Wrestling team celebrates home wins

Ligonier Valley High School wrestler Tyler Smith, (right) grapples with an opponent from United. Smith won decisions in the Rams' last two dual matches.
Ligonier Valley High School wrestler Tyler Smith, (right) grapples with an opponent from United. Smith won decisions in the Rams' last two dual matches.
Photo by Peter Turcik | for the Ligonier Echo The photo was taken Jan. 14, 2013 at the Ligonier Valley High School gym.
| Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The Ligonier Valley High School wrestling team recognized its seniors, Joshua Patrick and Dominick Shawley at their last home match of the season against Richland High School.

Coach Brian Matson said both seniors have contributed to the team in leadership roles all season.

“They each bring something different; leadership in a couple different forms,” Matson noted. Matson said Patrick has brought a lead-by-example style of leadership as well as a strong work ethic for the younger wrestlers to emulate. “I hope that other guys who have been around him pick up on that work ethic and carry that onto the remainder of this year and future years.”

Matson said Shawley has also provided a good example in his determination to win. “Dominick hates losing, he wants to go out there and win every time. He just keeps going and going in an effort to get his wins.”

Shawley, wrestling at 195 pounds, showed his determination in the Rams' 45-36 victory in their dual match against Richland, pinning his opponent 26 seconds into the bout. Max Caldwell, 126 pound weight-class and Justin Patrick, 113 pounds also won by pin. Tyler Smith won by decision at 152 weight class. Derek Croyle, 160 pounds; and Mitchell Brown, 132; Raymond Marsh, 220 pounds; and Gordon Matson, 106, all won by forfeit.

Justin Bellas, wrestling at 170 weight class, Nick Stahl, 138 weight division and Kyler Kruel, 285 pounds, all lost by pin. Ligonier also gave up three matches to forfeit.

The Rams also beat United in a home dual match 37-30. Dan Croyle wrestled in the 132-pound class, Derek Croyle and Max Caldwell all scored pins over their opponents. Tyler Smith won by major decision and Raymond Marsh won by decision. Justin Patrick and Gordon Matson both won by forfeit.

Oliver Hall, 160 pounds and Kyler Kruel both lost by pin. Dominick Shawley lost by a decision, and Ligonier also gave up two bouts to forfeit.

In the previous weekend, the Rams c ompeted in the Westmoreland County Tournament, where they finished 14th out of 17 teams with 51 points. Justin Patrick finished second in the 113-pound weight-class, winning twice by pin and decision and losing once by decision. Dan Croyle finished sixth in the 132-pound category. Croyle won three matches and lost three. Dominick Shawley and Derek Croyle also split their matches, winning two and losing two each.

Max Caldwell, Gordon Matson and Joseph Neiderhiser, 138 pounds, each won one match and lost two. Raymond Marsh, Kyler Kruel, Oliver Hall and Ben Hoch, 170 pounds, each lost both of their matches.

The wrestling team will travel Monday to Northern Cambria.

Peter Turcik is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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