YATESVILLE – Lake-Lehman couldn't have been more confident heading into the finals of the District 2 Class 2A Duals.
The Black Knights entered winning 17 consecutive duals, having not lost since the start of the season.
Well, Western Wayne proved that sometimes confidence can be trumped.
The Wildcats picked up bonus points in three bouts and took advantage of a Lehman forfeit to earn its second straight District 2 Class 2A Duals title with a 38-28 win.
The two teams met last year in the same situation and the score had to be decided on criteria, which was eventually won by the Wildcats. That's part of the reason why the Black Knights thought things could be different this season.
Anytime you lose it hurts because you know how hard the kids worked and you know how hard the coaching staff worked, Lehman coach Tom Williams said. They're a good team with nine seniors on the team and they've been to Hershey before so they're a good bunch.
Brady Butler, Lehman's 182-pounder, got things started for the team with a pin and a quick 6-0 lead. Two bouts later, Western Wayne took a 9-6 lead and didn't give up the advantage the rest of the way. The closest the Black Knights got to the Wildcats was after Austin Harry registered a pin at 132 to cut the deficit to 24-22. But Western Wayne answered with four straight wins to clinch the victory.
Lehman's Derek Dragon closed out the dual with a pin at 170, but the Black Knights still fell in the district finals for the sixth straight time since winning in 2004 with appearances in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012 all coming up short.
While Western Wayne's run may be nearing an end with nine seniors, the Knights may just be getting started with just one senior and a thriving junior high program.
It hurts particularly for Zeb (MacMillan) because he's (a senior) and not going to be with us next year, but we do have a nice group coming back if they remember this in the offseason, Williams added.
Western Wayne is in the PIAA Championships for the second straight year after beating the Black Knights for the D2 title in consecutive years. The Wildcats' next action will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Giant Center in Hershey against the District 9 champion.
Lehman's next action is the next two Wednesdays with duals against Berwick and WVC Division I champion Wyoming Valley West before getting ready for the individual championships later this month.
Western Wayne 38, Lake-Lehman 28
106 – Ronald Mrsich (WW) pinned Rebecca Wright :58; 113 – John Tomasura (LL) pinned Brett Toth 3:12; 120 – Marod Dobrzyn (WW) won by forfeit; 126 – Zeb MacMillan (LL) maj dec Derek Sosa 13-1; 132 – Austin Harry (LL) pinned Cory Frank 1:05; 138 – Morgan Fuller (WW) dec Josh Sayre 6-4; 145 – Manny Miraih (WW) dec Josh Winters 7-3; 152 – Beau Fuller (WW) tech fall Tommy Williams 18-2, 4:39; 160 – Lucas Karnick (WW) dec Bobby Wright 3-2; 170 – Derek Dragon (WW) pinned Joe Boyko :59; 182 – Brady Butler (LL) pinned Dakota Swoyer 1:49; 195 – Virgil Burns (WW) dec Phil Hettes 9-5; 220 – Austin Swoyer (WW) pinned Kody Pachamovitch 3:34; 285 – Connor Rosensweet (WW) dec Dustin Jones 3-2
Note: Match started at 182 pounds