Avoca’s Ivan Balavage caps off impressive career with fourth-place finish at states

HERSHEY — Six years ago, the Balavage family made a decision to switch schools. Thor Balavage transferred from Pittston Area to Scranton Prep for his high school education. Two years later, his brother Ivan made the same switch. Both wrestled in the Patriots elementary and junior high programs and continued in the sport for the […]

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WVC wrestling coaches aim to rebound from tough showing at states

HERSHEY — The seven wrestlers from the Wyoming Valley Conference embarked on a journey earlier in the weekend to make history. They were part of a historic showing, but not the type they were looking for. For the first time in 46 years, the WVC left the PIAA Championships without a medal. Disappointment, embarrassment and […]

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Four WVC qualifiers each lose tight 3A matches at state wrestling meet

HERSHEY – In wrestling tournaments, the blood round is given its name for being the most excruciating round because it’s where medals are won or lost. The name was fitting for the four Wyoming Valley Conference wrestlers in the PIAA Class 3A Championships on Friday at Giant Center — because it was heartbreaking. That’s because […]

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PIAA wrestling: WVC falls short of medal stand in Class 2A

HERSHEY — It’s been well-known throughout the Wyoming Valley Conference that the wrestling competition has been down this season, especially in Class 2A. As proof, the WVC’s two state qualifiers were tied for the lowest in eight years, and the conference’s 17 qualifiers for last weekend’s regional tournament were the fewest in 13 years as […]

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Tunkhannock’s Evans leads WVC contingent at Class 3A state wrestling

HERSHEY — David Evans admitted that he wasn’t feeling his best. The Tunkhannock sophomore didn’t eat the best food on Wednesday, and it led to a weak feeling on Thursday for his debut in the PIAA Class 3A Championships. The 106-pounder even looked a little sluggish in his first round bout against Cedar Cliff’s Aiden […]

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PIAA Class 2A Wrestling Championships: D.J. Erickson, Kaleb Konigus bounce back

HERSHEY — More times than not, a tough opening-round loss can ruin a wrestler’s entire tournament. Especially at the PIAA Championships. When Hanover Area’s D.J. Erickson and Lake-Lehman’s Kaleb Konigus lost their first bouts at the Class 2A PIAA Championships on Thursday morning, they didn’t let it bother them. Erickson, a 145-pounder, and Konigus, who […]

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WVC wrestlers hope inexperience won’t matter in PIAA Wrestling Championships

HERSHEY — Competing in front of thousands of fans. Being in a huge arena underneath the bright lights. Going against the top wrestlers in the state. Participating in the PIAA Wrestling Championships can be daunting. Especially for a first-time state qualifier. For six of the seven Wyoming Valley Conference wrestlers taking part in this weekend’s […]

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Scouting the WVC state wrestling qualifiers

Here’s a closer look at the eight Wyoming Valley Conference state qualifiers who will be participating in the PIAA Championships this weekend at Giant Center in Hershey: CLASS 2A D.J. Erickson, Hanover Area (145) Grade: Junior. Record: 31-5. First Opponent: Lucas Christman, a junior from Palmerton with a mark of 32-5. Bio: Erickson is now […]

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Regional wrestling: Memorable day for Crestwood’s O’Rourke in Class 3A

BETHLEHEM — Overtaken by emotions, Shane O’Rourke could barely handle getting his hand raised. Once it sunk in for the Crestwood senior that he was headed to the PIAA Championships for the first time, he swelled up and got teary-eyed. The 220-pounder had also realized that he handed Northeast’s Jameel Coles just his second loss […]

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Regional wrestling: Hanover’s Erickson, Lehman’s Konigus reach states in 2A

For the second day in a row, D.J. Erickson and Kaleb Konigus stood out for the Wyoming Valley Conference in the Class 2A Northeast Regional Tournament. Erickson, a Hanover Area junior, and Konigus, a Lake-Lehman senior, were the lone survivors from the WVC vs. District 4 opponents, as they advanced to the PIAA Championships at […]

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