First Posted: 2/29/2012
Lackawanna Trail High School athletes Marvess Rosiak and Eric Laytos and Valley View's Mike Galantini won titles Saturday night, Feb. 25, in the District 2 Class AA Wrestling Championships at Lake-Lehman High School.
Laytos, a 2010 state champion, and Galantini each repeated as district champions.
Rosiak squeezed out a 1-0 victory over Western Wayne's Garrett Enslin at 170 pounds.
Laytos posted a 12-4 major decision over Western Wayne's Matt Rosensweet at 220.
Galantini pinned Lackawanna Trail's Ben Lehman in 3:39 in the 285-pound bout to close the night.
Host Lake-Lehman edged rival Dallas, 182.5-181.5, for the team championship.
Lackawanna Trail was fifth with 118 points. Valley View was eighth and Scranton Prep was 13th out of 14 teams.
Blue Ridge's Zach Edwards joined Rosiak, Laytos and Galantini as the only champions from the Lackawanna League.
Lehman, along with any wrestler who finished in the top three in his weight class, qualified for a berth in next weekend's Northeast Regional at Williamsport.
Caleb Darling gave Lackawanna Trail a fourth regional qualifier when he beat Valley View's Troy Uhrin, 5-3, in overtime in the 182-pound consolation final to take third place.
Valley View's Matt Judge (126) and Michael Cipilewski (152), Scranton Prep's Patrick Creedon (120) and Lackawanna Trail's Billy Lee (132) settled for fourth place.
Scranton's Mark Granahan and West Scranton's Tom Hendry captured titles at the District 2 Class AAA Wrestling Championships Saturday night at Hazleton Area High School.
Granahan repeated as champion, posting the only technical fall of the final round when he beat Honesdale's Zach Smith, 16-0, in 3:28 at 160 pounds.
Hendry won the 120-pound title with a 3-0 decision over Delaware Valley's Frank Carozza.
Lackawanna League Division 1 champion Delaware Valley dominated on the way to the highest winning score in Class AAA tournament history.
The Warriors won the title with 239 points, 107 ahead of second-place Wyoming Valley West.
Delaware Valley had finalists in half of the 14 weight classes, winning four titles.
Scranton was eighth, Abington Heights 10th and West Scranton 11th in the 13-team field.
C.J. Palmer of Delaware Valley, who beat Kyle Krasavage of Wyoming Valley West, 9-7, at 126 pounds, was named Outstanding Wrestler.
Delaware Valley's Lou DeLauro was named Coach of the Year.
Paul Fox of West Scranton received the Sportsmanship Award from the Lackawanna Chapter of officials.
Michael Carr of Abington Heights reached the 152-pound final where he lost, 11-6, to Matt Hammerstone of Crestwood to finish third.
Abington Heights head coach Chris Calder thinks with a few tweaks, Carr has to potential to make a run at the state tournament.
"His focus this week is going to be opening up and having a more offensive and relaxed mentality," Calder said. "Instead of sitting on a lead, he has to continue to build the lead by being open and aggressive. He's one of the leaders in the district in wins. Our hopes are for him to be a state qualifier. The more exposure you get guys earlier on, the more relaxed they become."
Carr (36-5) has a bye in the first round of regionals.
The top four in each weight class reached the Northeast Regional next weekend in Bethlehem.
Greg Pascale of Abington Heights (106) and Joe Baress of West Scranton (195) finished third.
"He had an outstanding performance at districts," Calder said. "His goal coming into the year was to be a regional qualifier and that's come true. Whatever he does at regionals is a bonus. He's one of our most improved wrestlers."
Pascale (28-13) will grapple with Northampton's Michael Scheetz (10-8) in the first round of regionals.
Scranton's James McNally (138) and Shane McTiernan (152) and Dylan Berardelli of Abington Heights (285) were fourth.
The second-year coach was critical of Berardelli, but believes he has the talent to advance to states with the right mindset.
"His performance has been OK, a C- at best right now," Calder said. "He's not wrestling to his potential. I know he's ready to break out, you can see it. It's just a matter of confidence. He needs to open up and allow himself to wrestle at a higher level of competition and not hold back."
Berardelli (25-10) will face off against Shikellamy's Dan Karpinski (14-13) in the first round of regionals.
The fifth-place finishers included Nick Senuk of Abington Heights at 126, Niyaz Bakradze of Scranton at 132 and Kameron Van Wert of West Scranton at 285.
Stephen Caple (106) and Jon Kobrynich (152) of West Scranton; James Fayocavitz (113), Matthew Carr (132) and Patrick Kearney (220) of Abington Heights and Dan Stuckart (170) of Scranton finished sixth.