WILKES-BARRE ‚?? It‚??s a rare occasion to see a pair of teammates battle each other during a wrestling tournament. Let alone for the championship.
But that was the good problem Wilkes coach Jon Laudenslager had on Friday at the 80th annual Wilkes Open.
In the 149-pound weight class, Colonel junior Kris Krawchuk won his first title at the Rose Bowl of Wrestling, knocking off teammate Mark Hartenstine. Hartenstine just joined the team earlier this week after transferring from Division I Campbell University. Krawchuk, who finished fourth at last year‚??s tournament, defeated Hartenstine 4-2 working a reversal with about 20 seconds left in the third period. Prior to the reversal, Hartenstine was holding an advantage in riding time of more than one minute and could‚??ve won if he held on.
‚??I‚??m real happy to get a win here in the Rose Bowl of Wrestling,‚?Ě said Krawchuk, who is currently ranked eighth in the country. ‚??I personally hate (wrestling a teammate in a tournament). It really stinks when you have to wrestle a teammate as an opponent. Beating one of your teammates is bittersweet because you hate to see them lose.‚?Ě
Overall, the Colonels entered 33 wrestlers into the event and eight walked away with medals. Matt Transue, a 197-pound junior for Wilkes, joined Krawchuk and Hartenstine as finalists for the Colonels. Transue ran into Bobby LaVelle from Virginia Tech in the finals and lost a decision 7-2. Mason McIntyre, a 165-pound freshman placed third for the Colonels, while Guesseppe Rea (125 pounds) was fourth. Junior Myzar Mendoza, who was a finalist his first two years wrestling in the event, took fifth at 133.
‚??To have 33 guys for us that‚??s good. They all came back ready to wrestle, which is good because this is the first time all semester we put everybody out there we possibly could. So I was pleased,‚?Ě Laudenslager said. ‚??(Eight medals) is the most I‚??ve coached in one day.‚?Ě
A pair of former Wyoming Valley Conference stars also grabbed medals at the event. Meyers grad Vito Pasone took third place now as a redshirt freshman for Appalachian State. Pasone defeated Rea 10-2 in the 125-pound third-place match. Pasone‚??s had five wins on the day and his only loss of the event came to Evan Link from Pittsburgh-Johnston, a former two-time PIAA runner-up, in the quarterfinals, 12-7.
‚??It‚??s definitely really nice to wrestle in my own backyard basically. I‚??m traveling all over with my team and it‚??s good to come back and wrestle in front of my family and friends and actually put on a decent show,‚?Ě Pasone said. ‚??There‚??s good competition here. There‚??s a reason they used to call this the Rose Bowl of Wrestling back in its heyday.‚?Ě
Crestwood alum Mike Mirra, who was awarded numerous medals during his time in high school with the Comets, earned a fourth-place medal representing Bloomsburg as a sophomore. Mirra, a 197-pounder, lost in the third-place bout to Nikos Garofola from Pittsburgh-Johnstown, 3-1 in overtime when Garofola registered a takedown in the extra period. Mirra‚??s only other loss in the tournament came at the hands of LaVelle, 8-4 in the second round. Mirra finished the tournament with a 5-2 record.
125 ‚?? Paul O‚??Neil (Maryland) dec John Pellegrino (Nassau Community College) 9-5
133 ‚?? Anthony Abidin (Nassau Community College) pinned Charlie Huff (Gloucester County College) 4:48
141 ‚?? Kevin Moylan (Princeton) maj dec William Switzer (Lehigh) 11-3
149 ‚?? Kris Krawchuk (Wilkes) dec Mark Hartenstine (Wilkes) 4-2
157 ‚?? Chad Strube (Virginia Tech) dec Anthony Perrotti (Rutgers) 11-6
165 ‚?? Bradley Wukie (Pennsylvania) tech fall Grayson Shepperd (Princeton) 21-6, 6:40
174 ‚?? Gary Lantz (Pittsburgh-Johnstown) maj dec Tyler Rill (Bloomsburg) 10-2
184 ‚?? Travis McKillop (Pittsburgh-Johnstown) pinned Francesco Merante (Nassau Community College) 2:56
197 ‚?? Bobby LaVelle (Virginia Tech) dec Matt Transue (Wilkes) 7-2
285 ‚?? Spencer Myers (Maryland) dec Ty Walz (Virginia Tech) 4-1
125 ‚?? Vito Pasone (Appalachian State) maj dec Guesseppe Rea (Wilkes) 10-2
133 ‚?? Dave Fogle (Pittsburgh-Johnstown) default Robert Lanno (Gloucester County College)
141 ‚?? Shyheim Brown (Maryland) maj dec Dave Cawley (Pittsburgh-Johnstown) 15-2
149 ‚?? James DeKrone (Nassau Community College) dec Brooks Martino (Pennsylvania) 9-6
157 ‚?? Sal Mastriani (Virginia Tech) maj dec Seth Hazleton (Princeton) 12-4
165 ‚?? Mason McIntyre (Wilkes) dec Keith Ryan (Pittsburgh-Johnstown) 12-5
174 ‚?? Huston Evans (Virginia Tech) dec Phillip Bakuckas (Rutgers) 6-3
184 ‚?? Daniel Sutherland (Nassau Community College) default Chris Jastrzebski (Maryland)
197 ‚?? Nikos Garofola (Pittsburgh-Johnstown) dec. Mike Mirra (Bloomsburg) 3-1, SV
285 ‚?? Yaseen Mudassar (Nassau Community College) dec Dan Garwood (Virginia Tech) 2-1
125 ‚?? Robert Dyar (Columbia) default Evan Link (Pittsburgh-Johnstown)
133 ‚?? Myzar Mendoza (Wilkes) dec Sean McCabe (Rutgers) 5-2
141 ‚?? Shane Arechiga (Maryland) dec James Carrucci (Lehigh) 6-2
149 ‚?? Jordan Michelson (Pennsylvania) default Jack Bachman (Pittsburgh-Johnstown)
157 ‚?? Matt Stephens (Virginia Tech) default Steven Leshinger (Princeton)
165 ‚?? Judson Ziegler (Princeton) default Austin Wenzlaff (Millersville)
174 ‚?? Elliott Riddick (Lehigh) default Doug Hamann (Rutgers)
184 ‚?? John Dickson (Virginia Tech) dec Eric Bach (Wilkes) 8-1
197 ‚?? Hayden Hrymack (Rutgers) dec Dave Quackenbos (Lehigh) 6-1
285 ‚?? Josh Duplin (Pittsburgh-Johnstown) dec Michael Shannon (Wilkes) 7-0