Montgomery finishes runner up, O’Mara top 6 at WPIAL Championships


Shawn O'Mara

Coach Tim Crawford, Luke Montgomery, Riley O’Mara, and Coach Mark Eckley pose for a picture at the 2019 WPIAL Championships

Parker Loera, Sports Editor

Junior Luke Montgomery advances to the PIAA Wrestling Championships in Hershey after finishing runner-up in the 195-pound weight class in the WPIAL Wrestling Championships this past weekend.

Junior Riley O’Mara finished in the top six at WPIALs, coming up one win short of punching his ticket to Hershey.

Montgomery finished the tournament with a record of 3-1 and O’Mara 3-2.

“I feel like I overachieved my goals for the season. Before, I was worried I wouldn’t make it out of the section but making the top six in the WPIAL only inspires me more to push myself and be better than this past year. The season couldn’t have been better without my amazing team, my No. 1 cheerleader, my family, and everyone else who pushed me to be the best wrestler and person I can be,” O’Mara said.

After a 7-2 decision in the semifinals over the No. 2 seed in Hampton’s Justin Hart, Luke Montgomery became the first Bethel Park wrestler to be in the WPIAL finals since Nino Bonaccorsi won the WPIAL two years in a row in 2016 and 2017.

“I’m glad it turned out that way, but it’s not the time to think back, I need to focus on this upcoming week,” Montgomery said.

Montgomery wrestles his first match Thursday afternoon in the round of sixteen, facing off against Jameel Cole from Northeast.

Montgomery is looking to bring home some hardware just like his brother Jason did two years earlier.

You can follow all of the action of the PIAA Championships up at the Giant Center in Hershey here. The first round of AAA wresting starts at 4 p.m. Thursday.