Robin Wrobleski gets 7-4 win to lead Warriors to victory

By Tom Robinson - For Sunday Dispatch
Wyoming Area’s Corey Mruk pins Alex Anastasia to win the 160-pound match at Pittston Area High School. - Sean McKeag | Sunday Dispatch
Pittston Area’s AJ Gordo secures a hold on Wyoming Area’s Jaryn Polit-Moran during the 170-pound weight class match at Pittston Area. - Sean McKeag | Sunday Dispatch
Wyoming Area’s Jaryn Polit-Moran tries get up from under the grips of Pittston Area’s AJ Gordo during the 170-pound match at Pittston Area High School. - Sean McKeag | Sunday Dispatch
Pittston Area’s Jake Rutkouski and Wyoming Area’s Damon Barhight face lock up during the 285-pound match at Pittston Area. - - Sean McKeag | Sunday Dispatch
Pittston Area’s Brandon Lopez secures a hold on Wyoming Area’s Kyle Emsley during the 106-pound match at Pittston Area. - - Sean McKeag | Sunday Dispatch
Wyoming Area’s Robin Wrobelski grabs the legs of Pittston Area’s Cj Demark during the 138-pound match at Pittston Area. - - Sean McKeag | Sunday Dispatch
Wyoming Area’s Robin Wrobelski tries to work himself up from the hold of Pittston Area’s Cj Demark at Pittston Area High School. - - Sean McKeag | Sunday Dispatch
Pittston Area’s Preston Olecki looks up to keep from getting pinned by Wyoming Area’s Charlie Banashefski during the 145-pound match at Pittston Area High School. - - Sean McKeag | Sunday Dispatch
Pittston Area’s Ryan Lombardo tries to pin Wyoming Area’s Sydni Johnson during the 132-pound match at Pittston Area High School. - - Sean McKeag | Sunday Dispatch

YATESVILLE – Robin Wrobleski and C.J. DeMark know each other well as they are workout partners at Mat Assassins Wrestling Club in Avoca.

Friday night, they took that familiarity to the mat under the spotlight of the late stages of a Wyoming Area/Pittston Area match.

Wrobleski managed a 7-4 win at 138 pounds in the most competitive bout of the night to lead the Warriors to a come-from-behind, 39-28 victory over the rival Patriots in a non-league match to wrap up the regular season.

“They know each other so well that it made for a very close match,” Wyoming Area coach Jason Prokopchak said.

Pittston Area led, 28-24, before Wrobleski and Charlie Banashefski put together the consecutive wins that combined with a match-closing forfeit to give the Warriors the victory.

The familiarity did not do much to change the approach for Wrobleski.

The junior is the team leader in wins with a 24-9 record. DeMark, a freshman, is second in wins on the Patriots team at 16-14.

“We knew where (Robin’s) strengths are and where his weaknesses are,” Prokopchak said. “It was very similar to his game plan with other opponents.”

After a scoreless first period, Wrobleski went ahead 7-1 in the second period. He held on from there, avoiding his back after DeMark scored an escape and takedown in the third period.

“Robin’s been doing excellent,” Prokopchak said of Wrobeleski, who finished fifth in District 2 as a freshman, but got hurt right before districts last season when he was 17-10.

Wrobleski’s win brought the Warriors within a point.

With the forfeit coming, Banashefski needed only to avoid losing by fall in his bout at 145 pounds. He did better than that, pinning Preston Olecki with 19 seconds left in the first period to clinch the team victory for Wyoming Area (9-6).

Pittston Area fell to 4-16.

Cory Mruk got Wyoming Area off to a good start by pinning Alex Anastasia in 1:51 at 160 pounds.

Pittston Area’s A.J. Gordo posted an 11-0 major decision over Jaryn Polit-Moran at 170.

After a no contest and a Wyoming Area forfeit win, Damon Barhight gave the Warriors an 18-4 advantage by pinning Jake Rutkowski in 1:50 at 285 pounds.

