Four Wallenpaupack Area wrestlers are headed to this year's Northeast Regional Tournament in Bethlehem
On the heels of an outstanding overall performance at the District 2 Championships, Wallenpaupack Area will be sending four wrestlers to this year's Northeast Regional Tournament.
The Buckhorns battled their way to a fifth place finish this past weekend in the Class AAA event, which was held at the Kingston Armory in Wilkes Barre.
Leading the way were Jared Wehrmann, Chase Gallik, Kyle Hartman and Kenny Roman.
Each of these talented grapplers earned a place on the dais and are now just one step away from a trip to Hershey.
“I'm very proud of all our kids because this was one of the strongest tournaments I've ever seen in District Two,” said Coach Steve Krushnowski.
“The competition was brutal in just about every bracket. Getting four kids through to regionals and placing fifth is quite an accomplishment.”
The 2014 regional tourney for Class AAA will once again be hosted by Liberty High School.
Mat action is slated to begin Friday afternoon in Bethlehem.
By the Numbers
Wyoming Valley West dominated the D-2 event this time around.
The Spartans advanced six wrestlers to the finals and crowned three champs.
They closed out the weekend with 204 team points, 44 more than runner-up Delaware Valley (160).
West Scranton (141), Scranton (130) and Paupack (124) rounded out the Top Five. Honesdale struggled to a 14th place finish (49).
All told, seven Buckhorns grabbed spots on the dais.
Wehrmann captured Paupack's lone individual title, going undefeated en route to the 182 lb. crown.
Gallik shrugged off a loss to DV's Jalen Palmer in the semifinals on his way to a third place showing at 132.
Roman also finished up third at 285 and Hartman took fourth at 220.
Rounding out Paupack's medalists were Todd Frick (5th, 170); Jake Haupt (5th, 170); Isaiah Rios (6th, 145).
“I always look back and think we could have done better, but overall it was a darned good showing,” said Coach Krushnowski.
Wehrmann utterly dominated his bracket at 182, posting a 4-0 record and surrendering just two points along the way.
Jared opened with a pin of West Scranton's Clarence Thomas (1:06), then hung a 6-0 loss on Pittston Area's Chris Cummings.
He then hammered out a 15-1 major decision over Valley West's Jamar Taylor in the semis, which was also the 100th win of his varsity career.
Wehrmann is just the second member of this ultra exclusive club at Paupack, joining Pat Ingulli as the only members.
Jared then sealed the deal on his District Two gold medal with a convincing 9-1 win over Steve Longazel of Hazleton Area.
“To be totally honest, Jared wasn't challenged at all this weekend,” Coach Krushnowski said.
“He just went out there and mauled whoever he faced. I'm very excited to see what Jared can do at regionals and states.”
Gallik was one of the marquee names in Class AAA's toughest bracket.
Seeded #3 at 132, Chase opened his quest with a second period pin of Pittston Area's Braulio Garcia (2:23).
He followed that up with a 17-3 major decision over Abington Heights' Jackson Renninger in the quarters.
Gallik and DV's Jalen Palmer then renewed their spirited rivalry in the semis. Palmer got the better of this particular encounter, earning a 15-5 major.
Unfazed, Chase secured the bronze medal and yet another trip to regionals with back-to-back wins in the consolations.
“Chase never, ever backs down,” Coach Krushnowski said. “He's always looking to wrestle the best kid out there. Third place in that bracket is nothing to sneeze at ... the competition there was just phenomenal.”
Hartman opened up with a bye at 220, then clamped DV's AJ Sieber in the second period (2:52).
After absorbing an 8-3 loss at the hands of Valley West's Ian Moran, Kyle rebounded by pinning Dallas' John Hutchins (2:59).
Although he dropped a heartbreaking 9-7 decision in the bronze medal bout, Hartman is headed to regionals as a sophomore.
“Kyle Hartman was just tremendous, as advertised,” said Coach Krushnowski.
“He wrestled a great tournament. Getting through to regionals this year is really going to help him down the road.”
Roman proved to be a pleasant surprise at 285.
The senior heavyweight carved out a 3-1 record on his way to a berth in the NE Regional tourney.
Kenny was clamped by Coughlin's Pat Pilch in the quarters, but then earned a measure of revenge by returning the favor in the consolation finals.
“I knew Kenny could do it,” Coach Krushnowski said. “I had faith in him. It was so good to see Kenny put that kid away in their last bout. I'm extremely proud of him.”