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Hempfield's Krivus posts decision over P-T freshman Coy in Spartans' victory

| Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, 10:48 p.m.

When Hempfield junior Sam Krivus first battled Penn-Trafford freshman Cameron Coy in the finals of the King of the Mountain tournament last month, the final score was closer than expected.

The returning PIAA Class AAA 120-pound champion squeaked out a 1-0 victory in winning the 132-pound weight class.

The two met again Wednesday night in a WPIAL Class AAA Section 1-B match, and Krivus had an easier go of it. He used a first-period takedown and a second-period escape for a 3-1 win.

Coy couldn't finish takedown attempts in the first and third periods.

No. 9 Hempfield rallied to defeat Penn-Trafford, 38-23. The Spartans trailed 23-6 but received pins by Cameron Kistler (285), Matt Dean (113), Mason Luckiewicz (120) and Kris Demorest (126) to pull out the win.

“Cameron is scrappy and good,” Krivus said. “He surprised me a little the first time. I was better prepared for him, and hopefully I learned more about him. Getting the first takedown was huge.”

This probably won't be the only time this week Krivus and Coy will meet. There's a good chance they'll square off again Saturday afternoon in the semifinals of the 61st annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association tournament at Franklin Regional High School.

Krivus is expected to be seeded second and Coy third in Thursday's pairings, behind top seed Tyler Smith of Franklin Regional.

“I'm sure we'll meet again,” Krivus said. “I was glad we met again before the counties.”

Coy, a heralded freshman, won the 124-pound weight class in the Junior Olympic state tournament in 2013.

He said he expects to learn from matches against tough wrestlers like Krivus. Coy is 17-3; Krivus improved to 12-1.

“Sam pressures forward at you all the time,” Coy said. “I have to become more emotional and persistent in big matches. I'm sure I'll get a couple more opportunities this season.

“I want to learn from my mistakes.”

Penn-Trafford coach Rich Ginther said Coy has to learn how to finish his shots. He felt he missed a couple of chances against Krivus.

“He's a freshman, and hopefully these types of matches help him,” Ginther said. “He's going to have to wrestle better to beat him.”

Hempfield coach Vince DeAugustine said Krivus wrestled better against Coy this time, but it still wasn't his best match.

“Sam is a work in progress,” DeAugustine said. “We're trying to get him to work on his attack.

“As for the match, Cameron (Kistler's) pin was a momentum changer for us.

“We felt we could get bonus points from 106 to 126, and we did.”

Paul Schofield is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at or Twitter @Schofield_Trib.

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