HS WRESTLING: Seymour, Fashouer, Hester Win Titles
TUNKHANNOCK — After finishing second to the hosts a year ago at the Tunkhannock Holiday Wrestling Tournament, West Scranton had visions of taking home the top prize.
While that wasn’t in the cards for the Invaders — they finished eighth out of 25 teams — earning a pair of championship plaques is a good consolation prize.
Austin Fashouer opened the finals rallying for a win at 106 pounds, and teammate Jeremy Seymour later defending his 182-pound title.
“We didn’t wrestle as well as we wanted to, but we had a couple guys wrestle pretty well,” Seymour said. “We’re going to go back in the room, work hard. This is a learning experience. We got second here last year, so stepped down a notch or two. We didn’t really accomplish the goals we wanted to, getting first place here.”
Montrose’s Joe Hester also claimed back-to-back titles at 132 pounds.
Abington Heights, led by 106-pound runner-up Brandon Grogan and 152-pound bronze medalist James Brown, finished fourth to top the Lackawanna League.
Seymour defeated Mahanoy Area’s Dan Lawrence by a 4-0 decision in the final.
“It feels good. I did it last year, I was coming back in here trying to defend it,” Seymour said. “It was business as usual. Keep the pressure up. That was my main thing, just keep working the pace and make him wrestle my match.”
Working the pace was a common theme for the Invaders. That’s what Fashouer credited as a driving factor when he entered the third period against Grogan behind, 3-1.
“Just push the pace and I’ll get the win,” Fashouer said. “Just keep pushing.”
Fashouer evened the match with a takedown in the third period. He turned Grogan twice for two back points each. He rode out the rest of the match for the 7-3 decision.
“It feels pretty good,” he said. “Just keep working hard, keep going.”
He said his familiarity with his opponent also played into his rally.
“I wrestled (Grogan) two weeks ago at the league tournament. I won there,” Fashouer said. “Just kept pushing the pace and I got it.”
While Fashouer had that knowledge of his opponent, that wasn’t the case for Seymour wrestling Lawrence.
“We see (Mahanoy Area) at a scrimmage at the beginning of the year and I was wrestling him a little bit,” Seymour said. “I knew he’d be strong so I was trying to work my moves, get him tired, grind him out on top.”
The first period was a stalemate, neither wrestler able to figure out the other.
Seymour finally got the lead with a takedown in the second period and put in motion a strategy to wear Lawrence down.
“He came out, he was pretty pumped, looked like he wanted the win a lot,” Seymour said. “So, I had to go out there, wear him down a little bit and try to figure him out.
“The top position was something I was working on, I felt like I could get a turn. I felt like he couldn’t really get off bottom on me, so I was trying to work my moves on top and get a turn. I couldn’t get one, but I definitely wore him down on top.”
Seymour added one more takedown in the third period to finish with a 4-0 victory.
Hester, a day after recording his 100th career victory, posted two more wins Saturday.
He opened with a 38-second pin over Troy’s Trevor Williams in the semifinal, and scored a technical fall over Dean Smith of Cranford (N.J.) in the final.
Tunkhannock had two champions on the day, Dave Evans (120) and Tommy Traver (138).
West Scranton’s Tony Caramano (120), Blue Ridge’s Nathaniel McArthur (126) and Valley View’s John Shnipes (285) also placed second.
1. Wyoming Seminary B 206.5; 2. Cranford 175/5; 3. Tunkhannock 147.5; 4. Abington Heights 135; 5. Troy 129; 6. Wyalusing 121; 7. Coughlin 116; 8. West Scranton 113; 9. Mahanoy Area 110; 10. Bradford 96; 11. Pocono Mountain East 86.5; 12. Canton 86; 13. Nanticoke Area 85; 14. Montrose 78; 15. Blue Ridge 60; 16. Scranton Prep 59; 17. Wyoming Area 52.5; 18. Pocono Mountain West 51.5; 19. Hanover Area 51; 20. NE Bradford 41; 21. St. Joes Prep 41; 22. Pittston Area 40; 23. Western Wayne 33; 24. Valley View 28; 25. Elk Lake 15
106: Austin Fashouer (WS) dec. Brandon Grogan (AH), 7-3; 113: Sheldon Seymour (TROY) dec. Cooper Price (COU), 6-0; 120: Dave Evans (TUN) pinned Tony Caramano (WS), 3:21; 126: Nino Cinti (COU) dec. Nathaniel McArthur (BR), 2-0, OT; 132: Joe Hester (MON) tech. fall Dean Smith (CRA), 5:36; 138: Tommy Traver (TUN) pinned Lincoln Heck (SEM), 5:51; 145: Steve Storm (PME) dec. Gavin D’Amato (TUN), 5-1; 152: DJ Erickson (HAN) dec. AJ Bencivenga (CRA), 9-7; 160: Cole Rees (SEM) maj. dec. Colby Keane (BRAD), 8-0; 170: Dillon Keane (BRAD) tech. fall Garrett Storch (CAN), 4:45; 182: Jeremy Seymour (WS) dec. Danny Lawrence (MA), 4-0; 195: Kyle Costello (SEM) pinned Colin Fegley (MA), 1:50; 220: Mike Doggett (SEM) pinned Jackson Chilson (WYA), 2:24; 285: RJ Wildrick (WYA) dec. John Shnipes (VV), 3-0.
106: Owen Woods (TUN) dec. Isaac Landis (CAN), 5-4; 113: Corey Morabito (SEM) dec. Dante Iuliano (STJ), 4-2; 120: Joe Rowley (HAN) over Antonio D’Apollonio (SP), 1-0; 126: Brett Thompson (BRAD) dec. Nick Woodruff (WYA), 8-3; 132: Logan Newton (WYA) pinned Trevor Williams (TROY), 2:00; 138: Bailey Cohick (TROY) dec. Gino Ianelli (PME), 3-1; 145: Conor Halpin (CRA) dec. Matt Leslie (WW), 4-2; 152: James Brown (AH) dec. Isaac Corey (TROY), 3-1; 160: Kyell Roper (CRA) dec. Sam Northup (AH), 5-1; 170: Mike Giallorenzi (SEM) tech. fall Alexis Perez (MA); 182: Derek Sunafrank (BRAD) dec. Tyler Williams (TROY), 10-3; 195: Jon Owens (PMW) dec. Zach Blevins (CRA), 6-3 OT; 220: Mat Doran (CRA) dec. Trevor Williams (CAN), 7-6; 285: Nate Miller (SEM) dec. Shane Repasky (NAN), 7-3.
Michael Bluhm finished 3-2 for Lackawanna Trail at the Trojan Wars Tournament in Chambersburg.
Bluhm picked up a forfeit and also had a major decision and a technical fall victory for the Lions.
Bethlehem Holiday Classic
At Bethlehem, Delaware Valley’s Preston Machado went 4-2 en route to a seventh-place finish at 126 pounds and Jack Dardia went 4-3 to earn eighth place at 138 pounds during the holiday tournament at Liberty High School.
Honesdale’s Brandon Lawson earned fifth place at 152 pounds with a 5-2 record.