YATESVILLE – Wyoming Valley West's first trip to the District 2 Class 3A Duals finals in 12 years was the exact opposite of how it wanted to make a return.
Before the match started, coach Drew Feldman knew he would be without two wrestlers from his starting lineup. One of them was unbeaten 126-pounder Kyle Krasavage, who was out with a fever and flu-like symptoms.
Going against Delaware Valley, which was looking for its third straight duals title, that was not a way to start the day.
The Warriors jumped all over Feldman's undermanned crew, piling up three pins to thump the Spartans 48-9 and clinch the victory after nine of the 14 bouts on the night were completed. DelVal claimed its third straight District 2 Class 3A championship, one short of the district record of four straight by Hazleton Area from 2007-10.
It was a wakeup call, Feldman said. But it's all right. I'm very proud of my kids. We did something that hasn't been done in our school in over a decade making it to the finals of this tournament.
Once the match got started, DelVal showed why it's now the three-time defending district champ, winning the first six matches before Valley West 120-pounder Jon Lagoski finally got the Spartans on the board with a decision. But that just cut the lead to 26-3.
After that match, the Warriors picked up where they left off by winning four more in a row to make the dual victory unattainable for Valley West.
I think we were getting satisfied, but we got a long ways to go, it's good, Feldman said.
Valley West's middle of the lineup – from 126 through 152 – that was so potent against Wyoming Valley Conference teams ran into troubles against Delaware Valley.
During the regular season, the Spartans always seemed to win every match in those weights. On Saturday night, they only came away with wins from Cody Cordes (152) and Derrick Simms (160). Of course, being without Krasavage was detrimental as well.
Feldman also tried to get top matchups, pitting Travis Roper against Jalen Palmer at 138 and putting Nate Cheek against Frank Carrozza at 145. Both matches were won by the Warriors in close decisions.
Once the dual meet got out of hand and we lost at 95 and 220 and then again at 106 we just let the strategy go bumping the weights, Feldman added. I wanted to see some matches to see if we closed the gap on them a little bit, which we did.
Delaware Valley advances to the first round of the PIAA Championships on Thursday at the Giant Center in Hershey at 4 p.m. against District 1 champion Owen J. Roberts. The Spartans will have three days off before getting ready for dual against Meyers on Wednesday and a dual tournament this weekend before getting ready for the individual postseason.
Delaware Valley 48, Wyoming Valley West 9
106 – Richaroslower (DV) dec James Wright 4-3; 113 – Jake Lang (DV) dec Alex Tirko (WVW) 7-4; 120 – Jon Lagoski (WVW) dec Patrick Testino 8-1; 126 – Mike Stager (DV) pinned Tyler White 3:44; 132 – Matt Decker (DV) pinned Mike Shields 1:44; 138 – Jalen Palmer (DV) dec Travis Roper 11-8; 145 – Frank Carrozza (WW) dec Nate Cheek 4-0; 152 – Cody Cordes (WVW) dec Colin Irwin 4-3; 160 – Derrick Simms (WVW) dec Lucas Markowitz 7-3; 170 – Dan Favaro (DV) maj dec Juan Rajo 16-7; 182 – Dalton Laucella (DV) won by forfeit; 195 – Martin Strenk (DV) maj dec Ian Moran 14-5; 220 – Matt Wagner (DV) maj dec Brandon Baird 16-2; 285 – Jack Fagan (DV) pinned Matt Dubaskas 2:46
Note: Match started at 182 pounds