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Johnson earns silver medal for Warriors

Cummings, Danaher win bronze for Pittston Area

Wyoming Area’s Charlie Johnson pinned two opponents on his way to earning a silver medal at the 2011 District 2 Junior High Wrestling Championships last Saturday at Lake-Lehman High School.

Johnson – the Warriors 115-pounder – pinned Chad Sives of Wallenpaupack in 3:22 and then did the same to Tyler Baress of West Scranton in 2:37.

But another gold medal was not to be for the D2 West Section champ. Johnson was pinned in the final by undefeated Crestwood eighth-grader Dan Ritz in 31 seconds.

Johnson finished the season with a 30-2 record.

Also at the event, Chris Cummings was knocked into the 155-pound consolation bracket in an opening round, 2-1, loss to eventual champion Matt Wagner of Delaware Valley, but managed to wrestle all the way back to a third-place finish for Pittston Area. Cummings defeated Anthony Eck of Hanover and Jared Wehmann of Wallenpaupack before taking an 8-0 major decision from Derek Dragon of Lake-Lehman for the bronze medal.

Eric Danaher also captured bronze for Pittston Area after losing his opening bout at 210 pounds. Danaher lost a 9-7 decision to Sidonio Castero of Coughlin to start the tournament but finished his run through the consolation bracket with a 1-0 decision over Castro in the third-place match. The Patriots eighth-grader who finished the season 27-5, defeated Alex Berlew of Tunkhannock and Vince Rinaldi of Valley View in the consolation quarters and semis.

Pittston Area heavyweight Jake Vaxmonsky won his opening bout in a 2-1 decision over Paul Stefani of West Scranton before falling to eventual champ Kenny Roman of Wallenpaupack. Vaxmonsky then lost a tough 3-2 decision to eventual bronze medalist Cameron Lindquist of Blue Ridge.

The Patriots 95-pound Dave DeLeo went the same route with a 4-1 win over Nick Yankoski of Coughlin to start the tournament before falling to eventual silver medalist James Smith of West Scranton, 4-3, in the championship semis, and to eventual bronze medalist Brad Glazenski, 9-5, in the consolation semis.

Pittston Area’s Ryan Joyce lost a 3-0 decision to Nyaz Bakradze of Scranton in the opening round of the 138-pound tournament and bounced back with a 3-1 win over Dahir Dunell of Meyers before losing 2-0 in overtime to Nathan Maczuga of Berwick.

Pat Heck (90) and Michael Saggua (145) of Wyoming Area both lost two bouts at the championships, as did Pittston Area’s Alan Thomas (90), Dylan Ratzin (105) and Braulloi Garcia (100).

West Sectionals

Wyoming Area’s Charlie Johnson won four bouts – all by pinfall - to earn gold at 115 pounds for the Warriors.

Johnson (28-1) pinned Pittston Area’s Nike Cinqueagrani in 1:15 in a pigtail match to start the championships, before dispatching of Storm Butts Weaver of Blue Ridge in 2:35; Chad Sives of Wallenpaupack in 2:14; and Matt Judge of Valley View in 1:08.

Eric Danaher (24-4) earned a silver medal for the Patriots at 210 pounds. The PA light heavyweight pinned Mike Mihal of Dallas in 30 seconds in the quarterfinals, and Vince Rinaldi of Valley View in 2:00 in the semis before falling to champ Dustin Jones of Dallas in the title bout.

Pittston Area’s Dave DeLeo also earned a silver medal at 95 pounds. DeLeo pinned Wyoming Area’s Kevin Pish in 54 seconds in his opening bout before pinning David Gardner of Montrose in the semis. DeLeo fell to Chase Gallick of Wallenpaupack in the title bout.

Alan Thomas finished third for Pittston Area in the 90-pound division, beating Wyoming Area’s Patrick Heck along the way. Heck finished fifth.

Thomas pinned Mark Gray of Lake-Lehman before falling to Eliot Hammersly of Tunkhannock in the championship semis. He then defeated Heck, 4-0, before beating Jeremy Kochovos of Wallenpaupack, 8-7, in overtime to take bronze.

