Scotties Sports Roundup
The Southmoreland wrestling team emerged victorious in a huge way Jan. 2 with a 60-12 win over Charleroi, a victory which came on the heels of another tournament championship for Austin Griffiths.
Griffiths captured the title at 106 pounds in the annual Southmoreland Holiday Classic. The Southmoreland sophomore culminated an impressive tournament run with an 11-2 win over Austin McDermitt of Burgettstown in the finals. Griffiths also scored two pins in the tournament and defeated Jihad Ratliff of Valley by a 5-0 score in the semifinal round.
Freshman Jake Beistel finished second in the heavyweight division, losing 5-0 in the championship match to Forrest Christmann of Slippery Rock.
Several pins and forfeits keyed the Southmoreland victory over Charleroi in a Section 2-AA (2B) match.
Notching the pins were Tyler Lynch (106 pounds), Jake Virgin (120), Evan Myers (126) and Jorden Beltz (132). Griffiths (113), Sean Suter (152), Shane Cavanaugh (160), Brendan Coles (170), Dakota Datz (182) and Beistel (heavyweight) each won by forfeit.
The Scotties ran into a sharp-shooting Greensburg Salem squad and lost 75-34 in a Section 3-AAA contest.
Paige Weaver led Southmoreland with 11 points and Julea Claycomb pitched in with 10. But it was some torrid outside shooting from Greensburg Salem's Jayne Oberdorf that helped to do in the Scotties. Oberdorf drilled seven three-pointers on her way to a 22-point evening.
Greensburg Salem also handed the boys basketball team an 81-43 loss in a Section 3-AAA game played Jan. 4.
Ben Niemiec led the Scotties with 14 points, and Jake Porter added 10.
— Paul Paterra