Hawks wrestling punches ticket to postseason


Madison Conroy

Bryson Bench (120 pounds) looks to score the takedown against his Ringgold opponent on Wednesday, Jan. 15.

Parker Loera, Managing Editor

The Hawks wrestling team captured a huge win against the Ringgold Rams Wednesday night 45-33 to clinch a playoff spot in the section playoffs for the first time since 2015.

The match started at the 220-pound weight class with senior Tyler Thimons getting the pin putting the Hawks up 6-0.

After a 1-0 decision for senior Nathan Currie, the Rams took two forfeits at 106 and 113 to go up 12-9 over the Hawks.

Sophomore Bryson Bench at 120 and freshman Michael Glasser at 126 got pins to help the Hawks go up 21-12.

The Rams got a pin at 132 to gain six more points, but senior Parker Loera got the fall at 138 to gain six back for the Hawks to make the score 27-18.

Ringgold then gained a decision at 145, fall at 152, and a fall at 160 to add the score up to 33-27 in the Rams favor.

But the Hawks took care of business and got a pin from three seniors at 170 in Brandon Hartman, 182 in Riley O’Mara, and at 195 in Luke Montgomery to finish the match up at 45-33.

The Hawks will host the West Mifflin Titans in a play-in match next Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Nest. A win gets them into the WPIAL playoffs.

“We have a very good chance of beating West Mifflin. But the chips have to fall in place that night. It will take a hard week of work to advance further into the playoffs,” assistant Coach Mark Eckley said.

“I hope we have a good night. It will be a tough test,” head coach Tim Crawford said.

The wrestling squad travels to the Allegheny County tournament this Friday, Jan. 17 and Saturday, Jan. 18.