Sports Spotlight: Dom Forys
School : North Allegheny
Year : Sophomore
Sport : Wrestling
Claim to fame: The sophomore 113-pounder won three prominent area tournaments this season and is setting his sights on returning to the PIAA wrestling tournament in Hershey. Earlier this season, Forys won the Manheim Tournament, the Eastern Area Invitational at Gateway and the Allegheny County Tournament at Fox Chapel. As a freshman, Forys fell one victory short of placing in the PIAA tournament. He won an 8-6 decision over Ethan Lizak of Parkland in the quarterfinals before losing in the consolation bracket, 10-7, to Jake Gromacki of Erie Cathedral Prep.
How special was it for you to be named a team captain as just a sophomore?
"It's definitely an accomplishment for me. I'm not afraid to speak out, so I'm really vocal in the room. I need to keep pushing myself to try to help make everybody better," Forys said.
Did your trip to the state tournament as a freshman give you any insight as to how you will approach it should you get there again• "That experience helped me because I'll know going in there, what it's all about. If I do, I just have to stay strong. Last year after my loss, it caught me off guard and I got knocked out of the tournament."
How does it feel to win three of the bigger tournaments in the area• "It's nice knowing that I can accomplish it. I put a lot of work in to accomplish it. Now, I realize how much work it's going to take to ... win states. I'm using those as stepping stones."
What is your best move• "I think my best move is just being aggressive. Some kids will go through the first period and just try to get through it. If you keep nonstop going at them, you can mentally get in their head. I know that's one of the biggest things in wrestling: You just can't give up."
What aspect of your wrestling style do you hope you can improve• "I think I just need to improve on putting many moves together in certain situations. If I try a move and it doesn't work, I stop. I have to try to have another move ready. After a while, if you keep hitting those shots crisp, you'll get one of them."
Is there a wrestler you've met that you admire• "I really look up to Jake Herbert because he is from North Allegheny. He accomplished silver in the Worlds. I know how hard he's been training. I know if he didn't accomplish his goals, he keeps training until he gets that."
Who's been your toughest opponent• "There have been a lot of kids who gave me trouble. Last year, it was Colton Shorts (Canon-McMillan). I lost to him twice last year. This year, it's been Dalton Macri (Canon-McMillan) and Michael Kemerer (Franklin Regional). Those guys are goers. They're real aggressive."