Wyoming Area was fifth through one day of District 2 wrestling

Staff Reports

Wyoming Area came out of the first day of the District 2 Wrestling Championships in fifth place out of 15 teams in Class 2A.

Five Warriors joined Ryan Lombardo from Pittston Area and Ivan Balavage, a Scranton Prep senior from Avoca, in making it through Friday and into the Saturday morning semifinals in their weight classes.

Defending champion Corey Mruk (160), Robin Wrobleski (138), Justin Joseph (182), Jaryn Polit-Moran (195) and Damon Barhight (285) all reached the semifinals for Wyoming Area.

Wrestling was scheduled to continue throughout the day Saturday at the Kingston Armory to determine the three qualifiers in each weight class for the Class 2A Northeast Regional next weekend in Williamsport and the four qualifiers at each weight for the Class 3A Northeast Regional in Bethlehem.

Honesdale had a 96-77 lead on Lake-Lehman heading into Saturday morning’s action. Wyoming Area had 52 points.

Mruk and Wrobleski each won twice. Mruk had a pair of pins. Wrobleski won by pin to reach the district quarterfinals where he edged Blue Ridge’s Nate Barton, 2-0.

Joseph, Polit-Moran and Barhight each had a bye into the quarterfinals, then won their only bout of the day.

Polit-Moran won by pin to advance into a semifinal with defending champion and returning state medalist Balavage, who picked up a pair of first-period pins.

Joseph won by technical fall. Barhight held on for a 1-0 victory over Scranton Prep’s Will McGregor.

Each weight class was trimmed to eight entries Friday. In addition to the four semifinalists alive in title contention, four other wrestlers were in the consolation brackets with a chance to finish between third and eighth.

Alex Pierce went 2-1 with a pin and major decision at 152. Adam Signan had a 28-second pin at 113. Charlie Banashefski had a pin at 145. Kyle Emsley made it through on byes with a loss in his only bout at 106.

Lombardo won his only bout for Pittston Area at 126 pounds when he posted a 15-0 technical fall in 4:17 against Tunkhannock’s Ethan Munley.

Brandon Lopez had a 12-second pin at 112 where he also lost to wound up in the consolation bracket.

Keith Romanczuk (120), C.J. DeMark (138) and Jake Rutkowski (285) each made it to the Saturday with the help of byes.

Rutkowski lost his only bout, 1-0, to second-seeded Shawn Henniger from Dallas.

Pittston Area was last out of 12 teams in the standings.

Warriors, 2 Patriots made it through first day unbeaten

Staff Reports


The District 2 Wrestling Championships concluded after deadline for this edition. For coverage from Saturday’s completion of the tournament, look online at www.timesleader.com/category/sports and see next week’s Sunday Dispatch.

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