EXETER – At the beginning of the season, Wyoming Area was tabbed by many as being a team to contend in Division II of the Wyoming Valley Conference and in District 2 Class 2A.
Unforeseen occurrences hindered the team's hopes early with a loss to Hanover Area in December. But lately, the Warriors have been showing why so many had high hopes to begin the season. Last week, they gave division champ Lake-Lehman all it could handle in a close loss.
On Wednesday, Wyoming Area knocked off Meyers, 42-34 and appears to be peaking at the right time heading into this weekend's District 2 Class 2A Duals Tournament.
This is a big win heading into district duals to prove to everyone that we can hang, said Warrior senior 138-pounder Nick Heck. We're clicking. Everybody's rooting on everybody. The bench is really into it cheering on everyone getting bonus points and everyone's rolling.
Despite the win, the Warriors (3-2 Division II) earned the WVC wild card slot for the dual event and will face Lackawanna League No. 1 seed Western Wayne in Friday's quarterfinals at Lake-Lehman. The seeds were determined Wednesday morning and the Warriors lost tiebreakers with Meyers and Hanover Area.
With the divisional slate unfinished, the committee used overall record. That's where the Mohawks got the second spot since they have a better overall record than the Hawkeyes and Warriors. Hanover Area was awarded the third spot for winning the head-to-head against Wyoming Area.
The final divisional dual is Feb. 13 when Wyoming Area hosts Tunkhannock.
On Wednesday night, Wyoming Area looked like it could hang with any of the top teams. Heck got the meet started winning via tech fall at 138 for a 5-0 lead. Meyers (3-3 Division II) picked up four straight wins to open a 22-4 lead as the Warriors also lost a point for unsportsmanlike conduct.
The Warriors then reeled off wins in seven of the last nine bouts to secure the victory. Heck's brother Pat joined Nick, winning via tech fall at 106, while Jude Polit-Moran (182) and Jeff Skursky (220) got big falls as the team went ahead 39-28 with two matches left.
Skursky always has the big match, Nick Heck added. He's a big wrestler for us, very strong kid and he's coming around now.
Andy Schutz, a returning state qualifier at Wyoming Area, defeated Meyers' Kashif Alston 6-0 at 126.
Meyers, which will face Scranton Prep in the quarterfinals of district duals, was hurt by forfeiting three weight classes. But the Mohawks got wins from sophomores Quince Hutchings (pin at 145) and T.J. Cistrunk (major decision, 160) in addition to falls from Sam Blankenship (170) and Justin Elick (132).
They've come a long way. I'm proud of them. We come in every year with 14 guys and somehow we manage to keep digging, Meyers coach Ron Swingle said. I think we're wrestling as well as we can with the experience level we're at.
Wyoming Area 42, Meyers 34
106 – Pat Heck (WA) tech fall Danny Semanek 15-0, 4:00; 113 – Shaun Vasquez (WA) won by forfeit; 120 – Carm Mauriello (WA) won by forfeit; 126 – Andy Schutz (WA) dec Kashif Alston 6-0; 132 – Justin Elick (Mey) pinned Charlie Johnson 1:31; 138 – Nick Heck (WA) tech fall Gino Setta 25-9, 5:53; 145 – Quince Hutchings (Mey) pinned Nate Somers 2:36; 152 – Johntae Nelson (Mey) won by forfeit; 160 – T.J. Cistrunk (Mey) maj dec Nick O'Brien 11-3; 170 – Sam Blankenship (Mey) pinned Zach Briggs* 3:43; 182 – Jude Polit-Moran (WA) pinned Yakeem Adams 2:56; 195 – Shawn Whiting (WA) won by forfeit; 220 – Jeff Skursky (WA) pinned Ojanis Almonte 2:36; 285 – Kyle Krepich (WA) won by forfeit
Note: Match started at 138 pounds.
Dallas took six of the first seven matches to defeat Hazleton Area and lock up the WVC's No.4 seed in this Friday's District 2 Class 3A Duals Tournament.
Dom Degraba and Aaron Kliamovich won the opening two bouts for the Mountaineers while Mark Michno and Jacob Carr won back-to-back events late in the meet.
Dallas' win also establishes Coughlin as the conference's No. 2 seed and Pittston Area as No. 3 seed in the event.
The three teams ended the divisional season with 4-2 records. The head-to-head tiebreaker was also a wash because each team lost to one of the other. That left the tiebreaker to be overall record. The Crusaders are 13-4, Pittston Area is 12-6 and Dallas is 6-12.
106 – Kienan Dalesandro (HAZ) won by forfeit; 113 – Dom Degraba (DAL) tech. fall Ezal Pavlichko, 17-2; 120 – Aaron Kliamovich (DAL) pinned Nicholas Kairewich, :30; 126 – Larry Romanchik (HAZ) won by forfeit; 132 – Jim Caffrey (DAL) pinned Gerardo Aquino, 1:55; 138 – Cole Dixon (DAL) won by forfeit; 145 – Steven Mingey (DAL) maj. dec. Hernan Aquino, 13-3; 152 – Zach Macosky (DAL) dec. Dan Bove, 4-2; 160 – Adam Fredmund (HAZ) dec. Logan Brace, 9-8; 170 – Kris Roccograndi (DAL) pinned William Ramirez, :30; 182 – Connor Martinez (DAL) won by forfeit; 195 – Taylor Schermerhorn (HAZ) pinned Jake Howell, 1:30; 220 – Mark Michno (DAL) pinned Dewel Tejeda, 2:31; 285 – Jacob Carr (DAL) won by forfeit;
Note: Match started at 113 pounds.
