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### District Tournaments Looming: High School Team Wrestling Rankings Revealed

Easton once again delivered a thrilling performance, adding another chapter of final-bout excitement within a span of 10 days.

Despite their dissatisfaction with the previous week’s results against Phillipsburg, the Red Rovers displayed unwavering determination in front of an enthusiastic crowd.

This event exemplified the beauty of wrestling beyond individual achievements and rankings, showcasing the camaraderie and passion that define the sport. The vibrant atmosphere at Phillipsburg’s gym, complete with spirited student sections and loyal community supporters, created a memorable experience for both wrestlers and spectators.

In a recent showdown, Easton triumphed over Bethlehem Catholic, with Ben Fanelli securing victory in a crucial bout. However, their luck turned when they faced Phillipsburg, falling short on criteria despite Noah Fenner’s efforts in the final match.

As the regular season approaches its climax and the team postseason looms on the horizon, anticipation builds for more intense showdowns and electrifying moments in the wrestling arena.

District 1 Team Tournament

The brackets for the 16-team tournament, which sends four teams to the PIAA Class 3A event, were unveiled on Monday.

Council Rock South holds the top seed in the District 1 tournament, set to host Avon Grove. Defending champions Pennridge will face West Chester Henderson, while Quakertown takes on Garnet Valley. Other matchups include Upper Perkiomen visiting Boyertown. All initial matches are scheduled for Thursday.

Faith Christian, the five-time reigning District 1 Class 2A champion and current state team tournament titleholder, will clash with Bristol for the district crown at Upper Dublin on February 3.

District 11 Team Tournament

Pairings for the 2A and 3A eight-team fields will be announced on February 1, with the tournament commencing on February 3 at Freedom’s Joseph J. McIntyre Gymnasium. The top two teams from each class will advance to the state tournament, with selections based on a ratings formula and committee evaluation.

Leading the 2A ratings are Notre Dame-GP, Pen Argyl, North Schuylkill, Saucon Valley, Lehighton, Blue Mountain, Tri-Valley, and Pine Grove. In the 3A category, Easton, Nazareth, Bethlehem Catholic, Pottsville, Whitehall, Stroudsburg, Liberty, and Pocono Mountain East occupy the top spots.

PIAA Team Tournament

The preliminary round on February 5 will set the stage for the ensuing battles across various sites.

In the 2A category, matchups include District 1 versus District 12 champions and District 11 runner-up against the District 3 third seed. The victors will advance to Hershey’s Giant Center for the double-elimination event starting on February 8.

Exciting possibilities await in the tournament, with potential clashes between top-ranked teams like Notre Dame-GP, Faith Christian, and Bishop McCort. The road to the championship promises fierce competition and thrilling encounters for wrestling enthusiasts.

Area Team Rankings

Notre Dame-GP asserted its dominance by defeating Saucon Valley and securing Colonial League supremacy once again. Other notable performances include Freedom’s close matches against Emmaus and Parkland, Liberty’s victory over Stroudsburg, and Whitehall’s triumph over Parkland.

Morning Call Top 10 Wrestling Team Rankings

(as of Tuesday’s matches)

1. Faith Christian (6-4, 1): Set to host St. Mary’s Ryken (Md.) in the final dual meet of the regular season.

2. Easton (13-1, 2): Experienced a heart-pounding loss to Phillipsburg in a closely contested dual meet.

3. Bethlehem Catholic (6-1, 3): Preparing for intense matchups in the final phase of the regular season.

4. Notre Dame-GP (7-0, 4): Scheduled to face rival Wilson before a showdown with Bethlehem Catholic.

5. Pennridge (13-3, 5): Secured the second seed in the District 1 Class 3A team duals and will host West Chester Henderson in the first round.

6. Nazareth (10-1, 6): Maintained a strong performance with a 2-0 week and more duals ahead.

7. Quakertown (6-2, 8): Positioned as the No. 4 seed in the District 1 3A team duals, set to host Garnet Valley.

8. Northampton (6-4, 9): Hosting Pocono Mountain East on Senior Night, a crucial match impacting the District 11 3A seeds.

9. Pocono Mountain East (12-4, 10): Facing tough opponents in Northampton, Whitehall, Stroudsburg, and Easton to conclude the season.

10. Saucon Valley (9-2, 7): Participated in the Bruce & Martha Johnson Duals at Executive Education, showcasing their resilience and competitive spirit.

Honorable Mention: Bangor, Freedom, Lehighton, Liberty, Palmerton, Parkland, Pen Argyl, Salisbury, Southern Lehigh, Stroudsburg, Upper Perkiomen, Whitehall

For inquiries, contact Morning Call reporter Tom Housenick at 610-820-6651 or [email protected]