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Five area wrestlers return from state tournament with medals

Mar. 11—HERSHEY — Several Crawford County wrestlers left Hershey with a medal wrapped around their neck on Saturday.

Saegertown's Carter Beck, Leah Sample and Kacie Mook were among the medal winners at the PIAA Individual Championships. For Sample and Mook, they were among the first group of girls to win a PIAA medal in Pennsylvania. This was the first year girls wrestling was a PIAA sanctioned sport.

Mook, a senior, took home a fourth-place medal at 130 pounds. Mook lost her first match on Friday, but fought through four rounds of the consolation bracket. It included avenging her loss against Hamburg's Savannah Govern in the opener, when she won a 6-4 decision in the consolation semifinals. Mook was pinned by Montgomery's Emily Murphy in the third-place bout.

Sample, a sophomore, won eighth-place. She dropped a 2-1 decision against Pottstown's Savannah Richards in the seventh-place match.

"Taking two girls to states and having both medal feels awesome," Saegertown girls head coach Melissa Bartholomew said. "The two girls deserve all the glory as they worked so hard and left everything on the mat. The caliber of wrestling at the Giant Center was amazing. Leah and Kacie did a great job and I couldn't be prouder.

"The goal is to take a few weeks off and start doing open gyms and continue to grow girls wrestling and grow the girls' technique."

Beck, a junior, won his second state medal. He placed sixth as a freshman but did not place last year. This year, he finished eighth at 114 pounds.

"It was good. It wasn't what we wanted, but he is happy with placing," Saegertown head coach Jim Mulligan said. "He gave up some big moves. He gave up a five-point move in his first match then got stuck in a headlock in a different match. But he wrestled great. He wrestled hard and he pushed the pace in every match.

"I told him on another day he could have been wrestling in the finals or even won the whole thing. But there were a lot of good kids in his bracket that didn't place. There were a lot of great wrestlers from GM and LeBoeuf and all over D-10 that didn't place. D-10 had a down year. I can't remember the last time we didn't have a kid from the Northwest region wrestle in the finals."

Conneaut also had two wrestlers secure medals at the tournament. Senior Hunter Gould won his third-career state medal and sophomore Daylee Watson won fourth-place in the girls tournament.

Gould, a Lock Haven University commit, took seventh at 133 pounds. He defeated Grove City's Hudson Hohman in the seventh-place match to avenge last week's loss at the region tournament. Gould finished the season 40-5 and 137-19 in his career. He had four section titles and three state medals in his career.

Watson battled to a 10-4 loss in the semifinal round before winning a 13-4 major decision in the consolation semifinals. Watson lost her third-place bout to Lillian Rumsey of Williamsport to secure fourth place at 112 pounds.

Alex Topor can be reached at (814) 724-6370 or by email at atopor@meadvilletribune.com.