Before they left for Hershey for the Northeast Regional Meet on Friday morning, Pittston Area District 2 wrestling gold medalists Angelo Lussi and Tyler Lutecki took a few minutes to talk about their seasons, careers and PA wrestling.
Lussi, a senior, won the D2 3A gold medal at 152 pounds. He progressed through the medal ranks with a sixth place as a freshman, fourth place as a sophomore and second place as a junior.
He became the 13th PA wrestler to win 100 bouts on Feb. 14, but even so he didn’t rank himself among the PA all-time greats. “I’m right there,” he said, “but to get on the level with all those guys - the Woodalls, Robbie Robinson - I have to get to states and place in states.”
When Lussi said that, it wasn’t known how he did at the regional - he needed a top three to get to the state tourney - but his PA career is something to be proud of.
“I’m happy with everything I accomplished,” he said. “Getting 100 wins, being be a district champ.”
A son of John and Linda Lussi, of Pittston, he expects to wrestle at either King’s College or Wilkes University next season.
Lutecki, a junior and the District 2 3A 120-pound champion, made the leap to the top of the podium after finishing third last season. Next season he could be the 14th Patriot to win 100 bouts.
“I’d like to join the club,” Lutecki said. “I only need 28 more and I already have 33 this year,” he said.
Asked about the district gold medal, he said, “It was exciting but it’s not where I want to end the season. I want to make it farther, so I’ll be happier if I make it to states.”
Lutecki, a son of John and Renee Lutecki, of Duryea, said head coach James Woodall and the PA program are molding him.
“We put in a lot of time. We work hard. He does a lot for us. It’s a great environment. He’s a state champ, the only one from the school, so he’s a great guy to push us.”
Lussi and Lutecki lost first round bouts on Friday and went into the consolation round. Lussi lost a decision 9-8.
Both wrestlers were elminated in consolation bouts.