Host Of D2 Teams Meeting Up In Tunkhannock
Roughly half of District 2 wrestling is about to get a look at each other just before the district duals race heats up.
Much of those teams’ top wrestlers will be hoping to end the first month of the season on a better note than last year.
Following a 2017 tournament filled with runner-up finishes, 14 of the district’s 27 teams are again taking part in the 41st annual Tunkhannock Holiday Wrestling Tournament. It’s set to kick off at 10 a.m. today and end Saturday evening, when a few key D2 wrestlers could avenge close calls from a year ago.
The Wyoming Valley Conference will be represented by six schools at the 26-team event: Coughlin, Hanover Area, Nanticoke Area, Pittston Area, host Tunkhannock and Wyoming Area.
The Lackawanna League will have eight teams in attendance: Abington Heights, Blue Ridge, Elk Lake, Montrose, Scranton Prep, Valley View, West Scranton and Western Wayne.
Among them in 2017, four wrestlers — Montrose’s Joe Hester (126 pounds), West Scranton’s Jeremy Seymour (182), Tunkhannock’s Sam Rice (195) and Western Wayne’s Cole Fuller (220) — won tournament championships. Hester and Seymour are now seniors. Rice and Fuller have since graduated, leaving the WVC with zero defending champs, although Tunkhannock’s Tommy Traver won in 2015 and ’16.
Four titles was a nice haul for the district last year, but eight others settled for second place then. Half return to action today, including Tunkhannock’s David Evans (runner-up at 106) and Traver (138), West Scranton’s Tony Caramanno (113) and Blue Ridge’s Adam Roe (145). Even more talent from across the district earned medals last year, but surely have their sights set higher this time.
It could very well be a successful weekend for some of the district’s best. Evans has hardly faltered and Traver hasn’t lost yet as they defend D2 titles. Caramanno took first and Roe finished third in the recent Lackawanna League Championships.
Of last year’s finalists, Hester is perhaps the top wrestler to watch all weekend. His Tunkhannock tourney defense begins with a crack at his 100th career victory today.
Evans and Traver, meanwhile, are hoping to help defend a different title. Tunkhannock has won its holiday event twice in the last three years, including last season.
With Seymour back at 2017 runner-up West Scranton, Wyoming Seminary represented by its B team and other strong competition on the mat, another title is no guarantee for the Tigers.
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