Back Mountain wrestlers fare well at duals

By Tom Robinson - For Dallas Post

By Tom Robinson

For Dallas Post

YATESVILLE – Tunkhannock added to its lengthy list of titles and Dallas finished tied for fifth in Class AAA when the District 2 Dual Meet Wrestling Championships concluded Feb. 6 at Pittston Area High School.

The Tigers won their first district dual meet championship ever by taking their sixth tournament title of the season with a 31-26 win over defending champion Scranton in the final.

Tunkhannock (15-1) opened the season with a title at the Gary Woodruff Memorial Duals at Wyalusing. Between that and the district duals championships, the Tigers won the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 title and the team scoring championship at four traditional format tournaments where wrestlers compete in brackets at each weight class – the Tunkhannock Kiwanis Tournament, Sheetz Holiday Classic, New Oxford Invitational and Wyoming Valley Conference Tournament.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” Tunkhannock coach Bob Hegedty said. “I owe a lot to our kids.

“I really do have a good group of kids.”

David Gavek scored a reversal in the third period to pull out a 3-2 victory over Mark Leggin at 106 pounds, the next-to-last bout, to clinch the win.

The Tigers won several other close decisions, including at 170 where Dalton Ray used a late five-point move for a 9-5 win over Andrew Burgette in a meeting between the wrestler with the best record on each team.

Josh Flaherty used a takedown with two seconds left to beat Brian McGuigan, 13-11, at 195.

The titles by Tunkhannock and Lake-Lehman, in Class AA, represent the first time since 2008 that the WVC claimed both district dual meet championships.

Tunkhannock, which suffered its only loss early in the season against Benton, finished 3-0 in the tournament.

Dallas, which had split matches in the first two rounds, was eliminated in the consolation semifinals of the eight-team bracket. Hazleton Area beat the Mountaineers, 49-18.

Xavier Barber had the only Dallas pin at 160.

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