Casey Fuller and Josh Harrison ran roughshod over their competition this past weekend at the Lackawanna Trail Tournament. Fuller went undefeated at 160, while Harrison did the same at 171...which helped Western Wayne capture the team title.
Western Wayne's wrestling team continued its inexorable march toward another district championship this past weekend.
On Saturday morning, the Wildcats traveled to Tunnel Hill to compete in Lackawanna Trail's annual tournament.
Led by a pair of stellar performances from Casey Fuller and Josh Harrison, Western Wayne finished first in a rugged 6-team field.
Coach Dante Terenzio's squad outslugged Coughlin, Souderton, Dallas, Trail and Troy to capture the tournament title.
"I really like what I saw out there this weekend," he told TWI Sports. "The kids stepped it up and showed what they're made of. "Our goal from the start of the season was winning another District Duals title and getting back to states.
“I think we're starting to realize that we can compete with just about anybody."
Weather permitting, the 'Cats will return to the mat Tuesday at home versus Valley View..
This year's edition of the Trail Tournament featured a round robin format with the possibility that each wrestler could see as many as five bouts.
Western Wayne piled up 205 team points, easily outdistancing runners-up Coughlin and Souderton, who finished with 177 each.
Fuller turned in yet another dominating performance at 160 pounds. The 'Cat senior went 5-0 for the day, racking up four falls along the way.
Casey opened his gold medal quest with a first period pin of Trail's Matt Goodrich (:45). He followed that with another quick clamp, this one at the expense of Dallas' Sean Sekelsky (1:31).
Joe Parsnik was Fuller's next victim. This Coughlin Crusader lasted just 20 seconds, setting the stage for Casey's only real test of the tournament.
The marquee match-up of Round Four featured Fuller against Souderton's Peter Jenne. This bout did go the distance, but Casey was never truly threatened and walked off the mat with a 6-0 decision.
The 160-pound title tilt was anticlimactic, with Fuller needing just :40 to pin Josh Ellsworth of Troy.
"To be honest, Casey wasn't really challenged this weekend," said Coach Terenzio. "Casey looked very good and very sharp."
Fuller is now 20-1 for the 2010-'11 campaign.
Harrison was every bit as impressive in cruising to a gold medal. Josh wreaked havoc in the 171-pound bracket, posting four falls en route to a 4-0 record.
He opened quickly, clamping Troy's Landis Zimmerman in the second period (3:03). Harrison followed that up by pinning Dominic Chopka of Dallas at the 3:18 mark.
Josh then recorded his third straight fall, this time putting Trail's Marvess Rosiak on his back (3:50).
Harrison's final clamp of the tourney came in the oening stanza of Round Four against Coughlin's Troy Vanucci (1:55).
"It's all about confidence with Josh," said Coach Terenzio. "This is exactly the kind of performance. He beat a couple of tough kids
At the Dais
Western Wayne sent several other wrestlers to the medals stand in rolling to this tournament title.
Senior Evan Decker went 3-1 to earn a silver medal at 103 pounds.
Freshman Morgan Fuller, also posted a 3-1 mark to take second at 119.
Manny Mirailh won 4-of-5 in earning runner-up honors at 135.
Sophomore Beau Fuller (145) and junior Joseph Ingaglio (285) also came away with second place finishes.