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Today in NEPA Sports Nation, 1/19

Unbeatens meet Wednesday afternoon in Wyoming Valley Conference boys and girls swimming and Wednesday night in Lackawanna League wrestling.

A busy day of wrestling is combined with a light day of boys and girls basketball and boys and girls swimming.

Both Holy Redeemer teams are 3-0 going into the WVC swimming meet at Wyoming Seminary where both teams are 4-0.

The boys meet features Wyoming Seminary, which is fourth, going against Holy Redeemer, which is sixth in the latest Riverfront Sports Super Six Swimming Power Rankings of District 2 teams.

Wyoming Seminary’s girls are third and Holy Redeemer is unranked.

The swimming schedule also includes Hazleton Area at Berwick in another WVC boys and girls meet and Wallenpaupack at Dunmore in a Lackawanna League girls meet.

Two wrestling teams have the chance to clinch at least ties for first place in their divisions, but will have to beat defending champions to do so.

Honesdale has the tougher task in a meeting of teams in the Riverfront Sports Elite Eight Wrestling Power Rankings of District 2 teams.

The seventh-ranked Hornets (5-0 in the division, 13-3 overall) host top-ranked Lackawanna Trail (4-0, 4-0) in Lackawanna Division 2. The Lions are coming off their fourth tournament title in five tries this season, after finishing first out of 15 teams at the Dan Wickham Classic, hosted by Unatego High School in Unadilla, N.Y., and have beaten all four dual-meet opponents by at least 42 points.

Wyoming Area (3-0, 10-4) is home in WVC Division 2 against Lake-Lehman (1-1, 3-5). The Warriors can clinch a first-place tie with a win or take the title outright if they win and Berwick loses at Hanover Area.

First place is on the line in WVC Division 1 when Hazleton Area (3-0, 4-1) goes to Wyoming Valley West (1-0, 7-6).

Lackawanna Division 1 leader Delaware Valley (3-0, 4-2) is at Wallenpaupack (1-1, 7-6).

The wrestling schedule also includes: Montrose at Elk Lake, Blue Ridge at Scranton Prep and Mountain View at Western Wayne in Lackawanna League Division 2; and Wilkes-Barre Area at Dallas in a non-league match.

The best basketball game may be a non-league boys game that brings Williamsport (7-2) to Dallas (6-3).

Williamsport, District 4’s only Class 6A team, comes to District 2 each year at playoff time to compete in a District 2-4 Class 6A Subregional. The Millionaires also face some of the district’s traditionally strongest programs in the regular season and are 2-1 this season with wins over Scranton Prep and Crestwood and a loss to Holy Redeemer in games decided by a total of 11 points.

Holy Redeemer is home with Wyoming Area and Nanticoke is at MMI Prep as the Royals and Trojans try to each hold on to a share of first place in WVC Division 2 boys.

Lackawanna Trail is at Wyoming Seminary in a non-league game.

After nine away and neutral site games and more than 5½ weeks of the season, Dunmore (3-0, 8-1) finally gets to play a home girls game, hosting Carbondale (0-1, 0-2) in Lackawanna Division 3. While the Lady Bucks have taken on opponents from four states, the Chargerettes have hardly played with COVID disruptions limiting them to the fewest games of any District 2 team.

The girls schedule also includes Scranton Prep at West Scranton in Lackawanna Division 1, Blue Ridge at Lackawanna Trail in Lackawanna Division 4 and MMI Prep at Nanticoke in WVC Division 2.

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