Lake-Lehman, Tunkhannock seeking more honors on mats

By Tom Robinson - For Dallas Post | February 18th, 2016 8:49 am

By Tom Robinson

For Dallas Post

The team part of the season is over and District 2 schools are ready to move into the individual competition that advances wrestlers toward Northeast Regionals and, ultimately, the state championships.

District 2 will hold its tournament Feb. 26 and 27 at the Kingston Armory. Action begins at 5 p.m. on opening night and continues through two rounds each in the winners’ and consolation brackets until each weight class is down to four winners’ bracket and four consolation bracket competitors. The wrestling is scheduled to resume Feb. 27 at 10 a.m.

Dallas and Tunkhannock compete in Class AAA while Lake-Lehman is in Class AA.

In addition to wrestlers chasing their individual goals, there is team scoring, giving Tunkhannock and Lake-Lehman a chance to add another district title after each won its class at the District 2 Dual Meet Wrestling Championships.

Lake-Lehman was second in the team scoring a year ago and returns two wrestlers – Garrett Kolb, then at 113, and R.J. Driscoll, at 120 – who reached the finals to also finish second. Mike Slivinski was third last year while Tommy Williams and Jake Tomolonis were each fifth.

Tunkhannock returns seven place-winners from a year ago to try to move up from its seventh-place team finish.

Mike Manley reached the 145-pound final before finishing second. Dalton Ray, Bill Manley and Dakota Quick were third; Sam Rice and Jake Richards were fifth; and Tom Bachman was sixth.

Dallas was ninth in the team standings.

Cole Dixon was second at 170. Xavier Barber added a fourth-place finish.

State duals

Tunkhannock followed up its first District 2 Dual Meet title with its first win at the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Dual Meet Championships Feb. 12-13 at the Giant Center in Hershey.

The Tigers lost to eventual state champion Bethlehem Catholic, 56-11; came back to defeat Father Judge, 45-22; then fell to Canon-McMillan, 34-18, to finish in a four-way tie for ninth in the state in Class AAA.

Dalton Ray was the only Tiger to go 3-0 in the tournament.

Lake-Lehman was eliminated from the Class AA tournament when it lost its first two matches, 46-11, to Burrell and, 58-9, to Chestnut Ridge.

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