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Patriots have way with WA wrestlers

Pittston Area wins exhibition match over Warriors, 67-6

Pittston Area’s Michael Domarasky, top, gets the win over Wyoming Area’s Steve Barush by technical fall in the 119-pound match Thursday night in Exeter.


Wyoming Area’s Andy Schutz, bottom, is controlled by Pittston Area’s Angelo Lussi in the 130-pound match. But Schutz got the win by a 3-2 decision. It was one of just two individual victories by WA.

Pittston Area’s Jamie Scarantino, front, pins Wyoming Area’s Eric Filipiak in the 103-pound match

Wyoming Area’s Nick Heck, right, gets the win over Pittston Area’s Donnie Parham in the 125-pound match. Heck’s win was just one of two for the Warriors.

photos by BILL TARUTIS

The cross river rivalry between Pittston Area and Wyoming Area was in full swing Thursday night at Wyoming Area High School in Exeter as the Patriot and Warrior wrestling teams squared off in an exhibition match.

Pittston Area’s Jason Laboranti bumped up a weight class, and again set the tone for the Patriots as they easily dispatched of the Warriors, 67-6.

Laboranti, normally the Patriots 189-pounder, defeated Wyoming Area’s Shawn Whiting at 215 in the first match of the night, by pinning the Warriors grappler with 45 seconds remaining in the second round.

Laboranti controlled the majority of the match with multiple take downs, reversals and back points. Whiting did manage to achieve two escape points late in the first round.

The heavyweight match featured Pittston Area’s John Skryzsowski and Wyoming Area’s Carl Zielinski. The bout last just 12 seconds thanks to Skryzsowski. Skryzsowski picked up Zielinski right from the start and slammed him down on the mat before pinning him for the victory.

The Patriots continued to dominate the next four matches and jumped out to an early 29-0 lead as Jamie Scarantino (103), Tyler Lutecki (112) and Michael Domarasky (119) all recorded pins to put Pittston Area in a comfortable lead.

Wyoming Area’s Nick Heck put the Patriot domination to a halt when he defeated Donnie Parham in the 125-pound match.

Heck took the early 2-0 lead in the match with a takedown. Parham struck back later with an escape point making it 2-1 with not much time remaining in the opening period. Early in the second round Parham tied the match at 3-3 with a two-point reversal. However, the third round was all Heck. A combination of takedowns and back points helped him emerge victorious by a score of 9-3.

Andy Schutz kept the Warriors in the win column by taking a 3-2 decision over Pittston Area’s Angelo Lussi in the 130-pound match.

Schutz jumped out to an early 3-0 lead thanks to escape points. But Lussi wasn’t going down without a fight. He achieved two escape points of his own with 30 seconds remaining in the match to get within 3-2, but it was too little too late for Lussi and Schutz wrapped up the 3-2 victory.

After the two wins by WA the Patriots still held a 30-6 lead, and would close out the match with seven consecutive victories.

The Patriots returned their winning ways thanks to a 20-3 technical fall win by Kevin Wesolowski at 135 pounds, and early pins by Frank Ardo (140) and Matt Erfman (145). Both Pittston Area grapplers pinned their WA opponents in less than a minute.

Brandon Dolan increased the Patriots lead with a win by technical fall. He defeated Nick Mazzone, 18-6, at 152 pounds.

John Minich followed by pinning Rob Russick early in the second round at 160 pounds, and Pat Nallin won by forfeit at 189 pounds.

Bob Falvo then finished off the victory with a technical fall win over Mitchell Payne, 18-3.

Scarantino, Schutz, Lussi win WVC gold

Pittston Area’s Jamie Scarantino and Angelo Lussi, and Wyoming Area’s Andy Schutz each won gold medals at last weekend’s Wyoming Valley Conference Tournament held at Lake-Lehman High School.

Scarantino pinned Dominic Delgraba of Dallas in 2:25 the 103-pound championship bout, and Lussi won a 2-1 decision over Frank Mahmoud of Coughlin in the 130-pound final to give the Patriots two titlists at the event. Pittston Area also won the team event by 30 points over second-place Coughlin.

In the semifinals, Scarantino won a 13-0 major decision over Coughlin’s Bill Poray after he pinned Nanticoke’s Kyle Gavrish in just 30 seconds in the 103-quarterfinals.

Lussi beat Valley West’s Steve Matello, 2-1, in the semis after earlier dispatching Berwick’s Austin Soboleski, 9-6, in the quarterfinals.

Schutz defeated Lake-Lehman’s Austin Harry, 5-2, for the 125-pound title, and was the only Warriors wrestler to medal in the event. Nick Heck and John Ratajczak each finished sixth for WA.

Schutz got to the title bout with a pin of Nanticoke’s Josh Allabaugh in 1:24 in the semis, and a 16-0 technical fall victory over Tunkhannock’s Chris Packer in the quarterfinals. He won his preliminary match with a pin of Chris Jones of Hanover in 3:10.

Heck lost to Mahmoud in the semis after winning a 4-3 decision over James McMoore of Nanticoke in the quarters and pinning Matt Simkonis of Tunkhannock in the prelims. The WA sophomore then lost in the consolation fourth round to Soboleski to knock him into the fifth-place bout.

Ratajczak won his prelim bout with a pin of Josh Winters of Lake-Lehman in 4:36 before losing to Steve Turner of Coughlin in the quarters. He then pinned Zac Bryttle of Berwick in 2:33 in the consolation second round before pinning Johntae Nelson of Meyers in the consolation third round. But Ratajczak was pinned by PA’s Justin Wilk in 2:43 in the consolation fourth round, pushing the Warriors grappler into the fifth-place match.

Dolan, Skrzysowski earn silver

Pittston Area’s Brandon Dolan and Jon Skrzysowski earned silver as they both lost major decision in the finals of their respective weight classes.

