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Top six to meet at league event

The top six teams in the Riverfront Sports Elite Eight Power Rankings of District 2 teams will all be together in one place Saturday afternoon for the Lackawanna League Wrestling Tournament at Wallenpaupack.

The continued northern shift of the power base in District 2 is reflected in the latest rankings, which were released Friday morning.

The week’s two positive moves were both made by Lackawanna League teams.

Wallenpaupack, which has the district’s best dual meet record, moved up.

West Scranton joined the rankings, jumping all the way to sixth, meaning the top six teams in the rankings are now all Lackawanna members.

The league tournament is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., moved back from its original start time of 9 a.m.

The power rankings are a combined assessment of the strength of teams for both dual meet and tournament competition.

How the top teams stack up in tournaments will be on display Saturday.

So far, this season’s top two – and last season’s top two in the opposite order – have taken the opposite scheduling approach.

Abington Heights is 6-0 and ranked No. 1. The Comets had the week off.

Lackawanna Trail has not conducted its first dual. Last year’s No. 1 team had its second straight second-place tournament finish in the Darren Klingerman Invitational in Bloomsburg.

The Comets and Lions won the two Lackawanna League divisions last season and won the two district titles, both in dual-meet format and the team scoring component of the individual tournament.

Lackawanna Trail is the defending league tournament champion.

Honesdale remains third after beating Blue Ridge, 63-9.

Wallenpaupack moves past Delaware Valley, swapping places while taking over fourth.

The Buckhorns beat Pittston Area for the second time, this time more decisively, 58-15.

Delaware Valley split its first two matches, beating Hazleton Area by 65, but losing to Nazareth by 56.

West Scranton, which had earlier won its only dual, moved into sixth after placing second out of 12 teams in the Jarvis Tournament at Athens.

Pittston Area and Wyoming Valley West each dropped one spot to seventh and eighth.

The Patriots lost to Wallenpaupack.

The Spartans began their season by going 3-2 in the Case-Flynn Duals at Pottsville.

Montrose fell from the rankings with a loss to Valley View.

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

RankTeamRecordLast Rank
  1Abington Heights  6-0  2
  2Lackawanna Trail  0-0  1
  3Honesdale  5-2  3
  4Wallenpaupack  7-0  5
  5Delaware Valley  1-1  4
  6West Scranton  1-0 NR
  7Pittston Area  5-3  6
  8Wyoming Valley West  3-2  7

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