At 10 a.m. Saturday, scholastic wrestling will officially return to the historic Kingston Armory.

The site that hosted the 1948 PIAA wrestling championships will play host to the District 2 duals championships, as the top AAA and AA teams will compete. A trip to Hershey for next weekend’s PIAA duals will go to the winning schools in each class.

(KRISTEN MULLEN/THE CITIZENS' VOICE) The entrance to the historic Kingston Armory.

(KRISTEN MULLEN/THE CITIZENS’ VOICE) The entrance to the historic Kingston Armory.

In AAA, Lackawanna League No. 1 Delaware Valley is once again the favorite to claim gold. Should the Warriors do so, it’ll be their fourth consecutive title. The Warriors, led by seniors Jalen Palmer and Colin Irwin and juniors Frank Carrozza, Matt Wagner and P.J. Testino, should have no issue getting to the championship match, where they will more than likely have a rematch of some sorts.

One scenario is that they’ll, once again, take on Wyoming Valley Conference No. 1 seed, Wyoming Valley West. If you recall, the Warriors dominated the Spartans in last year’s district final, 48-9. The two schools met just last week, and the Warriors came out on top. However, this one wasn’t nearly as convincing, with Delaware Valley trailing by two heading into the final match at 120 pounds. P.J. Testino pinned Alex Tirko to give the Warriors a 32-28 victory. Although the match had no bearing on each school’s records toward districts, it could have given us a preview of what we’ll see Saturday afternoon.

(JAMIE PESOTINE/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER) Delaware Valley's Jalen Palmer wrestles Wyoming Valley West's Kyle Krasavage during last year's district final. Will the two schools met again this year?

(JAMIE PESOTINE/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER) Delaware Valley’s Jalen Palmer wrestles Wyoming Valley West’s Kyle Krasavage during last year’s AAA final. Will the two schools met again this year?

The other scenario is that they’ll take on a hot West Scranton team, the Lackawanna League No. 2 seed. The two schools met in league play Dec. 18 with Delaware Valley winning, 41-24. But since then, the Invaders have been on a roll. They’ve won three tournaments —  the Berwick Duals, Selinsgrove Invitational and Dandy Duals — and haven’t lost a league or non-league match.

Delaware Valley coach Lou DeLauro was quick to point out that nobody should be overlooking the Invaders and that a Delaware Valley-Wyoming Valley West championship match shouldn’t be set in stone.

“(West Scranton) is wrestling phenomenal right now,” he said. “In my opinion, they are the hot team. If you think they’re going to be a walk-over, then you’re mistaken.”

(Jake Danna Stevens / Staff Photographer) West Scranton sophomore Jimmy Forsette raises his arm in victory earlier this season.

(Jake Danna Stevens / Staff Photographer) West Scranton sophomore Jimmy Forsette raises his arm in victory earlier this season.

In AA, Lackawanna League No. 1 seed Western Wayne, like Delaware Valley, will be looking for another title. If the Wildcats were to win, that would be a three-peat for the District 2 power. But it won’t come easy.

Although, they should have no trouble getting into the championship match, Wyoming Valley Conference No. 1 seed Lake-Lehman will likely be waiting. The two schools met in last year’s final, with Western Wayne winning, 38-28.

While the Wildcats, led by Morgan Fuller and Austin and Dakota Swoyer, cruised to another league title this year, they did have to replace three individual district champions from last year’s squad. The Black Knights, on the other hand, return one of the state’s best wrestlers in Austin Harry, who is undefeated this season and a three-time state qualifier. Don’t be surprised if the Black Knights get some revenge on the Wildcats.

(KRISTEN MULLEN / THE CITIZENS' VOICE) Lake-Lehman's Austin Harry, top, and Western Wayne's Cory Franc wrestle during last year's AA championship match. Will they meet again this year?

(KRISTEN MULLEN / THE CITIZENS’ VOICE) Lake-Lehman’s Austin Harry, top, and Western Wayne’s Cory Franc wrestle during last year’s AA championship match. Will they meet again this year?

Listed below is information on each team competing Saturday. If you go, tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students. There will be four mats per classification and given the history of wrestling in the area, it should make for an exciting and intense atmosphere!

