PLYMOUTH – The stage was set for one of the biggest matches of the Wyoming Valley Conference wrestling season with two highly-ranked state grapplers ready to duke it out.
You could tell by the clamoring of boos seconds after Wyoming Valley West's Kyle Krasavage stepped on the mat that the match pitting the senior against Lake-Lehman junior Austin Harry wasn't going to happen. But there was no reason for jeering the non-match because Harry had to sit out with an injury.
That still demoralized Krasavage, who was anticipating the premier bout against two of the four unbeaten wrestlers in the WVC. He even weighed in two-tenths over his approved weight so he could bump up from 126 to 132 to wrestle Harry, who normally mans the 132-pound weight class for the Black Knights. The two could've wrestled for the first time since an offseason tournament in 2011, but Harry didn't even weigh in because of his ailment.
I was kind of mad because I thought I was going to have a tough match, Krasavage said.
All wasn't lost for Krasavage during Wednesday's dual won by the Spartans 40-33. After his hand was raised for winning via forfeit in the 126-pound match, he notched career victory No. 124 to become the Spartans' all-time career wins leader, surpassing a mark set by 2006 state champion Trevin Cowman. That's also one less thing he will have to worry about with the individual postseason coming up starting next weekend.
I've been working for it my whole life to get the most wins. I hope I could keep for a few years before someone else breaks it, Krasavage said. It's a forfeit and I haven't had many in my career so I'm not upset about that aspect, but it kind of stinks that it happened to fall on this night. It's a little disheartening, but it's not going to take the wind out of my sails at all.
It also meant more to Krasavage because his brother, Pat, was enshrined into the Wyoming Valley West wrestling Hall of Fame on the night and present along with several other Spartan Hall of Famers at the historical dual.
It was kind of cool that it happened on the same day, Kyle Krasavage said.
There was more going on for the Spartans on Wednesday than Krasavage's big night. The dual, which consisted of eight forfeits and lasted just about 45 minutes, was very close. Once the Spartans jumped out to a 28-3 lead after a major decision by Derrick Simms at 152, it seemed like the score was out of reach.
But the Black Knights pulled within 28-27 as a Bobby Wright pin at 160 helped get the score close. A swing match with Valley West's Ian Moran pinning Kody Pachamovich at 220 after a reversal turned out to be the pivotal match.
We were really ready for this match and really ready for that matchup (Krasavage versus Harry) and once it didn't happen I could tell up we lost a little steam from that, Spartan coach Drew Feldman said. We build our adrenaline off that combo of 20, 26, 32. We go out there and get three dominant wins in a row, it breaks the other team. When we started off with three forfeits that hurt us because usually that's the energy we got for our team and we didn't get that tonight.
The best match of the night came in the last bout of the evening at 113 pounds. Lehman's John Tomasura needed overtime to pick up an 11-9 victory over Alex Tirko. Tomasura latched a takedown 22 seconds in the extra session. The overtime period was needed because Tirko worked a reversal late in the third period to even the score 9-9.
Wyoming Valley West 40, Lake-Lehman 33
106 – James Wright (WVW) won by forfeit;113 – John Tomasura (LL) dec. Alex Tirko, 11-9, OT; 120 – John Lagoski (WVW) won by forfeit; 126 – Kyle Krasavage (WVW) won by forfeit; 132 – Travis Roper (WVW) won by forfeit; 138 – Josh Sayre (LL) dec. Nate Cheek, 6-4; 145 – Cody Cordes (WVW) won by forfeit; 152 – Derrick Simms (WVW) maj. dec. Josh Winters, 18-5; 160 – Bobby Wright (LL) pinned Juan Rajo, 2:52; 170 – Derek Dragon (LL) won by forfeit; 182 – Justin Winters (LL) won by forfeit; 195 – Brady Butler (LL) won by forfeit; 220 – Ian Moran (WVW) pinned Kody Pachamanovitch, 3:09; 285 – Dustin Jones (LL) dec. Matt Dubaskas, 4-0.
Note: Match started at 120 pounds.
It seemed fitting on the night Bucky Greeley – a former football and wrestling standout – was inducted into the Coughlin Wrestling Hall of Fame that Brad Emerick notched his 100th career victory.
Emerick, who also excels in football and wrestling for the Crusaders, improved his record on the season to 31-0 during Wednesday's win against Meyers. The Crusaders won the meet, but full results were not available.
The Dawgs' 170-pounder Will Masteller picked up his 100th career win with a tech fall victory over Mike Colatosti.
Berwick earned the rare shutout victory as Andrew Woznock (126) and Kevin Laubach (145) won by pin. Zach Kyttle added a major decision at 152 and Trent Kowalski notched a decision at 160.
106 – Dakota Conner (Ber) won by forfeit; 113 – Aaron Preston (Ber) won by forfeit; 120 – Troy Hernandez (Ber) won by forfeit; 126 – Andrew Woznock (Ber) pinned Josh Benscoter 3:12; 132 – Joshua Gregory (Ber) won by forfeit; 138 – Peter Talanca (Ber) won by forfeit; 145 – Kevin Laubach (Ber) pinned Anthony Edwards 1:24; 152 – Zach Kyttle (Ber) maj dec Derek Fisher 18-7; 160 – Trent Kowalski (Ber) dec Maurice Wood 4-0; 170 – William Masteller (Ber) tech fall Mike Colatosti 19-2, 4:00; 182 – Curtis Whitmire (Ber) won by forfeit; 195 – Chris Erickson (Ber) won by forfeit; 220 – Tyler Ohl (Ber) won by forfeit; 285 – Ryan Dooley (Ber) won by forfeit
Note: Match started at 120 pounds.
