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2019 Citizens’ Voice Wrestling All-Stars

April 14, 2019

Hunter Burke

School: Lake-Lehman

Year: Sophomore

Weight: 145 pounds

Record: 23-11

Two promising years are still ahead of Burke, who fell just a point short to fellow state qualifier Gavin D’Amato in the District 2 finals. He earned a pin in his first trip to individual states, not long after helping Lehman get to team states.

Gavin D’Amato

School: Tunkhannock

Year: Junior

Weight: 145 pounds

Record: 31-11

Illness doomed his sophomore postseason, but D’Amato found himself back on top with his second D2 title this year. He then reached states while under the weather and picked up his first tourney win there in a major decision.

D.J. Erickson

School: Hanover Area

Year: Senior

Weight: 152 pounds

Record: 41-6

Erickson left his mark on Hanover Area’s program, first by becoming its all-time wins leader and then by earning seventh for the school’s first PIAA medal since 2001. He goes out with back-to-back D2 titles and Northeast Regional gold.

David Evans

School: Tunkhannock

Year: Junior

Weight: 120 pounds

Record: 22-4

A broken arm kept Evans out of Tunkhannock’s lineup — until the postseason, when he returned on top of his game. Evans repeated as D2 champ, won a regional title and made it to the state quarterfinals for a second year.

Shawn Henninger

School: Dallas

Year: Senior

Weight: 285 pounds

Record: 34-11

He kept advancing, and that’s all that mattered. Though Henninger fell in his D2 and Northeast Regional finals, he still made it all the way to states and had his hand raised in Hershey before calling it a career at Dallas.

David Krokowski

School: Valley West

Year: Senior

Weight: 126 pounds

Record: 39-5

Krokowski joined a short list in WVC history as a four-time district champ — and he started a list of his own as the first four-time winner at the WVC tourney. Valley West’s No. 2 in career wins made it to states twice in a dominant career.

Bob Long

School: Lake-Lehman

Year: Senior

Weight: 132 pounds

Record: 31-10

Despite top-six finishes at regionals all four years, injuries and close calls made Long wait til March to wrestle at states. He made it a memorable tourney with a pin in consolation action, capping a year that also included a trip to team states.

T.J. Meehan

School: Lake-Lehman

Year: Senior

Weight: 220 pounds

Record: 21-14

Meehan peaked in time for his best postseason ever. He got redemption with gold in his second D2 final, then earned fourth for his first regional medal and states appearance. A senior leader, Meehan’s pin also clinched Lehman’s D2 team title.

Steven Newell

School: Dallas

Year: Senior

Weight: 182 pounds

Record: 39-4

Dallas’ all-time wins leader leaves with a resume deeper than most. Last year’s Hooper Award winner passed the 150 wins milestone while capturing his third straight D2 title, wrestled tough in a regional final and made it to a second state tourney.

Joey Rowley

School: Hanover Area

Year: Junior

Weight: 120 pounds

Record: 35-13

A third-place finish at districts didn’t stop Rowley; neither did a major decision to open regionals. Instead, he rallied with a one-point win and pin to reach states for the first time as a wrestler and second time this school year (cross country).