|photos by s. john wilkin|
Pictured from top to bottom, Pittston Area’s Dominic Lussi wrestles Ryan Krecker from Nazareth in a 160-pound bout during the PIAA 3A Northeast Regional Championships at Freedom High School in Bethlehem Friday night. PA’s Bob Falvo has a hold of Evan Kaufmann of Freedom High in a 189-pound bout. Patriots wrestler Angelo Lussi tries to escape from Easton’s Calvin Daly at 130 pounds.
Pittston Area’s Mike Domarasky wrestles Chase Zemenak from Nazareth in the 112-pound bout during the 3A Northeast Regional Championships at Bethlehem Freedom High School last Friday.photo by S. john wilkin
A big weekend at Bethlehem Freedom High School led to two Pittston Area wrestlers qualifying for the PIAA Class 3A Championships in Hershey.
Patriot grapplers Jason Laboranti and Michael Domarasky both earned medals at the Northeast Regional tournament to earn spots in the state title tournament this weekend.
Laboranti (19-4) got to the title bout at 215 pounds with wins over Nick Bennick of Shikellamy and Tyler Greene of Easton.
Laboranti, who bumped up from 189 for the postseason, settle for silver however after falling in a tough bout with Tarek Haddad (24-3) from Parkland, 7-4. "There was no pressure either way so I just decided to go out and have fun," Laboranti said.
Laboranti opened the state championships on Thursday with a preliminary bout against SE Regional silver medalist Joe Stolfi (40-2) of Souderton. His side of the bracket also included undefeated Zack Nye (35-0) of East Pennsboro and Kyle McWreath of Trinity (32-0).
Since his freshman year, Michael Domarasky came ever so close to qualifying for the PIAA Championships.
Every year, he would win at least two matches at the Northeast Regional Tournament only to fall one or two places shy of the qualifying medal.
Now a senior, the Pittston Area 112-pounder has finally achieved his goal.
Domarasky won a thrilling third-place match in the Class 3A Northeast Regional at Freedom High School over Easton junior Peter Stanley, 2-1, last Saturday afternoon to advance to the state tournament, which will be held Thursday through Saturday at Hershey’s Giant Center.
Domarasky claimed the win with a third-period reversal, then only allowed an escape late in the period to hold on for the victory.
"It is (sweeter) to get there now, but it puts pressure on you as well, being that you’re a senior and this is your last time ever to get a chance to go to states," Domarasky said. "Hopefully it all works out well. And if it doesn’t it’s not the end of the world. It’s just a great feeling to know I qualified for the Pennsylvania state tournament."
Domarasky opened the state championships on Thursday with a preliminary bout against SC gold medalist Jordan Conaway (34-3) of New Oxford. His side of the bracket also included Corey McQuiston (39-2) of WC Rustin and Anthony Cabrera (34-3) of Liberty.
District 2 Class 2A 125-pound gold medalist Andy Schutz of Wyoming Area was eliminated from the PIAA Northeast Regional at Williamsport High School in the consolation semifinals.
Schutz fell into the consolation bracket in a loss to Zane Rowe of Mifflinburg in the opening round. The sophomore then pinned Zach Jones of Western Wayne in 41 seconds to get to the conso semis. But Schutz couldn’t come up with a point in a 6-0 loss to Zack Green (40-5) of Northeast Bradford in the final four event of the consolation bracket.
Pittston Area’s Jamie Scarantino, Justin Wilk and Brandon Dolan each fell one bout short of wrestling for a bronze medal and a spot at the PIAA Championships at the PIAA Class 3A Northeast Regional at Bethlehem Freedom last weekend.
Scarantino, the top-seed in the 103-pound event was bumped to the consolation bracket by eventual bronze medalist Kenny Yanovich of Pleasant Valley in the opening bout of the tournament. Scarantino then wrestled back with two wins before dropping an 8-2 decision to freshman Kyle Baker of Easton in the consolation semifinals.
Wilk, the Patriots 140-pounder, was eliminated by Matt Neff of Shikellamy in a 5-3 decision in the consolation semifinals. Wilk won two decisions to get to the consolation final four after being knocked into the consolation bracket by eventual bronze-medal winner Cody Zechman of Selinsgrove.
Dolan lost a tough 2-1 decision at 145 pounds to eventual bronze-medalist Matt Gotzon of Southern Lehigh in the consolation semis. Dolan fell to eventual gold medalist Justin Heller of Parkland in the championship semifinals after defeating Wyatt Miller of Nazareth in the quarterfinals.
Pittston Area brothers Dom and Angelo Lussi each lost two matches at the PIAA Class 3A Northeast Regionals.
Dom Lussi, a junior, lost his opening bout at 160 pounds to eventual gold medalist Ryan Krecker of Nazareth. He was then eliminated by Jacobi Nordmark of Stroudsburg in an 8-1 decision in the second round of the consolation bouts.
Angelo, a sophomore, lost to Calvin Daly of Easton in the first round of the championships before dropping a 3-0 decision to Forrest Touchberry of Parkland in the second round of the consolation bouts.
---Times Leader reporter Dave Rosengrant contributed to this report.