Upon Further Review: Damien Kratz’s pin handed Pittston Area last-bout win over Berwick in 2006


By Nick Wagner - [email protected]



Pittston Area’s Tom Biscotti goes up for two points against Wyoming Valley West during a game in February 1996.


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Pittston Area’s Damien Kratz picked up a pin against Berwick’s Josh Snyder to clinch the match in February 2006.


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Pittston Area’s Joe Yanchis lays in two points in front of Wyoming Area’s Tony Cassarella and fellow Patriot Chick McAndrew during a game in February 1976.


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Wyoming Area’s Mark Pocceschi clamps down on his Pittston Area opponent during a wrestling match in February 1986.


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    February 2006

    Pittston Area wrestlers entered the final bout of the match against Berwick trailing 28-27. The rest was up to Pittston Area 145-pounder Damien Kratz.

    Kratz picked up a pin against Berwick’s Josh Snyder to give the Patriots a 33-27 win to keep Pittston Area unbeaten in WVC wrestling. Pittston Area’s Steve Stoss, Gino Ardo and Robbie Robinson each picked up wins against Berwick.

    February 1996

    Pittston Area’s Tom Biscotti and Jason Tribbet combined to score 34 points as the Patriots took down Wyoming Valley West, 62-55 in boys basketball action.

    Biscotti scored a game-high 20 points, while Tribbet added in another 14. Jared Rehill scored nine points, while Matt Dessoye and Dave Kivak combined to score 14 points.

    February 1986

    Wyoming Area earned a 50-12 win over Pittston Area to remain unbeaten in Wyoming Valley Conference wrestling action.

    Picking up pins for Wyoming Area were John Lukash, Mark Pocceschi, Frank Klein and Marvin Gilpin. All four grapplers pinned their opponents in less than three minutes.

    Pittston Area’s Dave Orlosky won by decision, while teammate Dave Herbert picked up the fastest pin of the night in 40 seconds.

    February 1976

    The Pittston Area boys basketball team finished the first half of the Wyoming Valley Conference Division A play with a 6-1 record after taking down Wyoming Area, 71-55. The Patriots finished second to undefeated Nanticoke.

    Pittston Area’s Joe Yanchis led the scoring attack for Pittston Area with 30 points. He was aided by the 21-point effort from center Mark Rostkowski. Chick McAndrew chipped in 10 points in the win.

    Wyoming Area had three players in double figures: Joe Klimchak, Jerry Fedorsha and Dave Witkoski.

    Pittston Area’s Tom Biscotti goes up for two points against Wyoming Valley West during a game in February 1996.
    http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_PSDBiscotti.jpgPittston Area’s Tom Biscotti goes up for two points against Wyoming Valley West during a game in February 1996. Sunday Dispatch File Photo

    Pittston Area’s Damien Kratz picked up a pin against Berwick’s Josh Snyder to clinch the match in February 2006.
    http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_PSDKratz.jpgPittston Area’s Damien Kratz picked up a pin against Berwick’s Josh Snyder to clinch the match in February 2006. Sunday Dispatch File Photo

    Pittston Area’s Joe Yanchis lays in two points in front of Wyoming Area’s Tony Cassarella and fellow Patriot Chick McAndrew during a game in February 1976.
    http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_PSDyanchis.jpgPittston Area’s Joe Yanchis lays in two points in front of Wyoming Area’s Tony Cassarella and fellow Patriot Chick McAndrew during a game in February 1976. Sunday Dispatch File Photo

    Wyoming Area’s Mark Pocceschi clamps down on his Pittston Area opponent during a wrestling match in February 1986.
    http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_PSDWAPAmats.jpgWyoming Area’s Mark Pocceschi clamps down on his Pittston Area opponent during a wrestling match in February 1986. Sunday Dispatch File Photo

    By Nick Wagner

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    Reach Nick Wagner at 570-991-6406 or on Twitter @Dispatch_Nick

    Reach Nick Wagner at 570-991-6406 or on Twitter @Dispatch_Nick

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