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Patriots send seven to semis

Schutz lone Warrior with shot at D2 gold

Top, Tyler Lutecki of Pittston Area wrestles Mike Pavlichko of Tunkhannock during District 2 Class 3A preliminaries friday night. Above, Kevin Wesolowski tries to escape from Ryan Kline of Hazleton.

photos by aimee dilger

Above, Wyoming Area’s Nick Heck looks to be in control of Lackawanna Trail’s Billy Lee at Lake Lehman High School Friday night during the District 2 Class 2A championships. But Lee fought back for a triple overtime victory. Below, Eric Fillipiak of WA tries to get out of the grip of Dom Degraba of Dallas.

photos by s. John Wilkin

Pittston Area sent seven grapplers into Saturday’s District 2 Class 3A Championship semifinals with a big night of wrestling on Friday at Hazleton Area High School.

The Patriots also trailed D2 Class 3A Duals champion Delaware Valley by just a point, 73-72, entering Saturday’s action. The Warriors beat PA in the final bout of the Duals Championship last week.

Defending 103-pound champion Jamie Scarantino (28-5) led the way for Pittston Area with two wins to get to the semis. The junior pinned Tunkhannock’s Brad Seward in just 33 seconds before taking a 9-0 major decision from Wallenpaupack’s Nick Demchuk. Scarantino was set to take on Berwick’s Peter Talanca (26-13) in the semis.

Top-seeded Michael Domarasky (29-5) followed Scarantino’s lead, winning his opening bout at 112 pounds with a 9-0 major decision over Ed Ciproch of Coughlin. The Patriots senior, who won the 112 silver medal in 2010, faced Crestwood’s Bob Gray (31-9) in the semis.

Sophomore Angelo Lussi made his mark at 130 pounds with a 2-0 decision over fellow sophomore Declan Haggerty of West Scranton. Lussi (24-9) is the top-seed in the weight class and took on Fran Mahmoud (31-7) of Berwick for a chance to wrestle for gold.

Justin Wilk who won bronze at 135 pounds as a freshman is in position to do no worse at 140 pounds as a sophomore. Wilk (25-6) pinned Zac Kyttle of Berwick in 2:33 to open the championships and then won a 4-0 decision over Casey Evans of Scranton to advance to the semis. Wilk faced Delaware Valley senior Joe Stellatto (30-13) in a final-four matchup. Top-seed and defending silver medalist Matt Ritz (35-4) of Crestwood wrestled West Scranton’s Jon Kobrynich in the other semi.

PA senior Brandon Dolan advanced to the 145-pound semis with two wins on Friday. Dolan (25-7) pinned Del Val’s Evan Wagner in 3:04 and followed up with a pin of Steve Turner of Coughlin in 2:57. Dolan faced second-seeded Adam Jaworski (28-9) of Valley West in the semis. Top-seed and defending bronze medalist Kyle Hankinson of Crestwood (27-6) advanced to the other semi. He will take on Zach Smith (31-6) of Honesdale.

Dom Lussi joined his brother in the semis with a 2-1 decision over Tunkhannock Charlie Genorotti at 160 pounds. He faced Scranton’s Mark Granahan (25-3), the second-seed, in the semis.

Defending 189-pound bronze medalist Jason Laboranti (13-3) wrestled his way to the 215-pound semis with two pins. The senior pinned Myles Robbins of Scranton in 4:21 in a first-round bout and then pinned Rich Kucharski of West Scranton in 3:50 in the quarterfinals. He wrestled Dylan Berardelli (9-18) of Abington Heights in the semifinals.

Besides having seven wrestlers in the semifinals, Pittston Area also had five wrestlers alive in the consolation quarterfinals.

After pinning Tunkhannock’s Mike Pavlichko in 5:13 at 119 pounds, Tyler Lutecki (16-13) was bounced to the consolation bracket second-seeded Kyle Krasavage of Valley West. Lutecki rebounded with a 4-3 decision over Zach Smith of West Scranton and was set to wrestle Chris Duff of Wallenpaupack (7-25) in an elimination bout.

Kevin Wesolowski (15-15) lost his opening bout of the tournament at 135 pounds, but won his opening consolation bout with a 12-5 decision over Wallenpaupack’s Keith Tsuhako. He was to wrestle Valley West Steve Matttello (18-8) in the conso quarters.

