Condomitti wins 4th regional
For 20 years, Jeff Ecklof stood alone as the only 4-time regional champion in Northampton wrestling history. Last Saturday, Dagen Condomitti etched his name beside Ecklof’s by pinning Bethlehem Catholic’s Jake Dailey in the AAA Northeast Regional final.
His fall in 4:57 (the score was 5-0 in his favor at the time), combined with tech falls in the quarters and semis, earned Condomitti the Outstanding Wrestler award, his second in as many years at regionals.
After needing a come-from-behind win against Dailey in districts, Condomitti was in control of his history-making bout. He described the keys to the victory, “I was feeling a little bit better on my feet. He wasn’t able to get in as easy. I was ready for the shots and ready for the re-attack. I saw his head duck in the first period, so I saw the cradle coming. I felt like I would be able to hit it at some point in the match.”
Condomitti was well aware he was making history as he flashed four fingers after relinquishing Dailey. He put his accomplishment in perspective, “It’s kind of crazy that the only other person to do it taught practices in my basement when I was a kid, so it means a little bit more to me because of that. I did think about the whole week, but coming up to the match, I tried to treat it like a normal match and not anything special.”
Carson (114) and Trey (121) Wagner also reached regional finals at their weight classes and faced off against the same opponents as in their district finals the week before.
The results of the matches were similar as well. Carson fell to Nate Desmond of Becahi 8-1 (9-1 in districts) and Trey lost to CJ Horvath of Freedom 4-3 (5-3 earlier). Horvath had a pair of takedowns. Trey scored on two escapes and a stalling penalty against the Patriot.
Head coach Joe Provini assessed the Wagners’ performances, “Carson, after the first period, it was 1 to 1 (Desmond had a takedown and a couple of tilts in the first). They’ve been kind of slow starters. They need to weather that storm early and not dig themselves a hole. The name of the game this week was to survive and advance and those guys did what they had to do.”
Senior Aiden Micheli dropped a 10-5 decision to Nazareth’s eventual champion at 127, Tahir Parkins, in the semifinals. In the consolation semis, a second period escape by Bethlehem Catholic’s Shane McFillin was the only scoring in the bout, denying the K-Kids senior a trip to states. Micheli bounced back and took 5th with a 12-3 major decision against Connor Demcher of Pottsville.
The Kids’ other regional qualifiers, junior Austin Noe (133) and senior Mason Basara (139) went 2-2 and 1-2 respectively.
Condomitti and the Wagners start their quests for state titles Thursday evening. Carson has the opportunity to make some history of his own by becoming only the fourth 4-time state medalist in Northampton history.