Roughs to rest
For the next few weeks, Catasauqua's wrestling program will be dealing with the proverbial waiting game.
In recent weeks, the Roughies achieved a major team goal by reaching the Colonial league team championships as well as the District 11 Class 2A dual championships, the latter resulting in a 56-13 defeat to Saucon Valley after a loss to Bethlehem Catholic in the Colonial League final rounds. Catty advanced to meet Saucon Valley after they defeated North Schuylkill, 33-31, behind Devon Green's clinching fall at 132 pounds in the second-last match of the night.
Yet, head coach Mike Conner can appreciate his team reaching a pinnacle. However, they will now have to wait until the weekend of Feb. 21-22 to begin their assault on the individual District 11 championship tournament.
"We needed a few days off," stated Conner. "We have some bumps and bruises, but these guys will tell you it was all worth it. That's where we wanted to be. These guys worked very hard to reach these goals.
"We knew we were up against some very good teams, but our guys wrestled well. Saucon (Valley) is a very good team and they are loaded at each weight class. Our guys went after them and I'm very proud of what we were able to accomplish."
Against Saucon Valley, Zac Bradley (160), Rhaine Sziy (182), and Casey Simmons (136) were the lone Roughies to register victories, and they all did in impressive style.
Bradley had a solid all-around match in a 7-0 decision over Jason Lynch, and Sziy posted an impressive 10-0 shutout over Tyler Kehs. Simmons recorded a fall over Nate Harka in 3:57.
Conner sees the trio making an impact at the upcoming district tournament. Jared Nosal (195), who lost a close 4-2 decision in the Saucon Valley match, also looms as grappler who can make some noise.
"Rhaine (Sziy) has a great shot to advance to regionals," said Conner. "He has only lost one match (33-1) and has really wrestled well. But we also expect good thins from Zac (Bradley), Casey (Simmons), and Jared (Nosal). They have all really excelled for us all year.
"But we're happy to have a solid lineup heading into districts and anyone can surprise. It will be interesting to see how some of them will be seeded."
With a bout of inactivity ahead, Conner sees the possibility of scrimmages against Whitehall, Northampton and possibly Parkland to help keep his team's edge.
"When you're wrestling well, you want to wrestle the next week," he said. "You want to see your guys stay on top. Sometimes, they can easily put back on the weight they lost. We'll get some scrimmages and that will help.
"We're confident with everything we have right now. We would rather get right into districts, but we'll be ready."