TUNKHANNOCK – Being defeated two times previously by an opponent can be discouraging for a wrestler heading into the third meeting.
Added pressure was on the shoulders of Lake-Lehman's John Tomasura on Wednesday because he needed to get a victory to help his team stay unbeaten in Division II of the Wyoming Valley Conference. But the sophomore put the nerves behind him, went out and pinned Tunkhannock's Jake Richards in 5:02 to give the Black Knights a thrilling 36-32 victory after overcoming a 20-point deficit midway through the dual.
It's just amazing and such a good feeling that I won it for the team, Tomasura said.
Richards, a freshman, had beaten Tomasura by one point both times when the two met at the Tunkhannock Kiwanis Tournament last month. During Wednesday's 113-pound nail-biter, it looked good early on for Richards as he got the early takedown and was leading 3-2 after the first period.
Tomasura scored a quick escape to start the second period and ended the second by grabbing two points for a takedown to hold a 5-3 lead entering the last stanza. Richards' choice to start the third was the bottom position and after nearly getting a reversal two times, Tomasura turned that around and got in position to get the fall.
He was pretty calm, Lehman coach Tom Williams said about the pressure situation Tomasura was in. We've had some big matches and he's been a part of what we've been doing the last two years so I was confident in him.
The Tigers (3-1 Division II, 9-6 overall), who need Lehman to falter in one of its last three duals to stay in contention for the division title, jumped out to a 15-0 lead after three matches and were ahead 26-6 after seven weights, winning all four of the contested bouts. Mike Manley (132 pounds), Dalton Ray (145) and Chris Packer (152) all won via decision and Ben Siegel (160) garnered a technical fall to account for the big lead.
But there was no giving up for Lehman (3-0 D-II, 14-3), which now needs wins over Wyoming Area, Hanover Area and Nanticoke to claim its second straight division title. The team reeled off five straight wins highlighted by falls from Bobby Wright at 170 and Brady Butler at 195.
It was a hard one to swallow especially since Richards has beaten Tomasura twice already this year, Tunkhannock coach Bob Hegedty said. We felt confident going into the last match, but it just didn't work out this time. But he went at him and that's all we ask for the kids is they go out and wrestle hard.
Butler's win may have been the most important. The junior, who was runner-up the WVC Tournament earlier this month, defeated a WVC champion for the second time in as many duals when he got Andrew Muckin on his back in 2:48. The victory followed a win over Dallas' Connor Martinez on Monday.
I was hurt in the conference tournament and then sick so I've been working back and it feels pretty good, said Butler. I wrestled (Muckin) before and I knew I could beat him, but I wasn't expecting a pin, especially that fast.
Phil Hettes and Dustin Jones picked up big wins via decision at 220 and 285, respectively, for the Black Knights for a 30-26 advantage with just two bouts left. Tunkhannock's Elliott Hammersly notched a pin at 106 as the Tigers regained the lead at 32-30 heading into the final match of the night.
Notes: There has been a time change for Friday's dual pitting Wyoming Area at Lake-Lehman. Due to the possible inclement weather, the junior high match with begin at 3 p.m. and the varsity match will start at 4:30. The Black Knights' Hall of Fame ceremony will still take place as scheduled.
Lake-Lehman 36, Tunkhannock 32
106 – Elliott Hammersly (Tun) pinned Rebecca Wright :16; 113 – Jon Tomasura (LL) pinned Jake Richards 5:02; 120 – Bill Manley (Tun) won by forfeit; 126 – Dakota Quick (Tun) won by forfeit; 132 – Mike Manley (Tun) dec Zeb MacMillan 7-3; 138 – Austin Harry (LL) won by forfeit; 145 – Dalton Ray (Tun) dec Josh Sayre 8-3; 152 – Chris Packer (Tun) dec Josh Winters 10-9; 160 – Ben Siegel (Tun) tech fall Tom Williams 24-9, 5:55; 170 – Bobby Wright (LL) pinned Colton Coolbaugh 1:14; 182 – Derek Dragon (LL) won by forfeit; 195 – Brady Butler (LL) pinned Andrew Muckin 2:48; 220 – Phil Hettes (LL) dec Alex Berlew 1-0; 285 – Dustin Jones (LL) Steffan Lawson 5-1
Note: Match started at 120 pounds
Delaware Valley won the final three matches of the meet to steal one from the Spartans at Wyoming Valley West.
