Northampton has had this post-season as they won four matches last weekend, including victories over #4 Liberty and #5 Nazareth, to qualify for the PIAA State Tournament. 

In the Semifinals Bethlehem Catholic rode a wave of six straight wins to start out against #7 Council Rock South. They never looked back in a (41-15) thrashing of the Hawks. Northampton won almost all of the critical matches in a convincing (34-22) win over #2 Kiski Area. 

 

Championship Semifinals 

 

#1 Bethlehem Catholic 41, #7 Council Rock South 15

 

132 #3 Kenny Herrmann (Bethlehem Catholic Hs) DEC LJ Kahn (Council Rock South Hs), 6-3

138 #6 Matt Lackman (Bethlehem Catholic Hs) F Landon Moore (Council Rock South Hs), 2:53

145 #1 Ryan Anderson (Bethlehem Catholic Hs) DEC #11 Eric Woloshyn (Council Rock South Hs), 13-6

152 #2 Cole Handlovic (Bethlehem Catholic Hs) TF #18 Cole Flanagan (Council Rock South Hs), 24-9 4:29

160 #1 Luca Frinzi (Bethlehem Catholic Hs) DEC #19 Matt Colajezzi (Council Rock South Hs), 4-1

170 #17 Jaden Youwakim (Bethlehem Catholic Hs) DEC #19 Nik Korbich (Council Rock South Hs), 6-4 SV

182 Giani Gilch (Council Rock South Hs) DEC Henry Pavis (Bethlehem Catholic Hs), 7-2

195 Tavion Banks (Bethlehem Catholic Hs) F Peter Eklund (Council Rock South Hs), 0:46

285 #13 Jase Crouse (Bethlehem Catholic Hs) F Dom Ditri (Council Rock South Hs), 1:00

106 #4 Kyle Waterman (Council Rock South Hs) DEC #7 Dante Frinzi (Bethlehem Catholic Hs), 2-0

113 #6 Maximino Mendez (Council Rock South Hs) DEC #5 Matt Mayer (Bethlehem Catholic Hs), 4-2

120 #10 Shane Hanson-Ashworth (Council Rock South Hs) DEC Nate Lackman (Bethlehem Catholic Hs), 4-3

126 #19 Braden Ricchini (Council Rock South Hs) DEC Dillon Murphy (Bethlehem Catholic Hs), 3-1 SV

 

 

#3 Northampton 34, #2 Kiski Area 22

 

132 Sammy Starr (Kiski Area Hs) DEC Ethan Szerencsits (Northampton Area Hs), 4-0

138 #1 Julian Chlebove (Northampton Area Hs) F Jared Curcio (Kiski Area Hs), 3:51

145 #5 Jagger Condomitti (Northampton Area Hs) F Collin Murray (Kiski Area Hs), 3:54

152 #9 Michael Kistler (Northampton Area Hs) DEC #21 Enzo Morlacci (Kiski Area Hs), 5-1

160 #3 Cam Connor (Kiski Area Hs) F Erik Schreck (Northampton Area Hs), 3:02

170 #4 Jack Blumer (Kiski Area Hs) MD Traisach Roland (Northampton Area Hs), 14-4

182 #5 Nick Delp (Kiski Area Hs) DEC Riley Gallagher (Northampton Area Hs), 6-4

195 Jayden Bortz (Northampton Area Hs) DEC #14 Brayden Roscosky (Kiski Area Hs), 9-8

220 Blake Lambert (Northampton Area Hs) DEC #15 Troy Kuhn (Kiski Area Hs), 4-1

285 #11 Hunter Werkheiser (Northampton Area Hs) DEC #24 Stone Joseph (Kiski Area Hs), 1-0

106 #18 Ryan Stilgenbauer (Northampton Area Hs) DEC Antonio Giordano (Kiski Area Hs), 2-1

113 #22 Alexander Hanley (Northampton Area Hs) MD Julian Jones (Kiski Area Hs), 11-2

120 Samuel Hanley (Northampton Area Hs) DEC Dom Giordano (Kiski Area Hs), 6-2

126 #2 Darren Miller (Kiski Area Hs) FFT

 

 

Previous 2018-2019 Season Meeting Between BECAHI and Northampton

 

Bethlehem Catholic over Northampton (32-26)

Thursday, December 20, 2018 @ Bethlehem Catholic

 

138 – Devon Britton dec. Matt Lackman, 8-2 (0-3)

145 – Ryan Anderson dec. Jagger Condomitti, 7-5 (3-3)

152 – Cole Handlovic won by tech. fall over Jared Russell, 26-8 5:15 (8-3)

160 – Luca Frinzi dec. Michael Kistler, 9-4 (11-3)

170 – Jaden Youwakim dec. Jacob Flood, 10-3 (14-3)

182 – Riley Gallagher pinned Henry Pavis, 3:25 (14-9)

195 – Joe Kurtz pinned Braeden Gehris, 0:25 (20-9)

220 – Blake Lambert pinned Jarius Rosado, 3:04 (20-15)

285 – Jase Crouse dec. Hunter Werkheiser, 5-2 (23-15)

106 – Dante Frinzi dec. Ryan Stilgenbauer, 6-1 (26-15)

113 – Alexander Hanley maj. dec. Trey Miletics, 13-1 (26-19)

120 – Matt Mayer pinned Noah Reichelderfer, 2:45 (32-19)

126 – Sam Hanley maj. dec. Dillon Murphy, 9-0 (32-23)

132 – Julian Chlebove dec. Kenny Herrmann, 7-3 (32-26)

 

 

Bethlehem Catholic over Northampton (41-13)

Saturday, February 2, 2019 @ District 11 AAA Duals Semifinals

 

160 – Luca Frinzi dec. Michael Kistler, 7-3 (3-0)

170 – Jaden Youwakim pinned Traisach Roland, 1:02 (9-0)

182 – Riley Gallagher dec. Henry Pavis, 9-3 (9-3)

195 – Joe Kurtz maj. dec. Jayden Bortz, 14-3 (13-3)

220 – Blake Lambert dec. Jarius Rosado, 2-0 (13-6)

285 – Jase Crouse dec. Hunter Werkheiser, 7-2 (16-6)

106 – Dante Frinzi dec. Ryan Stilgenbauer, 8-6 (19-6)

113 – Matt Mayer maj. dec. Gunnar Wagner, 16-4 (23-6)

120 – Sam Hanley maj. dec. Nathan Lackman, 8-0 (23-10)

126 – Dillon Murphy dec. Ethan Szerencsits, 6-4 (26-10)

132 – Julian Chlebove dec. Kenny Herrmann, 5-3 (26-13)

138 – Matt Lackman won by forfeit (32-13)

145 – Ryan Anderson dec. Jagger Condomitti, 7-3 (35-13)

152 – Cole Handlovic pinned Erik Schreck, 1:25 (41-13)