An undefeated state wrestling champion and one of the Morning Call’s wrestlers of the year allegedly shoved a police officer and resisted arrested earlier this month in Ocean City, Md., an area where many seniors celebrate the end of their high school days, police there said.
Garth J. Lakitsky, 18, of Tamaqua, was arrested on June 7 and charged with second-degree assault, resisting arrest and possession of alcohol by a minor.
Lakitsky (No. 9 @ 215) went undefeated in the 215-pound weight class and became the first state champion wrestler in Tamaqua High history. He will play football next year at Lackawanna College, a two-year junior college in Scranton.
His wrestling season earned him The Morning Call’s 2A Wrestler of the Year and the Christian Luciano Pinner Award, which recognizes the District 11 wrestler with the most pins during the season.
According to an Ocean City police report:
An officer spotted Lakitsky sitting on a park bench on the Ocean City Boardwalk and holding an orange water bottle at around 11:25 p.m. on June 7. When Lakitsky saw the officer, he tried to hide the water bottle behind his back. The officer approached Lakitsky and asked him what he had in the bottle.
Lakitsky responded he found the bottle on the bench and then handed it to the officer. The officer smelled alcohol in the bottle and questioned Lakitsky about the water bottle, but he refused to talk.
When asked, Lakitsky gave the officer a fake name. The officer asked Lakitsky to stand up off the bench and turn around, because he was being detained until he found out his real name.
Lakitsky said he would not turn around for the officer and then shoved him and began running. Two officers gave chase, and lost Lakitsky momentarily.
Lakitsky was captured about four blocks away.