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PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERBEmmaus’ Christopher Tigar earned high praise from his coach after a good showing at the Denver Duals last weekend. Copyright - Don Herb 2017_ PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERBEmmaus’ Christopher Tigar earned high praise from his coach after a good showing at the Denver Duals last weekend. Copyright - Don Herb 2017_

EHS takes third at Denver Duals

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE Special to the Press in Sports

With each passing week, the Emmaus varsity wrestling program gains an allusive commodity — confidence.

That confidence comes from winning matches and exceeding expectations. But Hornet head coach Thad Smith knows it starts with a fierce work ethic and an attitude his wrestlers will do whatever it takes to be primed for mat combat.

The hard work paid off Jan. 19 as the Green Hornets had a solid showing at the Denver Duals, held at Cocalico High School, finishing third out of eight schools.

“Overall I was pretty pleased with our performance,” said Smith. “The kids are really starting to believe in themselves and in one another and that can make a difference.”

In the quarterfinals, Emmaus dismissed Cocalico easily 56-15. After Bryce Ebinger came up on the short end of his match at 195 pounds, the Green Hornets got tough and won the next five matches for a commanding 30-3 lead. Luigi Mannino, James Santichen, James Bowie, Geovanni Lainez and Nicholas Velde all ended up in the winners’ column although only Mannino won his dual on the mat as the other four decisions were won by forfeit.

Sophomore Kordell Waiters was pinned at the 5:34 mark at 126, but Emmaus won six of the final seven matches. Quin Scott, senior Jackson Karrat, Jared Groller, Christopher Tigar, Caden Wright and Conner Carter all earned wins.

Smith noted that Tigar, a senior, is the glue that holds the Green Hornets together.

“This young man will do whatever it takes,” Smith said. “He came to me earlier this year and said ‘I’ll do whatever you need me to do for the team.’ His work ethic is so good. We would not be where we are without him.”

Wright, a junior, is having a super season with a 12-2 record.

“He’s our team leader,” the coach said. “As he goes so goes the team.”

The outwardly unassuming Wright keeps his teammates loose, according to Smith. But when it’s time to fight, Wright is all business.

After downing Cocalico, a fierce Hornet comeback in the semifinals against Wilson West Lawn came up short as they lost 37-34. Winners in the match included Santichen, Velde and Waiters, who pinned his opponent at the 2:59 mark in the 126 class.

“He’s a high-energy wrestler,” said Smith. “He’s developing confidence.”

Karrat also landed in the winning ledger against Wilson West Lawn at 138 pounds.

“He’s having his most successful season,” Smith said of the talented senior who is 14-5 this year. “He has a lot of class and he cares about this team and his teammates.”

Wright, wrestling at 170, pinned his opponent at the 1:48 mark to bring Emmaus within three at 31-28. However, Conner Carter was pinned in the 182 match to increase Wilson West Lawn’s to 37-28 before Ebinger pinned his foe in the 195-pound match to end the scoring.

In the third-place match, Emmaus beat Garden Spot 43-32 to claim the tournament’s bronze slot.

The Hornets also competed in dual meet last week, falling to Northampton 70-0.

The following are results of recent matches that were reported to the Press.

Thursday, Jan. 17

Northampton 74, Emmaus 0

113: Alex Hanley (N) pinned Giovanni Lainez in 4:47

120: Noah Reichelderfer (N) dec. Nicholas Velde, 6-1

126: Ethan Szerencsits (N) major dec. Kordell Waiters, 15-6

132: Blaise Wagner (N) pinned Quin Scott in 1:46

138: Julian Chlebove (N) tech. fall Jackson Karrat in 5:47

145: Jagger Condomitti (N) pinned Jack Brion in 3:08

152: Mikey Kistler (N) pinned Ethan Masik in :54

160: Erik Schreck (N) tech. fall Jared Groller in 4:25

170: Traisach Roland (N) dec. Christopher Tigar, 4-2

182: Riley Gallagher (N) pinned Connor Carter in 2:54

195: Jayden Bortz (N) won by forfeit

220: Blake Lambert (N) pinned Luigi Mannino in 3:28

285: Hunter Werkheiser (N) pinned James Santichen in 1:27

106: Ryan Stilgenbauer (N) pinned James Bowie in :36

Saturday, Jan. 19

Wilson West Lawn 37,

Emmaus 34

220: Bruce Vaughan (W) dec. Luigi Mannino, 3-2

285: James Santichen (E) pinned Ian Brightbill in 2:52

106: Aiden Dojan (W) dec. James Bowie, 14-7

113: Kelvin Rodriguez (W) dec. Geovanni Lainez, 13-7

120: Nicholas Velde (E) pinned Antonio Pena in 1:41

126: Kordell Waiters (E) pinned Dominic Jurado in 2:59

132: Ryan Lesko (W) pinned Quin Scott in 1:52

138: Jackson Karrat (E) major dec. Alex Sensenig, 11-2

145: Anthony Steinmeyer (W) pinned Jack Brion in 1:03

152: Brandon Connor (W) pinned Jared Groller in 3:41

160: Kolbe Eidle (W) major dec. Christopher Tigar, 14-6

170: Caden Wright (E) pinned Alex Beidelman in 1:48

182: Josh Harkless (W) pinned Connor Carter in 1:01

195: Bryce Ebinger (E) pinned Sam Zulich in 3:40

Saturday, Jan. 19

Emmaus 56, Cocalico 15

195: Ben Sola (C) dec. Bryce Ebinger, 7-1

220: Luigi Mannino (E) pinned Jacob Humphrey in 1:19

285: James Santichen (E) won by forfeit

106: James Bowie (E) won by forfeit

113: Geovanni Lainez (E) won by forfeit

120: Nicholas Velde (E) won by forfeit

126: Seth Fritz (C) pinned Kordell Waiters in 5:34

132: Quin Scott (E) dec. TobyHaldeman, 9-2

138: Jackson Karrat (E) tech. fall Trevor Hale, 16-1 in 4:25

145: Seamus Finnegan (C) won by DQ over Jack Brion

152: Jared Groller (E) won by forfeit

160: Christopher Tigar (E) dec. Benjamin Bearinger, 6-5

170: Caden Wright (E) dec. Alex May, 6-1

182: Connor Carter (E) pinned Wyatt Gehman in 5:44