Before and after three straight weight classes resulted in forfeits, Brandon Lopez (106) and Ryan Lombardo (132) had pins for Pittston Area, creating the 28-24 lead.

Lopez defeated Kyle Emsley in 1:47. Lombardo beat Sydni Johnson in 2:17.

“They wrestled a very tough match with the small numbers that they have tonight,” Prokopchak said.

The rivalry match helped get each team ready for the individual competition, which is all that remains to the wrestling season.

“The same as last year, at this point in getting everybody ready to go and getting everybody moving in a positive direction with the district tournament coming up next Friday and Saturday,” Prokopchak said.

Wyoming Area’s Corey Mruk pins Alex Anastasia to win the 160-pound match at Pittston Area High School.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/web1_PSD021818Wrestling1.jpgWyoming Area’s Corey Mruk pins Alex Anastasia to win the 160-pound match at Pittston Area High School. Sean McKeag | Sunday Dispatch

Pittston Area’s AJ Gordo secures a hold on Wyoming Area’s Jaryn Polit-Moran during the 170-pound weight class match at Pittston Area.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/web1_PSD021818Wrestling2.jpgPittston Area’s AJ Gordo secures a hold on Wyoming Area’s Jaryn Polit-Moran during the 170-pound weight class match at Pittston Area. Sean McKeag | Sunday Dispatch

Wyoming Area’s Jaryn Polit-Moran tries get up from under the grips of Pittston Area’s AJ Gordo during the 170-pound match at Pittston Area High School.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/web1_PSD021818Wrestling3.jpgWyoming Area’s Jaryn Polit-Moran tries get up from under the grips of Pittston Area’s AJ Gordo during the 170-pound match at Pittston Area High School. Sean McKeag | Sunday Dispatch

Pittston Area’s Jake Rutkouski and Wyoming Area’s Damon Barhight face lock up during the 285-pound match at Pittston Area.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/web1_PSD021818Wrestling4.jpgPittston Area’s Jake Rutkouski and Wyoming Area’s Damon Barhight face lock up during the 285-pound match at Pittston Area. Sean McKeag | Sunday Dispatch

Pittston Area’s Brandon Lopez secures a hold on Wyoming Area’s Kyle Emsley during the 106-pound match at Pittston Area.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/web1_PSD021818Wrestling5.jpgPittston Area’s Brandon Lopez secures a hold on Wyoming Area’s Kyle Emsley during the 106-pound match at Pittston Area. Sean McKeag | Sunday Dispatch

Wyoming Area’s Robin Wrobelski grabs the legs of Pittston Area’s Cj Demark during the 138-pound match at Pittston Area.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/web1_PSD021818Wrestling7.jpgWyoming Area’s Robin Wrobelski grabs the legs of Pittston Area’s Cj Demark during the 138-pound match at Pittston Area. Sean McKeag | Sunday Dispatch

Wyoming Area’s Robin Wrobelski tries to work himself up from the hold of Pittston Area’s Cj Demark at Pittston Area High School.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/web1_PSD021818Wrestling8.jpgWyoming Area’s Robin Wrobelski tries to work himself up from the hold of Pittston Area’s Cj Demark at Pittston Area High School. Sean McKeag | Sunday Dispatch

Pittston Area’s Preston Olecki looks up to keep from getting pinned by Wyoming Area’s Charlie Banashefski during the 145-pound match at Pittston Area High School.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/web1_PSD021818Wrestling9.jpgPittston Area’s Preston Olecki looks up to keep from getting pinned by Wyoming Area’s Charlie Banashefski during the 145-pound match at Pittston Area High School. Sean McKeag | Sunday Dispatch

Pittston Area’s Ryan Lombardo tries to pin Wyoming Area’s Sydni Johnson during the 132-pound match at Pittston Area High School.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/web1_PSD021818Wrestling6.jpgPittston Area’s Ryan Lombardo tries to pin Wyoming Area’s Sydni Johnson during the 132-pound match at Pittston Area High School. Sean McKeag | Sunday Dispatch

By Tom Robinson

For Sunday Dispatch

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