Westmoreland campus clippings: Phillippi edges Pletcher at tournament
Pitt redshirt freshman Micky Phillippi (Derry) used to go against Ohio State junior Luke Pletcher (Latrobe) in local matches. The longtime friends, who were three-time PIAA champions, even trained together.
The stage on which they now compete has changed, but Phillippi still has the upper hand in the rivalry that always attracts local interest.
No. 17-ranked Phillippi scored a 2-1 win over Pletcher on Saturday in the 133-pound semifinals of the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Invitational. Pletcher was ranked No. 5 in the country in the weight class.
His efforts earned him ACC Wrestler of the Week honors on Tuesday.
Phillippi, who was granted a clock waiver in the summer to give him four years in his college career after transferring from Virginia, used riding time to edge Pletcher and advance to the finals. He finished second after losing to No. 2 Nick Suriano of Rutgers.
In the 2016 WCCA finals, Phillippi clipped Pletcher in a 3-2 rideout victory for a long-awaited measure of revenge. With the win, he snapped a seven-match losing streak against his neighboring foe.
Iowa: Redshirt junior Michael Kemerer (Franklin Regional) will undergo season-ending knee surgery. A two-time All-American, Kemerer (60-6 career) was scheduled to move from 157 to 174 pounds but had not competed all season.
Sophomore Spencer Lee (Franklin Regional), meanwhile, remained unbeaten for the season with a major decision in the Hawkeyes’ 19-18 win over rival Iowa State. Lee is ranked No. 1 at 125 pounds.
Penn State: Redshirt freshman Jarod Verkleeren (Hempfield) picked up a 5-3 victory at 149 pounds as the No. 1-ranked Nittany Lions dominated Lehigh, 42-0, to move to 3-0.
Pitt-Johnstown : Senior Joey Alessandro (Hempfield), ranked fifth at 141 pounds, picked up a win over No. 7 Chandler Minnard as No. 8 UPJ downed No. 14 Ashland, 20-12, for its 12th straight win.
Junior Chris Eddins (Greensburg Salem), the defending national champion and top-ranked wrestler at 149 pounds, also posted a victory.
Seton Hill : Redshirt junior Austin Shaw (Greensburg Salem) finished second at 141 pounds at the Storm Open at Lake Erie College.
Virginia : Redshirt junior Sam Krivus (Hempfield) finished seventh at 141 pounds at the Cliff Kreen Las Vegas Invitational.
LIU Brooklyn: Junior guard Julian Batts (Jeannette) has provided the Blackbirds (4-3) with 9.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game so far this season.
Saint Vincent: The Bearcats (7-1) ran off their fourth straight win, 78-62 over Grove City, as sophomore guard David Stephen scored a career-high 30 points. Stephen was named PAC Player of the Week.
Senior forward Tom Kromka scored a career-high 25 points, and sophomore guard Cletus Helton connected on a buzzer-beater to force overtime in an 84-78 win over Washington & Jefferson.
Shippensburg : Sophomore guard Jake Biss (Latrobe) had 10 points and five assists in a 91-69 win over Chestnut Hill. He added 16 points and three assists as Raiders downed Seton Hill, 84-70.
Washington & Jefferson : Sophomore guard Zach Queen (Hempfield) finished with 12 points for the Presidents in an 84-78 overtime loss to Saint Vincent.
Allegheny : Senior guard Delaney Arbore (Norwin) is averaging 16.7 points for the Gators (2-4) through seven games. She had 23 points, including 10 for 10 at the free-throw line in a 69-63 loss to Ohio Wesleyan.
Point Park: Sophomore guard Michelle Burns (Hempfield) is leading the Pioneers (2-8) in scoring at 14.9 points per game.
Saint Vincent : Sophomore forward Madison Kollar (Latrobe) missed last season with an injury but has made a significant impact since returning to the lineup. She scored 20 points for the Bearcats (5-2) in a 63-44 win over Grove City. Kollar had 29 in the season opener, an 85-57 victory over Muskingum.
Thiel: Freshman forward Colleen Trainer (Mt. Pleasant) was averaging 3.8 points and 3.2 rebounds in 15.8 minutes through six games for the Tomcats.
West Virginia Wesleyan: Sophomore Abi Gabauer (Norwin) scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds in a 62-51 win over Shepherd, then followed with 15 points and nine rebounds as the Bobcats (2-4) downed Fairmont State, 63-61.
Saint Vincent: Winners for the Bearcats included freshman Kevin Martin (1,000-yard freestyle), freshman Ethan Yant (200 freestyle), senior Jacob Davis (100, 200 backstrokes), senior Peter Becker (100, 200 breaststrokes), and sophomore Zach Baum (Derry) (200 butterfly, 500 freestyle, 200 IM), in a 114-86 victory against Washington & Jefferson.
Yant (Franklin Regional) also was a member of the winning 200 freestyle relay team.
Saint Vincent: The 200-yard medley relay of senior Ciara Lewis, junior Carly Grove, freshman Lauren Krecota, and senior Maddie Bartrug won in 1:57.51 as the Bearcats defeated Washington & Jefferson, 121-75. Bartrug also won the 1,000-yard freestyle and 100 butterfly, and Krecota won the 200 butterfly and 500 freestyle.
Krecota was named PAC Rookie of the Week.
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