Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: North Allegheny's Dom Forys, McGuffey's Sammie Weiss
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School: North Allegheny
Claim to fame: Forys won the 126-pound championship with a 22-5 technical fall win over Thomas Jefferson's Braden Flinn at the Allegheny County Tournament at Fox Chapel on Saturday. Besides the tournament gold, Forys also was named the tournament's Outstanding Wrestler and earned the Brotherhood of Wrestling award for good sportsmanship. Forys became just the third wrestler to win the tournament's championship four times.
Talk about how special it is to win four titles at the Allegheny County tournament?
It's really been exciting. There were a bunch of talented teams there. It shows that I'm doing something right and my coaches are really working with me. There are bigger and better things though that I want to accomplish.
What was your mentality heading into the event?
Pressure is something you put on yourself. It's all in your head. I went in with a good outlook to go have fun. If you do something for yourself and not to impress the crowd, you should be all right.
What are your goals for the remainder of this season?
I want to win sections, WPIALs and states.
Have you decided where you want to attend college?
I signed my letter of intent to wrestle at Pitt. I'm really excited because I feel like everything is falling into place.
Claim to fame: Weiss scored a game-high 21 points for McGuffey in its 79-33 win over Bentworth in Section 5-AA on Jan. 14. Weiss also had a 22-point performance in McGuffey's 62-51 win over Avella on Jan. 17. Through 13 games, Weiss averaged 23.4 points per game.
How would you say you've performed this season?
I think I've played OK. I think I can do better. It's the second half of the season, so I know what I need to work on.
What is that you think you need to work on?
I definitely need to work on defense and my jump shot. I need work on making more moves going to the hole and trying to get open. I'm sure there's more, but I really want to work on that.
How would you rate the way the team has played?
We know each other and what we want to do. We lost a couple games, but it really showed us what we need to work on so we know what we need to do in the second half.
Can McGuffey make noise in the playoffs?
I hope we do. Last year we got to see the playoffs. This year we have been working on not only section games, but playing as if each game is a playoff game.
Have you decided where you want to go to college?
No. Not at all. I know I want to do architecture and business, but I'm not sure where. I've talked to Cal. U, Lehigh and Niagara.
— Brian Graham
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