The Belle Vernon Area wrestling team literally pinned the competition Saturday en route to winning the Pittsburgh Central Catholic dual tournament.
The Leopards racked up 33 pins on the day – nearly half of their total individual victory count.
BVA (17-2) scored convincing victories over Highlands, 64-12; Thomas Jefferson, 60-11; Carrick, 75-3; Ripley, W.Va., 61-9; and host Pittsburgh Central Catholic, 69-4.
Leading the way was 113-pounder Tyler Seliga, who won all five of his matches by pinfall. Also going 5-0 on the day were Jacob Dunlop (106 pounds), Brandan Hasson (120), Mitch Hartman (126), Austin Bell (160), Milton Kobaly (182) and Billy Korber (195). Pat Mayernik, a 220-pounder, won all four of his matches.
Going 4-1 at the tournament were Dylan Lundy (132), Cameron Evans (138), and Jarod Verkleeren (145).
BVA is flying high after capturing its first section title Wednesday and will enter the WPIAL Class AAA team playoffs as the No. 10 seed.
The Leopards collide with No. 7 seed Hempfield at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Canon McMillan. The winner will face either the second-seeded Big Macs or the winner of tonight's match between Ringgold and Plum.
BVA is currently No. 7 in the Tribune Review rankings and entered the weekend with brothers Jarod and Derek Verkleeren ranked No. 3 in Class AAA at 145 and 152 pounds respectively.
Rick Bruni Jr. is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-684-2635.
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