BETHLEHEM – The Wyoming Valley Conference seems to pick certain weights every year that are stacked.
This year is no different.
That was evident on Friday at the Class 3A Northeast Regional Tournament as seven wrestlers advanced to the semifinals and within one win of advancing to the PIAA Championships. And six of those grapplers are from three weight classes.
Dallas’ Ryan Monk and Coughlin’s Brad Emerick are on opposite ends of the 285-pound bracket semifinals. So are Wyoming Valley West’s Kyle Krasavage and Hazleton Area’s Larry Romanchik at 126, and Crestwood’s Matt Hammerstone and Berwick’s Kevin Laubach at 145. The other semifinalist from the conference is Crestwood’s Dan Ritz at 132.
“This is the easy way, win one and (advance),” Hazleton Area coach Keith Maurer said. “(Hershey’s) the sweetest place on earth.)
Several WVC wrestlers will have to take the hard way trying to win four matches this morning to claim the third-place medal and advance. Action begins this morning at 9:30 with the second round of consolations, while the semis are scheduled to begin at 11 and the finals are scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
For Monk, all season he had to settle for second-best to Emerick. On Friday, he bested the unbeaten Crusader by winning two times to Emerick’s one to move to this morning’s semifinals, which begin at 11.
Monk, a sophomore who struggled in the Class 2A regional last season for the Mountaineers, already surpassed that performance on Friday with two wins at Liberty High School. But now he has to face Nazareth’s Aaron Bradley, who was state runner-up last year at 220 and is ranked highly in the nation.
“I’m just going to wrestle as hard as I can for three periods and give everything I have,” Monk said. “It’s my goal to get to the finals and do everything I can to get there.”
Krasavage (36-0), who like Emerick (35-0) is also undefeated, was challenged early in his quarterfinal match against Easton’s James Saylor as a flurry of points led to Krasavage leading 10-5 after the first period. After that though, he cruised to a 17-8 victory.
“First match at regionals is always going to be the best one so I can only improve from there,” Krasavage said. “It was great (getting tested) I came here to wrestle…the harder the kids I have the better.”
Romanchik was in a similar situation against Southern Lehigh’s Adam Ziegler. The sophomore was in a close match in the first period as the two were countering moves back and forth. But Romanchik turned out to be too much eventually racking up back points for a 9-2 win after getting the initial takedown then turning his opponent for back points.
“I just got to stay focused just take it one match at a time. Can’t look ahead because I got a tough kid ahead of me,” Romanchik said. “If I keep wrestling like I’m wrestling, no reason I can’t contend. Even be there for the final.”
Ritz, who was district runner-up , racked up a pair of victories in which he allowed just two points to each opponent. Like Monk and Romanchik he will see the top seed in his bracket to attempt to reach the regional finals, slated for 6:30 tonight and a berth in the state tournament, which starts Thursday at Giant Center in Hershey.
After wrestling for the WVC and District 2 titles, Hammerstone and Laubach could be on another collision course. Both looked good in their respective matches on Friday. Top-seeded Hammerstone, who handed Laubach his first loss of the season in the district final, defeated Parkland’s Michael Marano 5-3 and will see Easton’s Kyler Kilpatrick in the semis. Laubach, who used a pin in 1:57 and a major decision, to advance, will face Southern Lehigh’s Matt Mirth in the bracket’s final four.
“I got hungrier. The monkey’s off my back. It’s time to go get it.” said Laubach on his approach after being hit with his first loss last weekend. “It’s nice to have the motivation for this because this is a tournament that means more.”
