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No. 1 Lions, No. 2 Comets claim district titles, head to Hershey

Lackawanna Trail has been No. 1 from Day One. Abington Heights has been No. 2 for most of the season.

Both teams held up those rankings while winning District 2 Dual Meet Championships last weekend to land spots among the 16 teams in each classification that are in Hershey for Thursday’s start of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Championships.

The two maintained their rankings in the latest Riverfront Sports Elite Eight Wrestling Power Rankings of District 2 teams, which were released Thursday afternoon right before the teams began their state tournament participation.

Lackawanna Trail defeated Honesdale, 49-12, for the District 2 Class 2A championship to remain unbeaten in duals in a season that has also included titles in five of six tournaments the Lions entered.

The Lions have a Thursday 4 p.m. meeting of unbeatens with District 2 champion Chestnut Ridge (16-0).

Lackawanna Trail will wrestle again Friday. If the Lions win, it will be in the quarterfinals against the winner between Hickory and West Perry. A loss would mean a consolation meeting with the loser of that same match.

Abington Heights defeated Delaware Valley, 44-27, for the District 2 Class 3A title to improve to 13-1.

The Comets wrestle Thursday at 8 p.m. against District 11 runner-up Nazareth, which is 15-2 with its only two losses coming to District 11 champion Bethlehem Catholic.

Abington Heights widened the gap over No. 3 Delaware Valley after needing a comeback in the last two bouts 10 days earlier to win their Lackawanna League Division 1 meeting, 30-25.

The Comets and Nazareth are paired with the Gettysburg-Williamsport match. The two winners will meet in the Friday quarterfinals while the two losers meet in consolations.

Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 champion Wyoming Area, which gave Lackawanna Trail a closer battle in the district semifinals, held on to fourth.

WVC Division 1 champ Hazleton Area lost in a non-league match at Pottsville, but moved up one spot to fifth, replacing Honesdale, which slipped to sixth after its loss in the district final.

Wyoming Valley West, which downed Scranton, 39-20, in a non-league match Wednesday, held on to seventh while Wallenpaupack also won a non-league match to hold eighth.

The rankings, with dual meet records and last week’s rankings:

RankTeamRecordLast Rank
  1.Lackawanna Trail10-0  1
  2.Abington Heights13-1  2
  3.Delaware Valley12-5  3
  4.Wyoming Area13-7  4
  5.Hazleton Area  9-3  6
  6.Honesdale19-5  5
  7.Wyoming Valley West11-8  7
  8.Wallenpaupack11-8  8

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