Hawks wrestling gives up loss to Titans in playoff match

Senior Nathan Currie gets his hand raised after his win against Ringgold.

Madison Conroy

Senior Nathan Currie gets his hand raised after his win against Ringgold.

Parker Loera, Managing Editor

The Hawks wrestling squad lost 38-25 to the West Mifflin Titans Wednesday night, ending their playoff run.

The match started at 195, with Riley O’Mara getting the major decision for the Hawks.

“Even though we came out with a loss, the team grew closer together and we will continue to work hard as a unit and individually,” O’Mara said.

The Hawks then took a forfeit at 220 with Luke Montgomery and a decision at 285 with Tyler Thimons to put the Black Hawks up 13-0.

The Titans took two forfeits at 106 and 113 to rack up 12 points.

Bryson Bench took the decision at 120 to give the Black Hawks three more points.

“Things did not go the way I wanted at counties and the way we wanted Wednesday, but it is time to get ready for sections,” Bench commented.

After two pins at 126 and 132 for the Titans, Parker Loera stopped the bleeding at 138 with a decision to make the score 24-16 in favor of the Titans.

The Titans took the major decision at 145, but the Hawks gained six points for a forfeit at 152 from David Bortz.

With no match at 182, West Mifflin also claimed the next two matches at 160 and 170 by pins to finish the match up 38-25.

“Even though we came up short on Wednesday, they fought to the very end. I’m proud of them, especially for their discipline and work ethic These guys work their hearts out at practice,” assistant coach Mark Eckley said.

“I expect my guys to continue to strive towards perfection these last several weeks of the season.”

Last weekend, five Hawks wrestlers gained All-County honors at the Allegheny County Championships at Fox Chapel. Bryson Bench (120) took eighth, Vinny Riepole (152) placed seventh, Parker Loera (138) earned fifth, Riley O’Mara (182) captured fourth, and Luke Montgomery (195) finished second.

The wrestling squad gets a two-week break from competition until they face West Greene on Wednesday, Feb. 5.