2013 Northeast Regional Capsules
Here’s a look at the 52 Wyoming Valley Conference participants at the Northeast Regional tournaments and some of their career and season highlights:
Kevin Laubach (145) – Grade 12 Record 36-1 First Round: Emmaus senior Jansen Grabowski who sports a 20-11 mark and placed fourth at the D11 tournament last week. Notes: After taking third at districts as a sophomore, he has taken second the last two seasons. Now a three-time regional qualifier, he enters with 133 career wins, four shy of the school’s all-time record set by Nick Venditti in 2008.
Will Masteller (170) – Grade 12 Record 30-7 First Round: Idris White, a sophomore from Father Judge entering as the District 12 champion. Notes: He’s making his first appearance in the regional event after finishing fourth. Masteller has 103 career wins.
Nick Yankoski (106) – Grade 10 Record 27-15 First Round: He will face Father Judge freshman Tim McCall in the preliminary round. McCall won the D12 gold medal. Notes: Yankoski is making his first regional appearance after placing fourth at districts.
Bobby Hawkins (113) – Grade 10 Record 30-5 First Round: Cardinal O’Hara junior Mike Maloney, who finished third at the District 12 Tournament. Notes: Hawkins is participating in his second regional event. Last year, he took fifth at districts and was a replacement at regionals to qualify. This year, he took the third-place medal at the D2 event. He ends districts with 30 wins for the second straight season.
Bill Poray (126) – Grade 11 Record 34-7 First Round: He will see Central senior Walter Shaw in the preliminary round. Shaw is the No. 3 placewinner from District 12. Notes: Now a three-time regional qualifier, Poray has finished third at districts the last two seasons after taking second as a freshman. He went 1-2 in last year’s event and enters with 89 career wins.
Brad Emerick (285) – Grade 12 Record 34-0 First Round: He has a bye in the prelims and will see either Southern Lehigh’s Daulton Romano or Father Judge’s Eric Drains in the quarters. Romano is the D11 third-place finisher with a record of 31-4, while Drains placed fourth at the D12 tourney. Notes: Emerick is a two-time D2 champ, was regional champion last season and took fifth in the state. Now in his third regional event, he enters with 103 career wins.
Dan Ritz (132) – Grade 10 Record 26-11 First Round: Pleasant Valley’s Garrett Gouger, a freshman with a record of 20-17 who took fifth at the D11 tournament. Notes: He took second at districts to improve on a fourth-place showing in 2012 when he also advanced to regionals. Over his first two seasons of varsity wrestling, he has picked up 48 wins.
Matt Hammerstone (145) – Grade 12 Record 29-5 First Round: He has a bye until the quarters where he will take on the winner of the preliminary round match between Parkland senior Michael Marano (D11 No. 3) and Monsignor Bonner senior Ryan Keifer (D12 No. 3). Notes: Now a repeat champion at the D2 tournament, he went 1-2 the last two years at regionals and enters with 103 career wins. To claim the district title, he defeated Berwick’s Kevin Laubach for the first time in three tries this season to hand the Dawg his first loss of the season.
Ty Robinson (195) – Grade 11 Record 22-16 First Round: Northeast senior Luis Ortiz, who claimed the gold at last week’s D12 tourney. Notes: Robinson, participating in his first district tournament last week, claimed the fourth-place medal to qualify for regionals.
Dominick DeGraba (113) – Grade 12 Record 27-3 First Round: He has a bye in the first round and will see the winner of the preliminary round match between Easton freshman Evan Fidelubus and Father Judge freshman Adam White. Notes: DeGraba won his second district championship last weekend, his first in Class 3A after winning a 2A title in 2012 when he also won a regional title. He was also a regional qualifier as a sophomore and has recorded more than 100 wins for the Mountaineers.
Zach Macosky (152) – Grade 12 Record 8-6 First Round: Stroudsburg freshman John Jakobsen, who is 28-11 and the No. 3 seed from District 11. Notes: Macosky, who hasn’t wrestled much this season, placed fourth in the district. While wrestling in Class 2A previous seasons, he was a two-time regional qualifier and took second at districts last year.
