Five wrestlers named to Almanac all-star list

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Shawn O'Mara

Senior Tyler Thimons, Parker Loera, Riley O'Mara, and Luke Montgomery after the WPIAL Section 2 tournament.

Parker Loera, Managing Editor

Five Bethel Park wrestlers found their names somewhere on The Almanac all-star list: seniors Luke Montgomery, Parker Loera, Ty Thimons, Riley O’Mara, and sophomore Bryson Bench.

The Hawks wrestling team had a solid 2019-2020 season. They finished with a 6-7 overall record and a 3-2 record in their section. They made the playoffs for the first time since 2015. They sent five to the WPIAL tournament and one to PIAA tournament who brought home a silver medal.

Luke Montgomery earned first team honors at 195 pounds after a stellar senior campaign. He finished the season 31-6, placing second at the Eastern Area Tournament, first at Southmoreland, second at counties, and second in the section, WPIAL, and state tournaments.

He finished his career 94-38.

“I’m proud that I made the team. It’s something I couldn’t even have imagined a couple of years ago. I’m excited for the next step in my career and this gives me confidence I can transition to the next level,” Montgomery said.

Montgomery will continue his career at the University of Pittsburgh.

Parker Loera also earned first-team honors at 138 pounds for his senior season. He finished the season 32-10, placing second at the Eastern Area Tournament, third at Southmoreland, fourth at Burgettstown, fifth at counties, and third at the section tournament, qualifying for the WPIAL tournament.

He finished his career 80-38 through three years.

Loera will continue his career at Gannon University.

Riley O’Mara earned an honorable mention at 182 pounds. He finished 26-10, placing second at the Eastern Area tournament, third at Burgettstown, fourth at counties, third at the section tournament, and qualifying for the WPIAL tournament.

He finished his career 74-39 through three years.

“I am so extremely thankful and blessed to be able to be an honorable mention for the all-star team. Without my fellow teammates’ support and dedication, I couldn’t have been luckier to end on a better note. A special congratulations to my fellow teammates who also have been considered!” O’Mara said.

O’Mara will continue his career at Seton Hill University.

Tyler Thimons also earned an honorable mention at 220 pounds. Returning to the team after a year off, he put up a remarkable season upon being thrown into the lineup.

He finished with a career and season record of 26-13, placing fifth at the Eastern Area tournament, sixth at Southmoreland, third at Burgettstown, and fourth at sections, and qualifying for the WPIAL tournament.

Thimons will continue his football career at John Carroll University.

“I am happy about the accomplishment and I’m thankful for my coaches and teammates on having a great senior season,” Thimons said.

Bryson Bench was named a “wrestler to watch” at 120 pounds.

He had a 19-17 record for his sophomore campaign, placing sixth at Southmoreland, eighth at counties, and second place at sections, and qualifying for the WPIAL tournament.

“After my season ended, this wants me to work even harder than ever so I get one step closer to states,” said Bench.

You can view the whole list here.

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