Shaun Vazquez put together an individual comeback then Kevin Pish and Charlie Johnson combined to finish off a team comeback Tuesday night, lifting Wyoming Area to a 43-33 victory over visiting GAR in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 wrestling match.
GAR won the three heaviest weight classes in the match, which started at 152 pounds. By the time the match moved to the lightweights, the Grenadiers had a 24-16 lead.
Vazquez started the Warriors on their way back at 106 pounds, but first he had to produce a rally of his own in an action-packed third period.
Vazquez overcame deficit by scoring 10 points in the third period, scoring two takedowns and turning Frank Yurek on his back twice while posting a 17-12 decision.
“That was one of the bright spots,” Wyoming Area coach Steve Mytych Sr. said. “Shaun works hard every day in practice.
“It was nice to see all that time and effort pay off.”
Although the team score remained tight, Mytych’s confidence in the way the later bouts matched up allowed him to stick with a challenge for Pat Heck at 120 rather than try to juggle the lineup to create different matches.
Heck, who won the District 2 Class AA 106-pound championship last year as a freshman, took on GAR senior A.J. Luton, the defending district 113-pound champion.
Luton, a 2013 state qualifier who is approaching his 100th career victory, produced a 7-4 decision in the 120-pound meeting of defending district champions, giving GAR its last lead, 27-25.
Pish quickly put an end to that.
Pish pinned Carlos Betances in 1:13 at 126 pounds to put the Warriors ahead to stay on their way to improving their division record to 2-0 before suffering their first loss to Meyers the next night.
With the teams set to split forfeit wins in the final two bouts, Johnson needed to either win or lose a close decision to give Wyoming Area the victory. He clinched the win by pinning Devin Reese in 2:37 at 132 pounds.
“It pretty much went the way we expected,” Mytych said. “We’re young. They have a couple of years of experience on us. I wanted Pat to wrestle that match.
“I knew I could count on Kevin and Charlie. I expected wins out of those guys.”
Wyoming Area had opened a 12-0 lead when Adam Buczynski received an opening forfeit and Zachary Briggs pinned Pedro Cherry in 54 seconds.
GAR built its lead by taking three of the next four bouts. The exception as Jude Polit-Moran’s 15-2 decision over Namir Murphy at 182.
Will Shelly (113) and Kendrick Beyer (138) also received forfeits for the Warriors.
Pittston Area 51
Zack Meckes (113), Ryan Joyce (152), Jonathan Armitage (195) and Jake Vaxmonsky (220) all recorded pins for the Patriots.
At 170, Kevin Wesolowski won by technical fall over Berwick’s Dallas Arner, 23-8. Chris Cummings, at 182, also picked up a technical fall, beating Martin Grasley 15-0.
For Berwick, Dakota Conner (106), Ty Smith (138) and Zach Kyttle (160) notched falls in the loss.
Wyoming Area 33
Wyoming Area’s Kevin Pish (126) pinned Meyers’ Daniel Semaned in 1:21, while Jude Polit-Moran (195) earned a fall in 5:09 to lead the Warriors in a loss Wednesday.
Zachary Briggs picked up an 11-5 decision over Quince Hutchings at 160 pounds.
Out of the 13 matches Wednesday, seven of them were forfeits.
Pittston Area 53
Abington Heights 24
In a non-league wrestling bout, Pittston Area took down Abington Heights, 53-24, Wednesday night.