Edwards crowned D2 champ

Blue Ridge’s Zach Edwards (120) clamps down on Meyers’ Justin Elick en route to a 5-4 decision win in the Class AA finals at Lake-Lehman on Saturday. PHOTO COURTESY OF ALICE STUFFLE

Blue Ridge wrestler Zach Edwards took home a gold medal at 120 pounds on Saturday from the District II Class AA championships atLake-LehmanHigh School.

Edwards, a sophomore, defeated Meyers’ Justin Elick by a 5-4 decision to punch his ticket to regionals next weekend.

“I needed to get my strong spot on top, and I thought if I could do that I’d have a better shot at winning the match,” Edwards said. ‘Being here again was great, and it was even better coming out on top this time.”

Edwards’ teammate Tom Maby also qualified for regionals by placing third at 138 pounds with a win overHanover’s Dominic Vitale.

The Raiders tied for 11th out of 14 teams withElkLakewith 53 team points.

In addition to the Raider wrestlers,ElkLake’s Derrick Smith also qualified for the regional tournament at 145 pounds with a victory over Wyoming Area’s Ryan Filipiak in the third place match.

Montrose Area came in last with 10.5 points and missed out on qualifying any wrestlers for regionals.

The regional tournament will be held on Friday and Saturday atWilliamsportAreaHigh School.

Edwards (29-4) is a top seed and will take on Clint Vermilya (34-6) ofTroyHigh School, while Maby (17-8) will face Zack Green (33-2) ofNortheast Bradford.

ElkLake’s Smith (22-6) will face Adam Kritzer ofLineMountainin the first round.

Team Standings: 1-Lake-Lehman (LL) 182.5; 2-Dallas (DAL) 181.5; 3-Elmer L. Meyers (MEY) 162.5; 4-Western Wayne (WW) 159; 5-Lackawanna Trail (LT) 118; 6-Wyoming Area (WY) 79; 7-Hanover Area (HAN) 78; 8-Valley View (VV) 77; 9-Greater Nanticoke (NAN) 68; 10 G.A.R. Memorial (GAR) 56; 11-Blue Ridge (BR) 53; 11-Elk Lake (EL) 53; 13-Scranton Prep (SP) 29; 14-Montrose (MON) 10.5.

Championship First Round

113: Aaron Grochowski (MON) tech. fall Tom Jasinski (LT), 16-0, 2:21; 120: Zach Edwards (BR) pinned Josh Benscoter (NAN), :51; 126: Austin Harry (LL) pinned Gary Parks (MON), 3:09; Jordan Visneski (DAL) pinned Troy Maby (BR), :41; 132: Morgan Fuller (WW) major dec. Lewis Esposito (BR), 12-1; 152: TJ Cistrunk (MEY) tech. fall Addison Parsons (BR), 19-3, 4:35; 195: Nick Moore (MON) pinned Curt Barbacci (LL), 3:30.

Championship Quarterfinals

113: Jimmy Stuart (LL) pinned Grochowski (MON), 3:42; 120: Ewards (BR) dec. Shane Elick (HAN), 5-0; Blaise Cleveland (EL) pinned Eric Young (DAL), 3:31; 138: Zach Macosky (DAL) pinned Dan Daly (EL), :40; Tom Maby (BR) maj. dec. Griffith Walters (SP), 12-0; 145: Derrick Smith (EL) dec. Ryan Filipiak (WY), 2-1; 170: Marvess Rosiak (LT)_ dec. Isaiah Ofalt (EL), 5-2; 195: N. Moore (MON) dec. Jon Haines (BR), 4-3; 220: Matt Rosensweet (WW) pinned Clark Fuller (EL), 1:21.

Consolation First Round

113: Grochowski (MON) maj. dec. Mark O’Malley (WA), 11-0; 126: Parks (MON) pinned Devin Reese (GAR), :47; Tr. Maby (BR) pinned Bennett (LT), 2:01; 132: Steven Mingy (DAL) pinned Esposito (BR), 2:45; 138: Daly (EL) pinned Anthony Edwards (NAN), 4:45; 152: Nick Mazzone (WY) dec. Parsons (BR), 3-1 OT; 195: Haines (BR) pinned Joe Amendola (SP), 3:04.

Consolation Second Round

113: Grochowski (MON) dec. Nick Chesko (VV), 4-0; 126: Steven Barush (WY) dec. Parks (MON), 2-0; Tr. Maby (BR) pinned Jacob Dickinson (SP), 2:49; 138: Daly (EL) dec. Griffith Walers (SP), 10-5; 170: Ofalt (EL) pinned Eric Carty (MEY), 4:48; 195: Haines (BR) pinned Kenneth Reese (GAR), 2:10.

Championship Semifinals

120: Edwards (BR) pinned Cleveland (EL), 1:52; 138: Zach Macosky (DAL) dec. To. Maby (BR), 3-2, 3OT; 145: Manny Mirailh (WW) dec. Smith (EL), 5-4; 195: Pedro Bracero (NAN) pinnedMoore(MON), 5-11.

Consolation Semifinals

113: Aaron Klimovitch (DAL) dec. Grochowski (MON), 3-1; 120: Pat Creedon (SP) pinned Cleveland (EL), 3:22; 126: Kashif Alston (MEY) pinned Tr. Maby (BR), 2:47; 138: Dominic Vitale (HAN) pinned Daly (EL), :32; To. Maby (BR) pinned C. Rosiak (LT), 1:28; 145: Smith (EL) pinned Josh Winters (LL), 3:48; 170: Jamaar Taylor (GAR) dec. Ofalt (EL), 7-2; 195: Ryan Monk (DAL) pinned Haines (BR), 4:43; Curt Barbacci (LL) pinned Moore (MON), 4:48; 220: Dillon Ropietski (HAN) pinned Fuller (EL), :33.

Fifth Place

113: Grochowski (MON) dec. Joe Brady (NAN), 9-6; 120: Cleveland (EL) pinned Eric Young (DAL), 4:27; 126: Steve Barush (WY) dec. Tr. Maby, 8-4; 138: Daly (EL) maj. dec. C Rosiak (LT), 16-7; 170: Derek Dragon (LL) pinned Ofalt (EL), 4:43; 195: Haines (BR) pinned Moore (MON), :51.

Third Place

138: To. Maby (BR) dec. Dominic Vitale (HAN), 3-2; 145: Smith (EL) pinned Ryan Filipiak (WY),4:18.

Championship Finals

120: Edwards (BR) dec. Justin Elick (MEY), 5-4.