Delaware Valley continued its wrestling dominance in Division One action
Longtime rivals Delaware Valley and Wallenpaupack Area clashed on the mats this past Wednesday night before a good sized crowd of Warrior and Buckhorn faithful.
The trip down Route 6, however, did not prove fruitful for the Bucks.
Although many bouts went the distance, Paupack mustered up just two decisions throughout the night while decision after decision went the Warriors way.
By the end of the evening, Delaware Valley notched their second Lackawanna League win and extended their overall duals record to 3-0 with a 63-6 final.
Things got underway with 138 pounders Damien Lobello taking out Michael Ortiz, 6-5, in three rounds for DV’s first win on the night.
Kyle Stoll teched Ryan Hartman in the 145 class after two rounds for another Warrior win and Shawn Davis, at 152, posted a 3-1 decision over Anthony Krug for DelVal’s third victory.
The 160 pounders went to the third round but DV’s Hayden Thompson issued a fall, late, to Kyle McDermott for the win.
Down 17-0, Paupack finally claimed a win in the 170 class when John Hannon tallied a 10-5 decision over Colin Walters.
The Bucks revelry was short lived when at the 182 level, the Warriors’ Andrew Kidd pinned Chad Vasey in the first round to make it 23-3.
Tyler Neglia, at 195, gave Paupack a second win with a 7-2 decision over Shane Fagan. DV bounced right back in the 220 and 285 classes.
First, Troy Moore pinned Thomas Hiller in the second round and then John McCarthy mimicked that performance over David DeGroat.
With nine matched in the books, The Warriors had a hefty 29-6 lead and swept the remaining bouts.
Travis Norman took the 106 class by forfeit; Joey Porer pinned Peter McDermott in the first round at 113; Machias McGill, ay 120, delivered a 14-1 major decision to Paul Reish; 126 pounder Jack Dardia beat Bryan Matz with a first round pin; and Mike McKinney faced no one to win the 132 class to close out the showdown.
“We had 14 kids come out tonight and do what they needed to do,” said Delaware Valley Head Coach Lou DelLauro.
“It was a total team effort.”
Back starting for the Warriors this season are Dardia, Porer, McKinney, Kidd, Moore, and McCarthy.
Stoll too is a returning starter after sitting out last year. All in all, that’s a pretty experienced squad to bring to the mats, but DelLauro pointed out that only Stoll and Moore are returning seniors.
Thompson, also a 12th grader, is staring for the first season along with many of the other underclassmen. It’s still a relatively young team.
“They have lots of energy,” said the coach. “They’re young and feisty and I think they have a good future ahead of them.”
Notably, McKinney, Stoll, Kidd, and McCarthy all placed at the recent Hurricane Duals at Liberty.
There, they faced some top caliber competition, and as a team. The Warriors pounded Pleasant Valley 66-9 and fought hard to prevail 41-35 against Abington Heights.
On the Card
This weekend DV heads to the Parkland Tournament where DelLauro hopes his grapplers will see some fierce competition as well.
League action continues next week when they head to Scranton.
Next weekend they venture to Castle Rock for another tournament then are away for back-to-back meets against Wyoming Seminary on January 19 and Lake-Lehman on the 20th.
A stretch of meets at home follows.
West Scranton comes to town on January 25, Stroudsburg visits the following night, Pocono Mountain East comes calling on February 15, and Bangor checks in two nights later.
The Warriors will be at Paupack for the Lackawanna League Championships on February 18 to close out the regular season.