Tigers clean up at Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament
By Jerry Clark
Published: Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, 4:06 p.m.
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 email@example.com.
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