Locals compete at Kiwanis
BY ROBERT L. BAKER
and KEVIN WOODRUFF
Seven Susquehanna County athletes medaled at the 35th Tunkhannock Kiwanis Wrestling Tournament this past weekend.
Best local finish was a 4th place by Nick Moore of Montrose, who led the Meteors to a 15th place team finish.
Moore won his first two matches at 220 pounds Friday, but lost in the championship semifinals to Zachary Faust of GAR who pinned him in 2:49. Moore than wrestled back to a 4-0 decision over Philip Hettes of lake-Lehman, but lost in the battle for third by a 4-1 decision to Myles Robbins of Scranton.
Meteor teammate John Shaffer Jr. went 2-1 the first day, then on Saturday lost an 8-5 decision to Jacob Rowe of Valley View. In the battle for seventh, Justin Barber of Lackawanna Trail pinned him in 3:08.
The best finish by Blue Ridge was a sixth place by Zack Edwards at 138 pounds, leading Blue Ridge to a 16th place finish.
Edwards beat Montrose’s Gary Parks and Tunkhannock’s Chris Packer on Friday to advance to the championship semifinals. There on Saturday, he lost to Western Wayne’s Morgan Fuller. In the consolation semifinals, he lost to Chris Lovallo by an 8-3 decision, and then lost in a battle for fifth getting pinned in 3:34 by Lake-Lehman’s Josh Sayre.
Blue Ridge teammates Aaron Cook at 106 and Troy Maby at 126 took seventh, while David Austin at 113 took eighth.
The best finish by Elk Lake was a fifth place finish by Isaiah Ofalt at 182 pounds, who led the Warriors to an 18th place finish.
Ofalt won his only meet on Friday but lost in the championship semifinals Saturday in a 9-7 decision to Lake-Lehman’s Brady Butler. Ofalt then wrestled back with a 7-5 decision loss to Scranton’s Andrew Burgette, and then in the battle for fifth he beat Coughlin’s Adam Giovanelli.
1. Pocono Mountain East (PME) 206; 2. Wyalusing (WYAL) 191.5; 3. Scranton (SCR) 153; 3. Western Wayne (WW) 153; 5. Coughlin (COU) 144.5; 6. Tunkhannock (T) 128; 7. Lake-Lehman (LL) 122.5; 8. North Penn (NP) 102.5; 9. Valley View (VV) 88.5; 10. GAR Memorial (GAR) 79.5; 11. Wyoming Area (WA) 71; 12. Wyoming Seminary (WS) 53; 13. Lackawanna Trail (LT) 36; 14. Northeast Bradford (NEB) 34.5; 15. Montrose (MON) 34; 16. Blue Ridge (BR) 27; 17. Greater Nanticoke (NAN) 20; 18. Elk Lake (EL) 17; 19. Scranton Prep (SP) 12; 20. Mahanoy Area (MAH) 6; 21. Mt. Carmel (MC) 0; 21. Strasburg (STR) 0; 21. Warren County (WC) 0.
Championship First Round
138: Gary Park (MON) pinned Jerry Ryan (COU), :34, Josh Pitcher (EL) pinned Brandon Donelson (MAH), 4:47.
Championship Second Round
113: Brett Toth (WW) dec. David Austin (BR), 12-6; 120: Dalton Hogle (BR) pinned Marod Dobrzyn (WW), 3:59, Bill Manley (T) maj. dec. Brandon Swift (MON), 13-0; 126: Troy Maby (BR) maj. dec. Jacob Hayes (MON), 12-2; 132: Eddie Ciprich (COU) pinned David Gardner (MON), 1:15; Mike Manley (T) pinned Ed Gorick (BR), 2:32; 138: Zach Edwards (BR) dec. G. Parks (MON), 7-0, James Palys (PME) pinned Pitcher (EL), :10; 145: Patrick Parks (MON) dec. Anthony Edwards (NAN), 10-8; 152: Beau Fuller (WW) pinned McCade Calloway (MON), 1:06; 160: Jake Minturn (WYAL) dec. Louis Esposito (BR), 7-5; 195: Jalel Monroe (COU) pinned Chad Swift (MON), 3:45; 220: Nick Moore (MON) pinned Tyler Phipps (NP), :35, Myles Robbins (SCR) pinned Ryan Rogers (BR), 1:53; 285: Jacob Rowe (VV) pinned Evan Aldrich (BR), 3:01, John Shaffer (MON) pinned Brandon Kulick (SCR), 5:22.
Championship Quarterfinals Round
106: Elliot Hammersley (TA) pinned Aaron Cook (BR), :28; 113: Dan Ferrara (PME) dec. Hogle (BR), 6-1; 126: Andy Schutz (WA) pinned Maby (BR), 1:24; 138: Edwards (BR) dec. Chris Packer (T), 10-4; 145: Josh Winters (LL) pinned P. Parks, 1:43; 182: Isaiah Ofalt (EL) pinned Jude Polit-Moran (WA), :34; 220: Moore (MON) dec. Myles Robbins (SCR), 4-2; 285: Dalton Chilson (WYAL) pinned Shaffer (MON), 1:28.
Consolation First Round
138: G. Parks (MON) dec. Joey O’Day (GAR), 2-1.
Consolation Second Round
132: Cory Frank (WW) pinned Gardner (MON), 1:39; 138: Kyle Gavrish (NAN) pinned Pitcher (EL), 1:55, Colin Toggas (WS) dec. G. Parks, 7-0; 152: Rosiak (LT) pinned McCade Calloway (MON), :31; 160: Esposito (BR) dec. Frank Swaha (VV), 3-2; 220: Tyler Phipps (NP) pinned Rogers (BR), 1:30.
Consolation Third Round
113: Austin (BR) dec. Mike Casey (WS), 7-5; Jake Myers (NP) pinned Hogle (BR), :47; 120: Dylan Catapane (VV) pinned Swift (MON), 4:08; 126: Maby (BR) pinned Chairge (SP), 1:54, Dakota Quick (T) pinned Hayes (MON), :59; 132: Brad Pequignot (NP) pinned Gorick (BR), :43; 145: Lucas Groover (NP) pinned P. Parks (MON), 2:50; 160: Jeremy Greenley (LT) pinned Esposito (BR), :35; 195: Michael Wiercinski (SP) pinned Swift (MON), :36; 285: Eian John (PME) pinned Aldrich (BR), 2:16; 285: Shaffer (MON) pinned Stefan Lawson (T), 2:15.
Consolation Fourth Round
106: Nick Yankoski (WYAL) pinned Aaron Cook (BR) in :51. 113: John Tomasura (LL) pinned Austin (BR) in 4:22. 126: Andy Nicosia (PME) won an 8-2 decision over Maby (BR).
138: Morgan Fuller (WW) took a 3-0 dec. over Edwards (BR). 182: Brady Butler (LL), took a 9-7 dec. over Ofalt (EL). 220: Zachary Faust (GAR) pinned Nick Moore (MA) in 2:49.
182: Andrew Burgette (SCR), 7-5 dec. over Ofalt (EL). 220: Moore (MA) took a 4-0 decision over Philip Hettes (LL).
113: Brett Toth (WW) won with a forfeit over David Austin. (BR). 126: Maby (BR), won a 9-4 dec. over Dakota Quick (T). 285: Barber (LT) pinned John Shaffer (MON) in 3:08.
182: Ofalt (EL) pinned Adam Giovanelli (COU) in 0:26.
220: Myles Robbins (SCR) took a 4-1 dec. over Moore (MA).