Towanda comes in second at Dandy Duals II
TOWANDA - It was a day that started well for Towanda but ended in disappointment as they fell to West Scranton in final to finish second.
"It was an interesting day with the lack of practice all week," Towanda coach Bill Sexton said. "I thought our kids wrestled hard, obviously I don't think any here was as sharp as they should have been with the weather. It's disappointing to lose in the finals but we got out wrestled by West Scranto in the finals. These things happen."
The Knights cruised to a 3-0 pool play record before beating Montoursville in the semi-finals.
Then in the finals the Knights fell to the Invaders 45-28.
Leading off the match at 120 pounds Towanda's Nick Secules worked his way to a 14-5 major decision over Ramon Alvario thanks to a last second takedown. West Scranton fought back at 126 as Barley Novak scored an 11-5 decision over Knight Clay Mosier.
At 132 Towanda's Terrick Vargason made it 10-3 with a fall over Tyler Baress in 5:16. West Scranton held serve at 145 as Angel Ortiz pinned Knight D.J. Knolles in 3:07.
At 145 Towanda's Steven Yates put the Black Knights up 16-9 with a fall over Tim August in 3:57.
At 152 Invader Dan Mitchell pinned Towanda's Justin Sheets in 1:28 to cut it to 16-15.
Then at 160 the Knights got a six point boost as West Scranton's wrestler was disqualified for not weighing in at the correct weight. At 170 West's Kyle Kraptavich pinned Towanda's Breycin Fulmer in 1:04 to keep it a one point match.
The Knights inched forward at 182 as Dalton Claupein scored a 9-5 decision over West's Patrick Cooper, then Dakoatah Manning scored a 9-3 decision ovaer Invader Jack Harrity to make it a 28-21 lead.
It was all West Scranton from there, beginning at 220 as Jason Manning pinned Jeremy Sheets in 3:12 followed by Kameron Van Wert scoring a fall over Garrett Pratt in 2:29 at 285 to put West up 33-28.
At 106 Invader Stephen Caple sealed the win with a fall over Nate Secules in 3:39. The Knights forfeited the final match to make it a 45-29 final.
Along with winning the tournament the Invaders had the most outstanding wrestler in Van Wert.
At the start of the day things looked up for the Knights as they beat NTL foe North Penn 54-10 to stay unbeaten in league play.
"That's a match we had to win to start things out," Sexton said. "Our first goal today to win that match and stay unbeaten in the NTL then move into the bulk of our schedule in the NTL in the coming weeks. It's a good win."
The Knights won the first seven matches as Jeremy Sheets (220), Nate Secules (106) and Jared Lines (113) scored falls while Pratt (285) earned a forfeit.
At 120 Nick Secules scored a high scoring 17-11 decision over North Penn's Sean Giles while at 126 Mosier edged out Panther Kyle Wood 11-9.
At 132 Vargason beat Sean Kshir 10-5 to put Towanda up 33-0.
At 138 North Penn's Charlie Andrews scored an 11-3 major decision over Knolles to get the Panthers on the board.
Then at 145 Yates edged out North Penn's Bard Pequignot 9-7 followed by Justin Sheets scoring a 14-6 win over Devin Remley at 152.
At 160 Knight Dayton Wickwire earned an 11-1 major over C.J. Sargent to make it 44-4.
The Panthers would get a fall at 170 as Harvey Wood pinned Fulmer in 1:10 to make it 44-10.
The Knights won the final two matches as Claupein (182) scored a forfeit and Manning earned an 11-3 major over Zach Kriner at 195.
The Panthers went 0-3 in pool play on the day but finished out 2-3 as they beat LaSalle and Port Allegany in cross play action.
The Knights then beat Honesdale 51-15.
Jeremy Sheets (220), Manning (195) and Wickwire (160) scored falls with Pratt earning a forfeit.
Nate Secules (106) won 13-0, Nick Secules (120) won by technical fall 25-9 in 5:47, Vargason (132) won 10-4, Justin Sheets (152) won 6-1 and Kalob Benjamin (182) won 3-0.
Then in their final pool play match the Knights beat Montgomery 42-23.
Justin Sheets (152), Wickwire (160) and Fulmer (170) and Pratt (285) scored falls while Jeremy Sheets (220) earned a forfeit. Nate Secules (106) won 13-8, Nick Secules (120) won 9-4, Knolles (138) won 6-4 and Yates (145) won 12-7.
Then in the semi-final the Knights beat Montoursville 36-24.
Towanda jumped out to a 15-0 lead and led by as much as 33-3.
Lines (113) and Brian Westerbrook (120) scored forfeits while Knolles (138) earned a fall.
Nick Secules (126) earned a 5-3 win, Yates (145) won 10-0, Justin Sheets (152) won by technical fall 24-6 in 5:55, Wickwire (160) won 5-2 and Manning (195) won 5-2.
Despite the set back at the end Sexton is confident with his team going into the heart of their NTL schedule.
"I'm pleased overall with the way were going," he said.
They also have yet to finalize their line-up.
"We still have kids out of the line-up," Sexton said. "We'll hopefully get better and work harder as time goes on. This isn't a bad start, disappointed as I said in the loss but we wrestled well in the other ones. Under the circumstances I'm not too displeased."