Norwin's Phipps advances to PIAA quarterfinals
HERSHEY — Norwin sophomore 195-pounder Drew Phipps doubled his efforts to improve his conditioning after he returned to wrestling following an injury recovery period that kept him sidelined for most of December and January.
Phipps, who suffered a torn ligament in his left ankle, needed every bit of that extra training to win his first-round bout Thursday at the PIAA Class AAA individual championships at Giant Center.
With a reversal in one half of the tiebreaker period of overtime and a rideout in the other, Phipps (24-1) topped Liberty senior Orlando Miller, 3-1, to advance to the quarterfinals. He'll meet Boyertown senior Jordan Wertz (48-3) in the next round, which begins at 1:30 p.m. Friday.
“I felt like I was ready,” Phipps said of the PIAA grind. “A few little mistakes led to that overtime, but I felt my conditioning was good.”
A season ago, Phipps lost his first-round bout and went 1-1 in the consolation bracket. He now needs just one more win to guarantee himself a spot on the medal stand.
“My main goal is to get on the podium, but I know I can get first, so that's what I'm shooting for,” he said.
The victory helped re-establish some of the confidence that was shaken after a 3-1 overtime loss to Montour senior Cole Macek in the WPIAL individual finals last weekend.
“I keep it in the back of my mind,” Phipps said of the loss. “I used it as motivation for the whole week of practice. But now that I'm here, it's time to forget about it for a while.”
In Class AA, South Allegheny junior 220-pounder Seth Hitchens and Yough junior 220-pounder Tom Sever made first-day exits from the tournament after losing back-to-back matches.
Bill West is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @BWest_Trib.
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 â 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.