EHS grapplers go 1-2 at D-11 Duals
The Emmaus Green Hornets wrestling program claimed a tight, 31-25 first round victory over the Freedom Patriots at the District 11 AAA Duals held Jan. 31 at Liberty High School.
Coach Thad Smith’s troops had to dig out of a 10-0 hole to do it. Freshman Quin Scott started the comeback with an 8-4 decision over Chris Nieves to cut the deficit to 10-3. Scott has faced some superb Lehigh Valley competition this year, but continues to learn and improve with each battle.
“This young man is a gamer, he gives me 100 percent,” said Smith.
Hardworking sophomore Kordell Waiters continued to impress Green Hornet fans as he pulled out a tough 4-3 decision over Connor Huber 4-3 at 126. The win pulled Emmaus to within four at 10-6, but Freedom took the 138-pound bout, setting up Jackson Karrat at 145.
The senior steamrolled Michael Gomes with a major-decision win 14-0. The 2018-19 season has been Karrat’s breakout campaign as he’s amassed an 18-6 record.
“This is the best he’s ever wrestled,” the coach said. “Even at this stage of his career he is looking to get better.”
Freshman Jared Groller pinned Freedom’s Shane Storm to give Emmaus its first lead, at 16-13.
“He’s very coachable and is buying into what we are teaching him,” Smith said. T
Groller is 16-8 during his solid rookie campaign.
The Hornets could have sulked after a loss at 160. Instead they got tough and claimed the next two matches.
Connor Carter won by forfeit at 170. The second win came courtesy of Caden Wright at 182, where he won a 4-0 decision over Freedom’s Jared Jenkins 4-0 to give Emmaus a 26-16 advantage. Wright has been superb all season, earning a sterling 15-3 record. Wright has done it all throughout his incredible 76-17 high school career.
The Green Hornets won the contest when Freedom forfeited the 285-pound match to James Santichen.
Unfortunately for Emmaus the rest of the night was not as prosperous. The quarterfinal matchup with the Liberty Hurricanes was never in doubt, as the Green Hornets were beaten 64-7.
Karrat earned a 9-2 decision over Christian Reid at 138 and Groller was dominant in a 14-1 major decision over Nicholas Santiago. The two young men accounted for all seven Green Hornet points.
Two days later, Emmaus was beaten by the Stroudsburg Mountaineers in the consolation round 46-15 at Freedom High School. Defeat aside, Smith said he was pleased.
“The matches were close and we put out a very good effort,” Smith said.
Geovanni Lainez won his 113-pound match over Mark Ortiz with an impressive pin at 6:51.
“He just wrestled great,” the coach noted.
Karrat also pinned his way to a raised arm in his 138-pound defeat of Luke Beebe in 3:09.
At this point Stroudsburg took control of the contest, winning the next five matches before senior Bryce Ebbinger won a tight 7-6 fight with Juwan Little at 195 pounds for the final moment of glory for the Green Hornets, who are 12-8 on the season.
With the team portion of the season now completed, the Hornets will prepare for the District 11 individual championships on Feb. 22-23.