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Greensburg male athlete of the week

| Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2007

A.J. Brentzel

School: Penn-Trafford

Class: Senior

Sport: Wrestling

Notable: Brentzel recorded an 18-second pin in the Class AAA WPIAL team championship on Saturday.

"I just wanted to get a pin right away and not give him a chance to fight it off," Brentzel said.

Brentzel reached a personal milestone in the team quarterfinals on Thursday. He moved up to 189 pounds to record a technical fall for his 100th career victory. Brentzel became the eighth wrestler in school history to reach the milestone.

"It feels pretty good because not too many people in our school have done that," Brentzel said

Brentzel may have been able to reach 100 wins faster, but he missed about half of last season due to a high ankle sprain. Brentzel could not run because of the injury, so he lifted weights. After returning, Brenzel moved up to 171 pounds, where he finished second in the WPIAL and third at the PIAA tournament. This season, Brentzel has continued to improve by winning every tournament he has entered while compiling a 32-0 record and a No. 1 ranking at 171 pounds.

If not for the injury, Brentzel could still be struggling to get his weight down to 160 pounds.

"I was losing way too much weight," Brentzel said, "When I got hurt, I figured I may as well get better by lifting."

Penn-Trafford coach Vince Testa, who is coaching his 18th and final season, had high praise for Brentzel.

"You can rank him up there with the toughest kids at Penn-Trafford," Testa said.

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