Class 3A Northeast Regional Tournament
at Liberty H.S., Bethlehem
Team Scores: 1. Parkland (Park) 49; 2. Easton (East) 47.5; 3. Nazareth (Naz) 32; 4. Northampton (North) 24.5; 5. Wyoming Valley West (WVW) 23.5; 6. Father Judge (FJ) 22; 7. Delaware Valley DV) 21.5; 8. Sroudsburg (Str) 20; 9. Freedom (Free) 19.5; 10. Liberty (Lib) 15; 11. LaSalle (LS), Pottsville (Potts) 14; 13. Pocono Mountain East (PME) 13.5; 14. Coughlin (Cou), Southern Lehigh (SL) 13; 16. Dallas (Dal) 11; 17. Crestwood (Cre) 10; Emmaus (Emm) 10, Hazleton Area (Haz) 10, Pleasant Valley (PV) 10, St. Joseph’s (SJ) 10; 22. Berwick (Ber) 9; 23. Blue Mountain (BM) 8.5; 24. Abington Heights (AH), Northeast (NE), Wallenpaupack (Wall) 8; 27. Honesdale (Hon) 7.5; 28. East Stroudsburg South (ESS), West Scranton (WS) 7; 30. Bangor (Bang), Dieruff (Dier), Whitehall (White) 6; 33. Mastery Charter (MC) 5, 34. Roman Catholic (RC), Scranton (Scr), Valley View (4); 37. Monsignor Bonner (MB) 3.5; 38. Archbishop Wood (AW), Mariana Bracetti (MB), Tunkhannock (Tun) 2; 41. Central (Cen), Olney (Olney), Washington (Wash) 1; 44. Cardinal O’Hara (COH), Frankford (Frank), Franklin Towne (FT), Lincoln (Linc), Martin Luther King (MLK), Pittston Area (PA), Pocono Mountain West (PMW), William Allen (WA)
106 – James Wright (WVW) pinned Zach Robles (Cen) 3:13; Dylan Brown (Free) pinned Sean Lyons (SJ) 4:42; Jake Jones (Str) dec Richie Koslower (DV) 5-0; Tim McCall (FJ) pinned Nick Yankoski (Cou) 1:55; Michael Scheetz (North) pinned Ahmad Ibrahim (NE) :22; Jacob Lizak (Park) pinned John Fasti (AW) 1:16
113 – Bobby Hawkins (Cou) maj dec Mike Maloney (COH) 15-3; Todd Hetrick (North) maj dec Sal Anderson (LS) 17-3; Luke Gardner (Potts) dec Jake Lang (DV) 8-4; Chad Haegele (AW) dec Greg Pascale (AH) 7-2; Kenny Yanovich (PV) pinned Jonathan Guevara (Cen) 1:00; Evan Fidelibus (East) pinned Adam White (FJ) 3:05
120 – Albert Le (RC) dec Jimmy Fayocavitz (AH) 10-8; James Felipa (PV) dec Kyle Mallon (MB) 5-3; Chase Gallick (Wall) dec Anthony Parsi (East) 13-7; P.J. Testino (DV) dec Pat McGinley (LS) 1-0; Zach Valley (North) pinned Larry Lewis (Cen) 1:48; Tyler Tarsi (Naz) tech fall Tyler Sloan (Linc) 16-0, 2:43
126 – Billy Poray (Cou) maj dec Walter Shaw (Cen) 14-0; Adam Ziegler (SL) pinned Tyler Oliver (COH) 1:49; Larry Romanchik (Haz) pinned Christian Gosch (BM) 4:41; Evan Kennedy (Hon) pinned Andrew McLaren (LS) 3:49; Chase Zemenak (Naz) dec Vince Manzi (FJ) 9-2; James Saylor (East) pinned Carlos Joaquin-Martinez (Linc) 3:28
