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Greensburg Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Latrobe's Luke Pletcher, Mt. Pleasant's Elaina Fearer

| Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Latrobe wrestlers Zack Zavatsky (left) and Luke Pletcher look to remain undefeated this season when they pursue state titles this coming weekend in Hershey during the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships.
Mt. Pleasant's Elaina Fearer

Luke Pletcher

School: Latrobe

Sport: Wresting

Year: Sophomore

Claim to fame: Pletcher (43-0, 82-4), the defending state champion, used a takedown in overtime to edge Pennridge senior Scott Parker, 3-1, to capture the 120-pound title at the PIAA Class AAA tournament Saturday. Pletcher, who has won 77 consecutive matches, captured titles at the King of the Mountain, Powerade, WCCA and Section 1 tournaments this season.

“I was pretty happy with how I performed,” Pletcher said. “We finished second as a team and I was able to win a title along with my teammate, Zack (Zavatsky).”

Which state title was more rewarding and why?

This one was more rewarding. It was pretty awesome to win with my teammate.

What were your thoughts going into the final match?

I really wasn't thinking about my consecutive match streak. I knew what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted to do whatever it took to win. I wanted to concentrate on that and that only.

What are you going to work on over the offseason?

Work on my top and bottom. They are my weakest parts of my game. I'm pretty good on my feet. I need to work on turning people and getting off the bottom.

What have you learned from Zack that you will carry over next year?

I think he kept people really focused and helped them achieve the goals we wanted to achieve.

What do you like to do during your free time?

I like to hunt deer and turkey. I have hunted since I was probably 7 or 8.

Elaina Fearer

School: Mt. Pleasant

Sport: Basketball

Year: Senior

Claim to fame: Fearer, who is averaging 12 ppg, scored 19 points to lead Mt. Pleasant (16-9, 11-1) to a 58-51 win over Huntingdon in the PIAA Class AAA first round on Saturday. The Vikings will face Elizabeth Forward, who defeated Mt. Pleasant in mid January, in the second round at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Fox Chapel.

“We have had minor setbacks this season,” Fearer said. “We have come together as a team and we are improving on all scoring opportunities for everyone to be part of the win.”

What are your college plans for next year?

I plan to go to a four-year college to study nursing. I would most likely go to St. Francis (Pa.), Alderson Broaddus and WCCC. It would definitely come down to being close to home to my family. They have meant the most to me but I want to get the full college experience and go to a place that would set me up to have success in the future.

How will playing Elizabeth Forward earlier this season help in the rematch?

I think since we played them in the beginning of the year to we know what to expect. We definitely know who their good girls are and how to be successful against them.

Who is the better basketball player, you or your younger sister, Ashley?

She is my biggest competition. My sister has two years left and will give others a run for their money. She's coming up strongest. I think most of competition between us is to push each other. It's not a big sibling rivalry but we try to improve each other's playing.

Who do you like to follow on Twitter?

Hunter Hayes. I follow his account and like to see where he's at and where his tours are going to be.

— Andrew John

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