Bishop McCort girls earn 1st District 5-6-9 subregional wrestling title

Feb. 25—The Bishop McCort Catholic girls wrestling team went a perfect 4-for-4 with a quartet of pins in Saturday's inaugural District 5-6-9 subregional tournament finals to put a stamp on a thrilling night for the sport.

In front of a packed crowd inside the Pitt-Johnstown Sports Center, the Crimson Crushers totaled 121 points to take home the team title. This is the first season in which girls wrestling is an official PIAA sport.

Curwensville finished in second place with 97 points. Chestnut Ridge crowned two champions and placed fifth.

Bishop McCort junior Jordyn Fouse, who earned the outstanding wrestler award with a technical fall and a pin in the 136-pound final, appreciated the night's significance of how far girls wrestling has already progressed.

"It's amazing," said Fouse, a two-time state champion. "It's been a long time coming. I never thought I would get to experience this in my high school wrestling career. It's heartwarming. It's kind of emotional to see this all happening."

Fouse, ranked No. 2 in the state at 136, pinned Chestnut Ridge's Kalea Dey in 1:09 for gold.

Bishop McCort sophomore Lane Fordyce, ranked No. 3 in the state at 112, was 3-0 with a technical fall and two pins. In the final, Fordyce needed just 18 seconds to pin Southern Huntingdon's Cayla Jenkins.

Despite having a smaller roster than other teams, Fordyce was proud of how her squad performed.

"It's exciting because we don't have many girls," Fordyce said. "We don't even have half a team. We have six girls and there are 13 weights, so it was really exciting that we were able to actually get the team title and reach our goal. We all pitched in in our different ways."

The top six in each weight class advanced to the Central Regional on March 2 at Milton High School. Seventeen area wrestlers qualified Saturday for the next round.

There was a parade of champions for both the boys and girls before Saturday's finals. Being incorporated into the event gave the girls a shot of adrenaline.

"I also liked when we went out for the parade of champions, it wasn't just crickets," Fordyce said. "Everybody was cheering for you. It was really exciting."

Bishop McCort senior Alyssa Favara, a Lock Haven signee, collected two pins, the second one in 41 seconds over Bald Eagle Area's Grace Crestani for the 190 title. Favara, ranked No. 4 in the state at 190, showed no rust after not being able to compete for a few months due to a knee injury.

"It honestly feels really good, especially coming off an injury," Favara said. "I haven't wrestled since December. This is my first tournament back. To win it definitely means a lot."

Bishop McCort senior Jovie Forrest won all three of her matches by fall. In the final, the No. 2 seed pinned top-seeded Amelia Smith from Juniata in 1:21.

"I heard that she has really good hand fighting, so I just tried to get to my stuff first and really get to what I needed to do," said Forrest, who is in the midst of her second season of wrestling. "I really just kind of focused on getting to my shots first because as soon as I got her down, I knew I could turn her. I knew I could get some points off that."

Bishop McCort's Jessica McGuire (124) and Myah Miller (148) both finished in fourth place.

Chestnut Ridge freshman Violette Lasure continued her dominant season with two more pins. She won by fall in 2:56 over Greater Johnstown sophomore Sayona Harris-Haye for 142 gold.

"It feels great. It's definitely been a big goal," Lasure said.

An aggressive, attacking style has helped fuel Lasure, who is ranked No. 1 in the state at 142.

"I just have the mentality to pin everybody," said Lasure, who is 26-0 with 24 pins. "All season, I've pinned everybody, so I can't let go of that feeling."

At 130, Chestnut Ridge senior Patron Plummer needed only 42 seconds to pin her two opponents. The 2021 and 2022 MyHouse state champ won by fall in 14 ticks to defeat Northern Bedford County's Emily Dennis in the final.

United's Jadelyn Boring (124, third), Chloe Stiles (112, third), Sierra Oleksa (100, fourth) and Rylee Horner (118, fifth) all qualified for next weekend's regional.

Bedford's Mylah Steinbuch, ranked No. 3 in the state, won the 235 title by pinning Central Mountain's Ashlyn Miller in 3:01. Bedford's Camryn Steinbuch was pinned in 1:21 by Northern Bedford County's Raegan Snider in the 155 final.

Meyersdale's Marcella Dupre finished in third place at 148.