One of the biggest postseason high school wrestling tournaments, the Flonationals, will begin Friday at IUP's Kovalchick Athletic and Convention Center.
Some of the top wrestlers from across the country will converge on Indiana County, including Latrobe's Luke Pletcher, Hempfield's Sam Krivus, Derry's George Phillippi, Waynesburg's A.C. Headlee, North Hills' Gage Curry, North Allegheny's Dom Forys and Southmoreland's Jake Beistel.
Pletcher is a two-time PIAA champion, and he defeated Franklin Regional freshman Spencer Lee, 3-1, in the 2013 Flonational finals. Krivus and Phillippi were PIAA champions in 2013. Krivus defeated Bethlehem Catholic's Darian Cruz in the finals last year.
“I'm looking forward to getting back on top,” Krivus said. “I had a slip up at the PIAA tournament (this year), and I want to get back on track.
“Flo is a great tournament, and I'm going to see a lot of great competition. The 126- and 120-pound weight classes will be stacked with great wrestlers. It would be great to win it again.”
Krivus is seeded No. 1 at 126 pounds. Headlee and Forys are in his weight class.
Pletcher and Phillippi are among the wrestlers in the 120-pound weight class.
Phillippi said he's looking forward to the tough competition.
“I want to get on the mat and learn more from the tough competition,” Phillippi said. “With these summer tournaments, I'm already working toward next season. It's all about getting on the mat.”
Wrestling begins at 9 a.m. Friday with the Round of 64. The high school quarterfinals are set for 10 a.m. Saturday. Middle school and elementary wrestling will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday.
Paul Schofield is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at email@example.com or via Twitter @Schofield_Trib.
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