Herzog continues family, NL tradition
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Ty Herzog battles Jake Jakobson of Stroudsburg at the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic.
Coming into the season with 89 career wins, it was a matter of when, not if, Ty Herzog would reach 100 wins. Herzog accomplished the feat on Jan. 16 against Catasauqua's Nathan Doria to become the 23rd member of Northern Lehigh's prestigious 100 wins club.
Herzog already had quite a storied career coming into this season after finishing eighth in Class 2A at 145 pounds and going 31-10 a year ago. He also placed second at districts and regionals last year.
With Herzog coming from such an established wrestling family, one might have thought it would be hard for him to establish his own legacy at Northern Lehigh. Not so, says his coach and father, Todd Herzog.
"What I'm proudest of is that he set personal goals for himself," Herzog said. "I think people thought he would have a lot of pressure and weight on him with his father being his coach.
"But I like that Ty developed in this sport sometimes in spite of me."
Herzog feels that one of his greatest accomplishments is that Ty forged his own path in a sport they both share.
"I never wanted him to wrestle for me," Herzog said. "I was always proud that Ty wrestled for himself
"When he started this sport in kindergarten, that's what I had always wanted."
While earning his 100th win was a great accomplishment, Ty knows there is still work to do before his career is over.
"I'm definitely looking to get higher on the podium at state's this year," Herzog said.
To do that, he knows he'll need the right mindset each time he wrestlers against some of the best competition he's faced all year.
"I just have to treat every match the same when I go out there," said Herzog. "You want to bring your A game every time you go out there and not treat anybody differently.
"Just come out with the same intensity and always be aggressive. Anything can happen so you just have to stay on your feet and never relax."
Todd Herzog's outlook for the rest of this season and beyond also indicates unfinished business for Ty.
"It's not finished yet," Herzog said. "I know he's got other goals, such as medaling higher at state's this year and wrestling collegiately."
Herzog believes Ty will be remembered on his own merits, not just because of his last name.
"I've been extremely proud of him and how hard he's worked," Herzog said. "Last year he got a medal at states and now he's only looking to improve on that this year."
PV'S YANOVICH WINS TITLE … Pleasant Valley's Kenny Yanovich won the title at 113 in the New Oxford Tournament this past weekend. Pleasant Valley also placed Mike Benner third at 285; Hunter Deihl second at 195 and Joell Toledo was second at 145. Overall, the Bears were fifth in the 22-team tournament.
PANTHER VALLEY CROWNS THREE CHAMPS … Panther Valley captured three titles at the Coal Cracker Tournament over the weekend Darren Goida at 113, Richard Nase at 195 and Rian Shubeck at 285. Panther Valley also placed second as a team in the tournament, which was won by Catasauqua.