On Wednesday night in Clarks Summit, Honesdale's varsity wrestling team broke open what had been a tight match, then cruised to an eventual 44-26 Lackawanna League victory.
Honesdale and Abington Heights battled to a virtual stalemate through 11 bouts Wednesday night.
With just three contests remaining in this Division One brouhaha, the Hornets were clung to a razor-thin 27-26 lead.
That’s when the tide finally turned.
The Red & Black reeled off three straight wins to close out the match and seal the deal on a 44-26 Lackawanna League victory.
With this win, Honesdale improved its divisional record to 3-1. Next up for the Hornets is a showdown with archrival Paupack. That match is slated for a 6:45 p.m. start Tuesday in the Maple City.
Jack Freshour, Conar Carroll, Dalton Derrick and Matt Evans led the charge for Honesdale.
Freshour and Carroll delivered back-to-back pins, giving the Hornets a double digit lead midway through Wednesday’s match.
Jack posted a second period fall against Abington’s Adam Balint at 160 (3:33).
Conar followed moments later with a lightning quick clamp of his own. He needed just 39 seconds to pin Matt Thompson at 171.
Derrick and Evans each came through with bonus points when the Hornets needed it most.
Dalton delivered a third period fall over Dylan Ber-ardelli at 215 (4:45), while Matt put the match out of reach with a first period pin at 119 (1:26).
Aaron Kennedy and Chavez Lill rounded out the Red & Black scoring.
Kennedy pounded out a 21-6 tech fall at 125 and Lill earned a hard-fought 6-4 decision at 135.