DALLAS – It was just a week ago that Wyoming Valley West coach Drew Feldman was ready to anoint his team as Wyoming Valley Conference Division I champion after a big win over Pittston Area.
Hold on, coach. There was still another unbeaten in the division in Dallas.
The Mountaineers hosted the Spartans on Saturday and even did something no other team in the conference has achieved to this point in the season against Feldman's team, but Valley West held on for a 47-25 win to now be the lone undefeated in the division.
Valley West (5-0 Div. I) just needs a win against Berwick next weekend to secure its second straight division title and first unanimous championship since claiming the West Division in 1999. Dallas (2-1 Div. I) still has a tough battle ahead, having to face division foes Pittston Area and Coughlin next week and Division II's Lake-Lehman on Monday.
Berwick's a good team and I go a lot of respect for (Berwick) coach (Ernie) Yates, but if we come to wrestle it should not be a match, Feldman said. This is the one we had circled on the calendar so now hopefully we will be division champions.
The Spartans got off to a good start, taking the first two matches on a fall from Cody Cordes at 145 and a decision by Derrick Simms at 152 to jump out to a 9-0 advantage.
Dallas, however, wasn't going away, taking the next three bouts and was up 15-9. John Hutchins, a 160-pounder who made his varsity debut, won a high-scoring affair 15-10 over Troy Yashinski before Kris Roccograndi got a fall at 170 and Connor Martinez received a forfeit at 182.
After five matches of the dual, the Mountaineers held a lead and became the first conference team to be in control over Valley West that point in a dual. After Dallas 285-pounder Ryan Monk pinned Matt Dubaskas in 1:22 that tied the meet 21-21 after eight bouts, that was the latest the Spartans were tied in a dual against a WVC team.
Quite honestly, I think we did everything pretty much that I thought we were going to do, Dallas coach Mike Richards said. There's no one in the conference that's going to beat us up. We'll wrestle with anybody, we just don't have the depth from top to bottom to win some of these matches against the Valley Wests and the Pittstons.
Still the Spartans weren't worried because three of the strongest wrestlers in their lineup had yet to take the mat.
I know that we always have the kids and numbers that can pull through and get wins and falls, said Valley West 126-pounder Kyle Krasavage, who is a piece of the daunting part of the lineup.
Dallas had to forfeit at 106 to give Valley West a 27-21 lead. Then at 113, Dallas' returning state qualifier Dominic DeGraba got a major decision over Alex Tirko to trim the lead to 27-25. Tirko put up a great effort to not allow DeGraba to get more than a major decision.
Valley West's Jon Lagoski won a swing match at 120 over Aaron Klimovich with a fall to ruin any upset possibility by Dallas. That win put the Spartans up 33-25.
When Jonathan's coming to wrestle, he's probably one of the toughest in the conference, Feldman added. He's got to come wrestle every week. But when he does, he's on.
They won the last three matches in expected victories from Krasavage (tech fall at 126), Travis Roper (pin, 132) and Nathan Cheek (decision, 138) to close out the win.
Wyoming Valley West 47, Dallas 25
106 – James Wright (WVW) won by forfeit; 113 – Dominic DeGraba (Dal) maj dec Alex Tirko 13-4; 120 – Jon Lagoski (WVW) pinned Aaron Klimovich 4:43; 126 – Kyle Krasavage (WVW) tech fall James Caffrey 18-1, 2:28; 132 – Travis Roper (WVW) pinned Adam Litchkowski 1:39; 138 – Nathan Cheek (WVW) dec Cole Dixon 8-3; 145 – Cody Cordes (WVW) pinned Steven Mingey 3:04; 152 – Derrick Simms (WVW) dec Zach Macosky 5-2; 160 – John Hutchins (Dal) dec Troy Yashinski 15-10; 170 – Kris Roccograndi (Dal) pinned Juan Rajo 3:32; 182 – Connor Martinez (Dal) won by forfeit; 195 – Brandon Baird (WVW) pinned Jake Howell :49; 220 – Ian Moran (WVW) pinned Mark Michno 3:02; 285 – Ryan Monk (Dal) pinned Matt Dubaskas 1:22
Note: Match started at 145 pounds.
Meyers wrestlers won four events to defeat Southern Columbia on Saturday.
106 – Daniel Semanek (MEY), forfeit; 113 – Double forfeit; 120 – Brett Shepard (SC), forfeit; 126 – Kent Lane (SC) maj. dec. Kashif Alson, 19-6; 132 – Double forfeit; 138 – Justin Elick (MEY) maj. dec. Diego Otero, 8-0; 145 – Gino Setta (MEY) dec Connor Houseknecht, 5-3; 152 – Blake Makrs (SC) pin Quince Hutchings, 5:36; 160 – Johntae Nelson (MEY) dec Steve Toczylousky, 5-4; 170 – Tracey Cistrunk (MEY), forfeit; 182 – Miles Davis (MEY), forfeit; 195 – Yakeem Adams (MEY) dec. Ben Clark, 4-2; 220 – John Mendoza (MEY), forfeit; 285 – Jake Becker (SC) pin Kyle Krepich, 2:21
Note: Match started at 132 pounds.
Justin Elick (132) got things started for Meyers in the victory over Harrisburg.
Other wins for the Mohawks included Geno Setta (138), Johntae Nelson (152) and Tracey Cistrunk (160).
106 – Aye Lwindo (HA) pin Daniel Semanek, 1:17; 113 – Michael Duncan (HA), forfeit; 120 – Double forfeit; 126 – Kashif Alson (MEY), forfeit; 132 – Justin Elick (MEY), pin Rashien Phillips, 2:33; 138 – Gino Setta (MEY), pin Leo Romain, 2:33 145 – Jaylen Kent (HA) maj. Dec. Quince Hutchings, 10-0; 152 – Johntae Nelson (MEY), pin Miquel Andujubar, 1:17; 160 – Tracey Cistrunk (MEY) pin Christian Gayle, 2:33; 170 – Samuel Blankenship (MEY) dec. Desmond Kent, 8-3; 182 – Shawn Proctor (HA), pin Miles Davis, 4:33; 195 – Treyshean Roebuck (HA) pin Yakeem Adams, 2:28 220 – Andrew Bornw (HA), forfeit; 285 – Kyle Krepich (MEY), forfeit; Note: Match started at 106 pounds.
Berwick recorded wins over Pocono Mountain West 54-27 and Salisbury Township 69-10 to go 2-2 at the Husky Duals. The Dawgs lost to Allentown Dieruff 37-34 and Scranton 46-12.
Kevin Laubach (145) remained unbeaten, winning four times to move his record on the season to 27-0. Will Masteller (170) won three matches for the Bulldogs.
Austin Harry (132), Josh Winters (145) and Dustin Jones (285) all won five matches while John Tomasura (113) and Zeb McMillian (120) won four matches as Lake-Lehman competed at the South Williamsport Duals and went 5-0.
The Black Knights defeated South Williamsport, Sugar Valley, Bucktail, Coudersport and Williamsport by a combined score of 324-71.
Wyoming Seminary, which was stunned last weekend at the NHSCA Final Four Festival to not reach the finals, rebounded to go 4-0 at the Northfield Mount Hermon Invitational in Massachusetts.
The Blue Knights beat the host team 56-15, the Hyde School 68-3, Belmont Hill 64-15 and Exeter 65-3.
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