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Easton wrestled as a sort-of underdog last season, emerging from the No. 4 seed to win the district duals wrestling title.* Returning to the role of favorite suited the Red Rovers fine Saturday.
With two sure-fire performances in the semifinals and final, Easton defended its District 11 Class 3A duals title and established itself as the probable favorite for this week?s state tournament.* After overwhelming Northampton 47-12 in the semis, the Red Rovers defeated Nazareth 33-22 for their 10th overall title in the district duals.
?It?s easier, and maybe more fun, to do the chasing than to be the guy with the target on your back, But I thought the kids handled it very well.?The Red Rovers (19-1) advanced to next week?s PIAA duals for the 10th time since 2000. They will face the winner of the Spring-Ford/Big Spring pigtail match in Thursday?s quarterfinal round at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Coach Steve Powell, Easton
Nazareth (12-4) will wrestle Owen J. Roberts, the third-place team from District One, in a pigtail bout at 7 p.m. Monday at Methacton High. The winner advances to Hershey, where it will wrestle the District 7 champ in the first round.
Easton and Nazareth are on opposite sides of the bracket, meaning a third meeting is possible in Saturday?s state final.
For Complete story by: Rob Kandell, The Morning Call
Easton 33, Nazareth 22
285 ? Jalal Paige (Easton) def. Aaron Bradley (Nazareth) ? Decision 5-2
103 ? Kyle Baker (Easton) def. Tyler Tarsi (Nazareth) ? Technical Fall 15-0 @ 4:26
112 ? Chase Zemenak (Nazareth) def.* Peter Stanley (Easton) ? Decision 3-2
119 ? Evan Disora (Easton) def. Adam Delgado (Nazareth) ? Decision 10-7
125 ? Franco Ferraina (Nazareth) def. Robbie Rizzolino (Easton) ? Decision 3-1
130 ? Zachary Horan (Nazareth) def. Calvin Daly (Easton) ? Major Decision 12-3
135 ? Gregory Noll (Nazareth) def. Mark Misczenski (Easton) ? Decision 6-0
140 ? Joey Rizzolino (Easton) def. Ian Stout (Nazareth) ? Major Decision 10-2
145 ? Anthony Minotti (Easton) def. Hunter Weidner (Nazareth) ? Pin 0:32
152 ? Mitchell Minotti (Easton) def. Wyatt Miller (Nazareth) ? Pin 2:54
160 ? Ryan Krecker (Nazareth) def. Solomon Sohn (Easton) ? Pin 3:45
171 ? Mason McIntyre (Easton) def. Eric Wolak (Nazareth) ? Decision 7-6
189 ? Ben Bradley (Nazareth) def. Zack Bambary (Easton) ? Decision 3-1
215 ? Tyler Greene (Easton) def. David Wilke (Nazareth) ? Decision 5-2