It’s the holiday season once again.
That also means it’s time for the biggest wrestling tournament held by a Wyoming Valley Conference school.
The 36th annual Tunkhannock Kiwanis Tournament begins today at Tunkhannock High School and 26 teams will be participating in hopes of getting better weather than last year when the event was hampered by a potent snow storm.
Wrestling begins this morning at 10:30 with the preliminaries and continues through the quarterfinals, with three rounds of consolations.
Action picks up Saturday morning at 10 with the semifinals. The medal rounds — when places 3-8 will be determined — are slated to begin at 4 p.m. and the finals are scheduled for 5:30.
Half of the teams from the Wyoming Valley Conference will be participating in what could be a preview for the WVC Tournament being held Jan. 3-4 at Lake-Lehman High School. Joining the host team from the WVC this weekend are conferencemates Coughlin, GAR, Hanover Area, Lake-Lehman, Nanticoke and Wyoming Area. Wyoming Seminary, which is located in the conference’s area, but competes as prep school, will send its “B” squad to participate in the tourney.
Other District 2 teams involved are Blue Ridge, Elk Lake, Lackawanna Trail, Montrose, Mountain View, Scranton, Scranton Prep, Valley View and Western Wayne.
From District 4, a perennial nemesis for D2, Northeast Bradford, North Penn (Blossburg), Mount Carmel, Sayre and Wyalusing will be on hand.
District 11, another district that gives the home district fits, will be represented by Mahanoy Area and Pocono Mountain East. Rounding out the field is a pair of schools from Virginia in Princess Anne and Warren County.
A few wrestlers from the WVC are looking to grab another tournament title highlighted by Lake-Lehman senior Austin Harry and Coughlin’s Bobby Hawkins, who are two-time champions; Tunkhannock’s Ben Siegel also won a gold last season.
GAR’s A.J. Luton and Zac Faust, and Lehman’s Brady Butler won silvers last season and will be looking to improve on that showing.