TUNKHANNOCK — Wyoming Area’s wrestling team is in a bit of youth movement this season, but that didn’t stop the team from a respectable 12th-place finish out of 26 teams at the 38th annual Tunkhannock Kiwanis Wrestling Tournament last week.
The Warriors got a strong performance from 182-pound junior Adam Buczynski, who overcame odds as the bracket’s No. 2 seed to walk away as tournament champion.
The junior pulled out a 7-6 victory over Honesdale’s Alec Dragos in which he held off a late comeback bid by Dragos for his first tournament title. Buczynski had a 5-1 lead entering the third period, but showing signs of fatigue, Dragos made a comeback, eventually tying the score at 6-6 before Buczynski took a 7-6 lead with about 30 seconds remaining after being let up. The Warrior then fended off several takedown attempts to hang on for the win.
Heading into the Wyoming Valley Conference Tournament this coming weekend, Buczynski sees this as a confidence-builder.
“It tells me what I need to work on,” he said. “It gives me quite a bit of confidence.”
As a team, the Warriors had four other medalists with Zach Briggs taking third at 160, Justin Joseph finishing fourth at 195, Kendrick Beyer sixth at 138 and Pat Heck seventh at 132.
“Overall, I think we’re making strides in the right direction,” coach Steve Mytych Sr. said. “We’re young so they’re learning. They’re getting beat up a little bit, but they’re learning.”
Conestoga Valley Tournament
Pittston Area entered wrestlers in less than half the weight classes and finished last in the 23-team field at the highly competitive Conestoga Valley Classic Tuesday and Wednesday.
With a young, inexperienced lineup, Patriots coach James Woodall took advantage of many wrestlers’ eligibility to enter the junior varsity tournament at Conestoga Valley.
None of the six Patriots in the varsity event was able to produce a .500 or winning record.
Jason DeBoard, at 160, and Hunter Booth, at 170, did use 2-3 records to produce eighth-place finishes in their weight classes. Each won his first bout and two of his first three to advance far enough in the brackets to place before dropping his final two bouts.
Both Pittston Area and Wyoming Area will be back in tournament action Friday and Saturday, Jan. 8-9 in the Wyoming Valley Conference Tournament at Lake-Lehman.
Prior to that, the Patriots have two matches, including their second Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 match.
Pittston Area is home Tuesday against Wyoming Seminary and Wednesday in a division match with Coughlin. The Patriots enter the week 1-0 in the division and 2-0 overall.
Reach Dave Rosengrant at 570-991-6398 or on Twitter @tldrosengrant. Reach Tom Robinson at 570-655-1418 or by email at [email protected]