Plum earns senior-night victory
By Michael Love
Published: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
When the Plum varsity wrestling team found out its senior-night match with West Mifflin was canceled — the Titans double-scheduled for that evening — it went searching for a new senior-night opponent.
Valley had an extra competition point remaining, and the Vikings stepped in and agreed to wrestle at Plum High School.
Plum head coach Mike Supak was happy things turned out well for the seniors, as well as the rest of the team, as the Mustangs took care of Valley, 48-17, last week.
“We confirmed the match Tuesday afternoon, and wrestled two days later,” Supak said.
“We wanted to make sure we got a match. They did a pretty good job getting ready quickly for the match.
“We told them there might be a match scheduled sooner than when the West Mifflin match was, and they kept their weight down and were ready to go.”
The West Mifflin match originally was slated for Wednesday of this week.
“I gave (Valley head coach) Steve (Ansani) a call, and he jumped on it right away,” Supak said.
“It was a nice match. The guys practice with each other over the summer, so it gave them a chance to compete against each other. They Valley wrestlers did really well.”
Seniors Anthony Zummo and Jake DiGuilio took to the mat one final time at home. Zummo, however, didn't compete and earned a forfeit victory at 145.
“Anthony wrestled really well at the Buckeye Local Tournament (on Feb. 2), and he was a little sick a couple days after the tournament,” Supak said.
“We were hoping he would make weight, because sometimes when you're sick, your weight can fluctuate one way or the other. We were just trying to get him on the mat, and he was able to do that. He wasn't in condition to wrestle, but he got his hand raised and was able to be out there with his teammates.”
DiGuilio moved up to 220, and he earned a pinfall victory over Vikings junior Dom Dorsey. He now is 22-8 on the season.
The bout of the night was at 120, as freshman Tommy Zummo improved to 24-10 with a 3-2 decision victory over Valley senior Josiah Hughes (25-8).
“I knew it was going to be a tough match because of the way Josiah goes after it,” Supak said.
“He's very fast and aggressive. He left a couple shots open, and Tommy was able to finish on one of them. For Tommy, it came down to staying in good position. They battled back and forth. They are both excellent wrestlers.”
Juniors Eric Green (fall at 138), Andy McRandal (forfeit at 170) and sophomore Zach Martin (decision at 152) each earned their 23rd victories of the season.
Anthony Borasso (113), Ronny Amato (126) and Stephen Turchick (heavyweight) all earned forfeit wins.
Also honored on senior night were team managers Savannah Zummo and Mackenzie Dailey.
Plum will be back in action Feb. 23 at the Section 3-AAA tournament at Fox Chapel High School.
Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825 or at email@example.com.
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