District 2 Duals: Honesdale upsets Lake-Lehman in Class 2A semifinals

By Dave Rosengrant - For Times Leader | January 31st, 2018 11:25 pm

DISTRICT DUALS AT A GLANCE

CLASS 2A

Quarterfinals

Lake-Lehman 50, Montrose 24

Honesdale 44, Lake-Lehman 27

Western Wayne 57, Berwick 15

Scranton Prep 57, Nanticoke 20

Semifinals

Western Wayne 45, Scranton Prep 26

Honesdale 47, Lake-Lehman 28

Consolations

Wyoming Area 39, Montrose 38

Nanticoke 37, Berwick 36 (won on criteria)

Saturday’s Schedule

(at Pittston Area)

Wyoming Area vs. Scranton Prep, 10:30 a.m.

Lake-Lehman vs. Nanticoke, 10:30 a.m.

Third-place match, noon

Final

Western Wayne vs. Honesdale, 1:30 p.m.

CLASS 3A

Quarterfinals

Coughlin 51, Abington Heights 20

Hazleton Area 40, West Scranton 30

Tunkhannock 48, Scranton 25

Delaware Valley d. Dallas

Semifinals

Coughlin 42, Hazleton Area 33

Delaware Valley 41, Tunkhannock 28

Consolation round

West Scranton 48, Abington Heights 21

Dallas d. Scranton

Saturday’s Schedule

(at Pittston Area)

Consolations

Hazleton Area vs. Dallas, 9 a.m.

Tunkhannock vs. West Scranton, 9 a.m.

Third-place match, noon

Finals

Coughlin vs. Delaware Valley, 1:30 p.m.

LEHMAN TWP. — Honesdale head coach Ryan Chulada admitted on Wednesday that before the season started, everyone in Class 2A picked Lake-Lehman as the team to beat.

Well, the Hornets went to Lake-Lehman and knocked off the team to beat in the semifinals of the District 2 Class 2A Duals Tournament.

Honesdale, the defending tournament champion and the No. 2 seed from the Lackawanna League, picked up six pins in the semis to roll to a 47-28 victory.

“I think coming into the year, I think (Western Wayne) coach (Dante) Terenzio will agree that I think everyone picked Lake-Lehman,” Chulada said. “They have some very, very talented freshmen coming up that are now on the varsity and have been punching out wins all season. And we’re certainly ecstatic to come out on the winning side of that because that could have gone very easily.”

Honesdale advances back to the finals where it will see Western Wayne in a rematch from last year’s final, and a rematch of a close dual won by the Wildcats last week on criteria. Lake-Lehman falls into the consolation bracket and will face Nanticoke 20:30 a.m. Saturday.

In the other Class 2A consolation match, Wyoming Area meets Scranton Prep. The Warriors lost to Honesdale, 44-27, in the quarterfinals before defeating Montrose, 39-38. Nanticoke lost to Scranton Prep in the 2A quarterfinals before defeating Berwick via criteria in the elimination round.

The Wyoming Valley Conference top-seeded Black Knights, who beat Montrose 50-24 in the quarters, couldn’t get any momentum going in the semis.

After getting a pin from 132-pounder Bob Long to start the dual, the Hornets answered with a fall of their own by Matt Davis at 138. After Lehman’s Hunter Burke won by decision at 145 giving the Black Knights a 9-6 lead, Honesdale reeled off two consecutive falls to go up 18-9.

Nick Zaboski pulled Lehman within 18-15 after a pin at 170, but again, the Hornets answered in a big way, winning by pin, tech fall, pin in the next three bouts to open up a 35-15 advantage.

Lehman closed out the dual with wins in three of the last five bouts, but it was too late.

“Lehman, I thought was gonna pack us in six weights,” Chulada said. “I think we only surrendered two pins and I couldn’t be happier with that.

“Jay (Konigus, Lehman coach) gambled a little bit bumping all his guys up and they gave up some weight to exploit some of our weakness. And it panned out a little bit at the end there because they won the last bout at 126.”

Wyoming Area pushed Honesdale to the limit in the quarters, and after Damon Barhight pinned Kenny Huber at heavyweight, the score was tied at 27-27 with three weights left, but Honesdale won the last three to advance.

The Warriors, who forfeited three matches against Honesdale and two versus Montrose, was victorious in six of 11 contested bouts against the Hornets and in five of nine contested matches against the Meteors.

“We were just looking for individual matchups to get our kids ready for the biggest tournament of the season, individual districts,” Warriors coach Jason Prokopchak said. “My kids had a great time. They wrestled free and they represented themselves very well, and the Wyoming Valley Conference as well.”

