January 07, 2018
By: Erica Rose
Wilson and Easton renewed their rivalry Friday night on the wrestling mat, and some unlikely heroes stepped up to give the Red Rovers the exciting victory. One of the 2 freshmen that rose to the challenge being Isaiah Reinert. With the match tied at 15 heading into the 152-weight class, Reinert saw himself trailing into the second period. However, a reversal led to a cradle and that resulted in a pin for the freshman. Those 6 points put Easton up 21-15, which was the second of four straight wins for the Red Rovers.
“Isaiah, he’s wrestling a senior and he’s a freshman,” Easton coach JaMarr Billman said. “He’s losing, gets control of the match and locks up that cradle. I think that (changed) the match. That really swung the momentum in our favor. If they could sneak that match, they’re in really good position. But, Isaiah stepped up in the limelight and performed well.”
The night was not over however; at 182 Alec Snyder’s pin brought the Warriors within 7 with three matches remaining. This again could have been the turning point of the night, but Tyler Pellechia quickly responded with a pin of his own at 220, ending any hopes of Wilson pulling out the victory. Easton would get one more pin on the night making the final score 40-24.
“We really rely on our upper weights, they’re a solid set of guys. Tyler Pellechia, he just keeps growing and growing as a wrestler and you can see his confidence soaring. So to see him in this big atmosphere get a win like that, let a lone a pin is awesome to see for him,” said Billman.
And Tyler Pellechia was particularly proud of himself. “It was a good win for me especially. In the beginning of the year I wasn’t really too good, I started off with a couple loses, but the Bethlehem Holiday Classic was a good tournament for me and coming back to this Wilson match with a pin especially was really good experience.”
So what does this win mean for a young Easton team? According to the second year head coach it’s momentum. “That is the biggest thing, momentum, and how to wrestle in a hostile environment. Being comfortable in uncomfortable situations, so I think that gives us a lot of momentum moving forward.”