WRESTLING - Three see season end
After a stellar dual meet season, Catasauqua’s wrestling team arguably continues to have one of the most successful athletic campaigns in the school this year.
The Roughies will extend their season this weekend when senior Ben Nosal travels to Hershey for the state tournament. It has been a season in which they have reached their goals.
Catty had four regionals qualifiers, advanced 10 wrestlers into the second round of districts, and they also competed in the district duals. The Roughies also finished among the top 10 teams in the Class 2A district meet.
Nosal, Ryan Greene, Tyler Youssef, and Tyler Melendez recently all made their mark in the Southeastern Regional, as Greene, Youssef, and Melendez just missed the mark to advance to Hershey.
Greene and Youssef were both district finalists.
“This was a great accomplishment for us to have four wrestlers at regionals,” said head coach Kyle Rusnock. “It is a grind all season long, and our kids were wrestling in one of the top regions in the state as well as the country.
“We had a solid year, but we need to get better.”
Rusnock acknowledged that his team experienced their share of victories and defeats.
“There were so many up and downs in a season,” added Rusnock. “We were coming off a good year last season. But things came together for us in a hurry.
“We were able to field a full lineup and that helped. We wanted to be a team over. 500, and get to district duals. We were able to accomplish that. We were a few minutes away from being one of the top four teams in our league.”
Rusnock knows his team could have a tough time filling the void of Greene, Nosal, and Youssef, who combined for over 75 wins this season and passed the 150 career mark for the trio.
“Greene has been working hard since he was a freshman,” said Rusnock. “I’m ecstatic to see Nosal get to states. I told him that this was his time. Youssef had a good season and he had all the talent and skills. He has come a long way. If someone told me that he (Youssef) would be a district finalist as a freshman, I might have had trouble believing them.
“All of them have come a long way. We’ll miss them, but we’re losing a lot of wins there.”
Regardless of the loss, Rusnock likes the direction of the program.
“We’ll be OK,” he said. “We’ll have a lot of younger kids who will be moving up for us. This was a good year for us and we want to keep moving forward.”