Pittston Area’s Jason Laboranti clinched at berth in the PIAA Class 3A State Wrestling Championships on Saturday with a 4-3 decision over Shikellamy’s Nick Bennick at the Northeast Regional Tournament at Bethlehem Liberty High School.
Laboranti was set to wrestle top-seeded Tarek Haddad (23-3) for the Northeast Regional gold medal in a bout after Dispatch deadlines. Check next week’s edition for a full report of the 215-pound final or today’s Times Leader.
The Patriots senior, now 19-3, defeated sophomore Tyler Greene (32-9) of Easton in a 6-3 decision on Friday night before edging the second-seeded Bennick who was 31-4 at the time.
Haddad reached the final by taking a 7-1 decision over Coughlin’s Brad Emerick in his opening bout, and defeating Berwick’s Roy Dennis by default in Saturday morning’s semifinal. Dennis recovered to get to the third-place bout against Bennick.
After losing his opening bout of the 112-pound Northeast Regional, PA’s Michael Domarasky wrestled back in the consolation bracket to get to the third-place bout. A win in the bout would get the Patriots senior a trip to Hershey with Laboranti. His bronze medal match also took place after Dispatch deadlines.
Domarasky started his run through the consolation bracket by pinning Crestwood’s Bob Gray in 4:44. He then defeated TJ Tressler of Williamsport in a 7-2 decision before dispatching of Ian Evans of Parkland, 5-1, in the consolation semis. He was set to wrestle Peter Stanley (28-16) of Easton for the bronze medal.
Five other PA wrestlers saw their seasons come to a close with Jamie Scarantino and Justin Wilk losing in the consolation semifinals on Saturday afternoon.
In the PIAA Class 2A Northeast Regional at Williamsport, Wyoming Area’s Andy Schutz was eliminated from action in the consolation semis.
For a full report of both Northeast Regionals, check next week’s edition of The Sunday Dispatch.