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EHS wrestlers compete in tournament

The Emmaus High School boys wrestling team stepped away from Eastern Pennsylvania Conference competition and traveled west across the state to compete in the Mid-Winter Mayhem event at the Kovalchick Convention Complex on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania last Friday and Saturday.

Emmaus finished 27th of 57 teams in the event, garnering 62.5 points to finish behind East Penn Conference foe Parkland (18th 84.5 points). The Green Hornets finished ahead of Pocono Mountain East (31st, 58.5 points) and Freedom (50th, 19 points).

Emilio Albanese highlighted the weekend for Emmaus at 107 pounds, placing third overall. He won three straight matches in rounds one-through-three, two were by pins and the other a technical fall. Albanese then won his quarterfinal match with a closer, 6-4 decision to advance to the final four. After dropping a 6-4 decision in the championship semifinal round, he bounced back with back-to-back victories of 5-4 and 7-5 decisions to claim third place.

Jesse Scott also had a successful weekend, winning his first three matches at 160 pounds with a pin and two decisions to advance to the quarterfinal round of the championship bracket. He then dropped back-to-back matches.

Xayden Sallit earned three victories over the course of the event at 152 pounds, a pin and two decisions.

Logan Maher, Teagan Caciolo, Ashir Choudhry and Massimo Tranguch each finished with two wins during the event at 107 pounds, 121 pounds, 189 pounds and 285 pounds, respectively. Jackson Max and Aiden Bayard both recorded one win throughout the weekend.

The Hornets are 1-3 overall and in EPC matches with six league matches remaining on the schedule, along with a dual-meet tournament this weekend. They are 14th in the District 11 Class 3A rankings but could move into the top eight if they can put together a winning streak late in the season.

Emmaus hosts Freedom (9-6 overall; 3-2 EPC) Wednesday and then travels to on Nazareth (8-1; 4-1) on Thursday before heading to the Denver Duals at Cocalico High School on Saturday.

PRESS PHOTO BY MARK LINEBERGER Teagan Caciolo, see nhere during an early-season match against Pocono Mountan East, is one of several Hornet wrestlers who won two or more matches at last weekend's tournament at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
PRESS FILE PHOTO Emilio Albanse placed third at the Mid-Winter Mayhem tournament at Indiana University of Pennsylvania last weekend.