Tigers clean up at Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament
The legend of North Allegheny wrestling grew once again at the 2014 Allegheny County Championships.
Three Tigers walked away with gold, and the team earned a first-place trophy after finishing in the team category with a score of 243.5.
Highlighting the evening Jan. 18 was Domenic Forys, a 126-pounder, who joined an elite group by tallying his fourth Allegheny County Championship. He became only the third wrestler to do so.
Luke Landefeld scored a tech fall over Kevin Slater of McKeesport, 16-1, in the 113-pound class, and junior Layne Skundrich scored a 3-0 decision over Mike Roper of Chartiers Valley in the 220-pould weight class.
“It's all about being aggressive,” Forys said of the historic win. “It's keeping a good mindset, putting out positive thoughts and trying to keep the team positive and their eyes open. It's also important to have fun out there.”
Forys said it is a meaningful accomplishment because this event encompasses the whole county.
“It's a lot of hard work paying off,” Forys said. “I stay aggressive. I am not settling for a decision or a major. I want to put on a good match for the crowd, and that makes it fun.”
Forys' fourth title came via a 22-5 tech fall over Braden Flinn of Thomas Jefferson.
Skundrich took third last year, and his success was the culmination of several factors, according to the junior.
“Last year, I came in late because of football, and this year, football ended a little early, so that helped me condition (a big factor) and gave me more mat time,” Skundrich said. “I just got a heck of a lot better.”
Skundrich and Roper jockeyed during the first period, but with a 1-0 lead late in the match, Skundrich got a quick score to secure the win.
“He is strong, but I am in better shape, and I just wanted it a little more,” Skundrich said. “That is all it takes.”
After falling short of his goal a year ago, Skundrich was pleased with the turnout this time around.
“It is a good accomplishment,” he said. “I took a bit of a beat down last year, so it was nice to give it back to someone else.”
Jerry Clark is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-779-6979 or firstname.lastname@example.org.