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Lions, Comets fall in state duals

Lackawanna Trail and Abington Heights suffered losses Thursday in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Dual Meet Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey.

Both teams lost in their first match, knocking them out of state title contention. Each will continue into the consolation brackets, beginning with a Friday morning match.

Chestnut Ridge defeated Lackawanna Trail, 35-21, in a Class 2A battle of unbeaten teams.

While Lackawanna Trail suffered its first loss, Abington Heights lost for just the second time this season and first time since Opening Day.

Nazareth handled Abington Heights, 53-14, in Class 3A.

Lackawanna Trail meets District 10 champion Hickory, which lost to West Perry, 45-23, Friday at 8 a.m.

Abington Heights will face District 3 champion Gettysburg, which lost to Williamsport, 34-33, Friday at 10 a.m.

Neither team ever led, but Lackawanna Trail managed to stay within 15-12 through 7 of 13 bouts and 21-15 with four still remaining.

Jonah Houser, at 285 pounds, and Max Bluhm, in the closing 138-pound bout, each won by second-period pins for the Lions.

Robbie Schneider (160), Seth Ross (189) and Cole Henry (113) won decisions for the Lions.

Chestnut Ridge, the District 5 champion, pulled out two decisions by four points and another by a single point during the first six bouts to remain in the lead.

Nazareth, the District 11 runner-up, jumped on Abington Heights with two pins in less than a minute in the first two bouts at the two highest weight classes.

Luke Sirianni remained unbeaten with a 26-11 technical fall in 4:43 over Dominic Rizzotto at 106 pounds to cut the deficit to 12-5.

Nazareth won the next four bouts for a 35-5 lead before Brian Heard won an overtime decision at 138.

Caleb Marzolino won by pin in 1:07 for the Comets at 172.

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