Three Hornets earn titles at invitational
The Emmaus wrestling team opened its season Saturday at the Saucon Valley Invitational.
The Hornets took second place as a team, finishing with 170.5 points. The hosts Panthers, which are five-time defending Colonial League champions, took first place at 263.5.
Emmaus crowned three individual champs in the eight-team event.
The Hornets’ Peyton Brown took first place with a pair of pins in his only two bouts. After a first-round bye, Brown pinned Pennsbury’s Ryan McGurrin in a minute and 16 seconds then beat West Scranton’s Austin Fashouer with an 18-second fall in the 106-pound final.
Caden Wright earned the title at 160 where he pinned three opponents en route to the gold medal. He floored Octarora’s Gavin Camerote in 56 seconds in the first round then showed Dan Wildonger (Father Judge) the lights in 1:38 to reach the final. Wright’s second-period pin of Saucon Valley’s Thomas Spirk earned him the championship.
Emmaus heavyweight Joe Barno also had a first-round bye before dispatching of Pennsbury’s Elijah Slaughter by fall in the semifinals and then pinning Wyoming Area’s Damon Barhight in the 285-pound title bout.
Emmaus had two second-place finishers in Kordell Waiters (113) and Matt Leskowsky, along with a pair of third-place finishers in Bryce Ebinger (182) and Luigi Mannino (220).
The Hornets are back in action Wednesday when they host Stroudsburg in their first Eastern Pennsylvania Conference match of the season. They travel to Bethlehem Catholic to face the mighty Golden Hawks on Thursday.
The following are Emmaus’ results from the Saucon Valley Invitational.
Peyton Brown (Emmaus) pinned Ryan McGurrin (Pennsbury) in 1:16.
Brown pinned Austin Fashouer (West Scranton) in :18.
Kordell Waiters (Emmaus) dec. Daniel Valdner (Pleasant Valley), 11-9.
Robert Lawlor (Father Judge) pinned Waiters in 1:08.
Matt Leskowsky (Emmaus) dec. Trevor Kibler (Pleasant Valley), 6-2
Leskowsky pinned Solon Cast (West Scranton) in 5:02.
Eamonn Logue (Father Judge) pinned Leskowsky in :58.
John Matthews (Father Judge) tech. fall Gabe Ayala (Emmaus), 16-0 in 4:00.
Mark Hertkorn (Pennsbury) pinned Ayala in 4:31.
Ayala dec. Randy Bonitz (West Scranton), 6-1.
Garrett Walsh (West Scranton) dec. Jackson Karrat (Emmaus), 11-9.
Antonio Martoccio (Pennsbury) dec. Karrat, 6-3.
James Gehr (Pleasant Valley) pinned Dylan Baldwin (Emmaus) in 2:38.
Robin Wrobleski (Wyoming Area) dec. Baldwin, 10-3.
Baldwin pinned Brandon Barton (West Scranton) in 2:04.
Connor Carter (Emmaus) maj. dec. Tyler Martin (Wyoming Area), 10-1.
Matthew Kidwell (Father Judge) pinned Carter in :19.
Jack Karel (Pennsbury) pinned Carter in 1:21.
Angelo Mahaffey (Saucon Valley) pinned Anuj Arora (Emmaus) in 1:09.
Charlie Banashefski (Wyoming Area) pinned Arora in 1:47.
Ryan Wheeler (Octarora) pinned Arora in 3:21.
Caden Wright (Emmaus) pinned Gavin Camerote (Octarora) in :56.
Wright pinned Dan Wildonger (Father Judge) in 1:38.
Wright pinned Thomas Spirk (Saucon Valley) in 3:40.
Corey Mruk (Wyoming Area) pinned Bryce Ebinger (Emmaus) in 4:33.
Ebinger tech. fall Chris Frable (Pleasant Valley). 15-0 in 2:33.
Ebinger maj. dec. Mruk, 14-3.
Jarrett Hirschbeck (Saucon Valley) pinned Dylan Shuman (Emmaus) in :46.
Jullian Rivera (West Scranton) won by fft. over Shuman.
Luigi Mannino (Emmaus) pinned Richard Rodriguez (Pleasant Valley) in :24.
Davis Lee (Pennsbury) pinned Mannino in 1:25.
Manninodec Noah Worsnick (West Scranton), 3-2.
Joe Barno (Emmaus) pinned Elijah Slaughter (West Scranton) in 1:18.
Barno pinned Damon Barhight (Wyoming Area) in 3:47.