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Wrestling back on the mats this week

Many area winter teams are dealing with injuries and illness since the holiday break and Liberty’s wrestling team is no different.

The Hurricanes (3-3) haven’t wrestled a competitive dual meet since the Penn Manor tournament on December 18, but look to get back into action this Wednesday when they travel to face Bethlehem Catholic (2-0).

With half the team out of the lineup during the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic, head coach Brandon Hall is hoping his squad can get back into rhythm this month.

“We certainly were not healthy following the holiday tournament,” said Hall. “We had about half the team out with some type of illness. I know no one was pleased with our performance at the Holiday Classic. We have a lot of work to do to get where we want to be by the time the post season rolls around.”

With last week’s match against East Stroudsburg North postponed, it gave Hall and his staff time to work, even though a long stretch of practices can become redundant in the midst of a season.

“Yeah it certainly creates challenges for the team,” he said. “The team was motivated to get back to competing after the holiday tournament. Repetition and mat time are vital for an inexperienced team and this break will certainly set some kids back. We worked on our cardio, attacks to re-attacks and defense to offense. We continue to emphasize making healthy choices in our daily lives and staying in a positive state mentally.”

Freedom (6-1) is in the same boat as Liberty, as they had matches against Central and Beca postponed last week.

The Pates take on Easton on Wednesday in one of the marquee bouts of the EPC schedule.

Beca will hope to use their dual on Wednesday as a tuneup before heading to the Escape The Rock Tournament this weekend at Council Rock South.

The Hawks hope to have a strong showing as they have several top-seeds in the prestigious tournament.

Coming in with those top-seeds include: Nate Desmond (106, first), Dante Frinzi (126, second) and Tyler Kasak (138, first).