ShareThis Page

Connellsville team wrestling season ends with 1st-round loss

| Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, 11:27 p.m.

The Connellsville team wrestling season ended the same way it began: with a loss to Latrobe.

The Falcons fell to the No. 2-ranked Wildcats, 47-18, on Wednesday and failed to get through the first round for the first time since 1987. Latrobe, which defeated the Falcons, 49-15, to open the season, will face Canon-McMillan in a WPIAL semifinal at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Norwin.

Connellsville is the only WPIAL team to make the team tournament every year since it began in 1979.

While the score again was lopsided, Connellsville coach Tommy Dolde was pleased with a few wrestlers who claimed big wins.

Connellsville had five victories:

• Tyler Kenney used a late reversal to upset No. 3 ranked Ethan McCoy, 2-1, at 113 pounds.

• Bryce Butler posted an 8-4 victory against Jake Willochell at 138.

• William Bell used a late reversal to edge Ethan Smith, 8-6, at 145.

• Dale Provance topped Justin Short, 8-2, at 170.

• Matt Butler rallied to pin Travis Schmeling at 195.

Despite the early exit, Dolde said his team needs to learn from this experience.

“We finished 16-6. That's a good season,” Dolde said.

“We made the playoffs and beat some quality teams. But we only had one senior, and the lack of leadership hurt a little. It's been a tough season. We had to weed out some wrestlers and went with a younger team. We still have a lot of maturing that has to happen. But I like the team tournament, especially the way the WPIAL runs it.”

Dolde said he wants his team to win or lose with integrity.

“We still can wrestle another dual match, and we have the individuals stuff to get ready for,” Dolde said.

Despite the victory, Latrobe coach Tad Harbert was not pleased with his team's performance against Connellsville.

“I let them know it, and after the match, they had a team meeting,” Harbert said. “They knew I was ticked off. We wrestled a lot better against Peters Township.

“I wanted to see improvement from the first time we wrestled Connellsville. We let a couple matches slip away. ”

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

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using 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.