Penn-Trafford freshman Coy opens PIAA championships with win at 132

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HERSHEY, Pa. -- Penn-Trafford's Cameron Coy is a freshman, but he's not wrestling like most freshmen.

Coy upset defending PIAA champion Tyler Smith in the recent Class AAA WPIAL/Southwest Regional tournament in the 132-pound final.

Thursday night, Coy made his PIAA debut and posted a 6-0 shutout of Big Spring's Greg Warner in the first round of the PIAA championships at Giant Center.

"It feels good to get that one out of the way," Coy said. "Everybody is nervous for their first match."

Coy recorded a takedown in the first period and added two reversals.

"I've been working on a little technique this week to get ready for the tournament and it worked perfectly," Coy said.

Many wrestlers are overwhelmed by the huge crowds in their first PIAA appearance. That was not the case for Coy, who has wrestled in numerous tournaments across the country.

"I don't feel any added pressure," Coy said. "I'm just trying to have fun. I've wrestled in tournaments that have 35-40 mats, so I'm used big crowds."

Penn-Trafford coach Rich Ginther was impressed with Coy's opening-round victory.

"Just look at the bracket and you'll see Cameron is the only freshman entered at 132, and there's only one sophomore," Ginther said.

"The rest are juniors and seniors. He's real poised. He probably has more mat experience than some of the seniors here. He's been to a lot of big tournaments and has a lot of quality matches under his belt."

Coy was one of four freshmen from the WPIAL who posted a victory in the first round.

Franklin Regional's Spencer Lee and North Allegheny's Luke Landefeld posted victories in the 113-pound weight class. Lee (46-0) remained unbeaten with a 16-1 technical fall against Upper Perkiomen's Dustin Steffenino at 113. Landefeld posted a 4-2 win against Nazareth's Travis Smith.

Belle Vernon's Jarod Verkleeren (21-4) had an easy opener, as his first-round opponent in the 145-pound weight class scratched with a skin rash.

Verkleeren, Lee, Landefeld and Coy face their next opponents today in the quarterfinals.

Franklin Regional leads the Class AAA team scoring with 13.5 points.

The WPIAL had 31 of its 42 Class AAA entries post a first-round victory. Six of the 11 losers came back with a victory in the first round of consolations, while the other five were eliminated from further competition.

The City League's only entry -- Allderdice's Cameron Jacobson -- lost in the first round, but remained alive with a win in the first round of consolations.

In Class AA, 18 of the WPIAL's 35 entries recorded a first-round victory.

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