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WRESTLING: Schneider wins title, award, 100th to lead Lions to 2nd

Lackawanna Trail’s Robbie Schneider on the state podium in March. (Ben Magnotta Photo)

Lackawanna Trail’s Robbie Schneider had a busy first day of the wrestling season.

The returning state medalist repeated an Outstanding Wrestler Award from a year ago, reached a career milestone, won an individual title and led the Lions to second place in a 16-team field in the Rough Rider Invitational at Catasauqua.

Schneider began his day with a 37-second pin of East Stroudsburg North’s Shane Perry in the 172-pound quarterfinals. A pin in 1:50 against Sam Lledo from Lower Merion in the semifinals was the 100th win of Schneider’s career.

The Lions sent six wrestlers to the finals and three came away with individual titles.

Schneider posted a major decision over Northwestern Lehigh’s Dalton Clymer, 13-5, in the final.

Deegan Ross, at 160, and Jonah Houser, at 285, each pinned their championship match opponents.

The Lions were close to adding to their gold-medal count.

Max Bluhm lost by one point in the 152-pound final, Ethan Lee lost by two at 139 and Garet Fowler also finished second at 133.

Conwell Egan won the team title with 227½ points. Lackawanna Trail was second with 218, 58 ahead of the rest of the pack.

Seth Ross (215) was third, Demetius Douglas (160) and Beau Ware (189) fourth and Brayden Clarke (121) and Tucker Kinney (172) fifth for the Lions, who opened the season as the top-ranked team in the Riverfront Sports Elite Eight Power Rankings of District 2 wrestling teams.

Lake-Lehman was also in the tournament and finished ninth.

Lexi Schechterly got through an overtime match in the semifinals to win the title at 107.

Josh Ryan was second at 189, Brandon Ritinski fourth at 133 and James Mitkowski fifth at 152.

Cumberland Valley Kickoff Classic

Delaware Valley finished 12th of 24 teams in the two-day event, Friday and Saturday.

Defending state champion Zac Jacaruso did not compete for the Warriors.

C.J. Walton, at 172, and Christopher Della Bella, at 285, took fourth. Landon Machado was fifth at 114.

The Warriors had 69 points. Faith Christian Academy ran away from Nazareth, 277½-185, for the team title.

Tom Best Memorial Top Hat Tournament

Hazleton Area finished 18th of 24 teams in the two-day event, Friday and Saturday in Williamsport.

Peter Youngcourt finished sixth at 215.

The Cougars had 52 team points. Saucon Valley edged Montoursville, 174-171, for the title.


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