Pittston Area wrestlers Michael Domarasky and Jason Laboranti were both knocked out of the PIAA Class 3A State Wrestling Championships on the second day of wrestling at the PIAA Class 3A State Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey on Friday afternoon.
Both wrestlers went 1-1 on Thursday before losing their only matches on Friday.
Domarasky lost to South Central Regional champ Jordan Conaway of New Oxford in a tough 3-0 decision in the opening round of the 112-pound bracket. Conaway is ranked No. 2 in the state at 112 pounds, and had advanced to the championship semis.
The Pittston Area senior could have had a 2-0 lead if he was awarded a takedown in the first period, but he never got the call and then went down 3-0 in the second period.
“I understand that you’re not going to get every call in the world but...you can’t complain about it. You still have to wrestle hard because two points aren’t going to win a match at the state tournament,” Domarasky said. “You can’t lose your mindset after losing your first match.”
Laboranti dropped a 14-2 major decision to Joe Stolfi of Souderton in the opening round of the 215-pound bracket. Stolfi (41-2) was the second seed out of the Southeast Region, and is also ranked second in the state at 215.
But those opening loses didn’t stop the Patriot duo from advancing in the consolation bracket as both won their second matches of the day in first round consolation matches.
Domarasky rebounded to win his first round consolation bout, 13-6 over Clearfield’s Christian Stone (32-6). Laboranti beat David Quackenbos (35-3) of Red Lion, 4-3, to stave off elimination.
“You’re not a bad wrestler if you’re 40 and two,” Domarasky said if Laboranti’s opening round opponent. “I give a lot of credit to Jason. That kid is good and Jason was going the whole first period until that kid pulled a headlock. Not many people are expecting that.”
On Friday, things didn’t as well for the two.
Domarasky (36-8) was ousted from the tourney by Godwin Nyama of Pittsburgh’s Brashear High School. Nyama (33-3) won a 5-3 decision to close out Domarasky’s high school career.
Laboranti (20-6) met a familiar foe in Parkland’s Tarek Haddad. Haddad beat Laboranti for the Northeast Regional gold medal last weekend. Unfortunately, the PA senior suffered a similar result this weekend. Laboranti dropped a 3-1 decision to Haddad in the second round of the consolation tournament.
--- Times Leader reporter Dave Rosengrant contributed to this report.