Dolan lost to Hazleton’s Tim Samec at 152 pounds and Skrzysowski lost to Berwick’s Roy Dennis at 215 pounds.

Dolan advanced to the finals with a semifinal win over Matt Hammerstone of Crestwood, 9-7, after winning a 15-2 major decision over Wyoming Area’s AJ Lemardy in the quarters. Dolan pinned Michael Thomas of Tunkhannock in 38 seconds in the prelims.

Skrzysowski made his way to the title match with a 6-2 decision over Dom Laurer of Hazleton in the semis after winning a 9-0 major decision over Crestwood’s Nico Disabitino in the quarters.

Four Patriots win bronze

Patriot wrestlers Tyler Lutecki, Michael Domarasky, Bob Falvo and Jason Laboranti all claimed bronze at the event, while Wilk lost a narrow decision to earn a fourth place.

Lutecki defeated Travis Roper of Valley West in a technical fall, 18-2 win at the 4:40 mark of the 112-pound match; Domarasky won a 1-0 decision over Kevin Laubach of Berwick at 119 pounds; Falvo pinned Mitch Wiernusz of Tunkhannock in 3:34 at 171 pounds, and Laboranti edged Adam Goeringer of Dallas, 3-2, at 189 pounds. Wilk lost a 3-2 decision to Adam Jaworski of Valley West at 145.

Lutecki pinned Jeff Martoccio of Hazleton in 3:44 in the quarters before losing a 7-3 decision to Crestwood’s Bob Gray in the semis. He then won a 12-3 major decision over Coughlin’s Ed Ciprich in the consolation fourth round to move into the bronze-medal bout.

Domarasky won his prelim bout over John Jasionowicz of Crestwood, 16-0, for a major decision. The newest member of the PA 100-win club then pinned Wyoming Area’s Steve Barush in 1:38 in the quarterfinals before losing a 12-0 major decision to Vito Pasone of Meyers in the semis. Domarasky recovered in the fourth round of the consolation bouts with a 50-second pin of Lake-Lehman’s Zeb McMillan to get to the third-place match.

Falvo worked his way through the consolation round after being pinned in the quarters by Hazleton’s Chad Hoffman. The 171-pounder won an 11-2 major decision over Lake-Lehman’s Brady Butler in the second round of the consolations; a 5-3 decision over Roger Legg of Crestwood in the third round; and a 16-5 major decision over GAR’s Lance Letteer in the fourth round to advance to the third-place match.

Laboranti pinned Kolton Lynn of Berwick in 2:40 to start the event in the prelims, but lost a tough 2-0 decision to Mike Mirra of Crestwood in the quarters. Laboranti bounced back by pinning Dijon Townes of Meyers in 2:44 in the consolation second round; taking a 10-1 major decision over Taylor Schermerhorn of Hazleton in the third round; and a 7-2 decision over Pedro Bracero of Nanticoke in the fourth round.

Wilk won his opening match at 145 with a 6-5 decision over Adam Jaworski of Valley West in the quarterfinals. He then lost a 5-2 decision to Kyle Hankinson of Crestwood in the semis before he pinned Ratajczak in the consolation fourth round.

Wesolowskis place fifth

Kevin Wesolowski of Pittston Area earned a fifth place medal with a 4-1 decision over Brian Deluca of Dallas at 135 pounds, and brother Chris Wesolowski pinned Nick Fine of Hanover in 1:24 to also take a fifth-place medal at 285 pounds.

Kevin won a 10-7 decision over Kevin Nealon of Meyers in the prelims before pinning Klayton Kaspryzk of Nanticoke in 4:29 of the quarterfinals. He then lost a major decision to Ryan Kline of Hazleton in the semis before losing in an 8-6 overtime rematch with Nealon in the consolation fourth round.

Chris pinned Jonelle Pichardo of Hazleton in 2:43 of the preliminary round, and pinned Mark Bullock of Lake-Lehman in 3:17 in the semis before losing to Coughlin’s Shane Smith in the semis. He then lost a 3-2 decision to Jeremy Roberts of Dallas in the consolation fourth round.

Lemardy wins two for WA

Wyoming Area’s 152-pound AJ Lemardy advanced to the third round of the consolation bouts after dropping his quarterfinal matchup with PA rival Brandon Dolan.

Lemardy defeated Nanticoke’s Michael Colatosti, 9-5, in the prelims before falling to Dolan in the quarters. He then pinned Derek Reisinger of Valley West in 2:00 before losing a 4-1 decision to Kurt Pericci of Hanover in the third round of the consolations.

Other Warriors wrestlers that picked up victories at the event included Carmen Mauriello who pinned Jimmy Caffrey of Dallas in 3:49 of the consolation second round, and Steve Barush who won a 4-2 decision over Nanticoke’s Thomas Lacomy in the 119-pound consolation second round.

Rush takes opener

Pittston Area’s Brad Rush won his preliminary bout at 140 pounds by pinning Qualil Ismial of Valley West in 43 seconds. Rush however lost his next two matches.

Dispatch Staff Writer Rick Notari contributed to this report.

This week’s schedule


WA v. Meyers


PA at Berwick


WVC Division 1

Coughlin…2-0, 4-0

Pittston Area…1-0, 7-2

Valley West…1-1, 5-4

Crestwood…1-1, 3-2

Hazleton Area …1-1, 4-5

Berwick…0-1, 7-6

Tunkhannock…0-2, 3-5

WVC Division 2

Hanover…1-0, 4-0

Meyers…1-0, 7-6

Lake-Lehman…1-0, 4-4

Nanticoke…0-0, 3-0

Dallas…0-1, 9-4

GAR…0-1, 1-2

Wyoming Area…0-1, 4-9

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