Emmaus wrestlers compete in postseason meets
The Emmaus wrestling program’s week of championship caliber competition produced great efforts and mixed results in postseason competition.
The Green Hornets battled all the way in a classic match with Liberty at the East Penn Conference Duals on Jan. 25 at Easton Middle School.
“I thought some wrestlers really wrestled well against Liberty,” said coach Thad Smith. “Some had little mental breakdowns. Such as not knowing the score or where they were on the mat on in the match.”
More than one Emmaus wrestler went out of bounds, stopped on the edge of the mat, failed to wrestle to whistle or wasn’t cognizant of the match score.
“Wrestling is as much mental as it is physical,” the coach said. “We need to continue to learn the mental side of the sport as well as the physical.”
Smith says it’s his job to make it happen.
“I think sometimes I spend more time on the physical and not enough on the mental,” Smith said.
The Green Hornets bounced back five days later in a final performance against the Easton Red Rovers in the District 11 Class 3A team tournament.
At districts, Emmaus came through in the clutch.
Trailing 25-24, Kordell Waiters (138) and Quin Scott (145) both won their matches with decisions to give the Green Hornets a 30-25 first-round victory.
The quarterfinal was another matter. The G Hornets were manhandled eventual district camp Nazareth 66-0.
But the Hornets did not give up. Two days later, on Feb. 1 at Freedom High School, then Smiths squad took care of the Pottsville Crimson Tide 45-24 in the first round consolations.
A few hours later, Emmaus was beaten by the Northampton Konkrete Kids 43-15.
Losing is not something with which Emmaus’ Caden Wright is familiar. The senior, who has wrestled at 182 and 195 pounds, has had a superb career.
In the final weeks and days of his high school career, Wright went into the postseason with a 109-26 record. Wright’s secret to success is not complex. He never gives up.
“Caden reached a significant milestone with 100 wins,” said Smith. “He works unbelievably hard in the room and deserves everything he gets. He is a leader on and off the mat, and I truly believe his best is yet to come.”