On Tuesday evening, the Buckhorn wrestling team celebrated senior night with an impressive 34-27 victory over Abington Heights in the Purple Palace.


On Tuesday evening, the Buckhorn wrestling team celebrated senior night with an impressive 34-27 victory over Abington Heights in the Purple Palace.

With the victory, Wallenpaupack is undefeated at 3-0 in the Lackawanna League Division One, setting up a showdown with Delaware Valley (also undefeated) for the title tilt.

“This entire senior class is outstanding, and if every class I’ve had was like this class, I’d be coaching forever. They make everyday a pleasure,” Paupack coach Steve Krushnowski told the News Eagle.

With the Bucks up by four, and one bout left on the slate with visiting Abington Heights, Wallenpaupack’s Garrett Zeiler stepped onto the mat to face Dustin Eyerman.

On the line was not only a Buckhorn victory, but keeping their Lackawanna League Division One record unblemished, as they came into Tuesday’s contest 2-0.

“I was nervous going into the match because I knew if I gave up a major decision, or anything more, we would lose the match, but in my mind I was going to be on the offensive,” Zeiler said minutes after his 6-1 victory.

Zeiler controlled the tempo from the opening whistle and held a 2-0 advantage at the end of the first period.

In the second period, he was up 3-1, and cruised to the 6-1 win after six minutes.

“That was a tough match for him. He knows we’re only up by four, and he knows in the back of his mind that he can’t get pinned or give up a major,” said Paupack coach Steve Krushnowski.

“He stepped up tonight and saved the match.”

The Bucks jumped out to a quick 13-0 lead on a major decision from Ethan Wehrmann (171), a pin from Dan Ingulli (189), and an overtime decision win for Guy Bruno (215) before the Comets fought their way back into the match.

“Dan Ingulli got a big pin for us, and he’s a senior, and that is what we expect him to do. He’s a hard-working kid everyday and he got the pin,” added Krushnowski.

With a four point advantage, Paupack’s Josh Rake padded the lead with a big pin over Jackson Reninger in 3:48.

“Josh Rake is such a good kid, and he has done everything we have asked of him,” added Krushnowski.

Two forfeits from the Comets at 135 and 140 made the score 31-18, before Abington clawed their way back into the contest setting up Zeiler’s match.

“Tonight we had a lot of things go wrong, and we overcame it again. One thing for certain is that we are fun to watch.”

“We’re getting there. People are starting to say, ‘hey, you better watch out for Paupack,’” added Krushnowski.