Update, 11:58 a.m.: Today’s finals are expected to begin slightly early than originally planned. The parade of champions will begin at approximately 2:15 p.m., with championship bouts starting at around 2:30 on two mats.
LEHMAN TWP. — The table is set for a potentially historic championship round at the 10th annual Wyoming Valley Conference wrestling tournament today at Lake-Lehman.
Valley West senior David Krokowski coasted to his 126-pound final, one of 14 titles to be decided starting around 2:30 p.m. He could become the first four-time champion in the history of the conference tournament.
He and five other defending WVC champions — Valley West’s J.J. White, Tunkhannock’s Tommy Traver, Hanover Area’s D.J. Erickson, Dallas’ Steven Newell and Hazleton Area’s Shane Noonan — all won by fall or tech fall in their semifinal bouts held this morning.
Some other top seeds weren’t so lucky in their final fours. One No. 1 seed fell in Friday’s opening day. Today, Hazleton Area freshman Bryce Molinaro (160 pounds) pinned Wyoming Area top seed Robin Wrobleski in 2:32, while Valley West senior Dave White (195) took down Wyoming Area top seed Jaryn Polit-Moran, 2-1.
Lake-Lehman’s Josh Bonomo (138) also scored a notable win by default over Coughlin’s Darren Clarke, a defending WVC champ.
However, Hazleton Area has taken a commanding lead in the team standings over Lake-Lehman, 198-151. The Cougars scored a pair of head-to-head victories over the Black Knights in the semifinals, and they lead the tournament with eight finalists and 11 total wrestlers remaining. Lake-Lehman has four finalists and 11 total wrestlers remaining.
Check out the entire list of this evening’s finals matchups, plus this morning’s full semifinal results, below. Follow staff writer Eric Shultz on Twitter at @CVEricShultz for more live updates throughout the rest of the tournament.
Team scores through semifinals
- Hazleton Area (HAZ), 198
- Lake-Lehman (L-L), 151
- Dallas (DAL), 119
- Tunkhannock (TUN), 118.5
- Coughlin (COU), 102
- Valley West (VW), 102
- Nanticoke Area (NA), 81
- Crestwood (CRE), 74
- Hanover Area (HAN), 66.5
- Berwick (BER), 40
- Meyers (MEY), 34
- Wyoming Area (WA), 33
- Pittston Area (PA), 31
106: Owen Woods (TUN) vs. Johnny Corra (HAZ)
113: Cadden Kucek (VW) vs. Cooper Price (COU)
120: J.J. White (VW) vs. Joe Rowley (HAN)
126: David Krokowski (VW) vs. Zach Stuart (L-L)
132: Bob Long (L-L) vs. Christian Kislan (HAZ)
138: Tommy Traver (TUN) vs. Josh Bonomo (L-L)
145: Hunter Burke (L-L) vs. Gavin D’Amato (TUN)
152: D.J. Erickson (HAN) vs. Charles Everdale (HAZ)
160: Bryce Molinaro (HAZ) vs. Liam Stone (CRE)
170: Adam Eckhart (NA) vs. Jake Marnell (HAZ)
182: Steven Newell (DAL) vs. Jayson Brielmeier (HAZ)
195: Dave White (VW) vs. Seth Hunsinger (HAZ)
220: Shane Noonan (HAZ) vs. Taylor Bolesta (DAL).
285: Shawn Henninger (DAL) vs. Shane Repasky (NA)
106: Owen Woods (TUN) pinned Mason Konigus (L-L), 3:49; Johnny Corra (HAZ) dec. Ian Ratchford (VW), 11-4.
113: Cadden Kucek (VW) dec. Justin Benscoter (DAL), 7-2; Cooper Price (COU) pinned Joseph Sauers (NA), 0:44.
120: J.J. White (VW) pinned Beck Hutchison (HAZ), 1:39; Joe Rowley (HAN) pinned Liam Farrell (DAL), 3:40.
126: David Krokowski (VW) pinned Trey Zabroski (CRE), 1:06; Zach Stuart (L-L) dec. Nick Yule (BER), 4-0.
132: Bob Long (L-L) pinned Ethan Munley, 2:36; Christian Kislan (HAZ) dec. Tyler Shaud (HAZ), 12-5.
138: Tommy Traver (TUN) tech fall Connor Wrobleski (WA), 18-2; Josh Bonomo def. Darren Clarke (COU).
145: Hunter Burke (L-L) pinned Jamie Pahler (COU), 3:52; Gavin D’Amato (TUN) major dec. Thad Mead (DAL), 12-2.
152: D.J. Erickson (HAN) pinned Oscar Perla (BER), 3:25; Charles Everdale (HAZ) dec. Jake Trumbower (L-L), 10-4.
160: Bryce Molinaro (HAZ) pinned Robin Wrobleski (WA), 2:32; Liam Stone (CRE) dec. A.J. Gorto (PA), 12-7.
170: Adam Eckhart (NA) pinned Len Kelley (DAL), 2:59; Jake Marnell dec. Nick Zaboski (L-L), 3-1.
182: Steven Newell (DAL) pinned Chandler O’Farrell (CRE), 0:13; Jayson Brielmeier (HAZ) dec. Isaiah Johnson (NA), 5-3.
195: Dave White (VW) dec. Jaryn Polit-Moran (WA) 2-1; Seth Hunsinger (HAZ) dec. J.J. Snyder (BER), 4-2.
220: Shane Noonan (HAZ) pinned Connor Lee (COU), 0:58; Taylor Bolesta (DAL) pinned T.J. Meehan (L-L), 5:37.
285: Shawn Henninger (DAL) pinned Jhamal Zacharias (TUN), 5:24; Shane Repasky (NA) pinned Ethan Hughes (BER), 1:55.