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February 20. 2013 4:31AM
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Lake-Lehman has great tradition when it comes to wrestling.


The Black Knights have won 21 District 2 championships and four District 2 Class 2A Duals titles.


Despite winning the team trophy last year at the individual tournament, the team has been shut out from winning a duals title since 2004 even though its been in the finals five times since then and a D2 record 11 times overall.


This season seems different as Lehman shoots to tie Hazleton Area for the most duals titles in D2 history. The Black Knights are streaking, having won 15 meets in a row and not losing since a one-point loss at the season-opening Catasauqua Duals on Dec. 8. They enter with a 17-3 overall record. In fact, all three of Lehman's losses came at the event by a combined five points.


Part of the team's sucess includes wins over District 4 power Wyalusing and a pair of District 2 Class 3A qualifiers in Dallas and Wallenpaupack. The Black Knights also wrapped up their second straight Wyoming Valley Conference Division II title earlier this week, finishing the last two seasons undefeated. The team's roster consists of seven grapplers with at least 19 wins led by Austin Harry's 27-0 mark.


Lehman hosts tonight's District 2 Class 2A Duals action and opens up its quest for a title at 5 p.m. against Lackawanna Trail. With a win, the Black Knights will see either Blue Ridge or Hanover Area in the semifinals, slated for 8 p.m. The finals will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at Pittston Area alongside the 3A championship match.


Here's a closer look at the eight Wyoming Valley Conference teams participating in the District 2 Duals Tournament:


CLASS 3A


WVC No. 1 Wyoming Valley West



Record: 6-0 Division I, 10-3 overall



Last appearance: 2012 (lost in semifinals to Delaware Valley)



Last championship: 2001



Possible Lineup: 106: James Wright, So.; 113: Alex Tirko, Jr.; 120: Jon Lagoski, Fr.; 126: Kyle Krasavage, Sr.; 132: Travis Roper, Jr.; 138: Nate Cheek, Jr.; 145: Cody Cordes, So.; 152: Derrick Simms, Sr.; 160: Juan Rajo, Sr.; 170: Troy Yashinski, Jr.; 182: open; 195: Brandon Baird, Sr.; 220: Ian Moran, Jr.; 285: Matt Dubaskas, Jr.



About the Spartans: They have been making a living getting bonus points in duals this season from the five wrestlers in the middle of the lineup from 126 through 152. If the Spartans are going to win the title, they will have to continue to do just that starting with their quarterfinal dual against Wallenpaupack. The team also has a target on its back and Pittston Area wants nothing more than to prove its conference team championship was not a fluke. The Spartans and Patriots could square off in the semifinals later tonight.


 



WVC No. 2 Coughlin



Record: 4-2 Division I, 13-4 overall



Last appearance: 2012 (lost in finals to Delaware Valley)



Last championship: None



Possible Lineup: 106: Nick Yankoski, So.; 113: Bobby Hawkins, So.; 120: Michael Brown, Fr.; 126: Billy Poray, Jr.; 132: Eddie Ciprich, Sr.; 138: Jerry Ryan, Sr.; 145: Brandon Butry, So.; 152: Dave Sterba, Jr.; 160: Rico Colon, Sr.; 170: Paul Cole, Jr.; 182: Adam Giovanelli, Jr.; 195: Louis Foster, Sr. or Jalel Monroe, Jr.; 220: Jordan Phillips, Sr.; 285: Brad Emerick, Sr.



About the Crusaders: Possibly the hottest Class 3A team of the three WVC participants, they haven't lost in three weeks winning 12 in a row. Coughlin has those wins in dominating fashion, scoring 50 points or more during seven of those wins. They are healthy and clicking at the right time and could possibly avenge a loss to Delaware Valley from earlier this season and in last year's finals by getting past West Scranton in the quarterfinals.


 



WVC No. 3 Pittston Area



Record: 4-2 Division I, 12-6 overall



Last appearance: 2012 (lost to Coughlin in the semifinals)



Last championship: 2004



Possible Lineup: 106: Chris Starinsky; 113: Braulio Garcia; 120: Tyler Lutecki; 126: Mike Minich or Dave Deleo; 132: Donny Parham; 138: Tyler Gregorio; 145: Brad Rush; 152: Kevin Wesolowski; 160: Angelo Lussi; 170: Sam Falcone; 182: Jonathan Armitage; 195: John Minich; 220: Jake Vaxmonsky; 285: Brian Modzienski



About the Patriots: All three of the teams battling for this seed wanted it. That's because there's a chance to get revenge on a loss against Valley West from earlier this season in tonight's semis. If the Patriots do accomplish that feat, they will have advanced to the finals in six out of the last seven years. Pittston Area lost to WVW after claiming the team title at the Wyoming Valley Conference Tournament last month. The Patriots' quarterfinal opponent is Scranton.


 



WVC No. 4 Dallas



Record: 4-2 Division I, 6-12 overall



Last appearance: 2012 (Class 2A, lost to Western Wayne in the semifinals)



Last championship: None



Possible Lineup: 106: open; 113: Dominic DeGraba, Sr.; 120: Aaron Kliamovich, So.; 126: Jimmy Caffrey, Sr.; 132: Adam Litchkowski, Jr.; 138: Cole Dixon, Fr.; 145: Steve Mingey, Sr.; 152: Zach Macosky, Sr.; 160: Logan Brace, Jr.; 170: Kris Roccograndi, Sr. or John Hutchins, Jr.; 182: Connor Martinez, Jr.; 195: Jake Howell, Jr.; 220: Mark Michno, Jr.; 285: Ryan Monk, So.



