If there was any uncertainty that the Tunkhannock Area wrestling team was out to make a statement this season, Saturday’s performance in the Sheetz Holiday Class at Mount Aloysius College certainly put many of those doubts to rest.
In a tournament featuring several dozen potential state qualifiers, the Tigers accounted for seven places in the top five en route to winning the team title over a field of 35 squads.
Tunkhannock finished the day with 174 points, which edged out St. Marys by three and third place Mount Union by 22 points in the tournament hosted by Penn Cambria High School.
Hazleton, which tied for third with Tunkhannock in the Wyoming Valley Conference Tournament and finished one spot ahead of the Tigers in the District 2 Class AAA Championships last year, finished fifth.
Senior Dakota Quick (132) and sophomore Sam Rice (195) led the way for the Tigers with second place finishes and just one loss in five bouts.
Quick also made some history along the way, setting the new Tunkhannock school record for most career falls with 60, which broke the previous 33-year-old record of 59 falls set by Bob Farber in 1992.
He cruised through the first three rounds by pinning each opponent in under two minutes before picking up a pin in the semifinals to reach the championship bout.
Rice also won by fall in his first three matches before losing a close 9-7 decision in the finals.
Seniors Dalton Ray (170) and Mike Manley (160) and freshman Tommy Traver (126) ended the day with third place finishes and only one loss.
Ray picked up wins by pin and two major decision before losing in a 4-3 decision in the semifinals. He responded, however, with another major decision in the consolation semifinals before winning a 6-4 decision in the third place bout.
Manley opened the tournament with a pin and a decision before losing in a 5-0 decision in the quarters and having to battle back with three wins and a 9-3 decision for third place.
A fall, technical fall and major decision sent Traver to the semifinals before getting pinned, but he answered by picking up falls in the next two bouts for third place.
Seniors Jake Richards (138) and Bill Manley (152) rounded out the notable performances for Tunkhannock with fifth place finishes and 4-2 records on the day.
Tunkhannock will now prepare to host Berwick on Wednesday, Dec. 23, on what will also be the school’s Alumni Night, as one final tune up before hosting the annual Tunkhannock Kiwanis Tournament Dec. 29-30.
Some more history could possibly be made in those events, as Quick sits just two wins away from 100 career victories. Bill Manley is also on the cusp of the same milestone and currently at 96 careers wins.
1. Tunkhannock 174, 2. St. Marys 171, 3. Mount Union 155, 4. Berlin 135.5, 5. Hazleton Area 130, 6. Ligonier Valley 128, 7. Souderton 127, 8. Central Cambria 121.5, 9. Central Spring Cove 112.5, 10. Penns Valley 109.5, 11. Penn Cambria 106.5, 12. South Park 101, 13. Altoona 100, 14. Mount Pleasant 98, 15. Towanda 93, 16. Cambria Heights 88, 17. Hollidaysburg 82, 18. James Wood 77, 19. Mifflinburg 73, 20. Williams Valley 71, 21. Jim Thorpe 69, 22. Brentsville 65, 23. Forest Hills 54, 24. Williamsport 52, 25. Chartiers Valley 41, 25. Portage 41, 27. Conemaugh Township 40, 27. Tyrone 40, 29. Shamokin 38, 30. South Allegheny 35, 31. Carlynton 34, 32. Bellwood-Antis 33, 33. Jeannette 30.5, 34. St. Joe’s Academy 23.5, 35. Richland 23.
132: Brock Biddle (Central Spring Cove) pinned Quick (T), 1:44; 195: Carson Kinney (Hazleton Area) dec. over Rice (T), 9-7.
126: Traver (T) pinned Alec Bittler (St. Mary’s), 1:59; 160: Mike Manley (T) dec. over Nate Claar (Beltwood-Antis), 9-3; 170: Ray dec. over Dayton Wickwire (Towanda), 6-4.
138: Richards (T) dec. over Cooper Wagner (Mifflinburg), 7-2; 152: Bill Manley (T) dec. Jared Hurd (Penns Valley), 4-3.
