X-Calibur Tournament Underway At Wilkes
A dozen Wyoming Valley Conference wrestlers made it to Day 2 of the X-Calibur tournament. They’ll return to Wilkes’ Marts Center today to battle for placement on the medal stand. Led by three semifinalists, wrestlers from Coughlin, Valley West and Lake-Lehman will all finish top-eight at their weights and represent the WVC with medals by the end of Wyoming Seminary’s annual tournament this evening. Wrestling resumes at 9 a.m., and medal rounds are tentatively scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. Admission is $10. Coughlin’s Tanner Smith (170) and Connor Lee (220) are among those in today’s semifinals. The eighth-place Crusaders also have three others alive in the consolation rounds, and they lead the four participating WVC schools in the team standings with 59 points. Valley West trails closely in ninth place (50.5 pts) with a semifinalist of its own: 132-pounder David Krokowski. Four other Spartans remain in the consolation bracket. In 12th place (48 pts), Lake-Lehman’s Bob Long (132) and Nick Zaboski (170) avoided elimination on Day 1 and can finish as high as third. Pittston Area is done for the weekend and ranked 22nd of 24 teams with 12.5 points after Saturday’s action concluded. C.J. Demark (145) and Alex Anastasi (170) both earned two contested victories. The No. 2 Blue Knights are leading their own tournament as usual. But No. 3 Bergen Catholic is making it a more interesting fight for first place this year and trails Seminary 157-124. Sem has 15 wrestlers in the semifinals: Corey Morabito (120), Zeke Escalera (126), Drew Munch (126), Beau Bartlett (132), Lincoln Heck (138), Connor Kievman (145), Benny Baker (152), Owen Davis (160), Mike Giallorenzi (170), Darwin Hull (170), Jake Stefanowicz (170), Darrien Roberts (182), Mike Doggett (195), Jake Kaminski (220) and Nate Miller (285). Hull squares off with Coughlin’s Smith with a championship match on the line. Barlett could face Valley West’s Krokowski in a potential final, while Kaminski could wrestle Coughlin’s Lee for first place.