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GOLDEN AGAIN

PA’s Domarasky, Scarantino and WA’s Schutz win second D2 gold medals

Pittston Area wrestling coach Jason Woodall congratulates District 2 103-pound champion Jamie Scarantino on the medal stand.

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Mike Domarasky of Pittston hugs Patriots coach Jason Woodall after winning his second District 2 gold medal.

Mike Domarasky of PittstonArea is in control of West Scranton’s Tom Hendry during the gold medal match of the D2 Class 3A 112-pound bout.

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Wyoming Area’s Andy Schultz has a hold of Stephen Mingey os Dallas on his way to his second consecutive District 2 gold medal.

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Jamie Scarantino of Pittston Area wrestles Coughlin’s Bill Poray in the 103-pound title bout during at Hazleton Area High School. Scarantino won the gold for the second straight season.

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Three Greater Pittston wrestlers added to their gold medal collection last weekend.

Pittston Area’s Michael Domarasky and Jamie Scarantino, and Wyoming Area’s Andy Schutz each added a second District 2 Championships to their resumes with easy victories in their respective finals.

Domarasky and Scarantino now own two titles in the same classifications while Schutz has won in two different weight classes.

Pittston Area’s Jason Laboranti also won a gold medal for the Patriots at 215 pounds, and the Patriots won the overall team title after finishing second last year.

Scarantino pinned Berwick freshman Peter Talanca in 1:52 in the 103-pound class semifinal to start Saturday’s action. The Pittston Area junior then defended his 2010 title with a 7-0 decision of Coughlin freshman Bill Poray in the final at Hazleton Area High School. Scarantino (30-5) entered this weekend’s PIAA Class 3A Northeast Regional at Bethlehem Freedom High School as the top seed in the event.

Domarasky won his second title in four years at 112 pounds. The PA senior beat Crestwood’s Bob Gray with a 17-2 technical fall in the semis, and then won a 14-3 major decision over Tom Hendry of West Scranton. Domarasky (31-5) was seeded second at the NE Regionals.

“It’s a good feeling to win two silvers and two gold in four years of high school,” Domarasky said. “It’s a great feeling to win a district championship. How can you be sad about it? First place in the whole district in your weight class, that’s great.”

Schutz won his second straight title as well, only this time the Wyoming Area sophomore won the District 2 Class 2A 125-pound title. As a freshman, Schutz won the 119-pound title. Schutz used two pins to take home his second gold last Saturday. First, Schutz pinned Andrew Barrow of GAR in 2:16 in the semifinals. Then the two-time champ pinned Stephen Mingey of Dallas in the final at Lake-Lehman High School. Schutz (32-2) was seeded second in this weekend’s PIAA Class 2A Northeast Regional at Williamsport High School. He was the Warriors only representative at the tournament.

Laboranti defeated Abington Heights junior Dylan Berardelli in a 14-6 major decision in the 215-pound semifinal before taking a hard-fought, 6-4, decision from top-seeded Roy Dennis of Berwick. The PA senior gave Dennis, the defending 215 silver medalist, just his second loss of the season. Laboranti (17-3) was seeded third at the NE Regionals.

Patriots win nine medals

Two Pittston Area wrestlers fell just short of gold, and settled for silver while three others finished fourth, and another sixth at the District 2 Class 3A championships.

Senior Brandon Dolan and sophomore Justin Wilk earned silver medals in their respective weight classes with Wilk losing an overtime heartbreaker at 140.

Wilk (26-7) lost a 3-2 overtime ultimate tiebreaker decision to top-seed Matt Ritz, a senior from Crestwood, in the final seconds of their bout. Ritz gained an escape point with just 21 seconds left in the overtime to win. Wilk got to the final with a 6-5 decision over Delaware Valley’s Joe Stellatto. Wilk was the fourth seed at the Northeast Regional and in the opposite bracket of Ritz.

Dolan also lost to the top seed in his weight class. Junior Kyle Hankinson of Crestwood took a 7-2 decision from the Patriots senior in the 145-final. Dolan (26-8) beat Adam Jaworski of Valley West in a 13-8 decision in the semifinal. Dolan was the fourth-seed in the NE Regional tournament

The Lussi brothers, Angelo and Dominic, and Bob Falvo each had a shot to earn bronze medals for the Patriots, but the trio settled for fourth as each lost in the their respective third-place bouts.

Angelo Lussi was the top seed in the 130-pound class but was upset in the semis in a 3-2 decision by Coughlin junior Frank Mahmoud. The PA sophomore rebounded to beat Crestwood’s Jake Geroski in the consolation semis, 3-0, before losing to Valley West’s Derrick Simms, 7-1, in bronze medal match. Lussi (25-11) was seeded 10th at the NE Regionals.

