WRIGHT TWP ‚?? Crestwood‚??s season opener on Wednesday night didn‚??t go the way the team had hoped.
The Comets dropped nine of 12 contested matches in falling to Western Wayne 54-16.
But all wasn‚??t lost for Crestwood against the powerful Wildcats, who have won two of the last three District 2 Class 2A duals championships. The Comets went against a tough opponent, got the matches they wanted to see and even pulled off a few upsets along the way.
‚??We had three good matches, the premier matches and we got them,‚?Ě Crestwood coach Jay Konigus said. ‚??That‚??s what we wanted and that‚??s what we got. It couldn‚??t have fallen in our hands any better. I didn‚??t care about even or odd and then we just didn‚??t perform.‚?Ě
The premier matchups Konigus was talking about pitted Crestwood regional qualifier Matt Hammerstone against Western Wayne regional qualifier Beau Fuller at 152. Hammerstone, a reigning District 2 Class 3A champion, won the showdown over the D2 2A third-place medalist via major decision 12-4.
A pair of up-and-comers squared off at 138 in Crestwood sophomore Dan Ritz and Wildcats junior Morgan Fuller, two who were also regional qualifiers last winter. In one the best matches of the night, Fuller, who took third at districts last season, defeated Ritz ‚?? a fourth-place district medalist ‚?? 3-2 on a third-period escape.
Those were two of the first three matches. After that point in the dual, Western Wayne put the score out of reach winning eight in a row to open a 48-4 cushion.
But then two little-knowns from Crestwood came up with back-to-back pins at 120 and 126 in freshman Brandon Rinehimer and sophomore Seth Korch. Rinehimer earned the fall in 3:47 at 120 and Korch got his opponent on his back in 2:45.
Prior to the two Crestwood pins, Comet sophomore Dylan Miale nearly pulled off a big win of his own at 113. Miale and his opponent Brett Toth went back and forth in the match before Toth won with a last-second reversal to pull out a 9-8 decision.
‚??I‚??m worried at 13, 20 and 26 with Seth, Dylan and Brandon thinking if we can get one win out of three, then Dylan goes out at 13 and wrestles great and Rinehimer comes out and pins and Seth pins. What else could I ask? I need my studs to do better,‚?Ě said Konigus. ‚??I know it‚??s an individual sport, but the team has to come (and) play sometimes.‚?Ě
Western Wayne 54, Crestwood 16
106: Ronald Mrsich (WW) won by forfeit; 113: Brett Toth (WW) dec. Dylan Miale 9-8; 120: Brandon Rinehimer (Cre) pinned Marod Dobrzyn 3:47; 126: Seth Korch (Cre) pinned Josh Brown 2:15; 132: Derek Sosa (WW) won by forfeit; 138: Morgan Fuller (WW) dec Dan Ritz 3-2; 145: Chris Tomasetti (WW) pinned Mike Padden 3:05; 152: Matt Hammerstone (Cre) maj dec Beau Fuller 12-4; 160: Manny Miraih (WW) dec Mike Legg 5-1; 170: Lucas Karnick (WW) pinned Aaron Baratta 3:01; 182: Brandon Hadden (WW) pinned Luke Modrovsky 2:25; 195: Virgil Burns (WW) pinned Matt Dexter :39; 220: Connor Rosensweet (WW) pinned Tyler Robinson :35; 285: Austin Swoyer (WW) dec Tyler Womer 6-4
Note: Match started at 138 pounds
Lake-Lehman won all but two matches to oust the Lions. Derek Dragon recorded a 54-second pin over Matthew Goodrich, and Josh Sayre finished his opponent in 58 seconds.
