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Lions, Comets again ranked 1-2

Defending Lackawanna League divisional champions Lackawanna Trail and Abington Heights open the season where they ended last season, ranked 1-2 in the Riverfront Sports Elite Eight Wrestling Power Rankings of District 2 teams.

Both teams return the majority of their championship lineups.

The preseason rankings were released Friday morning with the season scheduled to begin with limited events later in the day. Most of the district’s teams are in action in tournaments Saturday.

Lackawanna Trail went 11-2 last season and won five of the six regular-season tournaments it entered. The Lackawanna League Division 2, Lackawanna League Tournament and District 2 Class 2A Dual Meet Tournament champions took an unbeaten record into the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Class 2A Dual Meet Tournament where they finished tied for ninth.

Abington Heights went 17-3, won Lackawanna League Division 1 and District 2 Class 3A titles on the way to finishing seventh in the state in Class 3A as a dual meet team.

Delaware Valley is third after finishing there last season. The Warriors bring back state champion Zac Jacaruso.

The rest of the preseason rankings are Honesdale, Wallenpaupack, Wyoming Area, Pittston Area and Wyoming Valley West, fourth through eighth, in order.

Wyoming Area is the defending Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 champion and returns two-time state champion Jaden Pepe.

Defending WVC Division 1 champion Hazleton Area is the only team from last season’s final Elite Eight that is not ranked to begin the season. The Cougars suffered heavy graduation losses.

The rankings, with last year’s record and final ranking:

RankTeamLast SeasonLast Rank
  1Lackawanna Trail11-2  1
  2Abington Heights17-3  2
  3Delaware Valley12-5  3
  4Honesdale21-5  5
  5Wallenpaupack14-8  7
  6Wyoming Area13-7  4
  7Pittston Area11-12 NR
  8Wyoming Valley West13-9  8

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