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A Tiger’s redemption leads to team victory


January 22. 2014 11:50PM
By Dave Rosengrant drosengrant@timesleader.com

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LEHMAN TWP. — Earlier this month Hunter Prevost couldn’t get past Lake-Lehman’s Chris Traver in the Wyoming Valley Conference Tournament.


In a rematch on Wednesday night, the Tunkhannock 285-pounder not only avenged that loss, but earned a key victory in helping his team deal the Black Knights their first WVC Division II loss in nearly three years with a 42-34 at Lake-Lehman High School. It is the Black Knights’ first divisional loss since Feb. 8, 2011.


The win for Tunkhannock means that there is likely going to be a shared divisional championship in the division between the Tigers, Black Knights and Meyers unless one of the three is upset in the final week of action.


Prevost, who was the underdog in his bout after getting pinned by Traver in the conference tourney, earned a 5-3 win, but it wasn’t easy as he was losing 2-1 entering the third period. It turned out to be a big swing for the Tigers once Prevost notched two takedowns in the final two minutes — including the deciding two points with 28 seconds remaining — to secure the win. Prevost recorded two takedowns on the same move when he snapped Traver’s upper body down while locked up then spun around for the points.


“It was tough for him to defend it so I tried to take advantage of and do whatever I can,” said Prevost, a sophomore. “I have a lot of redemption. I knew coming into this match it was going to be a tough match and I knew he knew that he knew he had beaten me.


“After I got off the mat all my teammates were greeting me, congratulating me, telling me ‘that was a swing match’ and getting me pumped up even more than I was. It was great.”


Another important win for the Tigers came from Elliott Hammersly at 145 when he pinned Jesse Tomolonis. Tunkhannock’s normal 145-pounder Ben Siegel had been a little under the weather and instead of cutting weight coming off the illness he had to bump up to 160 opening the way for Hammersly and he didn’t disappoint.


“We actually thought we were going to weigh him in at that area anyway to get a matchup on Bobby (Wright) because we saw Bobby was coming down with his weight loss plan,” Tunkhannock coach Bob Hegedty said. “We thought that was our best move to try to get him on Bobby.”


Tunkhannock (4-1 Division II) jumped out to a 27-6 lead after six bouts as Jake Richards started things off with a fall at 126 before Hammersly and Mike Manley (152) also added pins in the early run and Siegel won via decision.


The Black Knights (4-1) got on the board when Austin Harry recorded a fall at 138. They got consecutive pins at 170 and 182 from Bobby Wright and Derek Dragon before two forfeits gave Lehman a 30-27 lead with four weight classes left in the dual. That had Hegedty thinking about last year when his team held a lead at home against the Black Knights before losing. But he said they’ve been waiting for this rematch.


“We’ve had this date circled on our calendar since last year,” Hegedty said. “We thought that one got away from us last year and to be honest with you those deserve a lot because those guys stepped up.”


And with two of the four bouts left being Black Knights forfeits the Tigers were in good shape, especially after Prevost’s win tied the dual’s score at 30-30.


“That was the best match he wrestled all year,” Hegedty said about his heavyweight.


The Division II slate wraps up in the next few days when the Tigers wrestle Wyoming Area (2-3) on Monday, while Lehman hosts Hanover Area (1-4) Saturday afternoon and Meyers (4-1) takes on Nanticoke (1-4) Friday night.


Delaware Valley 33, Wyoming Valley West 28


In a rematch — and possible preview — of the District 2 Class 3A championship, the Warriors pulled out the slim victory led by a close victory in a battle of a pair of state qualifiers from a year ago.


Delaware Valley’s Jalen Palmer knocked off Valley West’s Travis Roper, 9-8 in the 132-pound bout in what appeared to be a swing match of the dual.


Picking up pins for the Spartans were James Wright (113) and Matt Dubaskas (285), while Nathan Cheek (145) and Cody Cordes (160) won via tech fall.


Berwick 38, Crestwood 29

Peter Talanca (145) and Luke Fisher (160) were contributors to the Bulldogs win over the Comets as Berwick won its second straight.

Josh Prezkop (126) and Tyler Robinson (195) led the way for Crestwood.

Nanticoke 36, Wyoming Area 33

The Trojans picked up their first Wyoming Valley Conference victory in more than two years with the win snapping a drought that went back to January of 2012.

Nanticoke’s win was kickstarted by a fall from Nelvin Eillafranca at 113 and Blake Balderrama earned a fall in the 195 bout.

Wyoming Area was led by falls from Patrick Heck (120), Charles Johnson (126), Zach Briggs (152) and Matthew Crawford (170).

Pittston Area 39, Dallas 33

The Patriots win was led by pins from Dave DeLeo (138) and Jake Vaxmonsky (220).

Anthony Deluca (113) and Domenic Oliveri (195) led the Mountaineers with pins.

GAR 39, Hanover Area 28

Zac Faust (220) and AJ Luton (120) each won via decision to lead the Grenadiers.

For the Hawkeyes, Kain Rimmer (195) and heavyweight John Sheridan won via fall.

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Tunkhannock 42, Lake-Lehman 34

106 — Josh Beeman (Tun) won by forfeit; 113 — RJ Driscoll (LL) maj dec Tom Bachman 9-0; 120 — Bill Manley (Tun) won by forfeit; 126 — Jake Richards (Tun) pinned Jake Tomolonis :41; 132 — Dakota (Tun) won by forfeit; 138 —Austin Harry (LL) pinned Cavan Ramage 1:18; 145 — Elliott Hammersly (Tun) pinned Jesse Tomolonis 2:49; 152 — Mike Manley (Tun) pinned Tyler Kolb 4:36; 160 — Ben Siegel (Tun) dec Tommy Williams 14-7; 170 — Bobby Wright (Tun) pinned Jaron Bernosky 2:38; 182 — Derek Dragon (LL) pinned Ricky Stevens 2:43; 195 — Brady Butler (LL) won by forfeit; 220 — Phil Hettes (LL) won by forfeit; 285 — Hunter Prevost (Tun) dec Chris Traver 5-3.


