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Clymer gets third place at BHWC

The Northwestern Lehigh wrestling team competed in the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic at Liberty High School last week.

In the team standings, Northwestern finished 22nd out of 32 teams from Pennsylvania and New Jersey with Dalton Clymer placing third in the 172-pound classification. Two other Northwestern Lehigh wrestlers finished in the top five.

Clymer won his first two matches to advance to the championship quarterfinals where he pinned Wilson West Lawn’s Blaise Eidle at the 6:34 mark of the match. Clymer’s only loss came in the semifinal round when Dominic Wheatley of Nazareth picked up a major decision over Clymer.

Wheatley went on to win the 172-pound weight class as part of the Nazareth squad that won the team competition. Clymer, who is now 12-2 on the season, came back to win his next two battles to finish in third.

Buck Miller placed fourth in the 189-pound class when Phillipsburg’s Caleb Rivera edged out a 7-6 decision. Miller won by a fall in his first two bouts and then scored a major decision over Bennett Fritz of Honesdale in a 12-2 final. In the championship semifinals, Miller was pinned at the 3:39 mark by Jacob Jones of Saucon Valley, but he returned in the consolation semis to beat Aaron Kirby of Stroudsburg 3-0 before falling in the third-place match. Miller upped his record to 11-2.

Also placing in the top five was 160-pounder Luke Fugazzotto, who opened with a pin of Warwick’s Gabe Sanchez and then won a decision in round two and a 12-2 major decision against Easton’s Nolan Krazer in the quarterfinals. Fugazzotto lost by technical fall in the semifinals and then fell 8-6 to Quakertown’s Zach Borzio. In the fifth-place match, Fugazzotto, 10-4 this season, downed Anthony Attilo of Spring-Ford 11-6.

Northwestern Lehigh (1-3 overall, 1-2 Colonial League) returns to its dual meet schedule with matches against Bangor and Panther Valley this week before taking part in the Parkland Duals Saturday.

Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic

Team Standings

1. Nazareth 167.5, 2. Easton 165, 3. Phillipsburg (NJ) 151, 4. Northampton 148, 5. Saucon Valley 140, 6. Quakertown 132, 7. Council Rock South, 8. Wilson West Lawn 115, 9. Parkland 111, 10. Delaware Valley 99.5, 11. Kennett 97, 12. Northern Lebanon 84.5, 13. Hempfield 77, 14. Freedom 72.5, 15. Liberty 72, 16. West Scranton 67.5, 17. Wyoming Valley West 67, 18. Spring-Ford 66, 19. Whitehall 65, 20. Boyertown 64.5, 2. Honesdale 64.5, 22. Northwestern Lehigh 61, 23. Emmaus 56, 24. Stroudsburg 45.5, 25. Southern Lehigh 43, 26. Blue Mountain 40, 27. North Penn 38, 28. Wilson Area 34, 29. Warwick 32, 30. Hazleton 30, 31. Garnet Valley 28, 32. Shenendehowa (NY) 17.

Northwestern results

133 - Nathan Geiger

Kane Lengel (Kennett) pinned Geiger in 2:38

Jaden Stahl (North Penn) pinned Geiger in 1:28

160 - Luke Fugazzotto

Fugazzotto pinned Gabe Sanchez (Warwick) in 1:59

Fugazzotto dec. Josh Barlow (Kennett), 3-2

Bekhruz Sadriddnov (Council Rock South) tech. fall Fugazzotto, 20-5 in 5:04

Zach Borzio (Quakertown) dec. Fugazzotto, 8-6

Fifth-place match: Fugazzotto dec. Aaron Kirby (Stroudsburg), 3-0

172 - Dalton Clymer

Clymer pinned Wesley Koch (Liberty) in :59

Clymer dec. Jayden Hazzard (Easton), 7-2

Dominic Wheatley (Nazareth) major dec. Clymer, 12-1

Clymer dec. Connor Hille (Phillipsburg), 9-3

Third-place match: Clymer dec. Blaise Eidle (Wilson West Lawn), 5-2

189 - Buck Miller

Miller pinned Sean Etheridge (Freedom) in :47

Miller pinned James Griffin (Wyoming Valley West) in 3:27

Jacob Jones (Saucon Valley) pinned Miller in 3:39

Miller dec. Aaron Kirby (Stroudsburg), 3-0

Third-place match: Caleb Rivera (Phillipsburg) dec. Miller, 7-6

215 - Noah Schlofer

Schlofer pinned Jacob Hauze (Freedom) in 2:22

Tyler Coccilillo (Easton) pinned Schlofer in :20

Schlofer pinned Tate Mahkel (Warwick ) in 2:18

Schlofer dec. Vernon Kleckner (Blue Mountain), 5-1

Paul Renner (Honesdale) pinned Schlofer in :19

285 - Dartanyon DeLillo

Michael Gavrilesku (Parkland) dec. DeLillo, 5-3

Hayden Adams (Northern Lebanon) pinned DeLillo in 4:09

PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERB Noah Schlofer won three matches at last week's Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic.
PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Northwestern's Luke Fugazzotto finished fifth in last week's Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic.
PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Dalton Clymer led Northwestern with a third-place finish at last week's Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic.