Connellsville wrestlers dominate Thomas Jefferson
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Wrestling on back-to-back nights can be a challenge, but Connellsville has passed that early-season test successfully.
After ripping Ringgold, 42-24, on Tuesday, the Falcons came home and were able to cruise past Thomas Jefferson, 56-14, in a Section 2-AAA (2A) match on Wednesday.
Despite the lopsided score, Connellsville coach Tommy Dolde admitted his team still has a lot of improvements to make.
“I thought that we wrestled well, and we were pretty intense,” Dolde said. “A couple of guys need to do some work. As a matter of fact, they all need work, but Thomas Jefferson has some tough kids.”
Gage Cramer (120 pounds), William Bell (160), Tommy Provance (182) and Gunnar Lynch (220) each won by fall for the Falcons (3-1, 3-0). Tyler Kenney (113) concluded the match with a technical fall, and Dale Provance (170) won on a decision.
“Tyler Kenney looked so good, and Dale Provance was very solid,” Dolde said.
Connellsville's Bryce Butler (138), Brandon Wilson (152), Matt Butler (195) and Jaromir Gigliotti (285) each won by forfeit.
For the Falcons, it was a nice way to end the first portion of the schedule.
The Falcons now turn their sights to two big holiday tournaments. Connellsville will compete in the Beast of the East Tournament on Saturday and Sunday before taking part in the Powerade Tournament on Dec. 27-28.
Connellsville enters those tournaments with a little momentum, having won three straight after a season-opening loss to Latrobe.
The Jaguars started the season with three straight losses.
Even though the score was clearly not in its favor, Thomas Jefferson turned in some impressive performances, too.
“We came in here, and we knew Connellsville was tough,” Thomas Jefferson coach Rudy Nesbitt said. “I told the kids to give 110 percent, and they did that.”
Falco Meden (106) won by technical fall for Thomas Jefferson. Braden Flynn (126), Nick Burkett (132) and Marco Marinelli (145) were each winners by decision.
The Jaguars' biggest problem is an overall lack of wrestlers. Thomas Jefferson has plenty of wrestlers at the junior high level but cannot fill out a varsity roster as evidenced by the four forfeits.
“Our biggest downfall is numbers,” Nesbitt said.
Jason Black is the local sports editor of the Daily Courier. He can be reached 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.
- Southmoreland junior still learning amid success
- Yough’s Sever qualifies for PIAA tourney
- Burrell heavyweight Beattie claims 3rd Class AA Southwest Regional title
- Waynesburg senior Headlee defeats country’s top-ranked at 132 to claim WPIAL Class AAA title
- Gorman: Title pattern for Bulsaks
- Kiski Area’s Worthing wins 2nd WPIAL Class AAA wrestling title
- 10 Franklin Regional wrestlers qualify for WPIAL tournament
- Six BVA wrestlers advance to semifinals
- West Mifflin wrestler Bonacci making up for lost time
- Southmoreland senior gets brotherly advice in Southwest Regional wrestling championships: Win
- Thomas Jefferson’s Devine pins way to coveted section championship