Winning is the primary objective of any wrestling bout, and the 14 grapplers on the 2009-2010 TIMES NEWS Area All-Star First Team did plenty of it this past season.
While no one hit the 40 win mark (Pleasant Valley's Jordan Toledo just missed with 39 victories), 13 of the honored matmen had their arms raised in triumph 30 or more times. The group included 10 PIAA State qualifiers, with six medal winners.
Add their records together, and the members of the First Team compiled a combined mark of 467-120, a winning percentage of almost 80 percent (79.5).
The team is definitely tough to beat.
Northern Lehigh led the way with four wrestlers on the First Team, including the Hedash brothers, senior Craemer and junior Colin, junior Nikko Stevens and Zane Heller, a sophomore and the lone District 11 champion among the group.
Pleasant Valley placed three grapplers on the First Team, including Toledo, the Bears' all-time winningest wrestler, as well as Jake Chamberlain and Mike Pokrinchak. All three Bears are seniors.
Lehighton and Tamaqua have two apiece on the First Team. The Indians are represented by senior David Lucykanish, a member of the 100-win club, and senior Briar Stern. The Blue Raiders have a pair of juniors on the squad, including TN Wrestler of the Year Garth Lakitsky and Kolby Mashack.
Jim Thorpe senior Dillon Smith, like Toledo his school's career leader in victories, is also a First Team selection, as are Northwestern senior Dylan Long (a 100-win club member) and Panther Valley junior Nick O'Donnell.
Selection to the team were made without regard to weight class. Wrestlers who had achievements in the postseason were given priority during the selection process. The wreslers are listed by alphabetical order.
Jake Chamberlain, Pleasant Valley. Senior. Season record 34-10. Career record 78-37. District 11 AAA 2nd, NE AAA Regional 3rd, PIAA 6th, Pleasant Valley champion.
Colin Hedash, Northern Lehigh. Junior. Season record 36-5. Career record 90-22. District 11 AA 2nd, SE AA Regional 3rd, PIAA 5th, Bethlehem Holiday champion, Brandywine Heights 2nd.
Craemer Hedash, Northern Lehigh. Senior. Season record 32-10. Career record 100-30. District 11 AA 2nd, SE AA Regional 2nd, PIAA 6th, Brandywine Heights champion, Bethlehem Holiday 4th.
Zane Heller, Northern Lehigh. Sophomore. Season record 30-7. Career record 54-16. District 11 AA champion, SE AA Regional 6th, Brandywine Heights 3rd.
Garth Lakitsky, Tamaqua. Junior. Season record 38-5. Career record 87-27. District 11 AA 2nd, SE AA Regional 2nd; PIAA 4th; Schuylkill League champion, Bloomsburg champion, Mount Carmel champion.
Dylan Long, Northwestern Lehigh. Senior. Season record 30-7. Career record 103-36. District 11 AA 3rd, SE AA Regional 5th, PIAA qualifier, Nazareth champion, Bethlehem Holiday 6th.
David Lucykanish, Lehighton. Senior. Season record 35-8. Career record 113-40. District 11 AA 3rd, SE AA Regional qualifier, Jim Thorpe champion, Brandywine Heights 2nd, Bethlehem Holiday 7th.
Kolby Mashack, Tamaqua. Junior. Season record 35-7. Career record 93-31. District 11 AA 4th; SE AA Regional 3rd, PIAA qualifier; Bloomsburg champion, Mount Carmel champion, Schuylkill League 2nd.
Nick O'Donnell, Panther Valley. Junior. Season record 35-9. Career record 65-15. District 11 AA 2nd, SE AA Regional qualifier, Schuylkill League champion, Springfield Twp. champion, Panther Valley Coal Cracker champion, Bethlehem Catholic 5th.
Mike Pokrinchak, Pleasant Valley. Senior. Season record 30-10. Career record 72-37. District 11 AAA 4th, NE AA Regional 4th, Pleasant Valley 2nd.
Dillon Smith, Jim Thorpe. Senior. Season record 35-12. Career record 140-38. District 11 AA 3rd, SE AA Regional 4th, PIAA qualifier, Jim Thorpe champion, North Schuylkill champion, Schuylkill League 2nd, Penn Cambria 2nd, Bethlehem Catholic 2nd, Panther Valley Coal Cracker 2nd.
Nikko Stevens, Northern Lehigh