The Emmaus wrestling team competed in Saturday’s Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Championship Day.
The Hornets (13-7 overall, 5-4 EPC) finished in third place in Division A. They matched up against Liberty, the third place team from Division B, on championship day.
Liberty won 11 of the 14 matches while getting pins in four of them to come away with a 46-14 victory.
Emmaus’ Dan Oberle and Lucas Schaf pinned their Hurricane opponents. Matt Hamati got his team’s only other win, which came by decision.
Late in the season, it gets tough to know when your team – especially one that is struggling – needs a break and when it needs to keep working. Coach Carl Scheitrum and his staff decided that the team needed a bit of a break and canceled practice this past Saturday. It wasn’t only to give the players a break, but they had been working hard, so it served as a reward. Whether it was the day off or something else, the team played arguably its worst game of the season, falling to Parkland 69-30.
Two days after scoring his 1000th point at home in front of his family, David Kachelries was back at it, but with some help from one of his family members in his brother Matt.
David and Matt Kachelries combined to score 49 points and lead a comeback effort for a crucial 74-67 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference road win at Central Catholic last Friday night.
When Brian Hunter was a senior at Emmaus back in 2007, he scored his 1000th career point in the Emmaus High School gym. A young David Kachelries was in attendance that night. Little did he know his day would come.
Kachelries scored his 1,000th career point in the same fashion as Hunter had, with a long-range three-pointer. It came in last week’s 66-57 win over Northampton.
“It was great. It was perfectly lined up,” Kachelries said. “To do it in front of friends and family is awesome. I needed 15 and when I was at 12, I knew I was going for the three. It was a great feeling.
Both the Emmaus boys and girls came into their meet with Liberty last week with perfect 7-0 records, while Liberty’s boys were also 7-0 and the girls stood at 6-1, with just a loss to Parkland in the way of their perfect season. With the Parkland girls still undefeated and the boys with just one loss, the Hornets knew that both Liberty and Parkland were in the way of their hunt for an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference title and a perfect season to go with it.
The annual East Penn Conference wrestling championships will take place this Saturday at Easton Area Middle School and the matchups for the day’s event are close to being finalized heading into the weekend.
Official pairings won’t be released until Thursday, but the pairings for the marquee bouts this weekend have already been clinched, as wrestling will take place at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Wrestling will be broken down with teams from each of the EPC’s two divisions battling against each other based on where they finish in the standings in their respective divisions.
Emmaus wrestler Lucas Schaf knows just how tough it can be.
Schaf, a senior, watched his brother Taylor, a 2014 graduate of Emmaus, come up short at capturing 100 career wins on the mat. Injuries in his sophomore and junior seasons had a big part to do with that shortcoming.
Lucas wanted to make a name not only for himself, but for his family name as well when he sought that same elusive feat.
Emmaus head coach Jeff Arbushites has seen, for the most part, a team that has lived up to expectations through the Hornets’ 17 dual matches this season.
But there have also been a few occasions in which Arbushites is waiting for that same Hornets squad to put it all together against some of the East Penn Conference’s top-level competition.
Head coach Steve Yoder knew it was going to be a tough game, but he didn’t want to make any excuses.
Nazareth was playing in front of its home crowd and seeking revenge after a 49-45 loss to Emmaus back in December that knocked the Blue Eagles from the ranks of the unbeaten.
A 50-point second half surge helped lead Nazareth past Emmaus (14-4 overall, 9-3 EPC) 73-65 last Friday evening at Nazareth Area High School.
By the time Emmaus swimmers travel to Liberty for their meet on Thursday, it will have been a week since their last competition, thanks to the Blizzard of 2016. The Liberty match will be a huge test for Emmaus, who come in with both their boys and girls teams at a perfect 7-0. Liberty’s boys are 7-0, while the girls are 6-1 on the season. The Liberty girls’ only loss came to Parkland, whose girls are also 7-0 on the year.