Both coaches knew what to expect heading into the Mountain Valley Conference wrestling matchup between Lehighton and Pleasant Valley. The match was expected to favor the Bears in the lighter weights, the Indians were favored in the middle weights, and the heavier weights were a toss-up.
The match went according to form as Pleasant Valley built a commanding early lead and then put it away by winning the late tossup bouts.
The result was a 47-21 Mountain Valley Conference victory.
"I thought if the matches went as expected we'd be fine," Pleasant Valley head coach Mark Getz said.. "Team-wise, I thought we'd be alright. It happened the way that I kind of expected it to go."
Meanwhile, Lehighton knew it would need to pull a couple of surprises to have a chance in the match..
"We knew what we were going up against in Pleasant Valley," Lehighton head coach Dan Williams said. "We knew it would be a challenge with their tough wrestlers throughout the lineup."
In fact, Pleasant Valley (14-1), started out the match with six straight bout wins, erecting a 32-0 lead that eventually would prove to be insurmountable. However, the Tribe held their own, battling back to a 35-21 deficit with three matches remaining. Aaron Brewer's decision over James Scott at 195 proved to be the clincher for the Bears.
"I wanted to move some kids around in the lineup so that they could get some matches and it worked out for us," Getz mentioned.
The battle began at 106 with a premiere battle between two of the area's finest in Kenny Yanovich and Jacob Hoats. After some early grappling and lock-ups, Yanovich scored a first-period take down and followed with another in the beginning of the second and a third in the third for the 6-2 decision.
The hosts ensued with a pin by Sean Bianco and a tech fall by James Felipa for the 14-0 edge.
Michael Danistrom pinned Chris Bosco at 126 for a 20-0 advantage, before a Lehighton forfeit and a Peter Yanovich pin ballooned the lead to 32-0 at the near midpoint.
Anthony Farole needed a win on this night for his career 100th and he didn't disappoint. A 9-3 decision caused Farole to raise his arms in triumph and the accomplishment.
"He has deserved all one hundred of those wins that he has gotten throughout his career," Williams said. "He's hard-working, a great leader and pretty much takes over command of the wrestling room in practices."
After Joe Toledo pulled out a decision, Lehighton (9-11 overall) began a little run of their own, as Jalil Aldridge, Devonte Dash and Joseph Smith all picked up impressive wins to mount a comeback.
However, Brewer's heroics sealed it and Dominick Ammirato nabbed a 1-0 decision for the team win.
"We're going to keep working hard and hopefully get some wins," Lehighton's Williams said. "We're on the edge with District Duals so every win counts, and hopefully we can sneak in."
Pleasant Valley 47, Lehighton 21
106 – Kenny Yanovich (PV) dec, Jacob Hoats, 6-2
113 – Sean Bianco (PV) won by inj. def. over Josh Gornickin
120 – James Felipa (PV) tech. fall Anthony Farano, 19-4 in 4:26
126 – Michael Danistrom (PV) pinned Chris Bosco in 3:35
132 – Ernest Klingle (PV) won by forfeit
138 – Peter Yanovich (PV) pinned Alex Yankovich in :49
145 – Anthony Farole (L) dec. David Behr, 9-3
152 – Joe Toledo (PV) dec. Ian Zimmerman, 10-6
160 – Jalil Aldridge (L) pinned Zach Calemati in 2:46
170 – Davonte Dash (L) won by inj. def over Nick Martucci
182 – Joseph Smith (L) pinned Diehl in 3:43
195 – Aaron Brewer (PV) dec. James Scott, 4-1
220 – Dominick Ammirato (PV) dec. Colton Davidson, 1-0
285 – Mike Benner (PV) won by forfeit