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Trojans prepare for D-11 Tourney

Wrestlers from 20 schools are set to gather this weekend to compete in the District 11 3A individual wrestling tournament at the Memorial Gym on the campus of Liberty High School.

The top five wrestlers in each weight class advance to the PIAA 3A Northeast Regional on March 3-4 also at Liberty.

Parkland is coming off a 40-26 loss to Northampton in the District 11 3A Duals and a regular season ending 39-22 triumph over rival Emmaus.

Success this weekend requires discipline, according to Parkland coach Jon Trenge.

“It is time to focus on individual work,” Trenge said. “This is always an uneasy time of the year because you have to rely on the kids to do the right things for several weeks in a row without competitions. Maintaining their weight can become an issue if they are not disciplined and healthy in their approach to it.”

At this time of the year every wrestler is banged up and has a regret or two about something, but it’s time to put that aside.

“It is time to put aside any worries of little injuries, any shortcomings during the season, and mistakes made prior,” Trenge said. “We will focus in on the district tournament and the kids will show what they have put in come competition time - or they won’t. When you get down to it, wrestling is simple - either you do it or you don’t.

“It will be up to them. They need to make it happen. My expectation is that our individuals will take away from the tournament exactly what they put into making it there. In wrestling, you usually get what you earn despite what the team is doing around you or what the coaches do.”

The tournament begins at 5 p.m. Friday and continues at 9 a.m. Saturday.

PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERB Adrian Gacek and the Trojans will compete in this weekend's District 11 Wrestling Championships. Gacek, a senior, finished third in last year's tournament before going on to take third at regionals and qualify for the state championships.