Note: Match started at 126 pounds


Delaware Valley 33, Wyoming Valley West 28

106 — Logan Brighton (DV) dec Wayne Smith 4-0; 113 — James Wright (WVW) pinned Dominicu Diviglio 2:45; 120 — Patrick Testino (DV) pinned Cory Yashinski :58; 126 — Bobby Lipski (WVW) dec Kyle Stoll 3-2; 132 — Jalen Palmer (DV) dec Travis Roper 9-8; 138 — Frank Carrozza (DV) dec Jon Lagoski 8-4; 145 — Nathan Cheek (WVW) tech fall Tyler Moraski 20-5, 5:22; 152 — William Pearn (DV) dec James Donovan 5-2; 160 — Cody Cordes (WVW) tech fall Shawn Jones 17-2, 5:47; 170 — Colin Irwin (DV) pinned Tom Derby 1:02; 182 — TJ Pashinski (WVW) dec Robert Ackerly 10-8; 195 — Troy Moore (DV) won by forfeit; 220 — Matt Wagner (DV) dec Ian Moran 5-2; 285 — Matt Dubaskas (WVW) pinned AJ Sieber 1:00.


Note: Match started at 126 pounds


Pittston Area 39, Dallas 33

106 — Chris Starnisky (PIT) dec. Jack Turner, 8-1; 113 — Anthony deluca (DAL) pinned Anthony Halat, 1:13; 120 — Justin Hutchins (DAL) won by forfeit.; 126 — Tyler Lutecki (PIT) won by forfeit; 132 — Braulio Garcia (PIT) won by forfeit.; 138 — Dave DeLeo (PIT) pinned Barber Xavier, 0:50; 145 — Dan Gambini (PIT) won by forfeit; 152 — Mike Minich (PIT) won by forfeit; 160 — Logan Brace (DAL) dec. Ryan Joyce, 2-1; 170 — Connor Martinez (DAL) dec. Kevin Weslowski, 7-6; 182 — Cole Dixon (DAL) dec. Chris Cummings, 6-0; 195 — Domenic Oliveri (DAL) pinned Eann McCloe, 2:34; 220 — Jake Vaxmonsky (PIT) pinned John Hutchins, 2:34; 285 — Ryan Monk (DAL) won by forfeit


Berwick 38, Crestwood 29

113 — Dylan Miale (CRE) maj. dec. Dakota Conner, 10-2; 120 — Seth Korch (CRE) maj. dec. Lenexx Miedaner, 13-1; 126 — Josh Prezkop (CRE) pinned Zachary Fish, 3:26; 132 — Justin Lukashewski (CRE) pinned Dylan Lee, 4:46; 138 — Dan Ritz (CRE) dec. Brandon Hughes, 11-4; 145 — Peter Talanca (BER) pinned Domenico Scarano, 1:00; 152 — Zach Kyttle (BER) dec. Michael Legg, 7-1; 160 — Luke Fisher (BER) pinnned Brett Reidinger, 3:13; 170 — Dallas Amer (BER) tech. fall Bryan Vargas, 4:15, 15-0; 182 — Martin Grasley (BER) pinned Luke Modrovsky, 2:59; 195 — Tyler Robinson (CRE) pinned Chris Erickson, 2:13; 220 — Stone Force (BER) won by forfeit; 285 — Ryan Dooley (BER) won by forfeit


Note: Match started at 113 pounds


Nanticoke 36, Wyoming Area 33

106 — David Jones (NAN) won by forfeit; 113 — Nelvin Villafranca (NAN) pinned William Shelley, 2:27; 120 — Patrick Heck (WA) pinned Zack Stavetski, 2:56; 126 — Charles Johnson (WA) pinned Krystal Danielle, :34; 132 — Kendrick Beyer (WA) dec. Kyle Sorber, 13-9; 145 — Kyle Gavrish (NAN) won by forfeit; 152 — Zach Briggs (WA) pinned Garrett Allabaugh; 160 — Adam Butczynski (WA) won by forfeit; 170 — Matthew Crawford (WA) pinned Mike Stephanick, 1:07; 182 — Derek Fisher (NAN) dec. Jude Polit-Moran, 6-5; 195 — Blake Balderrama (NAN) pinned Triston Sokach-Minnick, :57; 220 — Giacomo Bova (NAN) dec. Zachary O’Brien, 9-3; 285 — Brian Zakarauskas (NAN) won by forfeit


Note: Match started at 106 pounds


GAR 39, Hanover Area 28

106 — Moses Tlatenchi (GAR) won by forfeit; 113 — Bryce Waters (Han) maj dec Anthony Tlatenmchi 19-6; 120 — AJ Luton (GAR) dec Brad Glazenski 10-8; 126 — Carlos Betances (GAR) won by forfeit; 132 — Devin Reese (GAR) won by forfeit; 138 — no contest; 145 — Ya-Sir jones (Han) won by forfeit; 152 — Dawin Reyes (GAR) won by forfeit; 160 — Anthony Eck (Han) pinned Pedro Cherry 1:22; 170 — Rashaun Mathis (GAR) won by forfeit; 182 — Namir Murphy (GAR) dec Isiah Taylor 9-2; 195 — Kaine Rimmer (Han) pinned Mohamed Toure 1:41 220 — Zac Faust (GAR) dec Khalil Lewis 5-0; 285 — John Sheridan (Han) pinned Saul Wilkins 4:29




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