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Fehr wins gold as Catty takes 4th

Over the past two years, Gavin Fehr has had his share of personal triumphs, beginning with a trip to states last year to a handful of first-place finishes in tournaments this year.

In the recent inaugural Colonial League tournament, Fehr added another accolade along the way.

The Catasauqua senior, who is 26-4 overall, captured the 145-pound bracket and helped his team to a fourth place finish behind Saucon Valley, Notre Dame, and Salisbury.

In the end for Fehr, it was another in the line of achievements.

“It was an awesome experience to wrestle in and win the first-ever league tournament,” he gushed. “It’s also pretty cool to think I am the first wrestler in Catty history to win the tournament.”

Along with Fehr, freshman Gavin Hacker and junior Chad Beller both placed second at 114 and 215 respectively. Junior Mikhail Hartranft was third at 121, and freshman Evan Reed and junior Miles Melendez were fifth at 107 and 152 respectively.

Beller is 27-5, Hartranft is 24-8, and Reed is 18-10 on the season.

Head coach Joe Russo was pleased with the results, but he knows it is time to raise the bar. The Rough Riders had their final regular season match with Northwestern Tuesday, and they will begin the individual district tournament Feb. 23.

“We are happy for the guys that placed,” he said. “But as a whole, I want to see us attack more and be quicker on the mat. We have a few weeks to get stronger, faster, and more determined before we start individual districts.”

As for Fehr, he also realizes there is more to conquer.

“I definitely feel that I’m wrestling at a high level, but still not my highest level,” he stressed. “I’ve been getting more and more dominant at the top as the season has gone on, and I have been making a lot of improvements at the bottom.

“I know I have to work on my neutral before the postseason. But we all will be ready for districts.”

Press photos by Nancy Scholz Chad Beller placed second for the Rough Riders this past Sunday.
Even Reed picked up a fifth place finish.