Connor Martinez (182) – Grade 11 Record 27-12 First Round: Monsignor Bonner senior Joe Love, who took third at the District 12 event. Notes: He is the No. 3 medalist from District 2 to qualify for his second regional title. Last year in Class 2A, he also took third at districts.
Ryan Monk (285) – Grade 10 Record 29-5 First Round: William Allen junior Brandon Vigo, who is 21-10 and the fifth-place finisher from District 11. Notes: Three of Monk’s five losses are to Coughlin’s Brad Emerick. Subtract those from his record and he hasn’t lost since the end of December. He took third in the 2A districts last year and improved to second this season. In two seasons, he has 57 wins over his first two seasons.
Hazleton Area (2)
Larry Romanchik (126) – Grade 10 Record 32-8 First Round: In the preliminaries, he will face Blue Mountain sophomore Christian Gosch, who placed fifth at the District 11 tournament. Notes: Romanchik is the No. 2 seed from D2 after winning a district gold last season. Last year, he went 1-2 at regionals and has 56 career wins entering this weekend.
Taylor Schermerhorn (195) – Grade 12 Record 33-7 First Round: Father Judge junior Jim Galasso, who took third at the District 12 event. Notes: He’s making his first appearance at regionals after placing third at districts. He was fifth at districts last year and won a WVC title in 2012.
Pittston Area (2)
Tyler Lutecki (120) – Grade 11 Record 33-3 First Round: He has a bye in the preliminaries. His first match will be in the quarterfinals where he will take on the winner of the bout between Nazareth’s Tyler Tarsi (D11, No. 3) and Abraham Lincoln’s Tyler Sloan (D12 No. 4). Notes: He finished third at districts last year to qualify for regionals and improved this season by claiming his first district gold. He is looking to improve on last year’s showing at the event when he lost his only two matches.
Angelo Lussi (152) – Grade 12 Record 35-1 First Round: Father Judge junior Vickson Krah, who is the No. 2 seed from District 12. Notes: He improved at districts every year finally claiming the gold medal last weekend. He is participating in his third regional tournament, going 1-2 in last season’s event. He enters with 107 career wins.
Ben Siegel (152) – Grade 11 Record 31-6 First Round: Ryan Robert, a third-place finisher from District 12 and a junior from Franklin Towne Charter. Notes: Making his first appearance in the event, Siegel took third at districts and was second at the Wyoming Valley Conference Tournament earlier this season.
Dalton Ray (160) – Grade 9 Record 29-7 First Round: In the preliminary round he will see Kevin Leyland, a senior from Roman Catholic who took third at the District 12 tournament. Notes: Ray is the first freshman from Tunkhannock to reach regionals in quite some time. He achieved that status by taking third at districts and knocking out former state qualifier Michael Carr from Abington Heights along the way.
Wyoming Valley West (7)
James Wright (106) – Grade 10 Record 25-11; First Round: Wright will see Central freshman Zach Robles, who is the third-place medalist from District 12. Notes: Wright is participating in his first regional tournament after finishing third at the district tourney.
Kyle Krasavage (126) – Grade 12 Record 35-0 First Round: He has a bye until the quarters where he will see the winner of the preliminary bout between Easton freshman James Saylor (D11, No. 3) and Abraham Lincoln senior Carlos Joaquin-Martinez (D12 No. 4). Notes: After three second-place finishes at districts, he won his first gold last week. He advanced to states as a freshman and hasn’t been back since, but has piled up accolades at tournaments during the season and offseason and is ready for a long run. He is the Spartans’ all-time wins leader with 128.
Travis Roper (132) – Grade 11 Record 26-7 First Round: His first opponent is senior Jim Lux from George Washington. Lux finished third at the D12 tourney. Notes: Now a two-time regional qualifier, Roper enters as the No. 3 placewinner from D2. He has finished all three of his seasons with 20 or more victories.
Nathan Cheek (138) – Grade 11 Record 28-9 First Round: Nazareth junior Sage Karam, who holds a 19-11 mark and is the No. 3 seed from D11. Notes: After back-to-back fourth-place finishes at districts to advance to regionals, Cheek improved to third this season. He enters with 76 career wins.
