DALLAS TWP. – Pittston Area opened its wrestling season with a loss, but one in which it showed progress.
In their debut under new coach Dave Krantz, the Patriots jumped right into Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 action Wednesday, falling 42-21 to host Dallas, one of last season’s division tri-champions.
Pittston Area lost its ninth straight Division 1 match and its 23rd out of 24 overall, dating back to the 2015-16 season.
The Patriots, however, were much more competitive. A year after losing every divisional match by 30 points or more, they went into overtime of the third bout from the end of the night with mathematical hopes of pulling out a victory.
“I thought everybody wrestled their hearts out; they wrestled with integrity and that’s all they can ask of themselves,” Krantz said.
Brandon Lopez had a 48-second pin at 106 pounds to lead the Patriots.
Ryan Lombardo won a decision at 132, Keith Romanczuk held on for a one-point victory at 120 and C.J. DeMark won the opening bout, 2-0, in overtime at 145.
A.J. Gorto, who is working his way down to 170 pounds, gave up weight, but wrestled tough in a 4-2 loss to Len Kelley.
“He did an outstanding job at 185,” Krantz said. “I’m really impressed.”
Nathan Lombardo won by forfeit at 220. Pittston Area lost three weight classes by forfeit and there was a no contest.
“More important, I like the way they conducted themselves,” Krantz said. “To me, that’s very important. They’re representing their school, themselves and their team and they conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.”
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