LAKE-LEHMAN — The first rounds of the Wyoming Valley Conference wrestling championships are completed at Lake-Lehman, and the tournament’s semifinals are set and minutes from beginning.
Since the typically two-day tournament was postponed and turned into today’s one-day event, all semifinalists are guaranteed a top-four finish. Semifinal losers, then, will square off in the third-place matches later this afternoon.
There were plenty of pins, and most favorites advanced with ease in the preliminaries and quarterfinals. One notable exception, though, was an upset at 120 pounds: Hazleton Area freshman Christian Kislan (now 6-7) shut out Berwick sophomore and defending District 2 champion Nick Yule, 4-0, for the first victory over a top seed today. Kislan moves intoa semi against Crestwood’s Justin Sterling in a young bracket that features zero juniors and just one senior, Tunkhannock semifinalist David Gavek.
Check out all the WVC’s semifinalists below, and make sure to follow staff writer Eric Shultz on Twitter at @CVEricShultz for more live updates throughout the afternoon.
Teams key: Berwick (Ber), Coughlin (Cou), Crestwood (Cre), Dallas (Dal), Hanover Area (Han), Hazleton Area (Haz), Lake-Lehman (L-L), Meyers (Mey), Nanticoke Area (NA), Pittston Area (PA), Tunkhannock (Tun), Valley West (VW), Wyoming Area (WA).
106: David Evans (Tun) vs. Zach Capie (NA). Cadden Kucek (VW) vs. Nino Cinti (Cou).
113: J.J. White (VW) vs. Trey Zabroski (Cre). Tino Morrow (Cou) vs. Joe Rowley (Han).
120: Christian Kislan (Haz) vs. Justin Sterling (Cre). Darren Clarke (Cou) vs. David Gavek (Tun).
126: Bob Long (L-L) vs. Patrick Clarke (Cou). Jordan Miale (Cre) vs. David Krkowski (VW).
132: Jake Brown (Cou) vs. Garrett Swank (Cre). Charles Everdale (Haz) vs. Gavin D’Amato (Tun).
138: Tommy Traver (Tun) vs. Stephen Martisofski (Haz). Hunter Burke (L-L) vs. Joshua Brown (Cou).
145: D.J. Erickson (Han) vs. Kade Kravits (Dal). Charlie Banashefski (WA) vs. Landon Stanislow (VW).
152: Tashawn Qualls (Cou) vs. Nick Solinsky (Dal). Alex Pierce (WA) vs. Collin Kudrako-Kashatus (NA).
160: Ron Grevera (Cre) vs. Austin DeWald (Ber). Adam Eckhart (NA) vs. Jayson Brielmeier (Haz).
170: Steven Newell (Dal) vs. Jake Marnell (Haz). Colin Browne (Mey) vs. Corey Mruk (WA).
182: Connor Munley (Tun) vs. Jaryn Polit-Moran (WA). Jake Cole (Cou) vs. Ryan Black (Cre).
195: Sam Rice (Tun) vs. Justin Joseph (WA). J.J. Hooper (Han) vs. Shane Noonan (Haz).
220: Shane O’Rourke (Cre) vs. Jake Stephens (Tun). Shane Repasky (NA) vs. Tom Mercadante (Han).
285: Damon Barhight (WA) vs. Corey Harrison (Cou). Kaleb Konigus (L-L) vs. Shawn Henninger (Dal).