Berwick, which didn't qualify for the District 2 Class 3A Duals, won the first four matches of the meet en route to a defeat of Hanover Area at home.
Kevin Laubach got the Bulldogs rolling with a pin before Zach Kyttle, Nathan Maczuga and William Masteller followed with wins.
Kaine Rimmer scored a win by decision for the Hawkeyes, who are the WVC No. 3 seed for the 2A duals, while Brad Glazenski won via a major decision.
152: Kevin Laubach (BER) pinned Anthony Eck, 1:33; 160: Zach Kyttle (BER) tech. fall Tyler Bartnick, 20-4; 170: Nathan Maczuga (BER) won by forfeit; 182: William Masteller (BER) pinned Thomas Bogarowski, 3:01; 195: Kaine Rimmer (HAN) dec. Curtis Whitmire, 4-2; 220: Tyler Ohl (BER) pinned Trevor Ahouse, 1:59; 285: Ryan Dooley (BER) dec. Thieman James, 8-4; 106: Dakota Conner (BER) maj. dec. Kyle Holmgren, 10-2; 113: Aaron Preston (BER) dec. Zack Meckes, 10-4; 120: Brad Glazenski (HAN) maj. dec. Troy Hernandez, 14-1; 126: Shane Elick (HAN) dec. Andrew Woznock, 3-2; 132: Joshua Gregory (BER) pinned Matt Izen, 1:41; 138: Brandon Hughes (BER) won by forfeit; 145: Peter Talanca (BER) maj. dec. Chris Jones, 14-4.
Note: Match started at 152 pounds.
Blue Ridge started off the match with seven wins, dooming Nanticoke to a loss at home.
Anthony Edwards, Maurice Wood and Mike Colatosti all scored wins for the Trojans.
106 – Cooke (BR) won by forfeit; 113 – Austin (BR) won by forfeit; 120 – Hodle (BR) pinned Josh Benscoter, 3:51; 126 – Malby (BR) pinned Kyle Sorber, 3:12;132 – Edwards (BR) pinned Kyle Gavrish, 5:55; 138 – Gorick (BR) won by forfeit; 145 – Anthony Edwards (NAN) pinned Welch, :47; 152 – Esposito (BR) dec. Derek Fisher, 2-0; 160 – Maurice Wood (NAN) dec. Parsons, 6-2; 170 – Mike Colatosti (NAN) pinned Carpenter, 3:07; 182 – no contest; 195 – no contest; 220 – Rogers (BR) won by forfeit; 285 – Aldrich (BR) won by forfeit;
Note: Match started at 285pounds.
Zain Retherford (152), Bradley Miccio (182) and Logan Womelsdorf (195) all won their bouts to lead Benton to a victory in the first round of the District 4 Duals.
106: Alan Diltz (Ben) won by forfeit; 113: no contest; 120: Brett Shepard (SC) won by forfeit; 126: Kent Lane (SC) dec Matthew Welliver 3-1; 132: Ronald Flick (Ben) won by forfeit; 138: Diego Otero (SC) pinned Joseph Smith 4:46; 145: Colt Cotten (Ben) won by forfeit; 152: Zain Retherford (Ben) dec Blake Marks 8-4; 160: Dominic Vitale (Ben) won by forfeit; 170: Jeric Kasunic (Ben) won by forfeit; 182: Bradley Miccio (Ben) maj dec Steve Toczylousky 13-1; 195: Logan Womelsdorf (Ben) pinned Ben Clark 1:25; 220: Nicholas Becker (SC) pinned Luke Bogart :35; 285: Marcus Welliver (Ben) won by forfeit
Note: Match started at 152 pounds
In a match from Tuesday, Honesdale got the better of Meyers, thanks to a run of five wins late in the meet.
T.J Cistrunk scored a pin for the Mohawks at 160.
106: Joe Walsh (HON) pinned Daniel Semanek, 0:55; 113: No Contest; 120: No Contest; 126: Kashif Alston (MEY) tech. fall Joshua Taylor, 16-0; 132: Justin Elick (MEY) dec. Evan Kennedy, 4-3; 138: Gino Setta (MEY) dec. Keegan Werner, 7-6; 145: Eric Daniels (HON) maj. dec. Quince Hutchings, 12-4; 152: Johntae Nelson (MEY) dec. Josh Burkavage, 9-4; 160: T.J. Cistrunk (MEY) pinned Logan Miller, 3:27; 170: Zack Smith (HON) pinned Samuel Blankenship, 1:15; 182: Mike Failla (HON) pinned Yakeem Adams, 2:15; 195: Joe Quinn (HON) won by forfeit; 220: Scott Donovan (HON) won by forfeit; 285: Trevor Kowalczyk (HON) won by forfeit.
Class 3A at Pittston Area
5 p.m., WVC-1 Wyoming Valley West vs Wild Card Wallenpaupack
LL-2 Scranton vs WVC-3 Pittston Area
6:30 p.m., LL-1 Delaware Valley vs Wild Card- Dallas
WVC-2 Coughlin vs. LL-3 West Scranton
8 p.m., semifinals
Class 2A at Lake Lehman
5 p.m., WVC-1 Lake Lehman vs Wild Card Lackawanna Trail
LL-2 Blue Ridge vs WVC-3 Hanover Area
6:30 p.m., LL-1 Western Wayne vs Wild Card- Wyoming Area
WVC-2 Meyers vs LL-3 Scranton Prep
8 p.m., semifinals
7 p.m. finals at Pittston Area