Pittston Area lost to Wyoming Valley West, 41-30, Friday in the District 2 Duals Class 3A semifinal in the PA gym. The Spartans, who knocked off Wallenpaupack 47-27 in the quarterfinals advanced to the championship match against Delaware Valley last nigh at 7 p.m. at Pittston Area. Delaware Valley advanced to the championship dual after dispatching Dallas (44-21) in the quarterfinals and Coughlin (58-15) in the semifinals.
On Friday night, the Spartans jumped out to a 31-3 lead over the Patriots. But with just four bouts left, Pittston Area had trimmed the lead to 31-21. But then at the 195-pound match Brandon Baird defeated PA's John Minich 9-1.
After Baird's win, the Patriots won the next two matches on a decision by Jake Vaxmonsky at 220 and a fall from Brian Mlodzienski at 285 to cut the lead to 35-30. Valley West's James Wright won the final bout over Chris Starinsky at 106 with a pin.
PA 170-pounder Angelo Lussi recorded his 100th career win with a pin over Scranton's Isaiah Burgette in the quarterfinals won by PA 36-32.
Braulio Garcia, Tyler Lutecki, Dave Deleo, Kevin Wesolowski, and Brian Mlodzienski also got pins for PA against Scranton. In the 2A duals at Lake Lehman, Wyoming Area lost in the quarters to Western Wayne, 48-29. Charles Johnson, Nicholas Heck and Nick O'Brien were winners for WA.
In a WVC D-2 meet, WA knocked off Meyers, 42-34 on Wednesday. The Warriors have one more WVC meet on Feb. 13 at home against Tunkhannock.
On Wednesday night, Pat Heck, Andy Schutz, Nick Heck, Jude Polit-Moran, and Jeff Skursky were winners. The Heck brothers both won by tech. fall.
Shaun Vasquez, Carm Mauriello and Shawn Whiting won by forfeit.
On Saturday, February 2 the Patriots continued their tradition of traveling to high-caliber tournaments with a trip to Northampton for the Konkrete Duals, where they went 1-1 losing to Father Judge of Philadelphia and defeating Norristown.
Against Judge PA lost 46-27.
Against Norristown PA won 37-36 in a match so close it came down to Criteria #7, greater number of near-fall points, to decide it in favor of PA. The match was tied 36-36 after PA's Chris Starinsky won the final bout at 106. The forfeits were a wash with each team forfeiting once.
Winners for PA
versus Father Judge
120 -Tyler Lutecki won by tech. fall over Rich Custer, 17-0 2:00
126 -Dave DeLeo pinned Ryan Meehan, 3:01
160 -Angelo Lussi maj. dec. Joe D'Imperio, 12-4
182 -Jonathan Armitage won by inj. default over Kyle Palinkas, 0:39
220 -Jake Vaxmonsky won by forfeit (34-27)
Winners for PA
120 -Tyler Lutecki won by forfeit (6-0)
126 -Mike Minich pinned Dan Limbauan, 1:43 (12-0)
132 -Donnie Parham pinned Demetrius Colclough, 5:10 (18-0
160 -Angelo Lussi pinned Darrin May, 3:26 (24-15)
170 -Sam Falcone pinned Brandon Smith, 0:53 (30-15)
220 -Jake Vaxmonskydec. Rasheed Lusane, 5-1 (33-24
106 -Chris Starinsky dec. Armon Weems, 4-0 (36-30
On Friday night, the Spartans jumped out to a 31-3 lead over the Patriots. But with just four bouts left,
Pittston Area had trimmed the lead to 31-21.