Wrestlers get a good test in Hamburg
Catasauqua head wrestling coach Mike Conner has yet to find his perfect lineup this season, but he hasn't been disappointed in his team's results.
The Roughies recently competed in a tournament in Hamburg over the weekend in which they faced teams in both Class AA and AAA categories. Perennially recognized as a difficult tournament, Catty came away with an overall 3-2 mark in five matches.
"That was a good weekend and a good test for us,' said Conner. "That tournament is always a tough one with very good competition. We had some forfeits along the way when some of our kids were sick and couldn't make weight.
"If they did, we easily could have been 4-1. Some of our kids had rally good weekends there."
Juniors Tyler Trobetsky (170) and Jacob Schlinkman (285) both finished the tournament with unblemished 5-0 marks as they both have continued to develop during the season. Schlinkman was a district runner-up last season.
"Tyler (Trobetsky) is starting to come into his own and he is off to a nice start this season," Conner said. "(Schlinkman) is having a good year, but he has changed his style recently.
"He (Schlinkman) found out that he couldn't muscle some of the bigger guys, so he's going back t the style he used last year. He is one of more dependable wrestlers."
Conner also has been impressed with junior Rhaine Sziy (182), who suffered his first loss of the season (21-1) at the tournament after a 4-1 showing in the tournament.
"Rhaine (Sziy) is another wrestler who has really grown into his own style," Conner said. "He (Sziy) works very hard and that is really starting to show for him this season.
"We expect him to have a good finish for us this year."
Senior Eric Matz (152) continues to be sidelined with an elbow injury from football, but Conner expects him back in the lineup soon. Senior Casey Simmons (147) failed to make weight at the Hamburg Tournament and junior Ty Kern (120) didn't participate due to a sickness.
When all of his grapplers are healthy, Conner will be totally satisfied and also anticipates his club increasing their profiled in the area.
"We have the makings to be a very good team," Conner said. "This season, we have more depth that we have had in the past. Also, we have a number of guys who gained experience last season.
"It has been a season in which we have had one, tow or three guys out of the lineup due to not making weight, the match, or being sick. Hopefully, we can get everyone back soon."
Catty entertained Northwestern Wednesday night and they then travel to Palmerton for a Saturday afternoon bout. The Roughies began the week with an overall 6-2 dual meet record with their lone defeats to Pius X and Scranton.
Conner is confident his club can continue its momentum this week as they have a district duals berth in their sights.
"Getting those wins in the Hamburg tournament should help us with points for the district duals," he said. "Getting there is one of our main goals this season. We could have two touch matches this week with Northwestern and Palmerton and we have to keep our pace.
"We need to keep working to have our solid lineup."