School: Wyoming Valley West
Weight class: 126 pounds
All in the family: Kyle, 18, is the son of Pat and Ellie Krasavage of Larksville. He has two older brothers, Pat and C.J.
Stats: Krasavage entered the PIAA Class 3A state wrestling championships by going through his first 38 matches of the season unbeaten, then ran his record to 40-0 with a pin and a win in his first two matches of the tournament. Wyoming Valley West’s all-time victory leader, the Hofstra-bound senior wound up settling for fourth place in the 126-pound weight class, but not before giving four-time state finalist Connor Schram a tremendous tussle and winning a consolation bout to run his season record to 41-2.
Pinning it down: Krasavage returned to the state tournament for the first time since his freshman season and earned his medal by showing some mettle. He opened the state tourney by pinning Clearfield’s Dylan Graham 1:48 into the match. Then Krasavage downed Dustin Rock from Big Spring 2-1, using a second-period reversal and then fending off a series of shots in the match’s final minute. Krasavage fell to two-time state champ Schram from Canon-McMillan by a tough 7-3 decision in the state semifinals, but earned respect by battling head-to-head with a wrestler who reached the state finals all four years of his high school career. Krasavage then rebounded from that with a 4-2 victory in the fourth-round consolation over Rodney Sunday on Saturday, before falling 8-4 to Tyler Walker of North Hills.
Coach’s corner: “I’m really proud of him,” Valley West coach Drew Feldman said. “He wrestled very tough. He had a horse in the semis. I was proud he was able to get his head back and win back. He’s a great kid, on the wrestling mat and in the classroom. He just had a great ride. Couldn’t ask for anything more out of the kid.”
Did you know? When he’s not rolling around on the wrestling mat, Krasavage blows off some steam by playing with his three poodles - “I just walked them, they dont’ shed really, they have all natural hair,” he said - that always provides him with a great escape.
From his view: “It broke my heart. I wanted to make top three,” Krasavage said of his fourth-place state finish. “But top four is (almost) as good. Even against Schram - he was real tough, ranked No. 3 in the nation - I believe I held my own. It definitely makes you feel good. I held my own with a kid that good. I could only get better from it.”
Week in review: A former Times Leader athlete of the week spent the weekend showing off her athletic prowess again, Alexis Lewis scored 17 points, snagged 12 rebounds and made six steals to lead Holy Redeemer over Athens 40-38 in a PIAA girls basketball opener Saturday. Including in that spree was a dramatic steal and layup with 32 seconds remaining that helped seal the victory. … In Class 2A of the state wrestling tournament, Northwest’s Matt Welliver earned a bronze medal by beating South Side Beaver’s Nathan Reckner 5-1. Welliver wrestles for Benton High School, which has a co-operating agreement with Northwest for wrestling. … Along with Krasavage, a couple of other WVC wrestlers maneuvered their way into fourth-place finishes at states. Coughlin’s 285-pounder Brad Emerick won his Class 3A third-round consolation match, while Lake-Lehman’s Austin Harry finished fourth in Class 2A. … One of the WVC’s premier boys basketball players finished his career with a flurry as Meyers’ smooth senior Rasheed Moore scored 13 points and pulled down nine rebounds in the team’s PIAA Class 2A opening-round loss to Trinity.