Last updated: March 17. 2013 3:26AM - 444 Views
By TOM ROBINSON For the Dallas Post

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Lake-Lehman and Dallas took a break from their respective Wyoming Valley Conference divisional races Monday night to battle for Back Mountain bragging rights.

Derek Dragon, Brady Butler and Josh Sayre provided key decisions but Lake-Lehman also took advantage of a Dallas coaching error and wrestlers avoiding giving up extra team points in losses while pulling out a 31-28 victory over the host Mountaineers.

This is the second straight close win for the Black Knights in the annual battle with their biggest rival. Lake-Lehman pulled out a 32-31 win over Dallas a year ago.

It was a team effort, Lake-Lehman coach Tom Williams said in a telephone interview after the match. There were some key spots where we didn't give up more than three team points.

One of those came in the closing 145-pound bout when Steve Mingey of Dallas shut out Josh Winters, 7-0, but could not get the pin he needed to tie the team score and give the Mountaineers the victory on a tiebreaker.

Lake-Lehman took a 13-9 lead after five bouts with the help of a clerical error by Dallas and two wrestlers avenging earlier defeats.

Tommy Williams, the son of Lake-Lehman's coach, received a forfeit to open the bout when Dallas coach Mike Richards mistakenly presented a wrestler who was ineligible at the 152-pound weight class because he did not weigh in at a high enough weight.

Zach Macosky pulled out an overtime win for Dallas at 160, but Dragon answered with an 11-3 win over Logan Brace at 170.

After Kris Roccograndi received a forfeit for Dallas to cut the deficit to a point, Brady Butler defeated Connor Martinez, 14-7, in a rematch of a Wyoming Valley Conference Championships final.

He was a little more mentally focused and wrestled more aggressively on his feet this time, coach Williams said of Butler's victory.

Dallas won the next three bouts that were wrestled on the mat during a stretch in which each team picked up a forfeit.

The Mountaineers emerged with a 25-19 lead on decisions by Mark Michno (220) and Ryan Monk (285) and a major decision by Aaron Klimovich (120) for the only bonus point captured by a Dallas wrestler.

Dominic DeGraba of Dallas picked up a forfeit at 113 while Rebecca Wright earned one for Lake-Lehman at 106.

Zeb McMillan started the Lake-Lehman comeback by pulling out an overtime decision at 126. Unbeaten Austin Harry then put Lake-Lehman back in front by coming up with a pin in the first minute at 132 on a night that he called the biggest match of the season for the team.

Josh Sayre, who produced a pin in the final bout to rally the Black Knights to the one-point victory over Dallas last season, again came through for Lake-Lehman.

This time, Sayre defeated Cole Dixon, 3-1, to give Lake-Lehman the six-point advantage and put Dallas in the position where it had to have a pin in the final bout.

The win was the 13th straight by Lake-Lehman, which is unbeaten in Division 2 and improved to 14-2 overall.

Dallas dropped its second straight, including a match against Wyoming Valley West for its only loss in Division 1 competition.

Lake-Lehman took a 13-9 lead after five bouts with the help of a clerical error by Dallas and two wrestlers avenging earlier defeats.

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