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BC yearns for more after win over NDGP

It may have been the biggest dual meet victory of the season for Bethlehem Catholic, but it wasn’t the type of effort that head coach Jeff Karam expected out of his group.

The Hawks held off Notre Dame-Green Pond 29-23 last Saturday night at home in a contest against two of top programs in the area, but it left the veteran coach a lot to be desired from his team’s performance.

Becahi (6-0) won seven of the 13 bouts on the night, including the five of the first six bouts to jump out to a 20-3 lead they never looked back upon.

Still, Karam wanted to see more from his group in their biggest test of the season thus far.

“I was a little dumbfounded with the stuff I saw,” Karam said. “I was surprised to see our conditioning struggle in certain matches and some of our fight in certain situations was lacking. I don’t think we performed at the level we expected too. We have too many guys that are relying on their talent solely and that’s not what gets things done down the road.”

Karam hopes that Saturday’s performance can be a wake-up call for the team, as it highlighted some areas of concern for the group.

But, as anyone in sports knows, competing against the best, not only brings out your best, but also highlights your weaknesses. With that intel now at Karam’s disposal, he can help cultivate a proper plan for the team moving forward, starting with this weekend’s trek to Council Rock South for the Escape the Rock tournament.

“The big thing we want to see is improvement from the guys,” said Karam. “Our season isn’t defined by our performance against Notre Dame, it’s defined by state championships and that’s what we’re aiming for with this team. I want to see the guys get better at the things they lacked over the weekend in this tournament.”

Before heading off this weekend, Becahi travels to Whitehall Wednesday night for a league tilt.

Freedom (7-3) gets a barometer test against Parkland (6-2) Wednesday night at home before hitting the road as well this weekend with a trip to the Central Dauphin Duals. Participating teams in the event include the hosts, Manheim Township, Northern York, Pittston and Waynesboro.

Liberty (2-2) also has a packed week ahead, as they take on Emmaus (7-3) Wednesday night before going to the Virginia Duals this weekend, where they’ll compete in the 16-team American Division.