Reflections on the mat

Hornets grapplers

By TED WADDELL
Posted 4/14/21

HONESDALE, PA — The wrestlers of Honesdale High pinned a 7-1 team record (5-1 league) this season. They then went on to compete at the District 2 AA tourney and also made an appearance at the …

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Reflections on the mat

Hornets grapplers

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HONESDALE, PA — The wrestlers of Honesdale High pinned a 7-1 team record (5-1 league) this season. They then went on to compete at the District 2 AA tourney and also made an appearance at the North East AA Regionals.

At the District 2 tourney, which took place from February 19 to 21 at the Mohegan Sun Arena, the Hornets finished in third place, just missing second place by three points.

On Saturday, February 27, the team took 29th place during the North East Regionals at Williamsport High School.

In the District 2 AA tourney, Tim Dailey (featured in a previous edition of the River Reporter) was crowned district champion at 189 pounds.

In the 113-pound weight class, Tristyn Bodie battled his way to become a district finalist, while third-place honors went to Drew Howell (120) and Paul Renner (172).

Adding to the team’s list of notable accomplishments for the season, four wrestlers placed in the top three spots at the districts and advanced to the regional tournament in Williamsport, PA.

The year started out on a high note, as Honesdale defeated their opponents in their first four outings, dropped one, and then wrapped up the regular season with three wins in a row on the way to the districts and regionals.

“I think we had as of successful a year as possible, with all things considered,” said coach Ryan Chulada. “We lose a few seniors, but our team is still very young, and I think we will be on an upward trajectory next season.”

Clulada said that looking ahead to next year, he has “high hopes” for Drew Howell, an up-and-coming senior, sophomore Joey Gianetti and Mason Avery, a freshman.

The year at a glance

January 29, 2021: Honesdale defeated Western Wayne 50-21.

January 30, 2021: Honesdale defeated Scranton Prep 48-21.

February 4, 2021: Honesdale defeated Pittston Area 42-26.

February 6, 2021: Honesdale defeated Elk Lake 63-6

February 8, 2021: Lackawanna Trail defeated Honesdale 50-12.

February 10, 2021: At the Honesdale Tri-Meet, the home team defeated Blue Ridge 42-24 in round one and topped Montrose 57-15 in round three. In round two, Blue Ridge edged Montrose 38-27.

February 12, 2021: Honesdale defeated Valley View 66-0.

February 19-21, 2021: Honesdale placed third at the District 2 AA tourney.

February 27, 2021: Honesdale placed 29th in the North East AA regionals.

For more photos of Honesdale’s homestand 50-21 dual meet victory over the Wildcats of Western Wayne on January 29, visit www.riverreporter.com/sports.

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