Cody Cordes (145) – Grade 10 Record 34-6 First Round: Joe Sullivan, a senior from La Salle, who took fourth at the D12 tourney. Notes: Cordes placed third at districts the last two seasons. His only losses since December have to come either Berwick’s Kevin Laubach or Crestwood’s Matt Hammerstone. Cordes enters with 59 career wins.
Derrick Simms (152) – Grade 12 Record 22-5 First Round: Emmaus senior Gordon Daichendt, who is 23-11 this season and is the No. 4 seed from District 12. Notes: He is now a four-time regional qualifier after claiming the silver at districts. Last year, he won a district gold and followed that going 1-2 at regionals, falling by one point in the semifinals. He enters with 97 career wins.
Ian Moran (220) – Grade 11 Record 23-16 First Round: Northampton senior Imad Azar. Azar, a senior, has a 25-13 record and is the fifth-place finisher in D11. Notes: Participating in his first regional event, he was runner-up at districts after upsetting the No. 2 seed in the semis and coming from behind in the quarters to win via fall.
A.J. Luton (113) – Grade 11 Record 27-5 First Round: Southern Columbia junior Brett Shepard (28-8) Notes: Luton took fourth at last year’s regional and enters as the top seed for this event by winning his first district title after two previous third-place showings. Now a three-time regional qualifier, he enters with 76 career wins.
Jamaar Taylor (160) – Grade 11 Record 27-10 First Round: Benton junior Jeric Kasunic, who was a state qualifier last season and enters with a mark of 30-7. Notes: Taylor grabbed the third-place medal at districts by picking up four wins, all by pin, to advance to regionals for the first time.
Zac Faust (220) – Grade 10 Record 32-3 First Round: Shamokin junior Zach Biddiscombe, who is 24-11. Notes: Faust, who also qualified for the event last year by being the No. 3 seed, won his first district title last weekend. He has piled up 52 wins the last two seasons and was also runner-up at the WVC tournament in January.
Elijah Gresham (285) – Grade 12 Record 22-8 First Round: Jake Becker (33-3), a senior from Southern Columbia who placed fourth at the event last year. Notes: He was fifth at districts last season before ending this season as runner-up. Over his last two seasons he has totaled 47 victories.
Hanover Area (3)
Zack Meckes (106) – Grade 9 Record 17-7 First Round: Line Mountain sophomore Cameron Newman, who is 31-7 and lost to Dallas’ Dominick DeGraba in last year’s regional final. Notes: Meckes qualified for his first regional tournament, taking second at the District 2 Tournament.
Brad Glazenski (113) – Grade 11 Record 22-14 First Round: Central Columbia sophomore Taylor Johnson, who is 33-4 and went 1-2 in last year’s event. Notes: In his second regional tournament, he advanced by taking third at districts. In 2012, he was second at districts.
Thomas Bogarowski (182) – Grade 11 Record 8-11 First Round: Garrett Moser, a senior from Warrior Run with a mark of 25-7. Notes: Participating in his first regional tournament, he got there by taking third at districts.
John Tomasura (113) – Grade 10 Record 27-6 First Round: Ethan Calkins, a junior from Troy with a 30-5 record. Notes: Tomasura is in his first regional by grabbing the silver medal at districts.
Zeb McMillan (120) – Grade 12 Record 17-6 First Round: Wyalusing freshman Collin Edsell, who enters with a 30-4 record and defeated GAR’s A.J. Luton in the finals of the Tunkhannock Kiwanis Tournament. Notes: He picked up his first district medal taking second after entering as the third seed.
Austin Harry (126) – Grade 11 Record 34-0 First Round: Zack Bennett (22-13), a sophomore from Milton. Notes: A three-time district champ, Harry is a regional champion, placed eighth in the state last year and the No. 2 seed in his bracket as he begins the event with 109 career wins. He’s one of just five undefeated wrestlers in the entire 2A tournament.
Josh Winters (145) – Grade 11 Record 22-14 First Round: Central Columbia senior Aaron Johnson who is 37-6. Notes: He is making his first trip to Williamsport for the regional tournament after finishing second at districts.