The Tigers cruised to the victory led by falls from Matt Welliver (120), Joseph Smith (132), Zain Retherford (138), Colt Cotten (152), Dominic Vitale (160), Jeric Kasunic (170), Logan Womelsdorf (182) and Marcus Welliver (220).
106: Shane Gudonis (MC) won by forfeit; 113: no contest; 120: Matthew Welliver (Ben) pinned Brian Beaver 1:03; 126: Mitchell Fletcher (MC) won by forfeit; 132: Joseph Smith (Ben) pinned Cody Little :56; 138: Zain Retherford (Ben) pinned Blake Panko 2:38; 145: Tom Stief (MC) pinned Nicholas Correll 1:36; 152: Colt Cotten, (Ben) pinned Zsido Zeke 1:10; 160: Dominic Vitale (Ben) pinned Tyler Wariki 2:34; 170: Jeric Kasunic (Ben) pinned Daniel Fletcher (MC) 1:25; 182: Logan Womelsdorf (Ben) pinned Allen Yancoskie 3:39; 195: Luke Bogart (Ben) won by forfeit; 220: Marcus Welliver (Ben) pinned Cristen Howerter 1:54; 285: Seth Stablewski (MC) won by forfeit
Note: Match started at 195 pounds
Tunkhannock claimed the final three matches to defeat Wyoming Area.
Elliot Hammersley (106) and Jake Richards (113) each scored pins to close out the match after Stefan Lawson's win by forfeit at heavyweight.
Carmen Mauriello (120), Andy Schutz (126) and Charlie Johnson (132) all earned pins to start the match for the Warriors.
106 – Elliot Hammersley (TUN) pinned Shaun Vazquez, :35; 113 – Jake Richards (TUN) pinned Pat Heck, 3:43; 120 – Carmen Mauriello (WA) dec. Dakota Quick, 11-5; 126 – Andy Schutz (WA) pinned Justin Stoner, 1:00; 132 – Charlie Johnson (WA) pinned Billy Manley, 2:49; 138 – Nick Heck (WA) pinned Mike Manley, 2:59; 145 – Chris Packer (TUN) pinned Nathan Somers, :55; 152 – Dalton Ray (TUN) won by forfeit; 160 – Colton Coolbaugh (TUN won by forfeit; 170 – Ben Siegle (TUN) dec. Nick O'Brien, 9-4; 182 – Zachary Briggs (WA) won by forfeit; 195 – Andrew Muckin (TUN) pinned Jude Polit-Moran, :08; 220 – Shan Whiting (WA) pinned Alex Berlew, 1:28;
285 – Stefan Lawson (TUN) won by forfeit;
Note: Match started at 120 pounds.
The Comets picked up their first win of the season led by a pin from Dan Ritz (138).
The Grenadiers got falls by Devin Reese (126), Zac Faust (220) and Elijah Gresham (285).
106: Dylan Miale (Cre) won by forfeit; 113: Anthony Luton (GAR) won by forfeit; 120: no contest; 126: Devin Reese (GAR) pinned Josh Prezkop 3:07; 132: no contest; 138: Dan Ritz (Cre) pinned Joseph O`Day 3:27; 145: Matt Hammerstone (Cre) won by forfeit; 152: Michael Legg (Cre) won by forfeit; 160: Jamaar Taylor (GAR) dec Aaron Baratta10-3; 170: Bryan Vargas (Cre) won by forfeit; 182: Matt Dexter (Cre) won by forfeit; 195: Luke Modrovsky (Cre) won by forfeit; 220: Zac Faust (GAR) pinned Tyler Robinson 2:15; 285: Elijah Gresham (GAR) pinned Steffan Senczakowicz :50
Note: Match started at 138 pounds
Matt Izen (132), Chris Jones (145) and Matt Monahan (170) all won via fall for the Hawkeyes, who also were awarded four forfeits.
106 – Zack Meckes (Han) won by forfeit; 113 – Brad Glazenski (Han) won by forfeit; 120 – Shane Elick (Han) won by forfeit; 126 – no contest; 132 – Matt Izen (Han) pinned William Smith :14; 138 – Jonathan Martines (SP) won by forfeit; 145 – Chris Jones (Han) pinned Derrick Wentovich 2:31; 152 – Anthony Eck (Han) won by forfeit; 160 – Matt Posly (SP) pinned Tyler Bartnick 3:15; 170 – Matt Monahan (Han) pinned Justin Weckel 3:16; 182 – William Gaynord (SP) pinned Matthew Balon :40; 195 – Michael Wiercinski (SP) maj dec Kaine Rimmer 11-3; 220 – Thor Balavage (SP) pinned Trevor Ahouse 2:45; 285 – Nicholas Stahl (SP) pinned James Thieman. Note: Match started at 285 pounds.