132 – Travis Roper (WVW) pinned Jim Lux (Wash) 1:14; David White (FJ) dec Jacob Younger (Emm) 9-7; Dan Ritz (Cre) dec Garrett Gouger (PV) 7-2; Greg Konieczy (LS) pinned Tyler Barress (WS) 2:32; Ian Evans (Park) forfeit Ameen Smith (Olney); Maron Byrne (ESS) dec Connor Mauriello (SJ) 7-1
138 – Nathan Cheek (WVW) pinned Sage Karam (Naz) 4:45; Nick Senuk (AH) dec Connor Waite (SJ) 5-2; Charles Sell (Bang) pinned Ronald Palmer (MB) :28; Cole Franklin (EMM) pinned Frank Carrozza (DV) 5:40; Kyle Baker (East) pinned Andre Butts (NE) :14; Chris Lovallo (Scr) pinned Hashim Abdulrasool (Linc) 1:12
145 – Michael Marano (Park) dec Ryan Keifer (MB) 6-0; Matthew Carr (AH) maj dec Davon Clark (NE) 14-1; Kyler Kilpatrick (East) pinned Ryan Shane (FT) 1:17; Ardis Smith (Lib) dec Bob Endy (SJ) 6-5; Kevin Laubach (Ber) pinned Jansen Grabowski (Emm) 1:57; Cody Cordes (WVW) tech fall Joe Sullivan (LS) 16-0 3:31
152 – Ben Siegel (Tun) dec Ryan Robert (FT) 11-5; Vickson Krah (FJ) dec Gordon Daichendt (EMM) 9-2; Billy Hoh (Park) dec Derrick Simms (WVW) 10-7; Joe DePhillipo (MB) tech fall Zach Macosky (Dal) 16-0, 3:45; Dyvon Gibson (East) dec Hakim Coles (NE) 12-8; John Jakobsen (Str) pinned Kolby Stein (LS) :59
160 – Kevin Leyland (RC) dec Dalton Ray (Tun) 7-4; Nathan Christman (Park) dec Declan Haggerty (WS) 3-1; Jamal Powell (dec Adam Rusek (SL) 9-4; Lucas Markowitz (DV) maj dec Tyler Keller (FT) 9-1; Bobby Fehr (north) maj dec Joe D’Imperio (FJ) 12-4; Matthew Bonshak( white) pinned Mike Cipilewski (VV) 3:23
170 – Tom Johnson (SJ) dec Dan Favaro (DV) 7-6; Jake Young (Free) pinned Ibragim Ibrgimov (Wash) 5:59; Zach Smith (Hon) tech fall Dennis Rivas (Dier) 17-1, 3:44; Will Masteller (Ber) dec Idris White (FJ) 11-5; Nicolino Sevi (Naz) pinned Victor Prez (Olney) 1:36; Mitch Myers (BM) tech fall Dwayne Cooley (NE) 16-0, 1:44
182 – Connor Martinez (Dal) pinned Joe Love (MB) 5:58; James Palmisano (Str) pinned Kemran Fayikov (NE) 5:59; Jared Wehemann (Wall) maj dec Connor Williams (Naz) 11-3; Anthony Piscopo (LS) pinned Dylan Crusen (Scr) 5:10; Tyler Greene (East) tech fall Eldar Karmiev (Wash) 17-2; Shawn Cicero (Potts) pinned Wilfredo Cruz (Olney) 3:56
195 – Taylor Schermerhorn (Haz) pinned Jim Galasso (FJ) 2:21; John Callahan (Free) pinned Frankell Mack (MC) 5:49; Troy Uhrin (VV) dec Jason Kocher (North) 1-0; Ty Robinson (Cre) dec Luis Ortiz (NE) 10-3; Omar Haddad (Park) pinned Darnell Moore (MLK) 3:50; Patrick Pierson (East) pinned Ryan Hoffman (COH) 3:48
220 – Darius Barnhardt (MC) pinned Myles Robbins (Scr) 1:35; Stanley Burke (Potts) dec Sam Reid (Cen) 7-6; Ian Moran (WVW) dec Imad Azar (North) 4-3; Jason Manning (WS) dec Antonio Pelusi (LS) 4-3;Jake Gunning (Lib) pinned Valen Jaramillo (RC) 1:34; Shaun Heist (Park) pinned Eric Trainer (COH) 1:02
