Patriots reached semis in Red Raider Rumble

June 27th, 2015 1:55 am

First Posted: 1/27/2013

Last Saturday, January 19, The Patriots went 4-1 in the Bellefonte Red Raider Rumble, a duals tournament. The Patriots won their pool defeating Midd-West from Middleburg, Snyder County; Fauquier, Virginia and State College High School.

In the semi-finals they lost to eventual tourney champion DuBois, 37-36. DuBois beat Erie Cathedral Prep 42-31 in the final

PA coach James Woodall said the Patriots exceeded his expectations. I'm a little surprised we did as well as we did. State College is a little down this season. They weren't as deep as we expected them to be, but we had a good weekend. We looked good.

Angelo Lussi was 5-0 in the tourney. Most impressive was our heavyweight Brain Modzienski. He was 5-0 with five pins, Woodall said.

Yesterday the Patriots wrestled in another high-caliber tournament the Konkrete Duals at Northampton High School, where they went up against Norristown and West Chester. Norristown has three returning wrestlers who were in the top eight in the state last year.

We try to get outside the area and wrestle some traditional powers, Woodall said.

Back home on Wednesday the Patriots lost their last WVC match by a point to Dallas 32-31 and the last individual bout of the match by a point 3-2. It doesn't get any closer than that. Their other loss was to undefeated Valley West by six. Both were one bout matches.

Woodall said the Patriots weren't on their game against Dallas. I don't know if we were a little flat or what it was. But give credit to Dallas they have good balance and they came out to beat us.

The District 2 AAA Team Dual Tournament is Friday and Saturday at Pittston Area. The quarter and semi-finals are Friday and the finals are Saturday at 6:30.

Wyoming Area is in the AA tournament

The District 2 AAA Individual Tournament is Feb. 22 and 23 at Hazleton. The AA tourney is at Lake Lehman.

Woodall said the Patriots are going after the team point title in the individuals. Our goal is to try to find a way to win it. It's going to be tough, especially with Delaware Valley.

Kris Roccograndi (170) and Ryan Monk (285) recorded pins for Dallas.

For PA against Dallas Chris Starinsky and Tyler Lutecki won by forfeit at 106 and 120; Dave Deleo won a decision at 126; Angelo Lussi won a major decision at 160 and Kris Roccograndi, 170, John Minich, 190, and Jake Vaxmonsky, 220 got pins.

Lake-Lehman 42, Wyoming Area 30

In a loss on Friday, Wyoming Area picked up pins from Shaun Vasquez (106) and Nick O'Brien (160) in his first action of the season. Carmen Maurielo (126) and Andy Schutz (132) won by forfeit. At 145 Nick heck won a 3-2 decision. At Jude Polit-Moran won a 6-2 decision.

While the Patriots are done with their WVC schedule, the Warriors (2-2) have to matches to make up on Monday and Wednesday.

Wyoming Area 44, Nanticoke 15

For WA Shawn Vasquez, 106; Patrick Heck, 113, and Shawn Whiting, 220, won by forfeits. Carmen Mauriello, 120; Andy Schutz, 126 and Nick Heck, 145 got pins. Charlie Johnson won a tech. fall at 132 16-0 and Damian Vanderlick won a decision at 152.

This week


Tunkhannock at WA


Meyers at WA

(End regular season)

Standings (Saturday's matches not included)


Valley West 5-0

Dallas 3-1

Pittston Area 4-2

Coughlin 3-2

Berwick 2-3

Hazleton 1-4

Crestwood 0-6


Lake Lehman 4-0

Tunkhannock 3-1

Hanover 3-2

Meyers 3-2

Wyoming Area 2-2

GAR 1-4

Nanticoke 0-5