126: Traver (T) pinned Cole Sossong (Portage), 4:39; 138: Jake Boozel (Mount Union) pinned Richards (T), 2:53; 152: Steven Yates (Towanda) dec. over Bill Manley (T), 6-4; 160: Mike Manley (T) def. Giovonne Saners (Jeannette); 170: Ray (T) maj. dec. over Parker McClellan (Altoona), 11-2.
126: Cole Manley (Altoona) pinned Traver (T), 0:23; 132: Quick (T) pinned Mike Novak (Mount Pleasant), 3:12; 138: Jimmy Hoffman (Hazleton) pined Richards (T), 1:32; 152: Kyle Pecht (St. Mary’s) dec. Bill Manley (T), 9-5; 170: Storm McDonald (Berlin) dec. over Ray (T), 4-3; 195: Rice (T) pinned Hunter Bentley (James Wood), 1:42.
Consolation of Four
160: Mike Manley (T) dec. over Jordan Quarello (Central Spring Cove), 8-2.
Consolation Quarterfinals Round 2
Jacob Powers (St. Joe’s Academy) maj. dec. over Gavek (T), 10-1; 160: Mike Manley (T) dec. over Austin Gill (Cambria Heights), 6-1; Stevie Colyer (Tyrone) maj. dec. over Stevens (T), 15-4.
Consolation Quarterfinals Round 1
106: Gavek (T) pinned Cole Thompson (Hollidaysburg), 2:34; John Newhall (Jim Thorpe) dec. Beeman (T), 6-2;
120: Bryton Stidfole (Mount Union) dec. Beeman (T), 3-2; 126: Traver (T) maj. dec. Chris Lasecki (Hazleton), 15-4; 132: Quick (T) pinned Alex Whitely (Brentsville), 1:21; 138: Richards (T) dec. over Cameron Resch (St. Mary’s), 15-10; 152: Bill Manley (T) dec. Josh Meldrum (Brentsville, VA), 9-5; 160: Cody Jenkins (South Allegheny) dec. over Mike Manley (T), 5-0; 170: Ray (T) maj. dec. over Jared Smith (Central Spring Cove), 16-6; 195: Rice (T) pinned Dennis Link (Cambria Heights), 1:46; 220: Noah Worley (Holidaysburg) dec. over Stevens (T), 12-6.
Consolation Round 2
106: Gavik tech. fall Brandon Holsinger (Central Spring Cove), 19-4; 145: Colten Rebuck (Williams Valley) maj. dec. over Munley (T), 10-2.
Consolation Round 1
285: Cameron Nagle (Bellwood-Antis) pinned Walsh (T), 2:10.
Championship Round 2
120: Beeman (T) pinned Corey Lemons (James Wood), 0:59; 126: Traver (T) tech. fall Nick Huskey (Ligonier Valley), 16-1; 132: Quick (T) pinned Gage Lewis (Conemaugh Twp.), 1:21; 138: Richards (T) pinned Hunter Curren (Bellwood-Antis), 0:26; 145: Logan Witwicki (Carlynton) pinned Munley (T), 1:07; 152: Bill Manley (T) pinned JJ Jones (Central Cambria), 2:28; 160: Mike Manley (T) dec. over Nate Claar (Bellwood-Antis), 13-9; 170: Ray maj. dec. over Caliber Castel (Central Cambria), 10-2; 195: Sam Rice (T) pinned Eric Elgin (Forest Hills), 3:34; 220: Ricky Stevens (T) pinned Luke Walter (Mifflinburg), 3:53.
Championship Round 1
106: Josh Boozel (Mount Union) pinned David Gavek (T), 1:22; 120: Josh Beeman (T) pinned Josh Britton (Shamokin), 2:52; 126:: Tommy Traver (T) pinned Brendan Weil (South Park), 0:28; 132: Dakota Quick (T) pinned Michael Britton (Shamokin), 1:46; 138: Jake Richards (T) pinned Jacob Sherman (Williamsport), 3:02; 145: Connor Munley (T) pinned Nick Watter (Bellwood-Antis), 2:55; 152: Bill Manley (T) pinned Max Marraccini (South Allegheny), 1:14; 160: Mike Manley (T) pinned Tyler Lingafelt (Richland), 2:20; 170: Dalton Ray (T) pinned Travis Martin (Williams Valley), 0:56; 285: Dan Terek (Penn Cambria) pinned John Walsh (T), 0:51.