Griffiths earns 2nd straight PIAA medal
Southmoreland sophomore Austin Griffiths earned his second PIAA Class AA medal over the weekend while participating in the PIAA Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey.
But he came up short of his ultimate goal, being the first wrestler in school history to win a title.
Griffiths (36-6, 74-11) finished fifth at 106 pounds in Class AA by avenging a loss to Forest Hills sophomore Triston Law at the Southwest Regional, winning this time 1-0. He won four of six bouts.
“In my two losses, I gave up too many big points,” Griffiths said. “It seems I'm pretty good at everything and then I give up big points.
“I have to get mentally tougher. I have to work on fighting back in matches if I get down.”
Griffiths finished third as a freshman at 106. He knows he's a better wrestler than he's shown.
He plans on taking a few days and getting to work for next year.
Southmoreland coach Ryan Shaw said he wouldn't mind if Griffiths took some time to recover from a tough season.
“When Austin takes guys down and moves his feet, he's as good as anyone,” Shaw said. “He had a tough quarterfinal loss and came back to beat a good wrestler (Tyshawn White), who I thought was the best on his feet in the tournament and controlled him, and then lost to a regional champion.
“He regrouped and came back with a win on Saturday. It's great to finish on top in your final match and it's something to build on for next year.”
Shaw said Griffiths is a very gifted wrestler who needs to become tougher.
“He has to figure out how to wrestle better when he's down in a match,” Shaw said. “He takes too long to regroup. He'll get better.”
Southmoreland freshman Jake Beistel, who ended the season with 34 victories, dropped his two bouts in the tournament.
Despite the losses, Shaw said he felt his young heavyweight performed well.
He dropped a 9-2 decision to Lakeview junior Sam Breese and then was pinned in overtime by Pen Argyl junior Brady Mutton.
“It was all positive,” Shaw said. “Jake wrestled well, he just got beat. People have to realize that Jake is only a freshman.”
Paul Schofield is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @Schofield
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- ‘Honest Abe’ to appear for Scottdale senior program
- Antique cars, dogs to be displayed at Scottdale Fall Festival
- Southmoreland High School homecoming court named
- East Huntingdon family houses hockey hopefuls