Western Wayne wrestlers headed to District Two tourney
Western Wayne closed out another stellar varsity wrestling season this past week, rolling to a pair of non-league wins over Dallas and Allentown Central Catholic.
With these victories, the Wildcats finished up their 2017-18 dual meet slate with a record of 17-6.
“It's been a very good season,” said longtime head coach Dante Terenzio.
“I'm really pleased with the way the kids bounced back. We had that tough loss to Honesdale in the District Duals final and I was worried they might just pack it in. They didn't, though, and I'm proud of their resilience.”
Next up for Western Wayne is the District Two individual tournament, which is slated for this coming weekend at the Pittston Armory.
“I'm excited to see what we can do,” Coach Terenzio said. “We have some that kids I'm expecting big things from. We've set some pretty high goals and I'm looking forward to the next two weeks.”
Mat action for this year's D2 tourney will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday and run through Saturday evening.
Pins Equal Wins
Western Wayne traveled to Dallas Tuesday for a non-league battle with the Mountaineers.
The Wildcats wasted no time in taking control of this one, notching six pins en route to an impressive 40-28 victory.
“We've stressed the importance of bonus points all season long,” said Coach Terenzio. “Scoring as many bonus points and possible and limiting the amount you give up is so important.”
Matthew Leslie got things going with a 19-7 major decision over Thad Mead at 138. The 'Cats then reeled off six pins to seal the deal on a team triumph.
Braden McIntosh needed just 14 seconds to put the clamps on Nick Solinsky at 160 pounds.
Jack McAllister (220), Cole Fuller (285), Dimitri Reggie (106), George Lee (120) and Mitchell Herzog (132) also recorded falls.
Western Wayne returned home Thursday for its final dual of the season.
A big, enthusiastic crowd turned out to witness the event and to help celebrate Senior Night. Cole Fuller, Braden McIntosh, Dimitri Reggie, Bradley Carey and Matthew Palmer were each honored prior to the start of the match.
“This is a really good group of seniors,” Coach Terenzio said. “They've worked very hard and meant a lot to the program over the course of the past four years. We're definitely going to miss them.”
Fuller headlines this group. Cole will leave Western Wayne as the all-time winningest wrestler in school history. He will enter the District Two fray this weekend with 132 victories and 104 falls.
He closed out his varsity dual meet career with a first period pin of Allentown Central Catholic's Yan Tavariz (1:41).
“Cole is a once-in-a-generation wrestler,” Coach Terenzio said.
“We probably won't see his like again for a long time. Cole has had four awesome years. He's quietly worked very hard every single day and it's paid off.”
McIntosh finished up with bonus points as well, accepting a forfeit on Thursday at 160. He now has 98 wins for his career and will most likely reach 100 at districts.
“Braden has wrestled so many tough matches for us over the years,” Coach Terenzio said. “I could always count on Braden. He was always up to whatever the challenge was.”
Reggie also received high marks from his mentor. The 106-pounder wrestled two years of varsity and owns a solid 38-28 record.
“Dimitri is kind of a little guy, but he has a big heart,” Coach Terenzio said. “He always goes out there and gives everything he has.”
Carey and Palmer round out the senior quintet.
Matt powered his way to a second period pin on Thursday, clamping Samuel Sharpe at 132 in a time of 5:01. Bradley needed only 1:28 to notch a fall of his own at the expense of Ryan Walczak at 145.
“Both of those kids also contributed a lot to our success in the practice room and on the mat,” Coach Terenzio said.
While seeds for each bracket don't come out until mid-week, Fuller will likely be ranked first at 220.
He heads into districts undefeated at 27-0 with an eye-popping 21 falls.
“I'm not too worried about Cole at districts,” said Coach Terenzio. “But, things will get a lot tougher at regionals. There are some big guns out there and we needs to be ready for them.”
Fuller is currently ranked seventh in the state at 220 pounds (AA).