Honesdale's varsity wrestling team added another jewel to its 2017-18 crown
The Honesdale varsity wrestling team has added yet another line to its already 2017-18 sparkling resume.
The Hornets traveled to the Kingston Armory this past weekend to compete in the District Two Individual Tournament.
There, Coach Ryan Chulada's lads powered their way to the Class AA championship. The Red & Black cruised to the title, piling up 225 team points to easily outdistance runner-up Lake Lehman (186 pts).
Western Wayne finished third (163), while Scranton Prep (136.5) and Wyoming Area (123) rounded out the front five.
Tristyn Bodie and Matt Davis led the way.
Just a freshman, Bodie went undefeated en route to the 106-pound title. Davis, a senior, also won four straight bouts to earn gold in the 132-pound bracket.
All told, Honesdale will be sending seven wrestlers to this year's Northeast Regional Tournament. The event is slated for March 2-3 in Williamsport.
Also making the trip are: Peter West (113), Brandon Lawson (152), Michael O'Day (170), Jacob Kabonick (182), and John Kuhns-Miller (220).
Bodie is one of the Lackawanna League's top young wrestlers in any weight class.
Tristyn arrived on the scene at Wilkes Barre with 25 wins already to his credit. He thereby earned an opening round bye before hammering out impressive wins in the semifinals and championship bout.
Tristyn punched his ticket to the finals by pinning Valley View's Cobie Combs in the semis (3:15). He then put the clamps on Jason Carver of Meyers (3:33) to capture the gold medal.
Davis entered the fray on Friday with a 21-12 record and the number two seed.
Matt wasted no time in carving out his path to the finals, beginning with a second period fall at the expense of Mountain View's Cody Sherwood.
Next up was Jared Banesh of Hanover Area, who succumbed by a score of 18-5. This set the stage for a semifinal showdown with Scranton Prep's highly-regarded freshman, Oliver Egan. Davis was unfazed, though, clamping Egan at the 3:47 mark and earned a spot in the gold medal bout.
Awaiting him there was the bracket's top seed, Lake Lehman's Garrett Kolb. Once again, Matt was equal to the challenge, pounding out a 10-2 major decision.
On the Dais
While Bodie and Davis paced the Red & Black attack, Honesdale's entire line-up contributed to the team triumph.
A staggering 13 of 14 Hornets earned a medal at this year's AA tourney.
Brandon Lawson turned in a stellar performance, taking silver at 152.
Despite the fact that he is still dealing with the after-effects of a broken nose, Lawson advanced all the way to the finals before being derailed.
Brandon opened with a pin of Montrose's Brendan Kanna (2:24). He followed that up with a clamp of Prep's Mike Welsh (2:58) and a dominating 6-0 decision over Alec Talanca of Berwick.
Lawson's lone loss of the weekend came at the hands of Western Wayne's Braden McIntosh by a razor-thin 2-1 margin.
West, O'Day, Kabonick and Kuhns-Miller each prevailed in the consolation finals.
West notched a pair of pins at 113 before being knocked down into the consolation bracket. He showed great resiliency, though, in bouncing back to capture bronze.
Peter clamped Connor Cherneky of Prep in his first wrestleback, then claimed his spot on the podium via a 9-1 thrashing of Montrose's Andrew Rosevear.
O'Day absorbed an early loss to Hanover Area's Mike Lenahan at 170, but bided his time and eventually exacted a measure of revenge in the consolation finals.
Michael defeated Colin Browne of Meyers, 7-4, and then hammered out a physical 6-2 decision over Lenahan to finish third.
Kabonick (182) opened his quest with a pin in the quarters, but fell into wrestlebacks via a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to Hanover's JJ Hooper.
Jacob cruised in his final two bouts, downing Tom Nalbone of Lake Lehman, 10-1, and Berwick's Jim Snyder by a score of 4-0.
Kuhns-Miller pinned Justin Kelly of Montrose in his opening bout at 220. However, he suffered a fall at the hands of Valley' View's Connor Judge in the semifinals (:48).
John responded well, winning each of his two consolation bouts to finish up in third place.
Over & Out
Ken Huber recorded a pair of pins en route to an appearance in the consi finals at heavyweight.
The Hornet senior closed out his weekend with a fourth place finish, falling to Damon Barhight of Wyoming Area.
Jordan Young and Ethan Chokshi also copped fourth place medals of their own at 120 and 26, respectively.
Joe Rutledge authored a fifth place showing at 138, while AJ Steffens (160) and Mike Erhlich (195) wound up in sixth place.