NEW CASTLE —
Laurel wrestlers fall to Summit Academy
Injuries continued to ravage the Laurel wrestling team more than its opponents.
The Spartans tallied four forfeits in a nonsection loss to visiting Summit Academy, 46-21.
“I’m more injury plagued than I have ever been,” Spartans coach Kevin Carmichael said. “Injuries are forfeiting us at the 132, 138, 160, 170, 182 and 285-pound weight classes. I’m trying to bump kids around and fit kids in. Mark Pizor wrestled at 170 pounds and he is a 152-pounder. I’m just trying to put a team together. When you’re forfeiting six weight classes because of injury, it’s tough.”
Laurel (1-6) has been with a full complement of wrestlers only once this season, winning its only Class AA Section 1-B match this season against a tough South Side Beaver team.
The Spartans continued to show well on the mat, winning three of the five weight classes in which forfeits were not involved. Harley Peterson registered a pin of Dylan Robuck in 3:54 in the 152-pound weight class. Shane King won via pinfall in the 160-pound weight class in 1:28 over Tyler Welsh. Rick Nail picked up a 4-1 decision over William McCallaugh in the 220-pound class.
“They know the individual run is coming up, so they’re still wanting to win. We embed that in them. There’s always a reason to win,” Carmichael said. “I’m proud of them. It would be very easy to sit back and give up when you’re watching your team fall left and right. Harley Peterson and Shane King are wrestling very well right now. I think they’ll do well in the individuals. Rick Nail has been wrestling at 285, but he finally made weight tonight.”
The Spartans have one more team competition, Thursday against Central Valley, before going to the individual section qualifiers for the WPIAL playoffs.
“I think the veterans have a chance to make it into the sections and make it to WPIAL,” Carmichael said. “I’d say everybody in the lineup has a chance of making it out of section. Wrestling in your weight class is a big thing. That plays out big.”