Honesdale's varsity wrestling squad hammered out an impressive win Thursday night in the Maple City. Zach Smith opened the match against West Scranton with a pin, setting the tone for an eventual 37-33 Hornet victory.

In an emotional renewal of the Lackawanna League's most heated wrestling rivalry, Honesdale recorded a wild win over West Scranton.

The Hornets leapt out to an early lead Thursday night when Zach Smith opened the match with a pin at 152 pounds.

The local lads built on that stellar start and eventually pulled away for a 37-22 Division I win.

"I’m very happy with the win," Assistant Coach Joe Arnone told TWI Sports.
"I?think the intensity was definitely there. The kids all stayed focused and stuck to the gameplan. Anytime you beat a team like West, it’s a good night."

With the win, Honesdale upped its overall record to 5-5. The Red & Black are now 2-1 in league action.

Next up for the Hornets is a weekend road trip to Minisink Valley to compete in that school's invitational tournament. That event is slated to get underway Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m.

On the Mat
Honesdale and West met just last weekend at the Crestwood Invitational and the Red & Black cruised to a lopsided win.

This set the stage for the latest chapter in a storied rivalry.

At the height of its intensity, these two powerhouses ruled the Lackawanna League. In fact, during one memorable stretch, the Hornets or Invaders captured the Division One crown seven straight times.

Coach Arnone was pleased with the start of Thursday night's action. The match began at 152, giving Smith a chance to set the tone right away...and he didn't disappoint.

Zach dominated West Scranton's Keita Murray right from the opening whistle. He built a 7-0 lead before posting a third period pin (4:56).

“That really fired up his teammates and the crowd,” said Coach Arnone. “Zach did a great job to lift and stick that kid. It’s exactly what we needed.”

This victory was Smith’s 20th of the season.

Turning Point
The match score bounced back &?forth until Matt Evans posted a 7-3 decision at 119, giving the Hornets a 19-18 edge.

Aaron Kennedy followed with a 9-3 decision at 125 and Ryan Smith recorded a fall at 130.

Coach Arnone reserved his highest praise for a pair of Hornets who’ve been flying under the radar.

Ben Rutledge posted an 11-1 major over Shamus McAndrew at 103.

“Ben looks better every time he steps on the mat,”?said Coach Arnone. “His technique is excellent and he brings a lot of intensity.”

Peter Emmett closed out the match in fine fashion. The junior 145-pounder clamped West’s Tyler O’Donnell (4:47).

“I’m incredibly happy for Pete,”?Coach Arnone said. “He has an unorthodox style, but he’s got a ton of heart and always give it his all.”