Two-time defending District 2 Class 3A champion Jamie Scarantino continued his domination of the lightest weight class by advancing to the title match of the 106-pound class yesterday at the D2 Class 3A Wrestling Championships at Hazleton Area High School.
Scarantino (26-5) faced off against Wallenpaupack freshman Chase Gallik (29-4) for the title last night after Dispatch deadlines. Win or lose, Scarantino will advance to next week's PIAA Class 3A Northeast Regional at Bethlehem Freedom High School.
The Pittston Area senior advanced to the title bout with a 6-0 decision over Coughlin's Bob Hawkins on Saturday morning. The top-seeded Scarantino won his quarterfinal bout on Friday night over West Scranton's Stephen Caple in a 10-3 decision.
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Fifth-seeded Angelo Lussi pulled off the first major upset on Saturday morning when he earned a 10-4 decision over top-seeded Pat Ingulli of Wallenpaupack at 145 pounds. Lussi (23-7) denied Ingulli (31-7) an automatic berth to regionals, and in turn picked up an invite to next weekend's event.
A junior, Lussi pinned Coughlin's Dominic Gulius in 4:53 during Friday's first round action before earning a trip to Saturday's semis with a 2-1 decision over fourth-seeded freshman, Cody Cordes (27-8) of Wyoming Valley West.
Lussi grappled with third-seeded Kyle Hankinson (24-2) of Crestwood last night for district gold.
PA Heavyweight Chris Wesolowski (18-10) gave the Patriots three wrestlers in a title bout with his mild upset of second-seeded Dylan Berardelli (24-9) of Abington Heights.
Wesolowski, the third-seed, took a 3-1 decision over the Comets senior in the championship semifinals on Saturday afternoon.
The senior Patriot won his quarterfinal bout on Friday night with a pin of Wallenpaupack's Michael Pajalich in 1:50.
With the semifinal win, Wesolowski earned Pittston Area its third berth in the NE Regionals. He faced undefeated Brad Emerick (35-0) of Coughlin last night for the district title.
Three Patriot wrestlers overcame losses in the championship bracket to qualify for the NE Regionals and a chance at a District 2 bronze medal.
At 120-pounds, Pittston Area's Tyler Lutecki (20-10) advanced to the third-place bout with a 9-4 overtime victory over Berwick's Pete Talanca in the consolation semifinals.
Lutecki began the tournament by pinning Mike Pavlichko (16-15) of Tunkhannock in 3:31 during Friday's quarterfinal bout. But the Patriots sophomore lost a 7-4 decision to second-seeded Tom Hendry (28-5) of West Scranton in Saturday morning's semifinals.
Lutecki was set to face Coughlin's Eddie Ciprich (24-14) in the third-place bout early Saturday evening.
Sam Falcone lost his preliminary match to top-seed Mark Granahan of Scranton but that didn't stop him from winning his next three matches to get to the third-place bout at 160 pounds.
Falcone (13-10) was pinned by Granahan (37-2) top open wrestling on Friday night before earning a 4-0 decision over Coughlin senior Troy Vannucchi. The PA junior then edged Hazleton's Tom Biesadesky in the consolation quarterfinals with a 3-2 decision to set up his consolation semifinal match 4-3 decision over Berwick's Will Masteller (30-9).
Falcone wrestled third-seeded Delaware Valley's Dan Favaro (18-16) for the bronze medal Saturday night.
Pat Nallin became the third Patriot to earn a shot at a bronze medal by way of a forfeit win over Coughlin's John Olson. The senior got to the consolation semis with a 2-0 win in the 182-pound consolation quarterfinals over Tunkhannock's Nate Carrasco.
Nallin (12-17) lost his first bout on, a Friday night championship quarterfinal, against Ethan Wehrmann (27-10) of Wallenpaupack. The two wrestled again for third-place on Saturday evening.
Pittston Area had two more grapplers wrestle back into regional and medal contention only to fall in the consolation semifinals with hopes of earning a fifth-place medal.
Dave DeLeo was knocked into the 113-pound consolation bracket by top-seed Bobby Gray of Crestwood in Friday night's first round. But that did not deter freshman.
DeLeo (7-10) won an 11-0 major decision over Wallenpaupack senior Nick Demchuck (16-19) in a first-round consolation bout then took a 7-5 decision from sixth-seeded Shane Jennings (27-14) Scranton in the consolation quarterfinals.
In the consolation semifinals, DeLeo was pinned by Richie Koslower of Delaware Valley. He was set to take on James Fayocavitz of Abington Heights on Saturday night.
Pittston Area sophomore Kevin Wesolowski (15-13) earned a win in the preliminary round before being ousted by finalist Derrick Sims (22-8) of Valley West in the championship quarterfinals. But the 138-pounder wrestled back through the consolation bracket on Friday and Saturday to get to the consolation semis where he faced top-seeded Aaron Kennedy (31-4) of Honesdale who was upset by Simms in the championship semis.
Wesolowski pinned Liam Caplette of Wallenpaupack in 5:51 to begin the tournament before falling to Simms in a major decision. He then won a 9-0 major decision over Chris Packer of Tunkhannock in the first-round consolation bout.
Wesolowski opened Saturday's wrestling with a 4-2 decision over Crestwood's Jake Geroski to advance to the consolation semifinals but lost a 6-3 decision to James McNally of Scranton to settle for a berth in the fifth-place bout.
Wesolowski faced Anthony Colletta of Delaware Valley, the second-seed in the tournament for the fifth-place medal late Saturday afternoon.
Five Pittston Area wrestlers left the district championships without a victory on Friday night.
Dan Gambini (126), Brad Rush (132), Frank Ardo (152), Troy Platkus (170), and John Minich (195) all went 0-2 in their matches.
Minich and Ardo were the only seeded wrestlers of the five for the Patriots
Minich (15-12) was the fourth-seed in the 195-pound bracket, but lost to fifth-seeded Joe Baress of West Scranton in the championship quarterfinal on Friday night. Minich was then ousted in the first round consolation bout by Joe Quinn of Honesdale.
Ardo (14-13) was seeded seventh in the 152-pound bracket but was pinned by unseeded Tim Russell of Honesdale in his opening bout on Friday night. The PA junior then dropped a 7-3 decision to Hazleton Area's Adam Fredmund who was seeded eighth.