After a so-so wrestling season that produced more losses than wins, Honesdale broke out this weekend in the Electric City.
The Hornets traveled to Scranton High School on Saturday to compete at the 2012-13 Lackawanna League tournament. There, the Red & Black carved out a 5th place finish in a strong 13-team field.
Delaware Valley was the big winner as expected. The Warriors, who have won three straight Division One titles, dominated this combined Class AA-AAA event with 260 points.
West Scranton finished a distant second with 140 points. Scranton (122) and Abington Heights (95) were third and fourth, respectively.
Honesdale accumulated 89 team points to round out the top five. Additionally, two Hornets captured individual crowns.
Zack Smith went undefeated to finish first in the 170-pound weight class. Evan Kennedy also posted a perfect record en route to the 126-pound title.
Joe Walsh, Eric Daniels and Joe Quinn earned places on the podium as well. Walsh took third and 106 while Daniels copped bronze at 145. Quinn was fourth at 195.
Wallenpaupack Area and Western Wayne also took part in the tourney, but didn't fare quite so well.
The Buckhorns finished 7th with 81 points and the Wildcats wound up 8th with 71.
All three local squads will be back on the mat next weekend. Honesdale and Paupack head out to Hazleton Area for the Class AAA District Two Championships, while Western Wayne treks to Lake Lehman for the Class AA tourney.
Both events are slated to begin Friday at 5 p.m.
On the Dais
Smith came into Saturday's tournament seeded #2 on the strength of a 20-5 record.
One of those losses came at the hands of Scranton's Jim McNally, the top seed who boasted a 27-1 mark.
Page 2 of 2 - Zach's gold medal quest began with a first period pin. Smith clamped Justin Carpenter of Blue Ridge at the :38 mark, catapulting him into the semis.
There, Smith survived a brutally physical bout against Delaware Valley's Dan Favaro. This razor thin 1-0 win gave Zach a spot in the final and a much-anticipated re-match with McNally.
Smith earned a measure of revenge in this one, pounding out a 3-2 decision and earning a Lackawanna League gold medal.
Kennedy rolled into the Electric City seeded #1 with 18 wins under his belt. After a bye, Evan took his first step toward the medals stand by pinning Howie Babcock of Valley View in :40.
In the semis, Kennedy barely broke a sweat again with a quick clamp of Scranton's Andrew Burgette. This 1:38 fall enabled Evan to claim a spot in the final against Mike Stage of Delaware Valley.
Kennedy dominated this bout, pounding out a 12-2 major decision and capturing the 126-pound crown.
Walsh, Daniels and Quinn also turned in stellar individual performances.
Joe began his run at 106 with a second period pin of Scranton's Aiden McNally (3:45). After absorbing a tough 5-2 loss at the hands of West's James Forsette, Walsh bounced back with two straight wins to finish third.
Eric got off to a quick start at 145 by posting a pin of Western Wayne's Chris Tomasetti (4:37). Daniels then suffered a fall in the semis, but salvaged a bronze medal with wins over Blaise Cleveland of Elk Lake and DV's William Pearn.
Quinn took one on the chin in the first round, thanks to a pin by Western Wayne's Conner Rosensweet.
Joe then battled his way to a pair of close decisions, one over Paupack's Kyle Hartmann (3-2) and one over Isaiah Burgette of Scranton (2-0).