Schutz wrestles back for state medal

First Posted: 3/9/2013

Today WA senior Andy Schutz is the first Warrior since Don Morgan in 1996 to win a PIAA state wrestling medal and just the fifth state medalist in school history. He finished seventh in the PIAA 2A State Championships yesterday at the Giant Center in Hershey where, in the last match of his career, he defeated Saegertown freshman Nick Monico for the seventh-place medal.

After losing his first round match on Thursday, Schutz wrestled back into medal contention by winning two consolation bouts, defeating Colin Day of Meyersdale by tech fall 15-0 and Kyle Lukowich of Conneaut Area 9-4.

Then he went up against Kent Lane from Southern Columbia, who had defeated Schutz in the Northeast Regional final last weekend. Lane won again, 3-1. A win there would have put Schutz in the fourth place bout.

“I’m glad to be in the medal round but once you’re here it’s not really enough,” Schutz told the Times Leader. “I’m definitely disappointed because I tried to get to the third and fourth-place bout but I’ve still got another match so I can’t really look back at this time.”

Schutz is the winning wrestler in Wyoming Area program history with 124 career wins and four District 2 Class 2A titles.

WA senior Nick Heck also went to PIAA State Championships. In last week’s paper it was reported in error that he lost the third place bout at the Northeast regional and did not qualify for the state tournament.He won that bout.

At the regional Heck lost his first-round match to Sam Miller of Bloomsburg and then won two consolation bouts beating Morgan Fuller of Western Wayne and Demetri Probst of Bucktail in the third place bout.

Sorry about the error.

At the PIAA tourney at the Giant Center Heck was elminated in the first round of consolations by Jasper Hankey of Biglersville, 7-5. He finsihed his senior season 32-3.

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