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Colin Pasone, Meyers

106 pounds, Fr.

A talented wrestler, he won golds at the Wyoming Valley Conference Tournament and the District 2 Class 2A event. His season was cut short after districts due to an injury and he missed out on regionals. He concluded his first season with a record of 36-3.

A.J. Luton, GAR

113 pounds, Sr.

A state qualifier from 2013, Luton missed out on the tournament this season due to getting injured during his first match at regionals. He still won his second District 2 Class 2A gold and ended the season with a 31-5 record. He concluded his stellar career with 110 wins. The Grenadier has piled up plenty of medals in his career, including a runner-up at regionals in 2013 and a fourth-place medal at the event in 2012.

Jimmy Hoffman, Hazleton Area

120 pounds, Fr.

With a very bright future ahead of him, Hoffman got off to a great start this season with a 40-7 record to qualify for the PIAA Championships, where he also picked up a victory. His showing at states came after he won the WVC Tournament – and the Outstanding Wrestler at that event – along with the District 2 Class 3A tourney. He took third at the Northeast Regional Tournament.

Charlie Johnson, Wyoming Area

126 pounds, So.

When he qualified for states, it marked the third straight season a Warrior wrestler has done so, which is quite a feat for the program on the rise. After winning his first District 2 Class 2A title, Johnson went on to finish third at regionals and conclude the campaign with a 36-7 mark. After two seasons, he has a 48-12 career record

Bobby Hawkins, Coughlin

126 pounds, Jr.

He earned his first District 2 Class 3A gold medal and followed that with a regional medal taking fourth. He concluded the season with a 38-7 mark and earned career win No. 100 at regionals.

Austin Harry, Lake-Lehman

132 pounds, Sr.

It’s been quite a career for The Times Leader Wrestler of the Year as Harry finished third in the state, with a 41-2 record. He concludes his four-year run with 157 wins, good for fifth all-time in District 2 history. He’s also a three-time Class 2A Northeast Regional champion, has three state medals and four District 2 titles. He is one of just 27 wrestlers in D2 history with four district golds.

Travis Roper, Wyoming Valley West

132 pounds, Sr.

With a 37-6 record this season, he concluded his career with 116 wins. He picked up his second straight regional medal taking fourth this season and was runner-up at the District 2 Class 3A Tournament. The Spartan also picked up a gold medal at the Wyoming Valley Conference Tournament and was an important piece for the team, which has won the last three WVC Division I titles.

Billy Poray, Coughlin

138 pounds, Sr.

He finally broke through to pick up his first District 2 Class 3A title after previously medaling at the event. He’s a three-time regional qualifier and concludes his career with a stellar total of 127 wins, including a 35-7 mark this season.

Nate Cheek, Wyoming Valley West

145 pounds, Sr.

He grabbed his first District 2 Class 3A title this season and ended the campaign with 42 wins, a third-place finish at the Northeast Regional Tournament and an eighth-place finish in his first appearance at the PIAA Championships. He also won a title at the WVC Tournament, and was a big part of the Spartans team that won the District 2 Class 3A Duals and team title. He concludes his run with the team with 120 wins in his career.

Cody Cordes, Wyoming Valley West

160 pounds, Jr.

Cordes showed his potential this season posting a 40-5 record, a Wyoming Valley Conference Tournament gold, a District 2 Class 3A gold and a silver at the Northeast Regional Tournament to qualify for the PIAA Championships for the first time. Ending his junior season with 108 career wins, he was a key cog in helping the Spartans become the first Class 3A team from the WVC to win a dual at the PIAA Team Championships.

Derek Dragon, Lake-Lehman

170 pounds, Jr.

He picked up his second District 2 Class 2A gold and followed that with a third-place medal at regionals to qualify for the PIAA Championships for the first time. He ended his season with a 31-10 record and will begin his senior campaign with a career mark of 84-28.

Connor Martinez, Dallas

170 pounds, Sr.

After finally winning a district gold at the D2 Class 3A event, he had a remarkable showing at regionals winning four times in one day to take third and reach the PIAA Championships. He picked up two wins at states and finished eighth. Picking up a gold at the WVC tournament, Martinez ended the season with 38 wins and ran his career total to 86.

Brady Butler, Lake-Lehman

182 pounds, Sr.

He earned his second straight District 2 Class 2A title this season, ending with a mark of 35-4. Over his career with the Black Knights, he helped the team pick up three straight team titles in the the District 2 Class 2A Tournament and three straight WVC Division II titles. He concludes his career with 105 wins.

Zachary Faust, GAR

220 pounds, Jr.

An injury derailed his run in regionals for the second straight season. But he still managed to win more than 30 matches for the second consecutive campaign. After winning 33 last season, Faust picked up 36 in 2014 and will enter his senior year with 94 career victories. Now a two-time District 2 Class 2A champ, Faust also won the Wyoming Valley Conference Tournament gold.

Saul Wilkins, GAR

285 pounds, Jr.

It was an incredible debut in the sport for Wilkins, who never wrestled prior to this season but won a District 2 Class 2A title and a Northeast Regional gold to advance to the PIAA Championships. He held a mark of 30-10 this season.

Ryan Monk, Dallas

285 pounds, Jr.

He cemented himself as one of the top heavyweights in the state this season piling up a 42-5 record, a District 2 Class 3A title, a Northeast Regional gold, and a sixth-place finish at the PIAA Championships in his first time at the event. Also a winner at the Wyoming Valley Conference Tournament, Monk reached the state semifinals and ends his junior season with 101 career wins.

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