About the Mountaineers: They may have a gripe about where they're seeded, having to face overall No. 1 seed Delaware Valley in the opener and then possibly Pittston Area. Dallas also has been in several close matches this season, losing seven duals by six points or less. That's what makes the team so dangerous heading into the tournament no matter who stands in the way.


CLASS 2A


WVC No. 1 Lake-Lehman



Record: 6-0 Division II, 17-2 overall



Last appearance: 2012 (lost to Western Wayne in finals)



Last championship: 2004



Possible Lineup: 106: Rebecca Wright, Fr.; 113: John Tomasura, So., 120: open; 126: Zeb MacMillan, Sr.; 132: Austin Harry, Jr.; 138: Josh Sayre, So.; 145: Josh Winters, Jr.; 152: Thomas Williams, Fr.; 160: Bobby Wright, Jr.; 170: Derek Dragon, So or John Van Scoy, So.; 182: Brady Butler, Jr.; 195: Phil Hettes, So.; 220: Kody Pachamovich, So.; 285: Dustin Jones, Jr.



About the Black Knights: Lake-Lehman has reached the duals finals a district-record 11 times in the 16-year history of the event and may have the best chance of any WVC team to make it 12.


 



WVC No. 2 Meyers



Record: 3-3 Division II, 9-9 overall



Last appearance: 2012 (lost to Lake-Lehman in the semifinals)



Last championship: 2011



Possible Lineup: 106: Danny Semanek, Fr.; 113: open; 120: open; 126: Kashif Alston, Sr.; 132: Justin Elick, Sr.; 138: Gino Setta, Fr.; 145: Quince Hutchings, So.; 152: Johntae Nelson, Jr.; 160: T.J. Cistrunk, So.; 170: Sam Blankenship, Sr.; 182: Yakeem Adams, So.; 195: open; 220: Ojanis Almonte, So.; 285: Kyle Krepich, Jr.



About the Mohawks: Meyers is a young team and may be a year away from making loud noise at this event with seven freshmen or sophomores in the starting lineup. The team has a favorable matchup against Scranton Prep, which finished 2-3 in LL Division II.


 



WVC No. 3 Hanover Area



Record: 3-3 Division II, 5-14 overall



Last appearance: 2011 (lost in semifinals to Meyers)



Last championship: 1998



Possible Lineup: 106: Kyle Holmgren, Fr.; 113: Zack Meckes, Fr.; 120: Brad Glazenski, Jr.; 126: Shane Elick, Sr.; 132: Matt Izen, Sr.; 138: open; 145: Chris Jones, Sr.; 152: Anthony Eck, Jr.; 160: Tyler Bartnick, Sr.; 170: open; 182: Matt Monahan, Sr.; or Tom Bogarowski, Jr.; 195: Kaine Rimmer, Jr.; 220: Trevor Ahouse, Sr.; 285: James Thieman, So. or Brandon Holmgren, Sr.



About the Hawkeyes: They open with Lackawanna League No. 2 seed Blue Ridge in what seems to be a good matchup for Hanover Area. The Red Raiders are 9-8 overall, but struggled against WVC teams losing to GAR and Wyoming Area.


 



WVC No. 4 Wyoming Area



Record: 3-2 Division II, 4-6 overall



Last appearance: 2012 (lost to Western Wayne in quarterfinals)



Last championship: None



Possible Lineup: 106: Pat Heck; Fr.; 113: Shaun Vasquez, So.; 120: Carmen Mauriello, Sr.; 126: Andy Schutz, Sr.; 132: Charlie Johnson, Fr.; 138: Nick Heck, Sr.; 145: Nate Somers, Jr.; 152: Damian Vanderlick, Jr.; 160: Nick O'Brien, Sr.; 170: Zach Briggs, Fr.; 182: Jude Polit-Moran, So.; 195: Shaun Whiting, Sr.; 220: Jeff Skursky, So.; 285: open



About the Warriors: They have been wrestling really well lately, but have a tough draw getting Western Wayne in the first round. That's due largely to a loss to Hanover Area in December. But if there's a team that has the potential to pull off an upset over the Wildcats, it has to be the Warriors.



District 2 Duals


TODAY'S SCHEDULE



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



SATURDAY'S SCHEDULE


7 p.m. 3A and 2A finals at Pittston Area



Admission: $6 adults; $4 students





District 2 Duals History


Most Championships


Hazleton Area - 5


Lake-Lehman - 4


Meyers - 4


Pittston Area - 3


Berwick - 3


Delaware Valley – 3


West Scranton - 3


Wyoming Valley West – 2


Western Wayne –2


Abington Heights - 1


Elk Lake – 1


Hanover Area - 1



Most Finals Appearances


Lake-Lehman – 11


Pittston Area – 8


Berwick – 6


Hazleton Area – 5


Meyers – 5


West Scranton – 5


Delaware Valley – 4


Wyoming Valley West – 3


Western Wayne – 3


Abington Heights – 2


Dallas – 2


Hanover Area – 2


Lackawanna Trail – 2


Coughlin – 1


Crestwood – 1


Elk Lake – 1


GAR – 1


Honesdale - 1





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