Dominic Lussi lost a tough 4-3 decision to eventual champion Mark Granahan from Scranton in the 160-pound semifinals. The PA senior then beat Valley West’s Brian Dwyer with a 7-2 decision in the consolation semis. Lussi was then beaten by Tunkhannock’s Charlie Genorotti for the bronze medal, 6-1. Lussi beat Genorotti, 2-1, to open the event last Friday night. Lussi (8-4) was the 11th seed at NE Regionals.

Falvo’s two losses in the D2 tournament at 189 pounds came to the same opponent. The PA senior lost to Adam Manzoni in the quarterfinals and then again to the Delaware Valley senior in the bronze medal bout. Falvo pinned Tyler DiBenedetto of Honesdale in 3:40 in the consolation quarterfinals before dismissing of Wallenpaupack’s Dan Ingulli, 5-0, in the conso semis. Falvo then lost to Manzoni in a 3-0 decision in the third-place bout. Falvo was seeded 12th in the NE Regional and on the same side of the bracket as undefeated D2 champ Josh Popple of Coughlin.

Tyler Lutecki was the other Patriot wrestler to medal, taking sixth place in the 119-pound class after losing to Abington Heights’ freshman Matt Carr in the fifth-place bout. Lutecki, also a freshman, beat Chris Duff of Wallenpaupack, 3-0, in the consolation quarterfinals before falling to eventual bronze-medalist Kevin Laubach of Berwick in the consolation semis.

The nine medals allowed the Patriots to take home the District 2 Class 3A team title, finishing 17 points ahead of D2 3A Dual Champ Delaware Valley. The win over the Warriors was especially sweet after DV had beaten Pittston Area in the final bout for the D2 Duals title.

“With the loss we had to Delaware Valley (at team duals), and to come back and win, this is just great,” said Laboranti. “I’m very excited for the team. Everyone worked hard. The last three weeks have been brutal in practice and we earned it.”

Warriors win five medals

Nick Heck led four other Wyoming Area wrestlers in claiming medals at the District 2 Class 2A Championships at Lake-Lehman High School.

Heck battled back from a first-round upset to take fifth place at 119 pounds from the opponent who put the Warriors sophomore into the consolation bracket. Heck beat Lackawanna Trail freshman Billy Lee, 7-6, to earn fifth, after Lee beat Heck in three overtimes in Heck’s first bout of the championships. Heck won a 9-0 major decision over Elk Lake’s Mason Maye in the consolation quarters but was then knocked into the fifth place match in a loss to eventual bronze-medalist Kashif Alston of Meyers.

WA 103-pounder Eric Filipiak also claimed a fifth-place finish with a 9-2 decision over Nanticoke’s Joe Brady. Filipiak beat Nick Chesko of Valley View, 15-9, in the consolation quarters before falling to eventual bronze-medalist AJ Luton of GAR in the consolation semis.

John Ratajczak and Carmen Mauriello both earned sixth-place finishes for the Warriors.

Ratajczak won a 14-7 decision from Meyers’ Eric Carty at 145-pounds in the consolation quarterfinals before falling to Scranton Prep’s Christopher Donnelly in the consolation semis. The WA senior then fell to Western Wayne’s Beau Fuller in the fifth-place match.

Mauriello, a sophomore, was the beneficiary of being matched up with top-seed Vito Pasone of Meyers in the first round of the tournament, as he then received two byes to the 112-pound consolation semis where he was matched up with eventual bronze-medalist Pat Creedon of Scranton Prep. Mauriello lost a 10-6 decision to Creedon before losing a tough 8-7 decision to John Joyce of Valley View in the fifth-place bout.

The Warriors finished 10th overall in the team standings.

Six fall in consolations

Three Patriots and three Warriors had their seasons end in the District 2 consolation quarterfinals last Saturday morning.

Pittston Area’s Sam Falcone (171), Chris Wesolowski (285), and Kevin Wesolowski (135), and Wyoming Area’s Steve Barush (130), Shawn Whiting (215), and Carl Zielinski (285) all came up short of wrestling for a medal.

WA 30, Valley West 41

Four Wyoming Area wrestlers won by pinfall but the Warriors were only able to come up with one other win in a 41-30 loss to Wyoming Valley West last Saturday in a WVC inter-divisional match.

Carl Zielinski got things started with a pin of TJ Evans in 1:50 at 285 pounds where the match began.

Eric Fillipiak then won with a forfeit at 103 before Andrew Schutz pinned Nate Cheek in 1:33 at 125 pounds.

Steve Barush added a pin at 135 pounds, and John Ratajczak pinned his opponent at 152 pounds.

The Warriors forfeited four bouts during the match.

WA 16, West Scranton 54

Wyoming Area won two of the first four matches in its non-conference matchup with West Scranton, but the Invaders won eight of the next 10 bouts to take a 54-16 win over the Warriors in Exeter last Thursday.

Eric Fillipiak (103) won an 11-9 decision and Nick Heck (119) took a 7-4 decision in overtime for Wyoming Area, and Andy Schutz (130) and John Ratajczak (152) both won bouts by technical fall.

--Times Leader reporter Dave Rosengrant contributed to this report.

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