New Castle News

Laurel

December 20, 2012

Photo Gallery, Story: Despite forfeit, Laurel wrestlers battle hard

NEW CASTLE — The Laurel High boys wrestling team was fighting a battle it already lost.

Injuries forced the Spartans to forfeit six matches to visiting rival Burgettstown in a 52-13 WPIAL Class AA Section 1-B loss.  

That didn’t stop the Spartans from putting out an effort that inspired head coach Kevin Carmichael.  

“They knew they were going to lose and they still went out and fought with everything they’ve got,” Carmichael said. “The score doesn’t dictate what happened in that gym. We had several kids out of the lineup for various reasons. We wrestled a very aggressive match.”

Of the seven matches in which Laurel wrestlers participated, they won three. Dalton Rosta remained undefeated (6-0) in the 170-pound weight class with a 5-4 decision over Matt Abbott.    

“Rosta keeps beating kids who are good wrestlers,” Carmichael said. “Where Dalton is separating himself from the rest is that he’s listening to our game plan and keeping his cool on the mat. He frustrates other wrestlers and takes advantage of that.

“He’s wrestling within himself. The score in his match was tied and he knew he needed a takedown. With four seconds left on the clock, he got one.”

Justin Mayberry pinned the Blue Devils’ Evan Pethel in 1:06 to secure a win in the 120-pound weight class.

“It was absolutely wonderful to see Mayberry continue his winning ways,” Carmichael said.

The Spartans’ Shane King won by decision over Jake McKee, 5-4, in the 152-pound weight class. It wasn’t without a little pep talk first.  

“Shane had struggled with injuries and confidence issues early in the season,” Carmichael said. “He snapped out of it. What I saw out of him was what I’ve seen him do before. He’s a fantastic technician.”

In the 182-pound weight class, Burgettstown’s Brad Hucik won a decision over Jason Powell, 14-5. Carmichael was pleased with what he saw from his first-year wrestler.

“Powell’s a light 182,” he said. “He’s going up against kids who are 10 pounds heavier than him. He wrestled Hucik for three rounds.”

Laurel (0-2 section) will look to get healthy after the holiday break. Carmichael believes, once healthy, his team will be able to go on a playoff run.

“We knew December was a bad month for us,” he said. “January is going to be our month. My 132-pound slot will be filled and so will my 138. Burgettstown is the number one team in our section. To see their kids lose to our kids, that’s promising.”  

 

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Laurel
  • Laurel vacancies filled

    Vacancies within the Laurel School District are being filled prior to the start of school next month.

    July 18, 2014

  • Laurel to have multi-class reunion

    A multi-class reunion celebrating the 25-year anniversary for Laurel’s classes of 1987 through 1991 is set for Sept. 13.

    July 14, 2014

  • Laurel board approves budget

    The Laurel School Board has adopted a $17.8 million budget for the 2014-15 school year. The $17,849,586 spending plan requires no tax increase. It represents a $361,496 increase over the current year’s budget.

    June 19, 2014 1 Story

  • Laurel names secondary principal

    The Laurel School Board hired Mark Frengel as secondary principal of student affairs. Frengel will receive a salary of $88,000 for the 2014-15 school year.

    June 19, 2014

  • Laurel class of ’74 planning reunion

    The 40-year anniversary reunion for Laurel’s Class of 1974 has been set for July 19.

    June 18, 2014

  • Laurel budget proposal has no tax increase

    The Laurel School Board has introduced a $17.8 million budget that requires no tax increase. The $17,849,586 spending plan for the 2014-15 school year is $361,496 higher than the current year’s.

    May 15, 2014

  • Laurel Class of ’74 to hold reunion

    Members of Laurel High School’s Class of 1974 will celebrate their 40th anniversary this summer.

    April 11, 2014

  • Laurel OKs positions

    The Laurel School Board approved the employment of three instructors for additional duties this week.

    April 9, 2014

  • Cooper.tiff Laurel hires Cooper as new football coach

    Laurel High has found its man. Brian Cooper replaces Pat Cuba at the helm of the Spartans football program. Cuba resigned last month after leading the Spartans to a 7-3 record and the program’s first playoff appearance since 2009.

    April 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • gavel.jpg Forbes appointed to Laurel board

    Blaine Forbes has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the Laurel School Board. Forbes, who previously served on the board, was approved Monday by a unanimous vote of the eight board members.

    March 25, 2014 1 Photo

House Ads
Poll

"State Fair" opens at the New Castle Playhouse tonight. Will you be checking out the show?

Definitely! I've already got my tickets.
Maybe. I'm not sure.
Nah, it's not for me.
     View Results