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Lynch and Gimbar Strike Gold

Following Saturday's District XI AA Finals in Bethlehem, the Panthers advanced six wrestlers to Southeast Regionals. Saucon Valley's Ian Gimbar (189 pounds) and John Lynch (152 pounds) were both first place finishers.

After Friday's opening rounds held at Freedom High School, four Panther wrestlers advanced to the District XI AA Finals held at Liberty High School's Memorial Gym on Saturday. In the consolation round, junior Paul Sloand placed fourth at 125 pounds and sophomore Travis Buddock placed third at 145 pounds. 

Following the parade of champions at 7pm, the finals began. In the first match at 103 pounds, Bryan Israel was pinned by Darian Cruz of Bethlehem Catholic at 4:57, placing second.

In a tough match-up at 152 pounds, Saucon Valley senior John Lynch delivered an upset by decisioning an unbeaten Sam Scheib of Tri-Valley 7-5 and placing first.

At 171 pounds, sophomore Ray O'Donnell lost 5-2 to Colin Hedash from Northern Lehigh and placed second.

Senior Ian Gimbar entered his match at 189 with a season record of 33-2 and decisioned Pen Argyl's Dylan Evans 7-4 to place first.

Coach Chad Shirk's squad finished in third place with 161 points and will have six wrestlers at next weekend's AA Southeast Regionals, which will be held at Wilson High School near Reading. Winners from regionals will advance to the state finals in Hershey.

The six wrestlers who will compete at regionals are: Bryan Israel (103), Paul Sloand (125), Travis Buddock (145), John Lynch (152), Ray O'Donnell (171) and Ian Gimbar (189).

Richard Hafner April 11, 2011 at 02:34 PM
Ian Gimbar's total of 139 career wins is the Saucon Valley Total Wins Record

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