Westmoreland County tournament nets 2 golds for Latrobe wrestlers
Latrobe junior Zack Zavatsky and freshman Luke Pletcher brought home gold medals from the 60th annual Westmoreland County Coaches' Association wrestling tournament on Saturday at Franklin Regional.
Zavatsky won his second title and puts himself in line to join the growing list of three-time winners. He could be one of seven wrestlers to do so in the 2014 tournament.
Latrobe, which had team titles in 2011 and 2012, took fourth behind champion Franklin Regional, Kiski Area and Belle Vernon after a slow start on Friday.
The Wildcats ended up with six placewinners.
Pletcher (18-2), ranked No. 1 in the state and WPIAL in Class AAA, won the 106-pound title by defeating the top-ranked Class AA wrestler, Southmoreland sophomore Austin Griffiths, 15-3.
In the semifinals, Pletcher easily defeated Kiski School freshman Ethan McCoy, 11-1. McCoy and Pletcher were teammates at Latrobe last season.
Zavatsky recorded four pins during the tournament, including a second-period fall of Franklin Regional junior Nate Painter in the 170-pound final. It was Zavatsky's 100th career victory.
The other Latrobe placewinners were Travis Schmeling (195), third; Tyler Mears (285), fourth; Jake Shaffer (138), fifth; Luke Schaffer (145), fifth; and Eric Mills (120), sixth.
Schmeling, after an opening-night loss to Yough senior Christian Williams, ended up with a 5-1 record. He defeated Williams in the third-place match.
McCoy wasn't the only Latrobe resident wrestling at Kiski School.
Junior Dom Scalise reached the finals at 160 pounds but lost to Greensburg Salem senior Zach Voytek, 6-3. McCoy ended up third when he defeated Norwin's Kevin Miller.
Derry had two placewinners. Freshman George Phillippi placed third at 113 after a 9-0 victory against Franklin Regional's Kyle Berk. Phillippi dropped a 3-2 decision to Ligonier Valley junior Justin Patrick in the semifinals.
The Trojans' other placewinner was heavyweight Adam Beich.
Ligonier Valley's other placewinner was Dan Croyle (132), who was sixth.
Latrobe senior Hanna Green won the 400-meter dash in a time of 57.35 seconds at the Tri-State Track Coaches Association's first meet of the season. The time broke her previous TSTCA record of 59.21.
Her time also qualifies her for the state meet at Penn State in February and the New Balance National meet held in New York in March.
Hanna also took second place in the 800 with a time of 2:25.79.
Sophomore Maddie Mueseler also turned in a state-qualifying time in the 60 dash with a time of 8.0, a second-place finish.
She also finished third in the 200 with a time of 27.20.
Leading the way for the Latrobe boys was junior Marcus Smail in the 400 with a time of 54.28 for a 10th-place finish.
The next TSTCA meet for the Wildcats is at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 26 at Edinboro University.
St. Vincent sophomore Zach Ligus, a Norwin graduate, was named the Presidents' Athletic Conference swimmer of the week after he won four events Saturday at Penn State Altoona.
He won the 200 freestyle (1:49.34), 50 freestyle (22.62) and 200 IM (2:06.06) individually and also was part of the winning 200 freestyle relay (1:33.58).
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