LEHMAN TWP. — A year ago, Lake-Lehman made the trip to Wyalusing and picked up a big win against the District 4 powerhouse.
The Rams returned the favor on Saturday night when they made the trek to Lehman’s house.
With the help of an undermanned Black Knights squad, which gave up 42 points to forfeits, Wyalusing topped Lehman 55-20. Lake-Lehman was without a few key wrestlers in the dual and coach Tom Williams was hoping to rest some achy grapplers because the Black Knights have a big week of Wyoming Valley Conference Division II duals coming up against Wyoming Area (Monday), Tunkhannock (Wednesday) and Hanover Area (Saturday); they also meet West Scranton on Friday.
“We’re trying to keep our kids healthy and get ready to go for the rest of the year,” the coach said. “But a couple kids got some good bouts.”
The superb efforts were all over the mat as the Black Knights won three of the six bouts and scored bonus points in two of the three. Austin Harry remained unbeaten this season with a pin at 138 pounds, while Bobby Wright nabbed a technical fall at 160 and Brady Butler needed overtime to win his bout at 195.
Wright’s win was perhaps the most impressive because he got it in dominant fashion against an opponent he’s likely to see at the Northeast Regional Tournament later this season. Heavyweight Chris Traver was pinned by Wyalusing’s Dalton Chilson in the third period. But Traver was only losing 3-0 entering the third period to the sophomore, who was a regional qualifier last season.
“Bobby’s working hard and he’s a quality kid,” Williams said. “We’re trying to get him some good matches to prepare him for down the road.”
A disappointing part of the dual was when Lake-Lehman’s Derek Dragon was given a forfeit at 170 and was visibly because of that. Because of the flip, Dragon got to the mat first and Wyalusing bumped Justin Griffith away up to 182. Dragon defeated Griffith at the Tunkhannock Kiwanis Tournament last season, and it seemed like Griffith would get to face Butler. But then Williams bumped Butler up to 195.
“He was just hoping to have another good bout but nothing we could do. We couldn’t control it,” Williams said.
In regards to moving Butler to 195, Williams said:
“We would’ve had to forfeit another weight there (because) I couldn’t move (sophomore) Tom Williams up to 195. He had to stay at 182.”
Moving Butler seemed to be a good move by coach Williams anyway because the bout at 195 was the best match of the night as Butler pulled out the win 4-1 win against Walter Mendoza in overtime when he managed an escape in the first 30-second period then picked up two back points in the second.
It was a big win for Butler, who will be leaned on to help the team this week and Williams said his team will be be ready.
“We’ll be more healthy than we were today,” the coach said.
And that could mean bad news for Lake-Lehman’s opponents in the next seven days.
Wyalusing 55, Lake-Lehman 20
106: Jacob Sandfort (Wya) won by forfeit; 113: Josh Haley (Wya) maj. dec. Rodney Driscoll 13-1; 120: Tracey Brown (Wya) won by forfeit; 126: Charles Stretch (Wya) won by forfeit; 132: Collin Edsell (Wya) won by forfeit; 138: Austin Harry (LL) pinned Ryan Force 3:05; 145: Justin Haley (Wya) won by forfeit; 152: Austin Shaffer (Wya) dec Tyler Kolb 8-5; 160: Robert Wright (LL) tech fall Ryan Kipp 5:42, 20-4; 170: Derek Dragon (LL) won by forfeit; 182: Justin Griffith (Wya) won by forfeit; 195: Brady Butler (LL) dec Warner Mendoza 4-1, OT; 220: Dylan Otis (Wya) won by forfeit; 285: Dalton Chilson (Wya) pinned Chris Traver 5:14.
Note: Match started at 120 pounds
GAR wins duals tourney
The Grenadiers went 5-0 on Saturday at the Lackawanna Trail Duals beating Blue Ridge, Montrose, Nanticoke and Elk Lake before topping the host Lions in the finals.
GAR had five wrestlers go 5-0 on the day as AJ Luton (120), Carlos Betances (126), Pedro Chery (160), Zac Faust (220) and Saul Wilkins (285) all finished the event unbeaten.
Along the way, Luton, a state qualifier from last season, recorded career win No. 100 becoming just the fourth wrestler in school history to accomplish the feat. The last to do so was 2007 grad Peter Hooker.
Berwick goes 1-2
The Bulldogs went to the Allentown Dieruff Duals and finished 1-2 beating Salisbury Township, but dropped meets to District 11 powers Dieruff and Pocono Mountain West.
Leading the way for the Dawgs was 106-pounder Dakota Conner and 145-pounder Pete Talanca who both went 3-0.