Chartiers Valley wrestler Macy boosts resume at national competitions
Chartiers Valley wrestling coach Bill Evans has known rising junior Zach Macy since Macy was 4 years old. Evans wrestled for the Colts with Macy's father, Mike, and has watched Zach grow up on the mat.
Evans said he is expecting Macy to have a breakout junior season. Part of what has Evans so optimistic is the experience Macy is getting competing in high-level national events.
Macy earned medals for third and fourth place in the Pennsylvania freestyle and Greco-Roman tournament in May. He placed third in freestyle and fourth in Greco-Roman. On June 19-25, he participated in the Junior National Duals in Tulsa, Okla.
Next, Macy will make his second appearance with Team Pennsylvania in the Marine Corps Cadet and Junior Nationals on July 14-22 in Fargo, N.D.
Macy finished 3-4 in Greco-Roman and 4-4 in freestyle in Tulsa, but he still was pleased with his performance.
“I liked the way I competed as a first-year junior,” he said. “The majority of the kids I wrestled were seniors going into college. Even the kids I lost to, I thought I gave them a good run.”
Evans watched Macy's matches in Tulsa via the internet. He was struck by a match Macy wrestled against a recently graduated senior who was headed to Cornell. Though Macy lost, Evans said he was impressed with the way Macy competed.
“All of these (tournaments) put him I'm position to wrestle against really quality competition,” Evans said. “When he's scoring against these guys, it's because he's doing everything 100 percent the right way.”
Macy said he believes his biggest improvement is his skills in the neutral position and on bottom. In years past, he said, opponents “could ride me out forever,” but he has developed more moves to help him escape.
Come varsity season, Macy is looking to wrestle at 132 or 138 pounds after competing at 113 last season. He said he believes 132 might be his ideal weight but hasn't ruled out dropping to 126 for the postseason.
“I'm a little upset I couldn't get to the state tournament,” he said. “Next year, I am expecting to go to the state tournament and be on the podium. I feel like I've improved a lot. I think I can make a run for Hershey.”
Evans also is high on Macy's chances.
“I see a lot of kids in a lot of sports, the sophomore to junior year is a big transition year for a lot of kids,” Evans said. “When you see the physical maturity come into play, that levels the playing field. So it comes down to the kids who are working and trying to better themselves.
“He does work hard. He loves to compete. Some kids are a big fish in a small pond, and they want to stay in that small pond. He's willing to go out there and chase those new oceans, so to speak. A trip to Hershey is definitely not out of the question.”
Other Chartiers Valley wrestlers also competed in the state freestyle and Greco-Roman competition: seventh-graders Dylan Evans, Luke Potts and Josh Sarasnick; sophomores Tony Montgomery and Tommy Chilleli; and junior Alex Conn. Evans earned gold in the 100-pound weight class of the novice division in freestyle and Greco-Roman. He represented Team Pennsylvania at the kids national championships June 28-30 in Atlanta.
Chuck Curti is a Tribune-Review staff writer.