Bobby Wright (152) – Grade 11 Record 28-12 First Round: Hughesville senior Kyle Barnes (32-3), who is reigning regional champion. Notes: Wright is D2 runner-up to qualify for his first regional tournament.
Derek Dragon (170) – Grade 10 Record 31-6 First Round: Brandon Lontz, a senior from Benton with a mark of 19-5. Notes: After taking fifth at districts last year, Dragon won his first gold medal to advance to regionals for the first time. In two seasons, he has posted 52 wins.
Brady Butler (182) – Grade 11 Record 30-8 First Round: Benton sophomore Logan Womelsdorf, who has a record of 24-14. Notes: Advancing to his first regional tourney, he placed fifth last year and followed that with a district championship. He has put up 50 wins his last two years.
Phil Hettes (195) – Grade 10 Record 15-9 First Round: Tyler Jenkins (21-11), a sophomore from South Williamsport. Notes: Hettes is making his first trip to regionals by finishing as runner-up at districts.
Kody Pachamovitch (220) – Grade 10 Record 11-10 First Round: Dylan Otis, a Wyalusing sophomore with a mark of 32-2 who has more than 70 wins in his first two seasons. Notes: Pachamovitch advanced to his first regional event by taking third at districts.
Dustin Jones (285) – Grade 11 Record 16-3 First Round: Nathan Kriner, a senior from North Penn-Blossburg sporting a record of 31-4. Notes: Jones claimed his first district title to move on to regionals for the first time.
Kashif Alston (126) – Grade 12 Record 27-10 First Round: Montoursville freshman Keith Batkowski, who is 31-7. Notes: District runner-up, Alston is now a three-time regional qualifier entering with 81 wins over his last three seasons.
T.J. Cistrunk (160) – Grade 10 Record 29-6 First Round: Sayre senior Kyle Post (28-4). Notes: Cistrunk won his first gold medal and will participate in regionals for the first time. The No. 2 seed in the bracket, his three wins at districts consisted of two decisions and a fall.
Maurice Wood (152) – Grade 12 Record 21-10 First Round: Blake Marks, a sophomore from Southern Columbia sporting a record of 32-4. Notes: Wood is taking part in regionals for the first time, entering as the No. 3 placewinner from D2. His two wins in the tournament were both by fall.
Wyoming Area (6)
Patrick Heck (106) – Grade 9 Record 16-12; First Round: Lewisburg freshman Brian Friery, who is 29-9 this season. Notes: Heck enters the tournament as district champion and the No. 2 seed for the event.
Carmen Mauriello (120) – Grade 12 Record 21-9 First Round: Hughesville freshman Zach Fry, who sports a 28-12 record. Notes: Mauriello is in his second straight regional, winning his first district championship after placing third a year ago. He has 38 wins his last two seasons.
Andy Schutz (126) – Grade 12 Record 23-2 First Round: Tanner Elbright, a sophomore from Midd-West who is 27-12 this season. Notes: Schutz, just the 25th wrestler in D2 history to win four straight championships, placed third at regionals last year to qualify for states. He enters the tournament tied for the most wins in school history with 120.
Charles Johnson (132) – Grade 9 Record 11-3 First Round: Central Columbia senior Jesse Shannon (34-4) Notes: Johnson took third at districts, winning two matches via major decision and another by fall. His only loss in the event was to unbeaten Austin Harry from Lake-Lehman.
Nick Heck (138) – Grade 12 Record 29-1 First Round: Sam Miller, a sophomore from Bloomsburg with a record of 26-7. Notes: He claimed his first district championship after being runner-up as a freshman. He’s in his second regional tournament and has more than 90 career wins. He also won a WVC gold medal this season and hasn’t lost since December in the semifinals of the Tunkhannock Kiwanis Tournament.
Nick O’Brien (170) – Grade 12 Record 7-3 First Round: Ben Minnich, a senior from North Penn-Blossburg who has a record of 30-5 Notes: He grabbed the bronze medal at districts to advance to the regional event for the first time. He got a late start to the season, but his athleticism showed off as he got through the district tournament. He will play football next season at Division I Bucknell.