Andy Schutz, pictured above last season, moved into the Kiwanis Tournament semis with a big win.dispatch file photo
Wyoming Area sophomore Andy Schutz is one of the top returning wrestlers from last season after placing at the Northeast Regional Tournament.
Austin Harry, a freshman from Lake-Lehman, is an up-and-comer in the Wyoming Valley Conference after winning a pair of District 2 Junior High titles.
So when the two met on Wednesday in the 125-pound quarterfinal round of the Tunkhannock Kiwanis Tournament, something had to give.
They gave the fans in attendance one of the best matches in the quarters as the bout went to overtime with Schutz winning on a takedown with 0.7 seconds left in the extra session to get a 3-1 victory.
The final points weren’t the only dramatic part of the bout. Harry netted the tying point with just two seconds left in the third period when Schutz was hit with a locking hands technical violation to even the score 1-1.
“Austin is a really good wrestler; we’re neck-and-neck,” Schutz said. “With the penalty point, that was kind of unfortunate, but it is what it is. You just got to keep going. ”
The win also marked the second time this young season that Schutz beat the freshman. The other time was just a few weeks ago at the Catasauqua Duals. That match also went to overtime and finished 2-1. There’s a possibility the two could meet as many as five more times this season with the first chance coming Jan. 7-8 at the Wyoming Valley Conference Tournament.
“I can see some dogfights coming,” Schutz added.
Schutz was the only Warrior to move to today’s semifinals at Tunkhannock High School, but he’s one of 10 WVC grapplers to advance.
Wyoming Area 130-pounder Nick Heck lost a tough 5-3 decision to James McMoore of Nanticoke in the quarterfinals of the Kiwanis Tournament at Tunkhanock.
But the sophomore battled back to win his third round match in the consolation round to advance to the consolation semifinals. Heck won a 6-2 decision over Branden Vitack of Lake-Lehman.
A NE Regional qualifier as a freshman, Heck advanced to the championship quarters after a 4-0 major decision victory over Tyler Peterson of Warren County in his opening match of the tournament.
Steve Barush – the Wyoming Area entry at 119 pounds – opened the tournament by pinning Wyatt Shuman of Northeast Bradford in 2:40, but fell in his second round match to John Joyce of Valley View, 4-0, to move into the consolation bracket.
Barush grabbed a win in the second round of the consolation round with an 8-2 decision over Steven Carter of Warren County. The Warriors wrestler was then eliminated from the event in a tough 4-3 loss to Matt Quirk of Scranton in the consolation third round.
Wyoming Area 112-pounder Carmen Mauriello picked up a victory in the second round consolations of the Kiwanis Tournament with a 3-2 decision over Corey McCarey of Elk Lake.
Mauriello was knocked into the consolation bracket in a loss to Tyler Farrell of Scranton. Ed Ciprich of Coughlin eliminated Mauriello in the third round of the consolation tournament.
Check next week’s Dispatch for complete results of the Kiwanis Tourney.
Dispatch Staff Writer Rick Notari contributed to this report.