Raider wrestlers 8th at LT Tourney

Blue Ridge’s Lewis Esposito battles with Lackawanna Trail’s Cooper Rosiak in a 138-pound match at the Lackawanna Trail Invitational Tournament on Saturday. PHOTO COURTESY OF ALICE STUFFLE

The Blue Ridge varsity wrestling team traveled to Lackawanna Trail on Friday and Saturday where the Raiders finished eighth overall in a round robin individual tournament.

Zach Edwards placed third in the tournament at 126 pounds forBlue RidgewhileDaltonChurchwas fourth at 132 pounds and Tom Maby took fifth at 145 pounds.

Blue Ridgefinished with 51 points while Wyoming Valley West took home the crown in the nine team tournament with 256 points.

Troyplaced second with 226 points while Coughlin took third with 219 and Souderton was fourth with 213.5.

Western Wayne(66 points) andNanticoke(20 points) did not return for the second day of the tournament because of inclement weather.

Team Standings: 1-Wyoming Valley West (WVW) 256; 2-Troy (TR) 226; 3-Coughlin (COU) 219; 4-Souderton (SOU) 213.5; 5-Lackawanna Trail (LT) 192.5; 6-G.A.R. Memorial (GAR) 128.5; 7-Western Wayne (WW) 66; 8-Blue Ridge (BR) 51; 9-Nanticoke (NAN) 20.

Second Round

120: Ed Ciprich (COU) pinned Sam Phillips (BR), 3:08; 126: Zach Edwards (BR) pinned Levi Bennett (LT), 3:30; 132: Cyle Ercolino (TR) dec. Dalton Church (BR), 7-2; 138: Cooper Rosiak (LT) default Lewis Esposito (BR), 4-0; 160: Jean Prado (SOU) pinned Addison Parsons (BR), 1:20; 285: Ricky Young (SOU) pinned Nick Schell (BR), 1:00

Consolation Third Round

160: Rich Sickler (GAR) dec. Parsons (BR), 9-6; 285: Skylar Drake (TR) by forfeit over Schell (BR)


126:ChadVermilya (TR) dec. Edwards (BR), 2-1; 145: Cody Cordes (WVW) dec. Tom Maby (BR), 2-0;

Consolation Semifinals

120: Travis Roper (WVW) pinned Phillips (BR), 1:58; 126: Edwards (BR) dec. Brandon Butry (COU), 6-0; 132: Church (BR) dec. Billy Lee (LT), 2-0; 138: Nick Bruce (TR) pinned Esposito (BR),1:24; 145: Rashaun Mathis (GAR) forfeit over Maby (BR)

Seventh Place

160: Parsons (BR) by forfeit; 285: Schell (BR) by forfeit.

Fifth Place

145: Maby (BR) by forfeit

120: Pete Hodgson (GAR) won by disqualification over Phillips (BR); 138: Brett Hale (SOU) major dec. Esposito (BR), 8-0

Third Place

126: Edwards (BR) dec. Bobby Jenne (SOU), 3-0; 132: Nathan Cheek (WVW)dec.Church(BR), 6-2