HYDE — Lucas Laktash and Derek Sunafrank each had perfect days to bring home gold medals at the District 4/District 9 Class AAA Championships Saturday at Clearfield High School.
At 126 pounds, Laktash, only a freshman, went 4-0 and pinned Clearfield’s Nolan Barr in 1:18 in the title match to secure gold.
Then at 182, Sunafrank avenged his runner-up finish last year by scoring a 2-1 decision over DuBois’ Garrett Starr to win the title and cap a 4-0 day.
“A lot to be said for Lucas winning this as a freshman,” Bradford wrestling coach Jamey Miller said. “When you get up to 120, 126 (pounds), you start getting up to kids who have been around awhile. But he stayed aggressive until the whistle blew for each match.”
Of Sunafrank, Miller said, “he wrestled really tough the whole way through. He had a couple of close matches and won in the semis 2-0 before 2-1 in the finals. I mean it wasn’t real fancy, but they’ve been studying Derek all year long and knew what he was doing and were able to shut him and his offense down.”
Miller also noted that Sunafrank picked up his 100th career victory with the Owls on Saturday, and now sits at 102 wins.
Despite those two first-place finishes, the Owls finished at ninth in the team scores with just 90.5 total points. With three champions and four runner-up finishes, DuBois won the Class AAA championships with a 193.5 score. DuBois head coach Ed Scott Sr. was named the District 9 3A Coach of the Year, while Ed Scott Jr. was named the meet’s outstanding wrestler after winning the title at 152 pounds.
“Overall, it’s not what we were hoping for,” Miller admitted. “You get into the postseason and it’s anyone’s game. You get kids that come out of nowhere that you don’t expect to do anything and then they get into the semis.”
Elsewhere for Bradford, Brett Thompson finished fifth at 132 pounds with a 3-1 record, and Dylan Mazzone placed fourth at 285 pounds (heavyweight) with a 3-2 mark.
Thompson, Mazzone, Sunafrank and Laktash will all advance onto the PIAA Regionals next weekend in Altoona.
Devan Poe and Jacob Lucco each went 0-2 at 106 and 120 pounds, respectively for the Owls. Elijah Fitton and Drake Hayden went 2-3 on the day, at 138 and 145 pounds, and Michael Gow had an 0-2 mark at 195.
Also on Saturday, assistant Bradford wrestling coach Mark Havers was named to the District 9 Wrestling Hall of Fame for his achievements on the mat.
“He really did a lot of it on his own and he really dedicated himself to get where he was at,” Miller noted.