Heck lost to Kochovos in the opening round of the tournament, before pinning Gray in 1:57 to place fifth.

Pittston Area’s Ryan Joyce also won a bronze medal at 138 pounds for the Patriots. Joyce beat Dylan Broschart to open the tournament before falling to eventual champ Cody Cordes of Valley West in the semis. Joyce rebounds in the consolation round with a 20 decision over Austin Yearer of Tunkhannock and a 3-0 decision over Austin Bennett of Abington Heights in the third-place bout.

Jake Vaxmonsky was the third Patriots wrestler to win a bronze after the eighth grader won three matches in the consolation bracket. Vaxmonsky pinned Alex Zelna of Tunkhannock, won a 6-3 decision over Jakub Rowe of Valley View, and a 2-0 decision over Chad Swift of Montrose for the third-place finish.

Wyoming Area’s Damien Vanderlick also wrestled at 138. He defeated Valley View’s Steve Patrick in the opening round, 12-0, but then fell to Bennett in the championship quarters, and to Yeager in the consolation first round.

Braullio Garcia of Pittston Area earned a fourth-place finish at 100 pounds. Garcia beat Brandon Swift of Montrose, 10-2, in the consolation semis before losing 5-4 to Collin White of Abington Heights in the bronze medal bout.

Dylan Ratzin also earned a fourth-place finished for the Patriots in the 105-pound class. Ratzin defeated Montrose’s Jacob Hayes, 3-2, in the consolation semis before falling to Patrick Gilligan of Wallenpaupack in the bronze medal bout. Ratzin also won his opening match against Blue Ridge’s Mike Kelly, 4-0, before falling to Cole Dixon of Dallas in the championships semis.

Wyoming Area’s Michael Saggua placed fourth for the Warriors at 145 pounds. Saggua won his opening match, 3-0, over Wallenpaupack’s Jake Haupt but fell to eventual champ Mike Pugh of Tunkhannock in the championships semis. Saggua then defeated Zack Campell of Abington Heights in the consolation quarters before falling to Haupt in the bronze-medal bout.

Pittston Area’s Brandon Macrae finished fifth for the Patriots at 110 pounds. Macrae pinned Josh Bullock of Lake-Lehman and won a 5-2 decision over Brandon Lowe of Valley View in the consolation bracket.

Justin Glasgow advanced to the championship semis for Pittston Area at 130 pounds but ending up settling for fifth place after defeating Ryan Wilkes of Valley View, 2-0. Glasgow pinned Jeremy Crane of Elk Lake and Wilkes in the championship round before falling to eventual champ Cooper Rosiak, 8-0, in the championships semis. He was then upset by John Loomis of Tunkhannock, 4-2, in the consolation quarterfinals.

Chris Cummings finished fifth for Pittston Area at 155 pounds with a 2-0 decision over Addison Parsons of Blue Ridge. Cummings advanced to the championships semis with a pin of Valley West’s David Casterline, and an 11-0 win over Rob Nast of Tunkhannock before losing a 2-0 decision to eventual champion Jared Wehmann of Wallenpaupack. Cummings was then upset by Nick Luzetski of Dallas in the consolation quarters before beating Parsons.

Pittston Area’s Thor Balavage finished sixth at 185 pounds for the Patriots. Balavage beat Matt Baker of Montrose in the consolation first round before falling to Kevin Malone of Abington Heights and Phil Hettes of Lake-Lehman.

Evan Skene his opening bout at 130 pounds for Wyoming Area with a pin of Tommy Williams of Lake-Lehman in 3:26. He then lost to Rosiak in the championship quarters and to Wilkes in the consolation first round.

Chris Starinsky (85), Mike Minich (122), Carmen Falcone (145), Dakota Blake (165) also participated for Pittston Area while Gabe Valdez (110), Michael Scalzo (122), Matt Crawford (155) also participated for Wyoming Area.

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