Three BP wrestlers chosen for The Almanac’s All Star team

Russell Finelsen, Staff Writer, Assistant Editor, Sports Editor

Whether it was a team competition or individual, every BP wrestler did well on the mats this year. Well, several wrestlers got rewarded for their efforts.

Adam Montgomery, Paul Dunn, and Santino Bonaccorsi were all selected to The Almanac’s All-Star wrestling team, which released on Wednesday, March 24.

1. Adam Montgomery: Senior. Adam was unnoticed by many over his four-year career. However, he delivered great results even without all the attention. This season, his record consisted of 23 wins and 13 losses. In addition, he added a medal to his trophy case, a bronze from the section tournament. Furthermore, Montgomery secured a berth in the WPIAL tournament. Even though he was not recognized by some as a cornerstone for BP’s success, he definitely helped the team get key wins throughout the season.

2. Paul Dunn: Senior. Paul had a career season this year. His most recent achievement was his involvement with the WPIAL team in the Dapper Dan Classic. This was when he was only one of three wrestlers on the WPIAL team to get a win.  This season, he had 42 wins, which brought his total win amount over is four year career to 133 wins. With this came only 44 losses.

“I am proud of [my achievements] this year,” Paul said.

“Paul is one of the hardest working kids I’ve ever coached,” wrestling coach Bob Stewart said to The Almanac. “What he accomplished these past two years is a true testament that hard work pays off. He has a bright future ahead of him at the college level and I couldn’t be more proud of him.”

In addition, this year, Paul won the section tournament in his weight class; he placed runner-up at the WPIALs; and he got a bronze medal at the PIAA championships. Paul will contribute a lot with the Lehigh University wrestling team next year.

3. Santino Bonaccorsi: Sophomore. Santino (Nino) was the only sophomore from Bethel Park this year to be selected for the All-Star team. This year, he had 40 wins and only nine losses.  He also tag-teamed with Dunn to train and prepare for upcoming matches.

“Nino had a tremendous season,” Stewart said to The Almanac. “Placing sixth in the state as a sophomore is a huge accomplishment. It’s only going to be a stepping stone to what he does these next two years. With his work ethic and his will to win, the sky is the limit.”

In addition, Nino placed fourth in the WPIAL tournament. Furthermore, he placed sixth in the PIAAs. He will be a force to be reckoned with in his last two seasons as a Bethel Park wrestler.

Jeremy Huwe and Chris Pauley were named honorable mentions. Jason Montgomery was named a Wrestler to Watch, while coach Bob Stewart was named the Coach of the Year.