Dynamic duos a force behind Pitt-Greensburg athletics
There's an old saying that says everything bad comes in threes.
That may be so, but at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, good things seem to come in twos, at least when you're talking about members of the school's athletic teams.
The Bobcats have three sets of twins — two of them from Westmoreland County — playing for their various teams. Combined, they played four different sports this year.
"I get confused myself," Athletic Director Dan Swalga said. "Most of the time when I try to name them I'm guessing."
The school's athletic twins include Bryan and Chris Gesinski, graduates of Mt. Pleasant Area High School, and Penn-Trafford High School graduates Dee and Jen Sutlic.
The school's other set of sports-playing twins is Melissa and Maggie Wess, graduates of Central Cambria High School, near Johnstown.
Bryan Gesinski just finished up his first season as a defender on the men's soccer team. He helped the squad win its first-ever AMCC Championship, a fitting end to a 19-2-0 season.
"It was definitely exciting. It's always fun to be on top and have teams chase you," said Bryan, who played soccer for Mt. Pleasant and is majoring in accounting.
He's also one half of Pitt-Greensburg's top doubles tennis team, partnered with his brother Chris. They are no slouches on the court, despite Pitt-Greensburg's 4-12 record in 2002.
That's why the 19-year-olds will be back at it this spring for their sophomore seasons.
"I can rely on him," said Chris Gesinski of his brother. Chris is majoring in education. "I just knew where he would be on the court.
"We didn't win as many matches as we wanted to, but it was fun."
This looks like it will be the last year for the Gesinskis at Pitt-Greensburg, though, as the Bryan is looking to transfer to Pitt's Oakland campus and Chris plans to go to Seton Hill or Westminster.
Dee and Jen Sutlic, meanwhile, are in a similar situation. Dee and Jen will both be on the women's softball team in the spring, after Dee suited up for volleyball this fall.
The twins have been notorious over the years for pushing one another, sometimes to the edge. That was especially true during their high school days when they lettered on the basketball, softball and volleyball teams.
Basketball practice was where things really got dicey.
"We'd push each other a little too much," Dee said. "It was mostly in practice when we would fight."
"We were real competitive," Jen said. "Playing defense on each other was almost impossible."
Now the 20-year-olds from Harrison City — who are enjoying a homecoming of sorts, since Dee transferred from Clarion University, where she spent her freshman year — are looking forward to being teammates.
"It's a lot better because our relationship will get closer," Jen said. "I've always wanted to go to college with her."
They might be enjoying their first and only season of collegiate sports together, though.
Like the Gesinskis, the Sutlics also look like they will be going their separate ways for their junior year.
Dee will be working on her business management degree next year, while Jen, who is majoring in communications, hopes to transfer to a nursing school.
Wherever Pitt-Greensburg's twins go, one thing is certain, said Mark Katarski, sports information director at Pitt-Greensburg.
"They are each separate in their own ways," Katarski said. "But they are definitely there for each other when it counts."