The Times Leader staff
Wilkes picked up impressive milestones this seasons.
The Colonels are two wins from Kris Krawchuk away from earning another mark, a national championship.
The 157-pound Krawchuk won his only two bouts on Friday at the Division III NCAA Championships to advance to this morning’s semifinals. He and Berwick grad Aaron Karns are the only two of six with local ties to advance to the semifinals.
Krawchuk won his first match via major decision 13-4 over Blake Fisher from SUNY-Oswego. After that, he defeated Ryan Arne from St. John’s 4-1 to advance. He will face eighth-seeded Cade Sarbaker from Wisconsin-Whitewater. Sarbaker knocked off top-seeded Elias Larson from Trine, 6-5 in the quarters.
On the other side of the bracket at 157 is second-seeded Chris Burdge from Centenary against unseeded Devon Biscaha from Springfield. Krawchuk, the No. 4 seed, faced Burdge in the East Regional finals won by Burdge via major decision.
Karns, now wrestling for Delaware Valley at 197, won a pair of matches on Friday without giving up any points as he moved to the semis. The third-seeded Karns won his first bout 8-0 over St. Johns’ Ryan Michaels then won 4-0 over Punahele Soriano from Wartburg. In this morning’s semis, he takes on second-seeded Alex Coolidge from Cornell College.
Wilkes’ Mark Hartenstine (149) won his first match in sudden victory, 4-2. He was then dropped into the consolation bracket losing via injury in 5:58. After that, he lost another consolation bout as his season ended with a mark of 22-4.
From King’s, Shane Stark (184) lost his only two matches on Friday and was eliminated. The Lake-Lehman grad lost his opener via tech fall to Josef Rau, the bracket’s No. 1 seed, from Elmhurst before dropping his consolation bout by a 10-5 decision. His season ends with a record of 15-6.
Wilkes’ Matt Transue (197) and Will Feltcher (285) were both ousted losing twice during the tournament’s first day of action.
BASEBALL DeSales 9, Misericordia 6
Misericordia fell to DeSales in the Freedom Conference opener for both squads.
Kyle Lindsay went 3-for-6 with three RBI and a double to lead the Cougars from the leadoff spot while Andrew Tressa and Joe Tagliarini each added two hits
Wilkes 10, King’s 6
Wilkes was led offensively by Dan Pisanchyn’s 4-for-4 performance, while Joe Dantas collected three hits of his own and Brandon Michael earned the win for the Colonels going five innings, scattering nine hits and two strikeouts.
King’s was led by Tim Marchetti with three hits.