TIMES NEWS Wrestling Rankings
(through Jan. 5)
106 - Darren Goida, Panther Valley, Fr. (14-7); 2. Tegan Durishin, Lehighton, Fr. (13-5); 3. Kevan Gentile, Jim Thorpe, Fr. (12-6).
Honorable Mention - Jason Jacobi, Pleasant Valley, Fr. (7-6); Jarret White, Northwestern, So. (5-5).
Notes - Goida is 13-5 at 106 and owns a win over Gentile. Durishin is currently on a four-match win streak.
113 - 1. Kenny Yanovich, Pleasant Valley, Jr. (9-2); 2. Lenny Ogazalek, Panther Valley, Jr. (17-4); 3. Zach Kemmerer, Lehighton, Fr. (9-4)
Notes - One of Yanovich's losses came to Parkland's Ethan Lizak, who is currently 15-0 and ranked fifth nationally at 113 by InterMat Wrestling. Yanovich won 41 matches a year ago, picking up bronze medals at the District 11 and Northeast Regional tournaments. Ogazalek is 13-4 at 113 this season. Kemmerer is 5-2 at 113.
120 - 1. Colin Mashack, Tamaqua, Jr. (15-0); 2. Josh Evans, Palmerton, Jr. (16-2); 3. Sean Bianco, Pleasant Valley, Sr. (5-0).
Honorable Mention - Ali Capibianco, Jim Thorpe, Fr. (9-2); Matt Schmall, Northern Lehigh, Fr. (6-4); Anthony McCue, Pleasant Valley, Fr. (5-2).
Notes - Mashack was a PIAA State Qualifier a year ago at 106 and placed sixth. Evans went 31-9 last season, took silver at districts and qualified for states. Evans was also 5-0 at the Anthracite Duals over the weekend. One of Capibianco's losses was to Pennridge's Ben Ross, who is 12-1 this season. Bianco was a PIAA State Qualifier a year ago and finished last season with a 42-4 record, but has wrestled sparingly this season. It bares watching if McCue will continue to wrestle at 120 in place of Bianco.
126 - 1. James Felipa, Pleasant Valley, Sr. (8-4); 2. Kyle Morales, Jim Thorpe, Jr. (12-4); 3. Damien Fink, Palmerton, Fr. (4-3).
Notes - Felipa went 4-0 at the Parkland Duals this past weekend, but was 3-1 at 126. Felipa also had a 32-11 record a season ago. Fink is 4-0 at 126.
132 - 1. Dillon Mastington, Palmerton, Sr. (11-2); 2. Zach Glassic, Panther Valley, So. (11-9); 3. Nick Pale, Jim Thorpe, Sr. (10-8).
Notes - Mastington is a former 20 bout winner and went 4-1 at the Anthracite Duals this past Saturday. Pale is 6-4 this season at 132.
138 - 1. Dylan Rynkiewicz, Tamaqua, So. (18-3); 2. Zack Christman, Palmerton, So. (12-6); 3. Conrad Young, Northern Lehigh, Fr. (5-5).
Honorable Mention - Cole Moyer, Northwestern, So. (3-2).
Notes - Rynkiewicz has been somewhat of a pin specialist this year, earning 11 of his victories that way. Christman went 3-1 at 138 at the Anthracite Duals over the weekend.
145 - 1. Brian Ohl, Jim Thorpe, Sr. (17-3); 2. Joell Toledo, Pleasant Valley, Sr. (9-2); 3. Joe Bubble, Palmerton, Sr. (10-4).
Honorable Mention - Nathan Farber, Northern Lehigh, So. (6-4).
Notes - All three have been primarily wrestling at 145 over the last month, but all three have also spent time at 152. Ohl is 8-2 at 145, Toledo is 6-2 at 145 and Bubble is 4-1 at 145. These rankings could fluctuate depending on how much time is spent consistently wrestling at 145. Ohl won 24 bouts a season ago.
152 - 1. Ty Herzog, Northern Lehigh, Sr. (8-4).
Notes - Herzog was a PIAA State Qualifier at 145 a year ago, finishing the season with a 31-10 record.
160 - 1. Zach Graver, Palmerton, So. (16-2); 2. Connor Frey, Lehighton, Fr. (12-6); 3. Mitchell Evans, Northwestern Lehigh, Sr. (10-6).
Honorable Mention - Jalil Aldridge, Pleasant Valley, Sr. (7-5).
Notes - One of Graver's losses this season came to Travis Edwards of Port Jervis HS in New York. Edwards has a 12-0 record this season. Frey went 3-1 at the Anthracite Duals over the weekend.
170 - 1. Michael Ortiz, Northwestern Lehigh, Sr. (14-3); 2. Dylan Moyer, Panther Valley, Fr. (13-10); 3. Marcus Hardiman, Northern Lehigh, Sr. (7-4).
Honorable Mention - Nolan Zeigler, Tamaqua, Sr. (8-4).
Notes - Ortiz battled through injuries last year that ultimately cut his season short at regionals. He still managed to go 25-6 and win the District 2A title.
182 - 1. Cody Bowman, Northern Lehigh, Sr. (8-4); 2. Matt Buss, Panther Valley, So. (12-7); 3. Jake Christman, Palmerton, Sr. (3-1).
Honorable Mention - Adam Toth, Tamaqua, Jr. (5-4).
Notes - Bowman is 4-1 in his last five matches. Buss went 4-1 on Saturday at the Anthracite Duals.
195 - 1. Hunter Deihl, Pleasant Valley, Sr. (9-2); 2. Rich Smith, Panther Valley, Sr. (14-4); 3. Jedidiah Scorzelli, Jim Thorpe, Jr. (10-5).
Notes - Deihl went 4-1 at the Parkland Duals this past weekend. Smith 8-1 at 195 this season.
220 - 1. Dominick Ammirato, Pleasant Valley, Sr. (11-5); 2. Richard Nase, Panther Valley, Jr. (15-7).
Notes - One of Ammirato's wins this season came against Scranton's Myles Robbins, who owns a 16-5 record this year. Nase is 6-3 at 220.
285 - 1. Rian Shubeck, Panther Valley, So. (20-1); 2. Mike Benner, Pleasant Valley, Sr. (10-2); 3. Ryan Ruberto, Jim Thorpe, Sr. (12-4).
Honorable Mention - Luke Matsago, Tamaqua, Sr. (13-8).
Notes - Shubeck has won 13 matches in a row and only two of his wins this season have come via forfeit. Benner was 25-9 for Pleasant Valey a year ago. Ruberto is coming off a 14-win season a year ago.
(Compiled by Patrick Matsinko)