Upon Further Review: Marvin Gilpin gave Wyoming Area first Wyoming Valley Conference wrestling title in ‘86


By Nick Wagner - [email protected]



Seton Catholic’s Krystina Durako controls the ball against Old Forge in the playoffs in February 2006.


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Wyoming Area coach Happy Cooper is hoisted after winning the school’s first Wyoming Valley Conference wrestling title in February 1986.


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Regis Academy’s Julie Viercinski scored her 500th career point in February of 1996. From left, John and Marie Viercinski, Maria Viercinski, Julie Viercinski and coach Paul Appel.


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    February 2006

    Seton Catholic’s girls basketball team used a 45-point second half to upend Old Forge, 73-45, in the quarterfinals of the PIAA District 2 Class A championships at Wyoming Area.

    Seton’s Krystina Durako finished with 23 points and 18 rebounds. Aniell Caprari scored 15 points and added 12 rebounds. The Lady Eagles advanced to play the Bishop O’Hara-Forest City winner.

    February 1996

    Regis Academy player Julie Viercinski scored her 500th career points as a member of the girls basketball team. She was the first player in team history to reach the milestone. Julie is the daughter of John and Marie Viercinski, West Wyoming.

    February 1986

    Thanks to Marvin Gilpin’s pin in the heavyweight bout against Coughlin, the Wyoming Area wrestling team finished the season unbeaten and won its first Wyoming Valley Conference championship.

    Had Gilpin lost, the Warriors would have settled for a share of the championship. Gilpin ended up beating Coughlin’s Dave Lapinski with a pin late in the third period.

    Wyoming Area coach Happy Cooper was hoisted in celebration by his wrestlers following the match.

    February 1976

    The Pittston Area boys basketball team fell to Nanticoke, 69-60, in the second-to-last game of the regular season. The Patriots played Wyoming Area to end the season.

    Even though Pittston Area lost, the Patriots still advanced to the district playoffs. Against Nanticoke, Mark Rostkowski scored a game-high 23 points, while Joe Yanchis scored 20. Jim Blaskiewicz scored eight points.

    Seton Catholic’s Krystina Durako controls the ball against Old Forge in the playoffs in February 2006.
    http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_PSDDurako06.jpgSeton Catholic’s Krystina Durako controls the ball against Old Forge in the playoffs in February 2006. Sunday Dispatch File Photo

    Wyoming Area coach Happy Cooper is hoisted after winning the school’s first Wyoming Valley Conference wrestling title in February 1986.
    http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_PSDGIlpin86.jpgWyoming Area coach Happy Cooper is hoisted after winning the school’s first Wyoming Valley Conference wrestling title in February 1986. Sunday Dispatch File Photo

    Regis Academy’s Julie Viercinski scored her 500th career point in February of 1996. From left, John and Marie Viercinski, Maria Viercinski, Julie Viercinski and coach Paul Appel.
    http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_PSDViercinski.jpgRegis Academy’s Julie Viercinski scored her 500th career point in February of 1996. From left, John and Marie Viercinski, Maria Viercinski, Julie Viercinski and coach Paul Appel. Sunday Dispatch File Photo

    By Nick Wagner

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

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