285 – Kamron Van Wert (Scr) dec Stephane Eugene (Wash) 9-3; Jeremy Candelario (PME) pinned Jonathan Walsh (Olney) 7:14; Ryan Monk (Dal) dec Brandon Vigo (WA) 4-1; Paul Johnson (SJ) pinned Calvin Kreiter (Wall) 2:20; Cody Cooper (Str) pinned Tim Coyle (COH) :51; Daulton Romano (SL) pinned Joshua Gordon (Cen) 3:24
106 – Klump (Naz) pinned Wright (WVW) 2:21; Jones (Str) dec Brown (Free) 5-2; Scheetz (North) maj dec McCall (FJ) 13-4; Lizak (Park) pinned Forsette (WS) 1:04
113 – Lizak (Park) pinned Hawkins (Cou) 3:36; Hetrick (North) dec Gardner (Potts) 9-6; Yanovich (PV) dec Haegele (AW) 9-2; Fidelibus (East) maj dec DeGraba (Dal) 8-0
120 – Gonzalez (Lib) pinned Le (RC) 1:58; Felipa (PV) dec Gallick (Wall) 5-3; Valley (North) tech fall Testino (DV) 18-2, 2:59; Tarsi (Naz) tech fall Lutecki (PA) 18-2, 3:48
126 – Ems (ESS) maj dec Poray (cou) 12-3; Romanchik (Haz) dec Ziegler (SL) 9-2; Zemanek (Naz) pinned Kennedy (Hon) 3:04; Krasavage (WVW) maj dec Saylor (East) 17-8
132 –Rizzolino (East) dec Roper (WVW) 11-4; Ritz (Cre) dec White (FJ) 8-2; Evans (Park) dec Konieczny (LS) 5-4; Palmer (DV) dec Byrne (ESS) 11-10
138 – Galasso (FJ) pinned Cheek (WVW) 1:24; Sell (Bang) dec Senuk (AH) 4-1; Franklin (Emm) dec Baker (East) 6-0; Ortman (Park)maj dec Lovallo (Scr) 21-9
145 – Matt Hammerstone (Cre) dec Marano (Park) 5-3; Kilpatrick (East) dec Carr (AH) 3-2; Laubach (Ber) maj dec Smith (Lib) 12-3; Mirth (SL) dec Cordes (WVW) 4-3, UTB
152 – Nicosia (PME) tech fall Siegel (Tun) 4:19, 16-1; Krah (FJ) dec Hoh (Park) 12-10 OT; Gibson (East) pinned DePhillipo (MB) 5:55; Jakobsen (Str) dec Lussi (PA) 9-8
160 – DiSora (East) pinned Leyland (RC) 3:56; Powell (NE) dec Christman (Park) 6-4; Fehr (North) dec Markowitz (DV) 11-5; Bonshak (White) dec Ezzo (LS) 6-3
170 – Fogle (PME) dec Johnson (SJ) 6-3; Young (Free) dec Smith (hon) 6-1, OT; Sevi (Naz) dec Masteller (Ber) 7-2; Myers (BM) dec McNally (Scr) 4-2
182 – Haddad (Park) pinned Martinez (Dal) 1:50; Palmisano (Str) dec Wehrmann (Wall) 5-4; Greene (East) maj dec Piscopo 11-2; Cicero (Pots) pinned Strenk (DV) 5:56
195 – Reyes (Dier) maj dec Schermerhorn (Haz) 13-3; Uhrin (VV) dec Callahan (Free) 3-2; Haddad (Park) pinned Robinson (Cre) 4:53; Wagner (DV) dec Pierson (East) 8-7, OT
220 – Evan Kaufmann (Free) tech fall Barnhardt (MC) 15-0, 1:51; Burke (Potts) dec Moran (WVW) 10-5; Gunning (Lib) maj dec Manning (WS) 11-0; Jack Fagan (DV) dec Heist (Park) 6-4
285 – Aaron Bradley (Naz) pinned Van Wert (WS) :51; Monk (Dal) pinned Candelario (PME) 3:12; Johnson (SJ) pinned Cooper (Str) 3:31; Brad Emerick (Cou) pinned Romano (SL) :46