Wrestlers season comes to end
Austin Brett and Tyler Melendez both cherished their opportunity to compete at the PIAA Class 2A Southeastern Regional at Wilson West Lawn High School last weekend.
However, they didn’t get to advance to the next step.
Brett’s and Melendez’s season ended in the consolation rounds of the tournament. For Brett, a freshman, it was the first step toward a promising career ahead. On the other hand, Melendez, a senior, saw the chapter close on his wrestling career.
“Both boys made it to the consolation round Saturday morning, but came up a little short,” said Catasauqua head coach Joe Russo. “We had the pleasure of having these two guys come through our youth program pushing each other to get to where they were and hopefully, eventually Hershey.”
Brett, who entered the tournament with an overall 10-5 record, began his day in the 113-pound bracket by being the victim of a quick fall from Dalton Gimbor of Brandywine Heights.
He then fell to the consolation round where he beat Andree Park of Faith Christian Academy, 11-10, in his opening match. But Brett then lost to John Newhall of Jim Thorpe, 6-0, to end his day.
Brett finished fourth at districts in the same weight class.
“This was where I wanted to be,” said Brett. “It was an amazing experience in districts and regionals.”
Melendez, who wrestled in the 120-pount bracket and began with a 16-3 record, began his day by suffering a 9-0 loss to Joshua Tuckey of Biglerville.
He then had a bye in the opening round of consolations before his day ended when he endured a 11-0 major decision from Ryan Berstler of Middletown.
Melendez ended his career with an overall 73-42 record. He finished third at districts this season, and also had a fifth-place finish in his sophomore year.
Overall, Russo saw progress throughout the season after a slow start. The Roughies will lose six seniors from their lineup.
“We had problems getting everyone in the lineup at the same time due to injuries, which hindered us in some of our dual meets, but we qualified for district duals. It was good to see us bring 10 guys to districts and place four of them.
“There are boys who have been in the program since they were five or six years old that will soon be on our high school team.
“Watching them grow into fine young men is something you just can’t measure in a box score. My staff and I are very proud of all of our wrestlers this season and we are looking forward to getting back to work and prepare for next year.”