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Mizia brothers succeeding as redshirts with Mercyhurst wrestling squad

| Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, 8:45 p.m.

Bentworth High School graduates August “Gus” and Francis Mizia are redshirts this season with Mercyhurst University's wrestling team but are succeeding in open tournaments.

Competing unattached, Gus Mizia, a 174-pound sophomore, is 20-4 overall. Included among his victories are three by fall, five by major decision and two technical fall triumphs.

He went 4-0 and won the Niagara County Community College (Sanborn, NY) Open and also earned the gold medal at the Mount Union University Open with five straight wins. The elder Mizia took second place at the Cleveland State Open after winning four of five matches.

Gus Mizia finished the 2011-12 season with a 27-14 overall record and finished third at both the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) and Laker Open meets.

A three-time Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) state qualifier, he concluded his 2010-11 scholastic senior season by placing fifth at the 171-pound PIAA Class AA tourney and finished with a 39-5 final overall record.

Francis Mizia, a 165-pound freshman who is also wrestling unattached, is 17-6 overall with a two wins by fall, one major decision victory and two technical falls.

He placed second at the Laker Open, the Niagara CC Open and was third at the Lake Erie College and Mount Union University Opens.

The younger Mizia concluded his scholastic career by becoming only the second state champion in Bentworth history.

He concluded a 44-3 season last spring by winning the 160-pound PIAA Class AA title with a 3-2 decision over Forest Hills High School's Cody Law in the championship match. Francis Mizia finished with a 142-31 career mark and was a seventh-place finisher at 145 pounds in the 2011 state meet.

St. Vincent locals

St. Vincent College's Ricky Douglas, a 6-foot-1-inch, senior 180-pound wide receiver from Finleyville and Ringgold High School, earned honorable-mention all-conference honors for the second straight year.

He was second on the Bearcats in 2012 with 25 receptions, 319 yards and one touchdown. Douglas finished his career with 92 catches for 1,256 yards, both modern day school records.

In 2011 he helped the Bearcats enjoy their best season since the program was brought back as an NCAA varsity sport in 2006 and began playing in 2007 after last competing in 1962.

The Bearcats finished 5-3 in the President's Athletic Conference and 6-5 overall in 2011. Douglas ranked third among all PSAC players in receiving yards per game (62.6) and seventh in catches per game (4.5).

Two local players from Charleroi High School also contributed for St. Vincent this past fall.

Cody Strelick, a 6-foot-4-inch, 225-pound senior tight end, was the Bearcats' sixth leading receiver with nine catches in nine games for 87 yards and two touchdowns. Strelick also caught two touchdown passes for St. Vincent in both the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

Scott Weaver, a 6-foot, 215-pound senior fullback, gained 41 rushing yards on 11 carries and also caught seven balls for 43 yards. In 2011 Weaver caught six passes for 40 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Contributing to St. Vincent's defensive front in 2012 was Anthony May, 6-foot-2-inch, 250-pound sophomore lineman from Connellsville High School. He finished with 20 total tackles, three tackles for losses combining eight yards, one sack for five-yards and a forced fumble.

Josh Pomilio, a junior defensive back from Elizabeth Forward High School, also made 20 tackles and had a pass break-up. He also punted seven times for St. Vincent with along of 41 yards.

Cody Lambert, a freshman defensive back from Brownsville and California Area High School, made three tackles while appearing in eight games.

Bruce Wald is a freelance writer.

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