Zaboski Leads Strong First Day For Lake-Lehman
WILLIAMSPORT — Nick Zaboski faced a tie score with seconds left in the third period.
Mifflinburg’s Jansen Houdeshell escaped the District 2 champion at 170 pounds to knot the match, but Zaboski wasn’t going to let this one slip away.
The Black Knights sophomore earned a takedown with five seconds left to secure a 5-3 decision and a spot in the Class 2A Northeast Regional individual wrestling semifinals.
“I think I’m pretty conditioned for this so I went out there in the third period and I felt him getting weak and that’s when I knew that I had to turn it on,” Zaboski said. “He got out right at the end and it was tied up and I really didn’t want it to go into overtime so I just turned it on even more and I got the win.”
Zaboski was part of a big night for Lake-Lehman as his teammates Bob Long (132 pounds) and T.J. Meehan (220) also stayed in contention for a gold medal Friday night, advancing to the semifinals at Williamsport High School.
They were three of five wrestlers from the Wyoming Valley Conference to win quarterfinal matches.
Tunkhannock’s Dave Evans (120) and Hanover Area’s D.J. Erickson (152) also moved on to the semifinals.
The tournament continues today at 9:30 a.m. when 14 regional champions will be crowned and the top four finishers in each weight class will earn a trip to states.
Long dominated Line Mountain’s Ian Coller with a 13-0 major decision.
“I’ve got to wrestle my best,” Long said. “This is my last year and if I don’t go and get it, I’m not going to get it at all.”
He’ll wrestle Southern Columbia’s Patrick Edmondson in today’s semifinals.
“I didn’t make any adjustments,” Long said. “I just tried to perfect what I have. You just keep your arsenal lethal and you should be all right.”
Meehan outlasted Benton’s Zach Poust, 5-2, staving off a late push for points and earning a late takedown to secure the victory.
“I was tired,” Meehan said. “I was taxed a little bit but I knew I could outlast him.”
Meehan avenged an earlier loss when Poust pinned him Dec. 11.
“It’s great to come back and beat someone who beat you,” Meehan said. “I just wrestled harder.”
Meehan would clinch a spot in the state tournament with a win over Montoursville’s Cameron Wood today in the semifinals.
“It’s my senior year and there’s nothing more that I want than to go into states right now,” Meehan said.
Evans earned an 8-2 decision over Midd-West’s Aidan Steininger in the quarterfinals. This is the District 2 champion’s second tournament since returning from a broken arm last week.
“It’s definitely the best I’ve felt since the incident,” Evans said. “It’s definitely healing a lot better and I felt confident coming into the tournament so we’re just going to keep wrestling, just go as hard as I can and whatever happens, happens.”
He faces Warrior Run’s Noah Hunt in today semifinals.
Erickson topped Muncy’s Coleman Good with a 5-1 decision.
“To be honest, I didn’t wrestle to the best of my ability,” Erickson said. “I definitely could have wrestled a lot better. A win’s a win at the end of the day so getting back to the semifinals is good.”
Erickson will try to get back to the state tournament for the third straight year today.
He’ll have to get past Blue Ridge’s Adam Roe to clinch a spot. Erickson beat Roe, 6-4, during the District 2 team duals this season.
“State medal is the goal, but first you’ve got to get there,” Erickson said. “I’ve got to win (today) in the semis and get to Hershey.”
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