Pittston Area’s Tyler Lutecki took home his second gold medal at the Wyoming Valley Conference wrestling tournament this past weekend in dramatic fashion at Lake-Lehman High School.
Lutecki was in perhaps the most dramatic match of the finals. He held a 6-1 lead over Wyoming Area sophomore Charlie Johnson in the third period. But Johnson started a comeback, getting takedowns and letting Lutecki up, eventually forcing overtime with the match tied at 8-8.
With Lutecki trying to defend Johnson’s takedown move that was so successful in the third period, he did do that in overtime.
“I had a different mindset: win,” Lutecki said.
The different approach worked as Lutecki got the two points himself taking control to net the win.
“I definitely wasn’t underestimating him (because) he’s a tough wrestler,” Lutecki said. “He’s a good wrestler. He’s going to go far.”
The Pittston Area senior breezed through to the Sunday semifinals. He received a bye in the first two rounds as the No. 1 seed. In the quarterfinals, Lutecki pinned Tunkhannock’s Dakota Quick in 44 seconds to reach the final.
Patriot grappler Zach Meckes took home silver at 113. He was taken down by a 7-2 decision to WVW’s James Wright. Meckes picked up two wins heading into the championship bout.
Wyoming Area’s Kendrick Beyer was pinned by WVW’s Travis Roper in 3:24 in the 132-pound title bout. Also at 132, Pittston’s Dave DeLeo wrestled back to claim third place.
Jake Vaxmonsky, a returning WVC champion, found himself back in the title match at 220 pounds. This time Vaxmonsky was facing GAR’s Zach Foust, a two-time runner up. The match went into overtime and Vaxmonsky fell, 3-1.
Wyoming Area’s Zachary Briggs took third at 132. Pittston Area’s Dan Gambini (145), Kevin Wesolowski (170), Chris Cummings (182), Jonathan Armitage (195), Brandon Goodlavage (285) and Wyoming Area’s Jude Polit-Moran (182) also placed in the tournament.
Pittston Area, who lost to Wyoming Valley West in a dual meet earlier this season, came in second in the team standings, behind WVW. The Patriots had nine places in the tournament, while WVW had 10. The Warriors, who had four total places, came in 12th.
Wyoming Area 47
Hanover Area 24
The Warriors’ Jude Polit-Moran outlasted Anthony Eck for 5:57 for a pin Thursday. Charles Johnson (126) and Frank Yurek (285) both registered pins in the fairly big win over Hanover Area.
Also garnering wins for the Warriors were Shaun Vasquez (106), Kevin Pish (132), Kendrick Beyer (138), Adam Buczynski (145) and Zach Briggs (152). Vazquez, Buczynski and Briggs each won by forfeit.
Hanover Area earned decisions from Bryce Waters (113) and Brad Glazenski (120).
Pittston Area 40
In a dual on Wednesday night, Dan Gambini (145) won via fall for the Patriots for Pittston Area’s only pin.
The big match of the night came when Coughlin’s Bobby Hawkins knocked off Tyler Lutecki 5-4 in the 126-pound bout featuring a pair of regional qualifiers and state qualifier hopefuls.
Pittston Area’s Zach Meckes (120), Dave DeLeo (132), Matt Romanski (170), Jonathan Armitage (195) and Jake Vaxmonsky (220) each won by decision.