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Today in NEPA Sports Nation, 2/2

The District 2 Dual Meet Wrestling Championships move to the semifinal round Wednesday night while basketball takes a break from league races for two of the highest-profile, non-league games of the season.

The wrestling schedule includes a meeting of two division champions when Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 titlist Wyoming Area (13-6) goes to Lackawanna Trail (8-0) for a Class 2A match.

The unbeaten Lions are defending district champions as well as this season’s Lackawanna Division 2 champions.

Wyoming Area is ranked fifth in the Riverfront Sports Elite Eight Wrestling Power Rankings of District 2 teams while Lackawanna Trail is ranked first.

All four semifinals feature the teams in the Elite Eight.

Wyoming Area is one of two lower seeds that won on the road in Monday’s quarterfinals.

The other, seventh-ranked Wyoming Valley West, travels to second-ranked Abington Heights.

The best matchup could be the other Class 3A semifinal where third-ranked Delaware Valley is at fourth-ranked Hazleton Area.

No. 8 Western Wayne is at Wayne County rival, No. 6 Honesdale, in the other Class 2A semifinal.

The match at Hazleton Area starts at 6. The other three begin at 6:30.

Wednesday is the second straight night that the No. 1 Big School will host the No. 1 Small School in the My City Mortgage Super Six Basketball Power Rankings of District 2 teams.

Big School Dunmore handled Small School Riverside, 61-33, in the girls game Tuesday.

WVC Division 2 leader Holy Redeemer puts the district’s best record (15-1) on the line at Lackawanna Division 1 leader Scranton, which had the district’s last perfect record until falling at Wallenpaupack Monday to drop to 11-1.

Jim Thorpe, which is 16-1 and leading the race for top seed in the District 11 Class 4A playoffs, travels to Western Wayne, which is 13-3 and leading the District 2 Class 3A race, in a non-league girls game.

Jim Thorpe is completing its series of games with top District 2 teams. The Olympians beat defending District 2 Class 3A champion Riverside, 66-44; beat Lake-Lehman, the defending champion and current leader of WVC Division 2, 44-29; and lost to defending Lackawanna League Division 3 champion and current District 2 Class 4A playoff race leader Dunmore, 49-45.

The full District 2 basketball schedule can be found at:

There are also three boys and girls WVC swimming meets and one boys and girls Lackawanna swimming meet on the schedule.

The swimming schedule is: Dallas at Nanticoke, Tunkhannock at Wyoming Area, Lake-Lehman at Wilkes-Barre Area and Scranton at Delaware Valley.

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