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Wrestling is a unique sport in many ways. One of them is that even though the dual portion of the season didn't end the way a team would like, there's still something to go after.


So while Lake-Lehman and Wyoming Valley West fell short of winning a District 2 championship in the dual tournament, those programs will be working to attain another goal – individual championships.


Despite finishing as runner-up at duals for now two seasons in a row, the Black Knights are the defending champion of the District 2 Class 2A Individual Championships.


Both teams will also be looking to add individual state medals to this year's resume.


The nice thing is we have another goal, Lake-Lehman coach Tom Williams said. Yeah, you'd like to be hopping on a bus heading down to Hershey, but we're not, so we try to refocus and fortunately we don't have to wait a whole year.


The Spartans have been hampered all season by giving up a forfeit at 182 pounds, and at times have given up as much as 18 points to opponents in duals due to forfeits.


But they have shown they can run with anybody when it comes to individual tournaments. And if not for an unfortunate circumstance at the Wyoming Valley Conference Tournament last month, Valley West could have run away with the team trophy.


So the seasons are far from over. Not only for the duals runner-ups, but for every team in the state didn't move on to the PIAA Championships. Because for most programs, the season is just beginning.


THE MOLD TO FOLLOW

Delaware Valley capped off its third straight District 2 Class 3A duals title on Saturday in dominant fashion over Wyoming Valley West.


The Warriors have also been in the finals four straight years and were just shy of a four-peat, falling to Hazleton Area by just eight points in the 2010 final.


Getting to that level – winning numerous plaques and becoming dominant in the district is something Valley West coach Drew Feldman wants his team to strive for.


They're tough all the way through and that's what we want. They're a program I respect, we look up to and we're trying to become, the first-year Spartan coach said. They're a year-round program with a ton of kids in the room. They go year-round with their club program and that's what we want to do.


This is what's expected now. This is the standard we're expecting to be in the finals every single year and now we have to start winning it and get to Hershey.


HOME MAT ADVANTAGE

When Pittston Area took to the mat Friday night in the first round of the District 2 Class 3A Duals Tournament, it was an underdog against Scranton by entering as the Wyoming Valley Conference's No. 3 seed. Heck, the Patriots could've entered as the conference's Wild Card after losing to Dallas – which was the wild card – during the regular season.


That didn't stop Pittston Area from pulling out another win in the tournament it hosts.


Backed by some of the best fans and supporters in the WVC, the Patriots always seem to get a win in the duals event no matter where they're seeded as they pulled out a victory in the last bout to defeat the Knights, who were the No. 2 seed from the Lackawanna League.


The Patriots have enjoyed their home soil so much that they haven't been one-and-done since 2003, and it's been only three times since 1998 that they haven't won at least once in the event after missing out on the inaugural tournament in 1997.


The other two years Pittston Area lost its only match were 2000 and 1999.


Only Lake-Lehman's 12 finals appearances are more than the Patriots' eight in the 17-year history of the tourney.


LUSSI ON THE LOOSE

The recognition to individuals for most of this season has gone to the four undefeated wrestlers remaining in the Wyoming Valley Conference, and for good reason.


But there are a number of one-loss wrestlers who have put up great stats so far. Pittston Area 160-pounder Angelo Lussi is one of them.


The senior has not only performed well this year, he's been a staple for the Patriots every year he's been a part of the varsity program.


In getting career win No. 100 on Friday night with a fall over Scranton's Isaiah Burgette, he improved his record to an astonishing 27-1 this season. Lussi hasn't lost since a season-opening tournament on Dec. 8 and has piled up 24 straight wins.


The Patriots will recognize Lussi's achievement on Tuesday in a makeup home meet against Abington Heights.


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