Class AAA 

Delaware Valley
League record: 6-0
Seed: Lackawanna League No. 1
Top wrestlers: P.J. Testino (Jr. 120/126), Jalen Palmer (Sr. 132/138), Frank Carrozza (Jr. 138/145), Colin Irwin (Sr. 160/170), Matt Wagner (Jr. 195/220)
Wyoming Valley West
Seed: Wyoming Valley Conference No. 1
Conference record: 6-0
Top Wrestlers: James Wright (Jr. 113), Travis Roper (Sr. 132), Jon Lagoski (So. 138), Nathan Cheek (Sr. 145), James Donovan (Sr. 152), Cody Cordes (Jr. 160), Jamaar Taylor (Sr. 170), Ian Moran (Sr. 220)
West Scranton
League record: 5-1
Seed: LL No. 2
Top wrestlers: Stefhen Caple (Jr. 106), Jimmy Forsette (So. 113), Angel Ortiz (Sr. 132/138/145), Kyle Kroptavich (Jr. 160/170), Pat Cooper (Jr. 160/170/182), Jason Manning (Sr. 220), Kamron VanWert (Jr. 285)
Pittston Area
Seed: WVC No. 2
Conference record: 5-1
Top wrestlers: Zack Meckes (So. 113), Tyler Lutecki (Sr. 126), Dave DeLeo (Jr. 132), Ryan Joyce (Sr. 152), Kevin Wesolowski (Sr. 170), Chris Cummings (Sr. 182), Jon Armitage (Jr. 195), Jake Vaxmonsky (Jr. 220)
Wallenpaupack
League record: 4-2
Seed: LL No. 3
Top wrestlers: Chase Gallik (Jr. 138), Todd Frick (So. 170), Jared Wehrmann (182), Jerome Haupt (Sr. 195), Kyle Hartman (So. 220), Ken Roman (Sr. 285)
Hazleton Area
Seed: WVC No. 3
Conference record: 4-2
Top wrestlers: Chris Lasecki (Fr. 106), Jimmy Hoffman (Fr. 120), Anthony Martoccio (Fr. 120), Derek Spachman (Jr. 160), Carson Kinney (Fr. 170) Steve Longazel (So. 182)
Scranton
Seed: Wild card
League record: 3-3
Top wrestlers: Aidan McNally (So. 113), Rui Evanitsky (So. 120/126/132), Chris Lovallo (Sr. 145/152), Kazim Bakhriyev (Jr. 145/152/160), Niyaz Bakradze (Jr. 160/170)
Dallas
Seed: Wild card
Conference record: 2-4
Top wrestlers: Logan Brace (Sr. 160), Connor Martinez (Sr. 170), Cole Dixon (So. 182), Domenic Oliveri (Sr. 195) Ryan Monk (Jr. 285)

Class AA

Western Wayne
League record: 5-0
Seed: Lackawanna League No. 1
Top wrestlers: Morgan Fuller (Sr. 138/145), Austin Swoyer (Sr. 220/285), Dakota Swoyer (Jr. 220/285)
Lake-Lehman
Seed: Wyoming Valley Conference No. 1
Conference record: 5-1
Top wrestlers: R.J. Driscoll (Fr. 113), Austin Harry (Sr. 132), Bobby Wright (Sr. 160), Derek Dragon (Jr. 170), Brady Butler (Sr. 182), Phil Hettes (Jr. 195)
Blue Ridge
League record: 4-1
Seed: LL No. 2
Top wrestlers: Zach Edwards (Sr. 138/145/152), Dalton Hogle (Jr. 132/138), David Austin (So. 113/120)
Meyers
Seed: WVC No. 2
Conference record: 5-1
Top wrestlers: Colin Pasone (Fr. 106), Gino Setta (So. 145), Quince Hutchings (Jr. 152), Johntae Nelson (Sr. 160), T.J. Cistrunk (Jr. 170), Kyle Krepich (Sr. 285)
Lackawanna Trail
Seed: LL No. 3
League record: 3-2
Top wrestlers: Devon Clarke (Fr. 106,113), Billy Lee (Sr. 145/152), Thomas Fricke (Sr. 170, 182), Trent Phillips (So. 182/195)
Wyoming Area
Seed: WVC No. 3
Conference record: 2-4
Top wrestlers: Patrick Heck (So. 120), Charlie Johnson (So. 126) Kenny Beyer (Fr. 132), Zach Briggs (So. 152), Jude Polit-Moran (Jr. 182)
GAR
Seed: Wild card
Conference record: 2-4
Top wrestlers: A.J. Luton (Sr. 120), Devin Reese (Sr. 132), Rashaun Mathis (Sr. 170), Zac Faust (Jr. 220), Saul Wilkins (Jr. 285)
Nanticoke Area
Seed: Wild card
Conference record: 1-5
Top wrestlers: Kyle Sorber (Sr. 132), Kyle Gavrish (Sr. 145), Derek Fisher (Jr. 170)