Several members of the Honesdale varsity wrestling team have earned high seeds for this weekend's tournament at Hazleton Area. Aaron Kennedy (112), Matt Evans (119) and Ryan Smith (#125) are all seeded second for the Class AAA event.
Ryan Chulada doesn’t believe that the recent spate of ugly weather will have much of an impact on this year’s District Two wrestling tournament.
The Hornets will compete in the Class AAA event, starting this morning at Hazleton Area High School. And, Coach Chulada is excited about the possibility of pushing several wrestlers through to Northeast Regionals.
“I think the snow has affected everyone equally,” he told TWI Sports. “We’ve all missed school and missed practices. The key will be to keep your kids focused and intense.”
On the Mat
A trio of Hornet wrestlers received #2 seeds at their respective weight classes for this weekend’s tournament.
Aaron Kennedy (112 lbs), Matt Evans (119) and Ryan Smith (125) will all be in position to bring home a Top Four finish.
Kennedy heads off to Hazleton with an impressive 27-7 mark. The sophomore earns a first round bye and will likely encounter Pittston Area’s Mike Domarasky (20-6) in the semis.
“He’s a tough kid, but Aaron’s had a great season and I really think he can handle him,” said Coach Chulada.
Evans won 16 bouts during his freshman campaign and has added 26 more as a sophomore.
Matt also earned a first round bye and will probably see West Scranton’s Sean Jakes (27-11) in the semifinals.
“Matt has already beaten Jakes twice this year, so that’s a good draw for us,” Coach Chulada said. “I think things look pretty good for Matt as far as the draw goes.”
Smith enters the Class AAA fray with a solid 25-10 record. Ryan will open his gold medal quest with a first round match-up against Abington’s Josh Slocum (17-22).
“Ryan will probably see (Austin) Eltora in the semi-finals,” Coach Chulada said. “He should win that one and face maybe the Pittston Area kid (Mark Uliano) after that.”
Alex Brand and Zach Smith also have legitimate shots at breaking through to regionals.
Brand (11-10) is a senior heavyweight who came on like gangbusters at the end of the season.
Smith (24-13) is just a frosh, but impressed the Honesdale coaching staff with his maturity all year long at 135.