Will new uniform rule boost wrestling numbers among area programs?

During the early part of the current decade, the top wrestling rivalry in the Wyoming Valley Conference was Wyoming Valley West and Pittston Area. For a three-year period, the two teams were battling for the top spot in the conference, Division 1 and District 2 Class 3A. Over the last few years, the Spartans and […]

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Two-piece wrestling uniforms given green light for upcoming season

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has allowed the use of a two-piece uniform for the 2017-18 wrestling season at a meeting held earlier this week. The revision to rule 4-1-1 allows wrestlers to wear school-issued, compression shorts or shorts designed for wrestling, and a form-fitted compression shirt while competing. The shorts […]

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Times Leader 2017 wrestling all-stars

J.J. White, Wyoming Valley West Freshman, 106 pounds With a 34-7 record, White picked up a District 2 Class 3A title and a WVC Tournament gold in his rookie season. David Krokowski, Wyoming Valley West Sophomore, 113 pounds A two-time District 2 Class 3A titlist, Krokowski concluded with a 31-5 mark and has 68 career […]

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Hazleton Area’s Jimmy Hoffman named TL Wrestler of the Year

The fastest fall Jimmy Hoffman ever recorded in his historic career occurred this past season and came in just 16 seconds. The Hazleton Area standout wasn’t trying to prove his dominance. For the first time in his life, he didn’t want to wrestle. He didn’t want to participate in the Wyoming Valley Conference Tournament at […]

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Wyoming Seminary names Erin Vandiver first girls wrestling coach

Wyoming Seminary is breaking new ground by starting up a girls wrestling program. The Blue Knights are bringing in a highly accomplished coach to help get things going. The school announced the hire of Erin Vandiver — an assistant on USA Wrestling’s women’s national team — on Friday. A Pennsylvania native, Vandiver has worked with […]

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Hazleton’s Jimmy Hoffman reflects on historic wrestling career

Over the last five years, no wrestler has put up the numbers that Jimmy Hoffman has produced. He’s been so dominant that no one has even come close. But Hoffman’s success has shed light on a broader issue. In the last two seasons, the Hazleton Area star has been the only wrestler from the entire […]

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Hazleton Area’s Jimmy Hoffman takes silver in PIAA Class 3A wrestling finals

HERSHEY — Jimmy Hoffman envisioned his high school wrestling career ending a different way. He didn’t see his four seasons with Hazleton Area concluding with a silver medal hanging around his neck for the second straight season. He wanted the gold. That dream came crashing down on Saturday night at Giant Center in the Class […]

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Meyers’ Colin Pasone disqualified at state wrestling

HERSHEY — Emotions always run at all-time highs during the PIAA Championships. And sometimes, a wrestler’s feelings get the best of him. Meyers’ Colin Pasone’s emotions ran a little too high on Friday night resulting in a disqualification from the Class 2A state tournament late Friday night. Two acts of frustration also cost the senior […]

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Meyers’ Pasone narrowly misses spot in Class 2A state wrestling finals

HERSHEY — With former head coach Ron Swingle sitting in his corner along with current head coach Anthony Mercadante, the scene was set for Meyers’ Colin Pasone to notch another upset in the semifinals of the Class 2A PIAA Championships. Swingle was head coach at Meyers for more than a decade and was let go […]

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Hazleton Area’s Jimmy Hoffman advances to PIAA semis

HERSHEY — The accolades continue to pile up for Jimmy Hoffman. On Friday at Giant Center during the Class 3A PIAA Championships, the Hazleton Area senior advanced to the 132-pound semifinals for the second straight year. In doing so, he also picked up career win No. 160 becoming just the second wrestler in Wyoming Valley […]

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