Towanda finishes 3-2 on the day
TOWANDA - The Black Knights took fifth at the Dandy Duals II on Saturday, the same as they did last month.
However, Towanda coach Bill Sexton felt they wrestled better this time around.
"We ended up in the same place, fifth," Sexton said. "But how we got to fifth place this time was far more competitive than how we got their last time. Overall, I'm pleased with the day. We lost two tough matches early to Montoursville and West Scranton. I think either one of them could have gone either way but they didn't. I think it's a real good learning experience. Our kids wrestled tough, we just didn't get enough points."
They would rally, winning their final three matches to finish 3-2.
"We ended on a high note," Sexton remarked.
In pool play, the Knights went 1-2 with close losses to Mountoursville (36-34) and West Scranton (30-28) before beating Ridgway (53-12).
Against Montoursville, Kyle Blascak (113) scored a forfeit while Steven Yates (132), Breycin Fulmer (138) and Justin Sheets (145) added falls.
Nick Secules (120) had a major decision while Dayton Wickwire (152) and Justin Hunsinger (160) scored decisions.
In the loss to West Scranton, Manning (195) and Blascak (113) scored falls while Wickwire (152) added a major decision.
Secules (120), Vargason (126), Sheets (145) and Hunsinger (160) added decisions.
In the win over Ridgway, Talon Curry (285), Jared Lines (106), Blascak (113) and Yates (132) scored forfeits while Logan Terry (220) added a fall.
Secules (120) and Wickwire (152) had major decisions while Vargason (126) and Hunsinger (170) scored decisions.
In the cross-over round, Towanda easily beat Bloomsburg (52-16) and LaSalle (57-21).
Against the Panthers, Lines (106), Vargason (126) and Yates (132) scored falls while Blascak (113), Manning (195) and Terry (220) earned forfeits.
Secules (120) scored a 16-7 major decision while Curry (285) and Kalob Benjamin (160) added decisions. Cole Sexton (170) scored an injury default win.
In their final match of the day, Lines (106), Terry (220) and Curry (285) scored forfeits while Blascak (113), Yates (132), Sheets (145), Sexton (170) and Manning (195) scored falls.
Vargason (126) had a 5-1 decision while Hunsinger (160) scored an injury default win.
Port Allegany defeated Montoursville 43-19 in the final to win the title and finish 5-0.
Montoursville was second at 4-1, West Scranton third at 3-2, Honesdale fourth at 2-3, Towanda in fifth at 3-2, LaSalle in sixth at 2-3, Ridgway seventh at 1-4 and Bloomsburg eighth at 0-5.
Honesdale's Zack Smith at 170 pounds was the outstanding wrestler with a 5-0 record on the day.
Now the Knights will focus on the heart of their NTL schedule.
"Hopefully we can keep it going and build some momentum," Sexton said. "See what we can do the rest of the year."
Towanda will travel to Sayre on Monday.
Wyalusing took ninth at the Zephyr Duals, going 3-1 on the day.
They lost their opening match to Quakertown 41-39 then won their next three. They beat William Allen 57-22, Souderton 35-30 and Whitehall 45-25.
Against Quakertown Dylan Otis (220) scored a forfeit while Dalton Chilson (285), Brandon Kelley (126), Tyler Fenton (160) and Justin Griffith (170) all earned falls.
Justin Haley (132) scored a technical fall while Collin Edsell scored a major decision.
In their win over William Allen, Tracey Brown (113), Kelley (126) and Otis (220) scored forfeits while Edsell (120), Haley (132), Dave Brown (138), Fenton (152), Griffith (170) and Dalton Manning (182) earned falls. At 285 Chilson pulled out a 3-1 decision.
Against Souderton Jake Minturn (152) scored a forfeit while Edsell (126), Brown (145) and Otis (220) scored falls. Fenton (160) and Griffith (170) had back to back major decisions while Kelley (132) added a 7-3 decision.
In their final win of the night against Whitehall, Ryan Force (145) and Minturn (152) scored forfeits while Brown (138), Griffith (170), Otis (220) and Chilson (285) scored falls.
Edsell (120), Kelley (126) and Haley (132) added decisions.
Troy 66, Sugar Valley Rural Charter School 6
It was a short night for the Trojans as they won four of the five bouts on the mat to pick up a non-league win in wrestling action Saturday.
At 145, Troy's Trey Murray scored a fall over Sugar Valley's Toby Stover in 1:51 while at 160 Trojan Ross Sherman earned a 9-4 decision over Sugar Valley's Jacob Snook 9-4.
Troy's Landis Zimmerman pinned Sugar Valley's James Boone (170) in 2:13 at 170 and Troy's Skyler Drake scored a 3-2 decision over Sugar Valley's Hunter Raudabaugh at 220.
Sugar Valley's only win came at 285 as Blaise Collins pinned Troy's Josh McClelland in 2:19.
Ethan Calkins (113), Colin Binford (120), Jared Spalding (126), Nick Bruce (138), Nick Stephani (152), Cody Ercolino (182), Briar Jenkins (195) and Hunter Cohick (106) all scored forfeits for the Trojans.
The Trojans will host Canton next Thursday.