Condomitti battles for third
Dagen Condomitti’s final postseason run came within a whisper of ending up in a state final. Trailing 2-1 in the first period to West Allegheny’s Ty Watters, the 2022 state champion at 145 pounds, Condomitti engaged in a scramble that video evidence showed resulted in Watters having both shoulders on the mat for a moment.
Whether the officials did not see it or otherwise did not feel a fall should have been awarded will never be known because the officials are not available for comment after matches. As the scramble continued, Watters wound up on top and scored the pin just as the period expired in the semifinal match. Watters would go on to take the title at 152.
Condomitti spoke about the scramble after the tournament was over.
“I don’t even know what happened. I thought I had him pinned for a second and them I’m trying to body-lock double him and next thing I know I’m thrown to my back. Nothing I can do about it now.”
To his credit, he shook off the disappointment and wrestled back for third place with a vengeance. He scored a dominating 10-1 major decision in consolations over Jake Dailey Bethlehem Catholic in beating the Golden Hawk for the third weekend in row.
In the third place bout, Condomitti roared out to a 5-0 lead against Sam Gautreau of Owen J Roberts, who he had beaten 9-2 in the quarterfinals. It was clear that he wanted a pin or a tech fall in his final high school match as he added 6 more points in the second period. He got the score to 13-0 and 15-1, but Gautreau managed a late escape and takedown to keep the bout to a 15-4 major decision.
Head coach Joe Provini praised his senior for responding to adversity, “He was faced with a choice, to pack it in or come back. He came back and won his last two career bouts. That speaks volumes to his character and his heart. The hardest thing to do, I think, in sports is to lose a bout like that, when you have dreams of a state championship, and you have to come back an hour later and wrestle again. I’m very proud of the way he responded to that.”
Condomitti, an Oregon State commit, finishes his Konkrete Kids’ wrestling career with a 117-22 record, 3 district titles (1 of 8 K-Kids ever), 4 regional titles (2nd K-Kid ever), and 3 state medals (16th with a least that many).
He summed up what it meant to be a Konkrete Kids wrestler, “Going out and competing at a high level, that’s what Northampton does. Northampton has kids that go out there and wrestle the best. There’s always kids medaling from Northampton and I’m proud to be part of that.”
Note: With Wagner’s and Condomitti’s medals, Northampton extended their record streak to 40 straight years with a state medalist. The second longest streak all-time is 24 years and the second longest active streak is 20.