Montgomery finishes seventh at PIAA Championships


Renee Montgomery

Luke Montgomery stands in 7th place spot on the state podium at the Giant Center.

Parker Loera, Sports Editor

Junior Luke Montgomery capped off his season with a seventh-place finish in the state at the PIAA Championships.

Montgomery started out the tournament falling 11-4 to Northeast’s Jameel Coles, who placed fifth.

He then rattled off three straight wins, starting with a 7-0 decision over Tyler Neglia of Wallenpaupack, then a 10-0 major decision over Logan Greene of Pennridge, and a blood-round pin in 2:45 over Brayden Crocker of Cranberry.

Montgomery then fell to Max Shaw of Thomas Jefferson in the consolation of four.

He then finished the tournament off with an 8-1 decision over Ethan Seely of Great Valley.

“The hardest part was the offseason practices. States was easy because I believed in myself,” Montgomery said.

In the team score, Montgomery (a one-man team) put up eight points for the Black Hawks and finished in 60th place out 134.

With his seventh-place finish, Montgomery is the first Bethel Park wrestler coming home with a medal from the PIAA Championships since Nino Bonacorssi and his brother Jason two years earlier.

Montgomery finished his junior campaign with a record of 25-6 this season.