Kyle Krasavage (126) and Cody Cordes (145) each scored pins for the Spartans, while Alex Tirko (113) put his team up early win a win by technical fall.
106 – Richard Koslower (DV) dec. James Wright, 10-3; 113 – Alex Tirko (WVW) tech. fall Dom Diviglio, 18-2; 120 – Jon Lagoski (WVW) maj. dec. Pat Testino, 16-2; 126 – Kyle Krasavage (WVW) pinned Make Stager, 4:42; 132 – Jalen Palmer (DV) dec. Travis Roper, 11-7; 138 – Frank Carrozza (DV) maj. dec. Nate Cheek, 11-2; 145 – Cody Cordes (WVW) pinned Bill Pearm, 3:25; 152 – Derrick Sims (WVW) dec. Colin Irwin 9-4; 160 – Lucas Markowitz (DV) pinned Troy Yashinski, 4:38; 170 – Dan Favaro (DV) tech. fall Juan Rajo, 15-0; 182 – Martin Strenk (DV) won by forfeit; 195 – Matt Wajner (DV) dec. Brandon Baird, 8 -3; 220 – Jack Fagan (DV) maj. dec. Ian Moran, 14-2; 285 – Matt Dubaskas (WVW) dec. Joey Wetzel, 3-1.
Note: Match started at 220 pounds.
Berwick rattled off six wins through the heart of the meet to pull away from the Comets at Crestwood.
The Bulldogs' Kevin Laubach improved his record to 29-0 this season with a 1-0 win by decision against Matt Hammerstone, a rematch of the Wyoming Valley Conference championship earlier this month in the 145 weight class. Zach Kyttle (152) followed with a win by major decision and Nathan Maczuga (160) earned a pin to stake Berwick out to a comfortable lead.
106 – Dylan Miale (CR) maj. dec. Dakota Conner, 11-2; 113 – Aaron Preston (BER) won by forfeit; 120 – Seth Korch (CR) maj. dec. Troy Hernandez, 15-7; 126 – Andrew Woznock (BER) pinned Josh Prezkop, :27; 132 – Dan Ritz (COU) pinned Josh Gregory, 1:06; 138 – Peter Talance (BER) pinned Michael Padden, 2:59; 145 – Kevin Laubach (BER) dec. Matt Hammerston, 1-0; 152 – Zach Kyttle (BER) maj. dec. Michael Legg, 13-3; 160 – Nathan Maczuga (BER) pinned Aaron Baratta, :59; 170 – William Masteller (BER) pinned Bryan Vargas, 3:16; 182 – Curtis Whitmire (BER) pinned Luke Modrovsky, 2:51; 195 – Tyler Robinson (CR) pinned Chris Erickson, 1:15; 220 – Tyler Ohl (BER) pinned Steffan Senczakowicz, 1:59; 285 – Ryan Dooley (BER) won by forfeit.
Note: Match started at 120 pounds.
Wyoming Area won seven straight matches to run away with the victory.
Carmen Mauriello (120) and Andy Schutz (126) picked up back-to-back pins to get the Warriors rolling before Charlie Johnson (132) followed with a technical fall win.
Mike Colatosti (185) earned a win by decision for the Trojans.
106 – Shawn Vasquez (WA) won by forfeit; 113 – Patrick Heck (WA) won by forfeit; 120 – Carmen Mauriello (WA) pinned Josh Benscoter, 5:15; 126 – Andy Schutz (WA) pinned Kyle Sorber, 1:20;132 – Charlie Johnson (WA) tech. fall Kyle Gavrish, 16-0; 138 – No Contest; 145 – Nick Heck (WA) pinned Tony Edwards, 3:30; 152 – Damian Vanderlick (WA) dec. Derek Fisher, 12-8; 160 – Maurice Wood (NAN) won by forfeit; 170 – No Contest; 182 – Mike Colatosti (NAN) dec. Jude Polit-Moran, 12-6; 195 – No Contest; 220 – Shawn Whiting (WA) won by forfeit; 285 – Dylan Eichorn (NAN) won by forfeit;
Note: Match started at 182 pounds.
Jimmy Caffrey's 3-2 decision victory over Donny Parham at 132, the final bout of the night, gave the Mountaineers the victory in the WVC Division I showdown.