Wyoming Area fell to Scranton Prep earlier in the season, so the Warriors will be looking to avenge that setback. Winner of the consolation bouts will advance to the third-place dual at noon on Saturday at Pittston Area.

Lake-Lehman’s Bob Long, top, pins Honesdale’s Ethan Chotski in the 132-pound semifinal bout at Wednesday’s District 2 Class 2A Duals Tournament at Lake-Lehman High School.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/web1_TTL020118D2-2AWrestlingDuals_1.jpgLake-Lehman’s Bob Long, top, pins Honesdale’s Ethan Chotski in the 132-pound semifinal bout at Wednesday’s District 2 Class 2A Duals Tournament at Lake-Lehman High School. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Lake-Lehman’s Nick Zaboski, top, pins Honesdale’s A.J. Steffens in the 172-pound semifinal bout at Wednesday’s District 2 Class 2A Duals Tournament at Lake-Lehman High School.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/web1_TTL020118D2-2AWrestlingDuals_3.jpgLake-Lehman’s Nick Zaboski, top, pins Honesdale’s A.J. Steffens in the 172-pound semifinal bout at Wednesday’s District 2 Class 2A Duals Tournament at Lake-Lehman High School. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Lake-Lehman’s Chuck Harry, back, wrestles Honesdale’s Jon Kuhns-Miller in the 220-pound semifinal bout at Wednesday’s District 2 Class 2A Duals Tournament at Lake-Lehman High School.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/web1_TTL020118D2-2AWrestlingDuals_4.jpgLake-Lehman’s Chuck Harry, back, wrestles Honesdale’s Jon Kuhns-Miller in the 220-pound semifinal bout at Wednesday’s District 2 Class 2A Duals Tournament at Lake-Lehman High School. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Wyoming Area’s Corey Mruk, bottom, tries to fend off Montrose’s Cole Aukema in the 170-pound consolation bout at Wednesday’s District 2 Class 2A Duals Tournament at Lake-Lehman High School.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/web1_TTL020118D2-2AWrestlingDuals_5.jpgWyoming Area’s Corey Mruk, bottom, tries to fend off Montrose’s Cole Aukema in the 170-pound consolation bout at Wednesday’s District 2 Class 2A Duals Tournament at Lake-Lehman High School. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Wyoming Area’s Jaryn Polit-Moran, back, grapples Montrose’s Bryan Ryan in the 182-pound consolation bout at Wednesday’s District 2 Class 2A Duals Tournament at Lake-Lehman High School.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/web1_TTL020118D2-2AWrestlingDuals_6.jpgWyoming Area’s Jaryn Polit-Moran, back, grapples Montrose’s Bryan Ryan in the 182-pound consolation bout at Wednesday’s District 2 Class 2A Duals Tournament at Lake-Lehman High School. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Lake-Lehman’s Hunter Burke, back, wrestles Honesdale’s Joe Rutledge in the 145-pound semifinal at Wednesday’s District 2 Class 2A Duals Tournament at Lake-Lehman High School.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/web1_TTL020118D2-2AWrestlingDuals_2.jpgLake-Lehman’s Hunter Burke, back, wrestles Honesdale’s Joe Rutledge in the 145-pound semifinal at Wednesday’s District 2 Class 2A Duals Tournament at Lake-Lehman High School. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

By Dave Rosengrant

For Times Leader

DISTRICT DUALS AT A GLANCE

CLASS 2A

Quarterfinals

Lake-Lehman 50, Montrose 24

Honesdale 44, Lake-Lehman 27

Western Wayne 57, Berwick 15

Scranton Prep 57, Nanticoke 20

Semifinals

Western Wayne 45, Scranton Prep 26

Honesdale 47, Lake-Lehman 28

Consolations

Wyoming Area 39, Montrose 38

Nanticoke 37, Berwick 36 (won on criteria)

Saturday’s Schedule

(at Pittston Area)

Wyoming Area vs. Scranton Prep, 10:30 a.m.

Lake-Lehman vs. Nanticoke, 10:30 a.m.

Third-place match, noon

Final

Western Wayne vs. Honesdale, 1:30 p.m.

CLASS 3A

Quarterfinals

Coughlin 51, Abington Heights 20

Hazleton Area 40, West Scranton 30

Tunkhannock 48, Scranton 25

Delaware Valley d. Dallas

Semifinals

Coughlin 42, Hazleton Area 33

Delaware Valley 41, Tunkhannock 28

Consolation round

West Scranton 48, Abington Heights 21

Dallas d. Scranton

Saturday’s Schedule

(at Pittston Area)

Consolations

Hazleton Area vs. Dallas, 9 a.m.

Tunkhannock vs. West Scranton, 9 a.m.

Third-place match, noon

Finals

Coughlin vs. Delaware Valley, 1:30 p.m.

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