North Allegheny senior stands out in wrestling event

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North Allegheny senior Dom Forys walked out of Fox Chapel High School with a lot of hardware after the Allegheny County Championships concluded Saturday.

Forys received a trophy for winning his fourth consecutive title, a second trophy for being named the Outstanding Wrestler and a third trophy for the Brotherhood of Wrestling Award, which is given to a wrestler who exhibits good sportsmanship.

"It's exciting to know that I'm only the third to win four titles in this tournament," Forys said. "It's also the first time I've ever won four consecutive titles at a tournament. To do it at a tournament of this caliber, it means a lot to me. There's a lot good competition at this tournament."

The only other four-time champs in the 13-year history of the tournament are Plum's Sean Clair in 2005 and Shaler's Nick Nelson in 2007.

Forys, who claimed the 126-pound title with a convincing 22-5 technical fall of Thomas Jefferson's Braden Flinn, was one of five finalists for North Allegheny. The Tigers had three champions and 10 place-winners en route to a second consecutive team title. The Tigers outscored runner-up Mt. Lebanon by 60.5 points.

"It's great to win another team title, especially since we had a couple starters out with injuries," said Forys, who was joined by teammates Luke Landefeld and Layne Skundrich.

Landefeld recorded a 16-1 technical fall in the 113-pound final against McKeesport's Kevin Statler. Skundrich claimed the crown at 220 with a 3-0 win against Chartiers Valley's Michael Roper.

Forys was one of four repeat champions. The others were North Hills' Gage Curry and Central Catholic duo Vincenzo Joseph and Kyle Coniker.

Curry defended his title at 106 pounds with a 28-second pin of Pine-Richland's Hunter Baxter. Curry also received an award for the most pins in the least amount of time. He recorded five pins in 5:59.

"This is the first time I've had five pins in a tournament," said Curry, who moved down from 113. "The plan all year was to move down for the county tournament."

Joseph made his third appearance in the finals and claimed his second title with an 8-0 major decision victory against South Park's Jake Wentzel at 138 pounds. He won in 2012, then lost to Forys in last year's finals.

Coniker claimed his second consecutive title with a 4-0 win against Hampton's Brandon Olszewski at 170 pounds.

One returning champion, North Hills' Jonathan Avon, fell short of capturing a second title. Avon lost, 8-0, in the 160-pound final to Penn Hills' Te'Shan Campbell.

Three others returned to the finals and claimed their first title: Shaler's Mike Heinl, Mt. Lebanon's Kellan Stout and Montour's Cole Macek. Heinl claimed the 120-pound title with a 5-2 win against Mt. Lebanon's Kevin Kinyua. Stout won at 182 by pinning North Hills' Elliott King. Macek became the first Montour wrestler to win a county title with an 11-4 win against North Allegheny's Zach Smith.

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