BECA Crowns 4 Champs
For Bethlehem Catholic, the championship round of the District 11 Class AAA wrestling tournament turned into a night of numbers.
Or like 10 Northeast Regional qualifiers – the champions plus Zach Glenn (third at 106), Luke Carty (third at 120), Stephen Maloney (second at 138), Cole Karam(third at 152), Jody Crouse (second at 195) and Niko Camacho (second at 285)
Or like 227.5 team points, good enough for the Golden Hawks’ second D-11 AAA team title in a row.
Or like multiple D-11 crowns – 4 for Karam, 3 for Soldridge and Labriola, 2 for Gould, which add up to a nice round number of 12.
“It’s a great honor to be a three-time District 11 champion, especially since this is the best district in the state and one of the best in the country,” said Soldridge, who edged Dieruff’s Jayden Reyes 4-3 in double overtime for his third title.
Labriola, after a slow start, put on a takedown festival against Parkland’s Frank Guida to win 16-7 in rather routine fashion.
At 132, Gould and Emmaus senior Lucas Schaf put on an entertaining show in their back-and-forth final before Gould emerged victorious 8-5.
Karam, who overwhelmed Parkland’s Andrew Mastrangelo 9-0 in typically physical, businesslike fashion to claim his fourth D-11 crown, has bigger fish to fry.
“I guess it feels great and it’s always a nice thing to do, but I’m not dwelling on it long,” Karam said. “I have my eyes set on one goal.” That goal is, of course, a third PIAA title for the Lehigh-bound senior.
But Karam was thrilled for the team’s performance.
“I am ecstatic with how we did,” he said. “I see us getting better every day. I think we’re wrestling as well as we have all season.”
Becahi lost three finals – one by forfeit after the beat-up Maloney could not continue after his thrilling 3-2 semifinal win over Easton’s Evan Fidelibus – and the other two to state-ranked No. 1 wrestlers.