Sam Krivus left Hershey last month with a bad taste in his mouth.
And no the Hempfield junior eat some bad chocolate. He was disappointed how he wrestled at the PIAA Class AAA Championships.
Krivus won the 2013 title and was hoping for a repeat performance. But that dream was shattered in the semifinals with a loss to Northampton's Zach Valley in overtime. Then in the third-place match, he lost to Waynesburg's A.C. Headlee.
“Things didn't go as planned at Hershey,” Krivus said. “So I spent the last three weeks training hard and preparing for the FloNationals. I wanted to get back on top of the podium.”
Krivus succeeded in getting back to the top when he won his second consecutive FloNationals title by winning the tough 126-pound weight class at IUP on Saturday. He defeated Valley, 2-1, in the finals and finished 6-0 in the tournament.
He became only the fifth wrestler from the state to win FloNationals twice and he earned his third All-American honor.
Now he's eyeing a third title in 2015, which would make him the first wrestler in the state to achieve the feat. He's also looking to become a four-time All-American.
“I had a slip up at the state tournament,” Krivus said. “But I was more focused at Flo. It was amazing to win again.
“It helped me regain my confidence. I just went out and had fun. Getting back on top was the goal.”
Krivus finished 41-5 during the high school season and is now 126-12 overall. He's a two-time WPIAL champion. He is a three-time PIAA placewinner. He placed third in 2012.
Latrobe sophomore Luke Pletcher, a two-time PIAA champion, was beaten in the finals at the FloNationals. He was a Flo champion in 2013.
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