Every time a postseason tournament’s seeds are announced, there always seems to be talk of teams getting snubbed.
And so when the pairings for the District 2 Duals were released Wednesday, of course there’s some controversy.
The main questioning comes from the Class 3A tournament, where Wyoming Valley Conference Division II co-champion Tunkhannock was left out of Saturday’s tournament at the 109th Field Artillery Armory in Wilkes-Barre.
The Tigers posted a 5-1 record in the division and a 9-14 overall record, but several of their losses came to very good teams, including Blair Academy and Wyalusing. But being in Division II, comprised of the weaker teams in the WVC, hurt their chances of getting into the event. That has always been taken into consideration.
Getting the WVC Wild Card in Class 3A was Dallas, which finished 2-4 in Division I and 8-11 overall. Three of the Mountaineers losses in the division came down to one match, while two nonconference duals were also lost in that fashion. The big loss for Dallas came to Crestwood, which had just one win in D-I and two overall; one of Crestwood’s losses came to Tunkhannock. The Tigers and Mountaineers did not wrestle this season.
Dallas gets a tough draw though having to face three-time defending duals champion Delaware Valley (9-5) in the opening round.
Claiming the conference’s top seed in 3A is Wyoming Valley West (6-0 Division I, 15-5 overall) and it opens against Scranton (6-7). The other two 3A seeds from the WVC are Hazleton Area (4-1, 8-4) and Pittston Area (4-1, 8-8), which will be either No. 2 or No. 3, based on the outcome of Wednesday night’s matchup. The No. 2 seed takes on Wallenpaupack (16-6) in the first round, while the third faces red-hot West Scranton (17-1), which has won 16 in a row.
Over in Class 2A, there wasn’t any scrutiny as five WVC teams got in. Division II co-champions Lake-Lehman (5-1, 9-6) and Meyers (5-1, 9-8) are the top two seeds from the conference, with Lehman earning the top spot due to winning the head-to-head battle earlier this month.
That’s how the conference’s No. 3 and first wild card spot were decided, too. Wyoming Area (2-4, 4-11) grabbed the third spot edging GAR (2-4, 9-6) based on the result of a dual two weeks ago. That could go a long way because the Warriors open against Blue Ridge (15-8), while the Grenadiers have to take on two-time defending champion Western Wayne (11-11).
The second wild card, normally reserved for the Lackawanna League, went to Nanticoke (1-5, 5-9), which will face the Black Knights in the opening round. Meyers’ first opponent is Lackawanna Trail (13-6). If there’s question about 2A teams getting in, it would be Nanticoke’s selection over Hanover Area. The Hawkeyes (2-11) defeated the Trojans earlier this month, but that is the Hawkeyes’ only win in their last 12 duals. Nanticoke has three wins in its last five matches.
Both tournaments will be held simultaneously at the armory with teams that lose in the first round wrestling back for third place.
There is a slight concern pertaining to Saturday’s potential for some inclement weather. If anything has to change, the event will be moved to Sunday at the armory. But in order to be out in time to watch a football game being played, the wrestleback round will be eliminated. Any postponement decisions will be made by Friday afternoon.