106 ‚?? no contest; 113 ‚?? John Tomasura (LL) won by forfeit; 126 ‚?? Zeb McMillian (LL) won by forfeit; 132 ‚?? Austin Harry (LL) pinned Levi Bennett, 1:50; 138 ‚?? Jimmy Stuart (LL) won by forfeit; 145 ‚?? Josh Sayre (LL) pinned Kyle Burgette, :58; 152 ‚?? Joshua Winters (LL) pinned Victor Rosa, 4:46; 160 ‚?? Robert Wright (LL) pinned Cooper Rosiak, 3:34; 170 ‚?? Jeremy Greenley (LT) pinned Thomas Williams, :15; 182 ‚?? Derek Dragon (LL) pinned Matthew Goodrich, :54; 195 ‚?? Brady Butler (LL) pinned Thomas Fricke, 1:04; 220 ‚?? Philip Hettes (LL) pinned Zack Walters, 2:22; 285 ‚?? Justin Barber (LT) pinned Austin Parry, :41
Note: Match started at 285 pounds.
Nanticoke‚??s Kyle Gavrish outlasted his opponent for a 5-4 quadruple overtime victory as the Trojans fell to Valley View. Josh Benscoter recorded a pin in 50 seconds.
106 ‚?? no contest; 113 ‚?? Canevari (VV) won by forfeit; 120 ‚?? Catapane (VV) won by forfeit; 126 ‚?? Josh Benscoter (NAN) pinned Catapane, :50; 132 ‚?? Babcock (VV) pinned Kyle Sorber, 2:29; 138 ‚?? Kyle Gavrish (NAN) dec. Judge, 5-3 (4OT); 145 ‚?? Anthony Edwards (NAN) won by forfeit; 152 ‚?? Cipelewski (VV) dec. Derek Fisher, 8-2; 160 ‚?? Maurice Wood (NAN) pinned Swalta, 2:14; 170 ‚?? Michael Colatosti (NAN) pinned Patuk, 2:40; 182 ‚?? Koshowski (VV) won by forfeit; 195 ‚?? Bennett (VV) won by forfeit; 220 ‚?? Uhrin (VV) pinned Giacomo Bova, :54; 285 ‚?? Rowe (VV) won by forfeit
Maurice Wood pinned his opponent in 1:01 in a Nanticoke loss to Loyalsock on Tuesday. Josh Benscoter earned a 13-4 decision.
106 ‚?? Vogel (LOY) won by forfeit; 113 ‚?? Malek (LOY) won by forfeit; 120 ‚?? Harrell (LOY) won by forfeit; 126 ‚?? Josh Benscoter (NAN) dec. Finnerty, 13-4; 132 ‚?? Henriquez (LOY) pinned Kyle Sorber, 2:29; 138 ‚?? Kyle Gavrish (NAN) won by forfeit; 145 ‚?? Eubanks (LOY) pinned Anthony Edwards, 3:29; 152 ‚?? Dinicola (LOY) dec. Derek Fisher, 6-2; 160 ‚?? Maurice Wood (NAN) pinned Dougherty, 1:01; 170 ‚?? Dabback (LOY) dec. Michael Colatosti, 5-1; 182 ‚?? Nepburn (LOY) won by forfeit; 220 ‚?? Giacomo Bova (NAN) won by forfeit
Wyoming Seminary is one of the top high school prep programs in the country finishing second in the National Prep Tournament the last six years.
On Friday and Saturday, local fans can see the nationally-recognized program at the school‚??s Carpenter Athletic Center.
The Blue Knights will host a dual on Friday against Cranford Public Schools at 7 p.m.
Then on Saturday, the Friends of Sem Wrestling Duals will be held beginning at 9:30 a.m. The tournament features eight schools, including the Wyoming Valley Conference‚??s Wyoming Area Warriors.
Joining Seminary and the Warriors in the dual tournament are Storm King School, Malvern Prep, Hill School, Germantown, St. Anthony‚??s (N.Y.) and The Kiski School. The eight teams will be divided into two pools. Seminary and Wyoming Area are in separate pools and can only meet if both advance to the finals.
The Knights will take on Storm King at 9:30 a.m., Malvern Prep at 11:30 and Hill School at 1:30 p.m. WA faces Kiski at 9:30, Germantown at 11:30 and St. Anthony‚??s at 1:30.
The championship and placement duals are scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.