CHS wins a round
Freshmen Devin Greene was the hero for the wrestling Roughs at Freedom last Friday in the District 11 2A team duals. Catty, the number seven seed, beat 10-seed North Schuylkill, 33-31.
Greene cranked a headlock on Justin Rodriguez and converted it into a pin at 1:23. By virtue of Green's victory, Catty won and got to wrestle Colonial League champion Saucon Valley in the next round.
Saucon would roll to victory over the Roughies before getting pounded by Bethlehem Catholic in the finals. Both teams moved on to the state duals in Hershey.
But, the big match of the night for Catty was Greene's pin over Rodriguez, a North Schuylkill senior.
"The team needed Devin to pin in order to beat North Schulkill, because we were going to have to forfeit the final match at 138," assistant coach Steve Bradley said. "Devin came through with an extremely tight head lock and pinned his opponent. The gym erupted. Catasauqua High School Wrestling has a strong following on the road not just parents like some other schools and Catty's fans are purists who know the sport."
Zack Bradley had a good night taking control of both of his matches beating two tough opponents. Bradley is now 27-6 on the season. Rhaine Sziy went 2-0 on the night as well and is now 33-1 on the year.
The meet began with Jordan Shimkus edging CHS senior Casey Simmons 7-5 at 145. Catty actually trailed 3-(-1) after a point deduction. At 152 Nate Doria kept up his awesome pace pinning Nick Price in 58 seconds.
Catty's Josh Melendez fought valiantly but fell to Austin Hummel at 160. That's when Zack Bradley followed at 170 and had a textbook win over Garet Grace, 6-2. Tyler Trobetsky was edged 11-9 by North Schuylkill's Dan McSurdy at 182 for a 12-8 Pen Argyl lead.
Rhaine Sziy racked up a major decision 9-0 over C.J. Steinkiller before Tanner Dean scored a major decision, 13-2 win over 220 pounder Jared Nosal of Catty. That gaves North Schuylkill a 16-12 lead.
North Schuylkill registered their second win in a row in the battle of the big men, 3-0, as Nate Gadomski beat senior Jacob Schlinkman to make it 19-12.
Catty 106 pounder frosh Nick Mark won by forfeit to put the match at 19-18.
North Schuylkill's Jess Wetzel came back with a pin of CHS 10th grader Spencer Phillips in 19 seconds before Ty Kern of Catty fought hard for a 7-6 decision over Shane McGrath that made the score 25-21 in favor of NS.
Jacob Rusnock got a forfeit win at 126 to give Catty a 27-25 lead. Lorenzo Fisher finished the match at 138 with one. Catty got its 19th win of the season and finished 7-2 in the Colonial League.
Catty High head coach Mike Conner was happy with the Rough Riders performance. He thought the team wrestled well even in a 56-13 loss to Saucon Valley.
Wrestlers Nate Doria and Jared Nosal earned respect around the league losing tight matches against two very tough opponents.
Against the Panthers, Bradley won 7-0 over Jason Lynch at 170. Sziy took a 10-0 decision over Tyler Kehs at 182. Simmons was a winner by pin over Nate Harka at 145 in 3:57