Southmoreland off to strong start
It's very early in the high school wrestling season, but it's OK to say Southmoreland is off to a great start. The Scotties captured their first match in Class AA, Section 2B by defeating rival Mt. Pleasant 54-30.
Cole Lambie (106 pounds), Evan Myers (132) and Brennan Coles (182) each won by fall to lead the way for Southmoreland.
Austin Griffiths (113), Anthony Wise (120), Austin Bixler (138), Sean Suter (170) and Jake Beistel (285) each won by forfeit for the Scotties.
The Scotties grabbed a bit more success on the mat with a respectable 12th place finish in the 24-team Normandy High School Wrestling Tournament in Parma Ohio this past weekend.
Griffiths captured the top slot in his weight class, while Beistel finished third, Lambie fourth and Myers eighth.
Ryan Shaw, Southmoreland wrestling coach, said the experience of the tournament was very beneficial to his young squad.
“The minimum our kids got was six matches and the maximum was nine,” Shaw said. “Even the kids that may not have done well in their eyes got on the mat seven times. Getting that experience for some of the younger wrestlers is crucial at this time of year. It's a nice way to start the season off.”
The Scotties collected their first victory Dec. 10 by outlasting McGuffey 58-38 in a nonsection game.
Michael Mucha paced Southmoreland with 18 points. Zach Stefan added 12 and Ben Niemiec chipped in with 10.
Southmoreland did fall in its Section 3-AAA opener with a 69-35 loss to Laurel Highlands. Tommy Pisula led Southmoreland with 17 points.
The girls were toppled in their Section 3-AAA opener by Indiana by a 55-21 score. Freshman Olivia Porter led Southmoreland with 13 points. They did bounce back Monday with a 45-41 win over Derry in section play. Julea Claycomb scored 14 points, and Porter added 11 for the Scotties. Rachel Garris led Derry with 12 points.
— Paul Paterra