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PR's Victorious at County Wrestling Tournament

Wrestlers County Win Tribune-Review Names PRHS Wrestling Team - Team of the Week.

The Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament hosted by Fox Chapel saw something for the first time in 15 years, a Pine-Richland victory. The tournament was loaded with 37 teams from every part of the county including many previous county and even state champions.

Pine-Richland coach Caleb Kolb and the entire team were on pins and needles throughout the championship Saturday night (January 18, 2020).  The Rams were in a tight battle for the team title. Freshman Anthony Ferraro won 14-0 for his third championship this year in as many tournaments.  With that win, the rams needed just one more championship to win the team title. That county championship came when Captain Cole Spencer beat Quaker Valley’s Conner Redinger ranked second in the state to win his second 152-pound championship in three years.  Cole’s record is unblemished and stands at 23 -0.

Captain Nate Lukez and Kelin Laffey were impressive county runner-ups.  Nate’s brother Jake Lukez and Robert Palmieri finished fourth.  Freshman Shane Simpson and Joey Schneck earned All-County honors as well with seventh and eighth-place finishes.  Here is a list of PR wrestlers, who  placed and were named All-County:

Anthony Ferraro 106# 1st Place
Shane Simpson 106# 7th Place
Rob Palmieri 126# 4th Place
Kelin Laffey 132# 2nd Place
Nate Lukez 145# 2nd Place
Cole Spencere 152# 1st PlaceWRESTLING COACHES
Jake Lukez 152# 4th Place

The Rams prevailed over North Allegheny, 223-222.5. It is just the second county title in Pine-Richland history. In his second year as coach, Kolb was at a loss for words.

“Honestly, I keep telling people I’m speechless,” Kolb said. “I don’t think anyone expected Pine-Richland to come out swinging like that, and I mean it was a half-a-point that we won by. But it was a team effort. All those matches yesterday where we accumulated bonus points paid off tonight, and it’s great to see it. The team really cares about each other on and off the mat. As a team, our philosophy is to be dedicated to our academics, training, and team members”

Second-year Head Coach Caleb Kolb and assistant coaches Tom McGarity and Rob Hunt don’t have any time to rest on their laurels.  The PRHS Varsity Wrestling Team qualified for team Sectional playoffs, so the tight-nit team with a record of 8-2 will be tested again when they wrestle their first playoff match in 13 years versus Fox Chapel this Wednesday, January 22, 2020.