Saucon senior wrestler Jason Lynch may not have won a championship over the weekend at the Beast of the East tournament, but he sure did accomplish a whole lot.
Lynch finished fifth in a showcase reserved for some of the best wrestling programs in the country.
Along the way, Lynch–who was unranked coming into the two-day tournament–ground to a couple of major decisions over the number 8 seed, Brett Simon from St. John’s College in Washington, D.C., and the number 9 seed, Andrew Sedleski from Lewisburg, Pa. Lynch was able to outscore his ranked opponents 23-2.
Lynch advanced to the quarterfinals and was then beaten by the number 1 seed, Fox Baldwin of Osceola, Fla., who was the eventual Beast champion. Lynch was able to wrestle back to a noteworthy fifth place finish.
As a team, Coach Chad Shirk’s Panthers finished a very respectable 26th overall out of 90 of some the country’s finest squads.
Up next for Saucon Valley will be the Hurricane Classic tournament in Bethlehem on Dec. 28 and 29. This is another tough tournament that will feature some of the same tough Beast teams.
About the Author: Keith Riefenstahl is a deeply rooted sports fan, former coach and freelance writer. A Penn State grad and veteran educator, he resides in Saucon Valley with his wife Jill and four children: Brooke, Kiele, Travis and Tanner.