TUNKHANNOCK — For the two years of his high school career, Lincoln Heck hasn’t been able to crack the starting lineup for Wyoming Seminary, a national power.
But when the sophomore has had chances, he’s made the most of his opportunities.
He performed at a high level again on Thursday at the 40th Annual Tunkhannock Holiday Classic.
Heck, who wrestled in junior high for Wyoming Area before transferring to Sem, won the 120-pound title at the tourney, defeating St. Joseph Prep’s Duncan Waite 9-2 in the final.
“This has been a great experience for me because last year I didn’t get a lot of matches because I was a backup,” Heck said. “So I was excited to come here and wrestle.”
Heck didn’t have any problems with Waite as he piled up eight takedowns in the victory.
The title win came a little more than a week after he took second in the X-Calibur Tournament, falling to teammate Ezekiel Escalera in the finals of Wyoming Seminary’s event. But he used that loss as a learning tool.
“It was kinda like, I may have lost in the finals that time, but I’m not gonna lose in the finals this time,” Heck said. “If I come here and make it to the finals, I’m gonna prepare the right way and wrestle my hardest and see what happens.”
Heck was one of two local wrestlers to win the event, as he and Tunkhannock’s Sam Rice walked away with championships. Two members of Wyoming Seminary’s B Team, Owen Davis (152 pounds) and Mike Giallorenzi (160), were runners-up with Giallorenzi losing to defending state champion Creighton Edsell from Wyalusing by decision. Tunkhannock’s David Evans (106), Tommy Traver (138) and Connor Munley (182) also took second.
Rice, one of four finalists for the host team, helped the Tigers win the tournament team title for the second time in three years. The Tigers scored 159.5 points and edged second-place West Scranton (150) for the plaque. Wyalusing (148) was third, Cranford (New Jersey) placed fourth with 145 points, while Wyoming Seminary’s B Team (143.5) and Coughlin (136.5) rounded out the top six.
The Tigers’ three second-place finishers all dropped their final match by one point.
“Actually this one surprised me a little bit,” Tunkhannock coach Bob Hegedty said. “The guys wrestled well, we had some good matchups early on and were able to build up some points with pins. This was a good win for us. We’re somewhat young and inexperienced, so we’ll take it.”
Rice, a 6-foot-4 senior, ended the event with the best wrestling tournament in his career. After winning his 100th career bout on Wednesday, he defeated state qualifier Ivan Balavage from Scranton Prep in the Thursday’s semifinals and avenging a loss in the finals of last year’s tournament.
Then in the finals, Rice knocked off a two-time state qualifier and state medalist in Pocono Mountain West’s Greg Bensley by default in the third period. He claimed the second tournament title of his career, and his first in two years since he won the New Oxford Tournament as a sophomore. Since then, he’s placed second at nearly a dozen events before breaking through in his home gym.
“It’s a huge milestone and it’s kinda like a good reaffirmation that I’m doing a lot of good things and on the right track this year,” Rice said.
40th Annual Tunkhannock Holiday Classic
Team Scores: 1. Tunkhannock (Tun) 159.5; 2. West Scranton (WS) 150; 3. Wyalusing (Wya)148; 4. Cranford, N.J. (Cran) 145; 5. Wyoming Seminary B Team (Sem) 143.5; 6. Coughlin (Cou) 136.5; 7. Montrose (Mon) 122; 8. St. Joe’s Prep (SJ) 106; 9. Bradford (Brad) 100; 10. NE Bradford (NEB) 94; 11. Mahanoy Area (Mah) 91.5; 12. Pocono Mountain East (PME) Western Wayne (WW) 81; 14. Hanover Area (Han) 76; 15. Scranton Prep (SP) 71; 16. Wyoming Area (WA) 69.5; 17. Abington Heights (AH) 61; 18. Canton (Can) 60.5; 19. Troy (Troy) 58.5; 20. Valley View (VV) 55; 21. Pocono Mountain West (PMW) 48.5; 22. Blue Ridge (BR) 34; 23. Nanticoke (Nan) 25; 24. Lackawanna Trail (LT) 23; 25. Elk Lake (EL) 19; 26. Sayre (Say) 7
106: Sheldon Seymour (Troy) dec. David Evans (Tun) 3-2
