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Tunkhannock’s Traver Out For The Season

January 13, 2019

The senior season for one of District 2 wrestling’s top state medal hopefuls has likely come to an abrupt end.

In the second recent blow to Tunkhannock’s top talent, 138-pound senior Tommy Traver sustained a broken leg in a classroom accident Friday. Tigers coach Bob Hegedty confirmed the news over the phone Saturday evening.

Hegedty said the injury occurred while Traver was working with a car in his auto tech class. Though the coach had no definitive prognosis on his star senior, it appears he has wrestled his last match with the Tigers.

“I have no idea. I’m assuming he’s probably done,” Hegedty said.

Tunkhannock traveled to Souderton for a dual meet tournament Saturday, so Hegedty said he has only gotten to exchange text messages with Traver. He plans to visit Traver in the hospital today.

If this is the end for Traver, teammates and supporters will be left to wonder what could have been for one of the district’s most successful seniors.

Traver began his final season by breaking his school’s all-time wins record. He then cruised to a third championship at last weekend’s Wyoming Valley Conference tournament, taking gold with a 25-second pin. Only eight wrestlers have become three-time winners in the 10 years of the WVC event.

Traver’s latest win, a forfeit in Wednesday’s Division 2 opener at Hanover Area, brought his perfect 2018-19 record to 19-0 and his career record to 138-19.

Even more accomplishments were in sight, including the career milestone of 100 pins. Traver also had a District 2 title to defend next month. Despite suffering a serious off-season injury before his junior year, Traver finished on top of D2 for the first time at the 2018 tournament.

Tunkhannock dropped from Class 3A to 2A this school year, too, perhaps improving Traver’s odds at his first PIAA medal had he advanced to his second state tournament.

“It’s just tough. It’s hard for the kids. It’s hard for the coaches,” Hegedty said. “A kid who’s worked extremely hard all the time to do everything right. Something like this happens, it’s not a good situation.

“It’s a horrible thing that happened to him. He doesn’t deserve it, but it is what it is.”

Tunkhannock wrestling’s show must go on without Traver, but the team will no doubt miss his impact as a leader and game-changer on the mat. 

The loss is only amplified considering the Tigers’ other returning state qualifier, junior David Evans, has been sidelined with an arm injury dating back to before the WVC tournament. After the team’s win at Hanover Area on Wednesday, Hegedty said he’s hopeful Evans can return to the lineup by the individual postseason.

Tuesday was supposed to be a tense Division 2 clash between new contender Tunkhannock and defending undefeated champion Lake-Lehman. Circumstances have obviously changed, but Hegedty said the rest of his team has to try to keep wrestling hard.

Even if Traver can’t contribute on the mat from here on, he has still left plenty to remember.

“Just his leadership, his work ethic,” comes to mind for Hegedty. “Watching him turn into a young man.”

 

Contact the writer: eshultz@citizensvoice.com; 570-821-2054; @CVEricShultz on Twitter.

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