Sam Falcone, the Patriots 171-pounder, also lost his opening match but the sophomore wrestled back to the conso quarters with two wins. The sophomore won a 3-2 decision over Troy Vannucchi of Coughlin in a first-round consolation and then took a 1-0 decision over Mitch Wiernusz of Tunkhannock. Falcone faced Ethan Wehman (14-14) of Wallenpaupack in the conso quarters.

At 189 pounds, Bob Falvo also wrestled back to put himself in position to medal. Falvo won his opening bout with a 24-second pin of Kolton Lynn of Berwick. Falvo then fell to second-seeded Adam Manzoni of Delaware Valley before winning a 12-3 major decision over Pat Kearney of Abington Heights. Falvo wrestled Tyler DiBenedetto (5-17) of Honesdale in the conso quarters.

Finally Chris Wesolowski needed just a win over second-seeded Shane Smith in Saturday’s consol quarters to assure himself of a medal. Smith (30-7) was upset on Friday by West Scranton’s Kevin Lewis. Wesolowski (16-12) lost a tough 3-2 UTB decision to Wallenpaupack’s Frank Bruno (29-9) in his opening bout before dismissing of Valley West’s Antonio Corres in a 4-2 SV decision.

D2 Class 2A Championships

Wyoming Area’s Andy Schutz was the only Warriors wrestler to have a shot at a District 2 Class 2A gold medal heading into Saturday’s action at Lake-Lehman High School. But seven other WA grapplers had a shot to medal by working their way through the consolation rounds.

Schutz, the 2010 119-pound champ, was the top-seed coming into the 125-pound tournament. The sophomore pinned Kevin Zamorski of Montrose in 33 seconds to open the tournament, and then beat Victor Rosa of Lackawanna Trail with a 19-4 technical fall. Schutz was set to take on Andrew Barrow of GAR in the semis.

Sophomore Eric Fillipiak lost his only bout on Friday, a major decision to second-seeded Dom Degraba of Dallas at 103 pounds. Fillipiak was set to wrestle Nick Chesko (16-14) of Valley View in the conso quarters.

With only seven entrants in the 112-pound tournament, Carmen Mauriello was in position to win a medal despite falling in his only match to top-seed and defending champ Vito Pasone (38-2) of Meyers. Mauriello was set to wrestle the Pat Creedon-Zach Edwards loser. Creedon of Scranton Prep is an Old Forge resident.

Nick Heck, the 2010 103-pound silver medalist, was upset in his opening bout at 119-pounds by Lackawanna Trail freshman Billy Lee (21-20). Lee won a 7-4 decision in triple overtime. Heck bounced back with a 15-0 technical fall victory over Lewis Esposito of Blue Ridge in the consolation bracket. He was set to face Mason Maye (13-10) of Elk Lake in the conso quarters.

Steve Barush had a tough opening draw at 130 pounds, facing top-seed and defending champ Devin Fiorentino of Elk Lake in his first bout. Fiorentino pinned Barush, but the Warriors sophomore bounced back with a 13-1 major decision victory over Ray Ashford of GAR. Barush wrestled Raphael InGaglio of Western Wayne (17-18) in the consol quarters.

John Ratajczak won a 19-3 technical fall over John Munley of Valley View in his opening match at 145 pounds but then lost to top-seed Kurt Pericci of Hanover to fall into the consolation bracket. Ratajczak was set to face Eric Cart of Meyers to open Saturday’s event.

Shawn Whiting, the Warriors 215-pounder, lost his only bout of the championships to second-seed Matt Rosensweet of Western Wayne. Whiting was to take on John Shaffer (7-12) of Montrose in the conso quarters.

Sophomore heavyweight Carl Zielinski lost a tough 3-2 triple overtime decision to Lake-Lehman’s Mark Bullock in his opening bout before coming back with a pinfall victory over Nick Moore of Montrose in 2:44. Zielinski was set to wrestle Jarrett Coleman of Susquehanna in the conso quarterfinals.

For complete results of Saturday’s District 2 Class 3A and Class 3A tournaments, check Sunday’s Times Leader and next week’s Sunday Dispatch editions.

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