113: Sean Guinan (SJ) maj dec Tony Caramanno (WS) 11-3
120: Lincoln Heck (Sem) dec Duncan Waite (SJ) 9-2
126: Joe Hester (Mon) dec Luke DiGiovanni (Cran) 9-6
132: Tyler Thompson (Brad) dec Brandon Judge (VV) 4-2, OT
138: Steven Storm (PME) dec Tommy Traver (Tun) 6-5
145: Dillon Keane (Brad) tech fall Adam Roe (BR) 16-1, 4:59
152: Timmy Ward (Can) dec Owen Davis (Sem) 2-1
160: Creighton Edsell (Wya)dec Mike Giallorenzi (Sem) 5-1
170: Colin Fegley (Mah) dec Owen Hivner (LT) 11-5
182: Jeremy Seymour (WS) dec Connor Munley (Tun) 1-0
195: Sam Rice (Tun) default (injury) Greg Bensley (PMW)
220: Cole Fuller (WW) dec Dawson Brown (NEB) 5-0
285: Owen Maryott (NEB) dec Damon Barhight (WA) 5-2
106: Evans (Tun) tech fall Grogan (AH) 17-1; Seymour (Troy) pinned Cinti (Cou) 1:55
113: Guinan (SJ) pinned Morrow (Cou) 3:44; Caramanno (WS) dec Rowley (Han) 3-2, OT
120: Waite (SJ) maj dec Gavek (Tun) 11-2; Heck (Sem) tech fall Schum (Wya)16-1
126: Hester (Mon) pinned Palermo (SJ) 2:43; DiGiovanni (Cran) pinned Bonitz (WS) 1:40
132: Judge (VV) dec D’Amato (Tun) 4-3; Thompson (Brad) dec Jake Brown (Cou) 8-2
138: Traver (Tun) dec Josh Brown (Cou) 11-5; Storm (PME) maj dec Halpin (Cran) 12-2
145: Keane (Brad) dec Bencivenga (Cran) 6-0; Roe (BR) pinned Fabrizio (Mon) 3:41
152: Davis (Sem) dec Erickson (Han) 2-1, OT; Ward (Can) pinned Koch (PME) 3:21
160: Edsell (Wya)tech fall Sunafrank (Brad) 15-0; Giallorenzi (Sem) pinned Lawrence (Mah) 4:17
170: Fegley (Mah) pinned Langan (AH) 5:59; Hivner (LT) dec Mapes (Wya)5-0
182: Munley (Tun) dec Lewandowski (Mah) 8-6, OT; Seymour (WS) dec Costello (Sem) 5-2
195: Rice (Tun) dec Balavage (SP) 6-3; Bensley (PMW) dec Wilcox (Wya)3-1
220: Fuller (WW) pinned Chilson (Wya)2:41; Brown (NEB) dec Worsnick (WS) 3-1
285: Maryott (NEB) pinned Gregory (Mon) 4:28; Barhight (WA) dec Harrison (Cou) 2-1
106: Nino Cinti (Cou) dec Brandon Grogan (AH) 3-2
113: Ian Hagan (PME) dec Andrew Rosevear (Mon) 3-2
120: Darren Clarke (Cou) dec David Gavek (Tun) 2-1, OT
126: Elijah Hernandez (PME) maj dec Nick Palermo (SJ) 9-1
132: Jake Brown (Cou) dec Gavin D’Amato (Tun) 3-0
138: Josh Brown (Cou) dec Matthew Leslie (WW) 5-0
145: Niko Katsuyoshi (Sem) pinned AJ Bencivenga (Cran) 1:18
152: DJ Erickson (Han) pinned Tyler Connor (WS) 4:24
160: Danny Lawrence (Mah) dec Derek Sunafrank (Brad) 3-2
170: Cole Aukema (Mon) def Ed Mapes (Wya)
182: Kyle Costello (Sem) dec Matt Lewandowski (Mah) 6-3
195: Mike Wilcox (Wya)d. Ivan Balavage (SP)
220: Jackson Chilson (Wya)dec Bobby Schork (Cran) 3-2
285: John Shnipes (VV) d. Nate Gehm (Brad)
106: Dante Luliano (SJ) pinned Antonio D’Appolonio (SP) :36
113: Tino Morrow (Cou) dec Joe Rowley (Han) 2-1
120: Darren Schum (Wya)dec Pat Kalnis (Cran) 7-0
126: Logan Newton (Wya)dec Randy Bonitz (WS) 5-2
132: Garrett Walsh (WS) dec Dean Smith (Cran) 6-1
138: Carter Tuttle (Sem) dec Conor Haplin (Cran) 7-1
145: Tashawn Qualls (Cou) dec Makeela Fabrizio (Mon) 9-6
152: Joe Doss (Wya)pinned Billy Koch (PME) 3:00
160: Chris Kinder (EL) pinned Cameron Butka (WS) 2:11
170: Tyler Williams (Troy) forfeit Chris Langan (AH)
182: Noah Forbes (NEB) pinned Jaryn Polit-Moran (WA) 4:40
195: J.J. Hooper (Han) dec Dylan Budnik (Cran) 5-1, OT
220: Noah Worsnick (WS) dec Tom Mercadante (Han) 9-3
285: Corey Harrison (Cou) dec Robert Gregory (Mon) 3-1
106: Austin Fashouer (WS) pinned Isaac Landis (Can) 1:59
113: Connor Cherneski (SP) pinned Matt Rosentel (Tun) 2:42
120: Nathaniel McArthur (BR) pinned Sammy Segers (SP) 2:04
126: Ethan Munley (Tun) dec Jamie Pahler (Cou) 1-0, RO
132: Chucky Rohan (Mon) pinned Oliver Egan (SP) 2:14
138: Luke O’Connor (Wya)maj dec Robin Wrobleski (WA) 14-0
145: Nathan Trotta (WS) dec Mak Gleckner (Can) 11-6
152: Braden McIntosh (WW) maj dec Kyell Roper (Cran) 11-3
160: Sam Northup (AH) dec Kasen Taylor (WW) 6-1
170: Tyler Devonshire (NEB) pinned Corey Mruk (WA) 1:46
182: Bryan Ryan (Mon) pinned Connor Lee (Cou) 3:12
195: Justin Joseph (WA) pinned Alexis Perez (Mah) :40
220: Mike Ansbach (Mah) dec Shane Repasky (Nan) 4-3
285: RJ Wildrick (Wya)dec Jack McAllister (WW) 4-1