Western Wayne heads to Kingston fresh off another Lackawanna League crown.
Dante Terenzio has been preaching the value of a rugged non-league schedule for quite some time now.
Western Wayne's varsity wrestling coach has led his team to the PIAA state tournament in 2012 and 2013.
However, after going winless in each of these appearances, he knew something had to change.
Coach Terenzio urged school officials to book the Wildcats into some of the region's toughest tournaments
Right at the top of that list is the Parkland Duals, an event rated among the fiercest ... not just in Pennsylvania ... but, in the entire country.
The 'Cats competed at Parkland back on Jan. 4 and suffered an old-fashioned beatdown, going 0-5 and losing each match by an average of 41 points.
Casual fans might look at those ugly numbers and cringe, but those who can look at the bigger picture know better.
"It might not seem like it, but Parkland was a very good experience for us," Coach Terenzio said at the time.
"We really needed to see firsthand what it takes to get to that next level."
Since returning to Varden on that frigid night, Western Wayne has been on an absolute tear.
The 'Cats have reeled off nine wins in 11 matches and sewn up their fifth straight Lackawanna League Division II title.
In addition, school officials have been informed that the team has once again been invited to compete at the District Duals tournament.
Western Wayne is the #1 seed in Class AA for the event which is set for this weekend at the Kingston Armory in Wilkes Barre.
The 'Cats begin defense of their title Saturday at 10 a.m. with a quarterfinal match against GAR.
"They have a couple of good kids, but I think we should win that one pretty handily," Coach Terenzio said. "Lake Lehman and Meyers should be our main competition.
"I'll be very disappointed if we don't at least make it to the finals. But, that being said, I absolutely expect us to win the whole thing."
Coach Terenzio's squad will arrive on the scene as reigning champs.
The 'Cats are also one of the region's hottest teams having once again posted a perfect record in Division II
Western Wayne sealed the deal on yet another title with a tri-meet sweep of Elk Lake and Montrose.
Six grapplers recorded pins against the Warriors, resulting in a 72-9 triumph.
Morgan Fuller and Cory Franc each posted a pin in leading their team to a 73-6 rout of the Meteors.
With these dominating victories, the 'Cats closed out their 2013-14 Lackawanna League campaign with a 5-0 record.
Josh Brown (152) got the ball rolling versus Elk Lake with a second period pin of Eddie Cumens.
Cory Frank followed with a clamp of his own at 160 (4:21). Matt Trygar and Joe Tomassetti made it four in a row with pins at 170 and 182, respectively.
When Dakota Swoyer and Austin Swoyer carded clamps at 220 and 285, Elk Lake's fate was sealed.
Against Montrose, Fuller needed just 1:38 to put away the Meteors Patrick Parks at 138.
Franc then added his second fall of the evening at the expense of David Gardner (2:28).
It was a busy week for the Wildcats, who also won a non-league match against Crestwood at the venerable Varden Garden.
Richard Sherman and Trygar led the way in this one, each recording a pin en route to a 42-29 decision.
Sherman clamped the Comets' Bryan Vargas at 170, while Trygar put away Brett Reidinger at 160.
Fuller contributed an epic victory at 138, going all the way to sudden death before finally dealing Dan Ritz a 4-2 loss.
Austin Swoyer rounded out the on-mat action with a hard-fought 4-2 decision against Tyler Robinson at 220.
"If we stay healthy and everybody makes weight, I think we're in great shape for the rest of the season," Coach Terenzio said.
"I'm excited to see what we can do at district duals and hopefully at states."