Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bethel Streaks to 10-1 Record Black Hawks Grab Holiday Title as Well

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bethel Streaks to 10-1 Record Black Hawks Grab Holiday Title as Well

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It's an understatement to say that Bethel Park wrestling coach Tim Crawford is surprised by the Black Hawks' fine start.

"It's been a huge surprise," said Crawford. "I didn't expect to be this strong."

Bethel Park compiled a 10-1 record during the first month of the season and captured a pair of team titles at the South Hills Classic and Steve DeAugustino Holiday tournament.

"The best finish in Bethel Park history was in 1999, when we had an 11-4 record," said Crawford of the Black Hawks, which have seven dual meets and the Fort Cherry duals remaining on their schedule. "I think it's a safe bet that we will set a new school record for victories."

The Black Hawks, which posted a 7-0 record in the South Hills Classic, have a 2-1 record in Section 5-AAA, which puts them in the running for a WPIAL team tournament berth.

"The playoffs are a possibility," said Crawford. "But we still have a long way to go."

Bethel Park claimed its second team title at the Steve DeAugustino Holiday Classic Dec. 29-30 at West Mifflin High School.

"We had five guys in the finals and three of them came home with a gold medal," said Crawford. "We also had four other place- winners."

Bethel Park had three champions: Dominick Bonaccorsi, Ted Hoag, and Joe Consolmango. Bonaccorsi won the 140-pound title with a 4-3 victory over Central Catholic's Andy Vaughn. Hoag claimed a second straight title with a 6-0 win over Washington's Alex Evans at 145. Consolmango posted a 5-1 win over McKeesport's Michael Roka in the 189-pound final.

Other place-winners for Bethel Park were Rico Borz (2nd at 103), Andrew Armstrong (3rd at 112), Chris Santucci (4th at 119), Ryan Coyne (3rd at 152), Drew Gates (2nd at 160), and Steve Schuch (3rd at 171).

Thomas Jefferson placed fourth in the team standings. The Jaguars had eight place-winners and two champions. Mark Generalovich claimed the 152-pound crown with a 3-0 victory over Franklin Regional's Joe Fox. Tom Russo captured the 160-pound crown with a 7-6 win over Bethel Park's Gates.

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