West Mifflin's Sherlock heading for surgery

Paul Schofield
| Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010

West Mifflin senior Sam Sherlock had his wrestling season come to an early end.

An injury to his left knee during the 130-pound finals at the Beast of the East tournament in Newark, Del. forced him to shut the season down.

"When it happened, I heard a pop," Sherlock said. "It hurt badly, and I called for injury time."

Sherlock, who lost 3-2 in overtime, suffered a torn ACL, and Dr. James Bradley performed surgery Monday.

"I was looking forward to wrestling for the Pennsylvania team in the Pittsburgh Classic," Sherlock said. "That's everyone's dream growing up around here."

The match at the Beast of the East tournament wasn't Sherlock's final match. He wrestled in the Trinity Duals on Saturday and weighed in at 145 pounds to pick up some possible forfeits. But when West Mifflin had a chance to defeat Bethel Park, Sherlock took the mat and pinned his opponent.

"I probably could have wrestled at 145 pounds and still won a state title," Sherlock said. "I was able to practice; I just had trouble bending the knee.

"Penn State urged me to get the surgery so I would be ready for next season. I'm going up in July and starting classes. I'm going to begin my rehab this weekend."

Sherlock, who signed a letter-of-intent in November to wrestle for Penn State, ended his career with a 114-13 record.

Penn-Trafford, Latrobe square off

Penn-Trafford (3-0, 2-0) and Latrobe (2-0, 2-0) will square off at 7 p.m. today for first place in the WPIAL Class AAA Section 1-B at Latrobe.

Latrobe is ranked No. 3, and Penn-Trafford is No. 5 in the Tribune-Review rankings.

"It should be a good battle," Latrobe coach Marc Billett said. "The matches have always been close and come down to the final couple of matches. The match will depend on match ups.."

Penn-Trafford already owns an impressive victory over Derry in the section. Latrobe is at Derry on Jan. 20.

A couple possible key battles has Latrobe's Chase Small against either Willie or Ryan Bohince at 112, Penn-Trafford's Nick Bergamasco and Ryan Walters at 140, Penn-Trafford's Jake Matthews and Noah Kail at 152, and Latrobe's Jason Stewart and Trevor Gibson at 160.

Kail and Stewart each posted close wins at the Westmoreland County Coaches' Association tournament over the weekend.

Cougars on top

The Yough wrestling team clinched a spot in the WPIAL Class AA Section 2-B.

The Cougars will host the Section 2 tournament in a couple weeks.

"It's nice to be a sub-section champion, but we want the section title," Yough coach Jeremy Zufall said. "We still have work to do."

Yough is 7-0 overall and 3-0 in the section.

Kiski School

The Kiski School wrestling team had its best showing at the 57th annual Westmoreland County Coaches' Association tournament Saturday. Kiski School is located in Westmoreland County near Saltsburg.

The Cougars finished third behind Kiski Area (197 points) and Latrobe (164) with 157.5 points and had five wrestlers in the finals. Evan Henderson, a senior, won his second WCCA title by winning the 140-pound weight division and Jason Luster, who grew up in Penn Hills and Wilkinsburg, won the 152 title. Luster and Henderson each placed second in the 1999 National Prep Championships. Luster, however, wrestled for Blue Ridge Academy in Georgia.

Tourney action

The Allegheny County and Tri-County wrestling tournament will be Friday and Saturday.

The Allegheny County tournament will be at Fox Chapel. Bethel Park is the returning team champion.

Shady Side Academy senior Frank Martellotti (130 pounds) will be trying to win his third county title. He did not compete is last year's tournament after winning at 103 in 2007 and 119 in 2008.

Others looking for a second title include Upper St. Clair's Mackenzie McGuire (112), Bethel Park's Dylan Mogan (119), North Allegheny's Andy Candiello (145), Shady Side Academy's Geoff Alexander (119) and Matt Cunningham (171) and Bethel Park's Adam Lazenga (285).

Wrestling starts 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. The finals are slated for 6:20 p.m.

The Tri-County tournament will be at Charleroi High School.

Connellsville is the returning team champion and returns two champions: Ethan Saylor (160) and Nathan Gaffney (215). The finals are slated for 6 p.m.

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