Gateway opens section slate with 56-21 victory
TribLIVE Sports Videos
The Gateway varsity wrestling team got its Section 1A schedule off to a dominating start with a 56-21 victory over McKeesport last week.
With a number of new varsity wrestlers in the lineup, the Gators won 10 of the 14 bouts, including seven by fall and another by technical fall.
Sophomore Alex McCallum earned a pinfall victory in 2:23 of his 220-pound bout, and he captured Gator of the Match honors.
Junior Austin Davidson, who was coming off a medal-winning performance at the season-opening Eastern Area tournament, picked up the technical fall with a 15-0 whitewash of his opponent at 170 pounds.
Sophomore 138-pounder Jalen Key came through with a close 10-8 decision victory, while seniors A.J. Wilkins (126), Tyler Boehm (152), Mike Limbacher (160) and Malik Shuman (182); junior Cody Pawlowski (195); and sophomore Tony DeFazio (145) all recorded wins by fall.
Junior Thaer Shouman didn't have to compete, as he picked up a forfeit victory at 120.
The win for Wilkins was his fourth of the season, and he was able to bounce back from a tough loss in the 126-pound finals at the Eastern Area tournament.
Davidson, Shuman and Pawlowski each picked up their third wins on the young season.
Gateway will match up against section and WPIAL power Kiski Area on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Kiski Area High School.
The Gators got a good look at the Cavaliers at the Eastern Area tournament. Kiski Area won the championship — its fourth Eastern Area team title in a row — and had three individual champs and 10 top-six medalists overall.
The Gators will join a large field of teams at the annual Southmoreland Holiday Classic wrestling tournament Dec. 28 and 29 at Southmoreland High School.
The Southmoreland Classic is one of a couple of big local holiday tournaments and will feature 33 teams from WPIAL Class AA and AAA, as well as District 6 and 10 and the City League.
Jefferson Morgan, who Gateway saw at the Eastern Area tournament, will wrestle at Southmoreland.
Greenville, a school from District 10, will be out to defend its 2011 Southmoreland championship. Greenville, Jefferson Morgan and Forest Hills (District 6) each had two champions at last year's event.
Medals will be awarded up to eighth place, and four Gateway wrestlers earned medals last year.
Wilkins placed third at 113 in 2011, behind champion John Demaske of Jefferson Morgan and runner-up Seth Carr, a senior this year at South Fayette.
Wrestling action begins Dec. 28 with the preliminary matches at about 9:30 a.m. The quarterfinals and four rounds of consolation matches also will be on day one.
The tournament continues on Dec. 29 with the consolation quarterfinals and the semifinals at 9:30 a.m.
Wrestling continues through to the Parade of Champions and championship finals at 4.
Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Latrobe’s Pletcher looking to rebound at PIAA tourney following WPIAL loss
- Alle-Kiski Valley wrestling notebook: Veterans, newcomers set for PIAA tournament
- Waynesburg senior Headlee defeats country’s top-ranked at 132 to claim WPIAL Class AAA title
- Connellsville wrestlers show resilience, punch tickets to Hershey
- Burrell heavyweight Beattie claims 3rd Class AA Southwest Regional title
- WPIAL title a milestone for Norwin’s Phipps
- Southmoreland junior still learning amid success
- Kittanning wrestler Robb plans to learn from SW Region finals loss
- Elizabeth Forward senior qualifies for PIAA tournament
- Belle Vernon wrestling team poised to continue success on the mat
- Golden Lions duo proves point