Dallas won eight of the 14 matches, but the Patriots grabbed bonus points in all but one of their victories to make the score close. John Minich (195) and Jake Vaxmonsky (220) each had falls for Pittston Area.
Kris Roccograndi (170) and Ryan Monk (285) recorded pins for Dallas.
106 – Chris Starinsky (PA) won by forfeit; 113 – Dom DeGraba (Dal) maj dec Braulio Garcia 18-7; 120 – Tyler Lutecki (PA) won by forfeit; 126 – Dave Deleo (PA) dec Aaron Kliamovich 15-10; 132 – Jimmy Caffrey (Dal) dec Donny Parham 3-2; 138 – Cole Dixon (Dal) dec Dan Gambini 3-1; 145 – Steve Mingey (Dal) dec Brad Rush 5-0; 152 – Zach Macosky (Dal) dec Kevin Wesolowski 7-5; 160 – Angelo Lussi (PA) maj dec Logan Brace 12-2; 170 – Kris Roccograndi (Dal) pinned Ryan Joyce 3:16; 182 – Connor Martinez (Dal) maj dec Sam Falcone 14-2; 195 – John Minich (PA) pinned Jake Howell :51; 220 – Jake Vaxmonsky (PA) pinned Mark Michno 3:10; 285 – Ryan Monk (Dal) pinned Brian Modzienski :50
Note: Match started at 138 pounds.
Coughlin won 10 out of 14 matches in a drubbing of Hazleton Area at home.
Brad Emerick (285) picked up a pin for the Crusaders, one of six to do so. He was joined by Nick Yankowski (106), Mike Brown (120), Eddie Ciprich (132), Adam Giovanelli (182) and Jordan Phillips (220).
Adam Fredmund (160) and Taylor Schermerhorn (195) earned pins for the Cougars.
106 – Nick Yankoski (COU) pinned Kienan Delassandro, 3:49; 113 – Bobby Hawkins (COU) dec. Jeremy Vopava, 14-4; 120 – Mike Brown (COU) pinned Nicholas Kairewich, 3:49; 126 – Bill Poray (COU) dec. Larry Romanchick, 3-2; 132 – Eddie Ciprich (COU) pinned Gerardo Aquino, 1:45; 138 – Jerry Ryan (COU) won by forfeit; 145 – Hernan Aquino (HAZ) dec. Brando Butry, 5-2; 152 – Daniel Bove (HAZ) dec. Dave Sterba, 12-3; 160 – Adam Fredmund (HAZ) pinned Rico Colon, 3:24; 170 – Paul Cole (COU) dec. Derek Spachman, 5-0; 182 – Adam Giovanelli (COU) pinned William Ramirez, 2:22; 195 – Taylor Schermerhorn (HAZ) pinned Jalel Monroe; 220 – Jordan Phillips (COU) pinned Dewel Tejada, 3:11; 285 – Brad Emerick (COU) pinned Shawn Cartwright, 1:15.
Chris Jones (145) notched a pin for Hanover Area as the Hawkeyes downed GAR at home.
Zac Faust (220) and Elijah Gresham (285) won by pin for the Grenadiers.
106 – Zack Meckes (HAN) won by forfeit; 113 – Anthony Luton (GAR) maj. dec. Brad Glazenski, 12-4; 120 – No Contest; 126 – Shane Elick (HAN) won by forfeit; 132 – Devin Reese (GAR) won by forfeit; 138 – No Contest; 145 – Chris Jones (HAN) pinned Joseph O'Day, 5:38; 152 – Anthony Eck (HAN) won by forfeit; 160 – Jamaar Taylor (GAR) pinned Brian Belcher, 1:59; 170 – Matt Monahan (HAN) won by forfeit; 182 – Thomas Bogarwoski (HAN) won by forfeit; 195 – Kaine Rimmer (HAN) won by forfeit; 220 – Zac Faust (GAR) pinned Trevore Ahouse, 1:10; 285 – Elijah Gresham (GAR) pinned Brandon Holmgrean, 1:21;
|Wyoming Valley West (3A)||5||0||9||3|
|Pittston Area (3A)||3||2||10||5|
|Hazleton Area (3A)||1||3||7||14|
|Hanover Area (2A)||3||2||5||12|
|Wyoming Area (2A)||2||1||3||3|