High school wrestling season begins Friday with the first official practice of the 2017-18 season. Bethlehem Catholic won last season's EPC team title. Nazareth captured the District 11 and PIAA Class 3A team tournament championships. Rule changes include the uniform to not be restricted to the singlet. Two-piece uniforms are acceptable. Girls may wear compression shirts under their uniform. District 11 is making a push to have more girls participate.
Three weeks from now, the weigh-ins count, the results matter, the fun begins. Neighbors Easton and Wilson are wrestling each other again. Coach JaMarr Billman's club also is taking on two of the top national prep programs in Blair Academy and host Wyoming Seminary. Bethlehem Catholic is headed to two of the nation's premier tournaments: Ironman and Beast of the East. Nazareth and Northampton are among other area programs headed to the Beast of the East.
Dana Harris and Tyra Klump anxiously walked into the Nazareth wrestling room earlier this fall ready to learn the basics and finer points of the sport. They were greeted by hellos and fist-bumps, not uncomfortable stares and ignorance. “It was cool to see how they accepted us,” Harris said. “We already felt like a team. We felt the unity among everybody. It was not a boys team and a girls team.”For now in District 11, girls signing up to wrestle will compete with and against boys.
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