Wrestlers rank fourth in Super Region

Emily Moore, Sports Editor

Pitt- Johnstown wrestlers are doing well so far this season.

The team is ranked fourth in the Super Region rankings, covering the East.

Within the Super Region rankings, multiple Mountain Cat wrestlers were ranked in the top 10 of their weight class.

This includes, national qualifier junior Evan Link who is ranked third in the 125-pound weight class; national qualifier junior Sam Hanau, ranked second in the 141-pound weight class, and sophomore Cole Landowski, are ranked third in the 149-pound weight class. Freshman Tyler Reinhart is ranked nationally second in the 165-pound weight class; and sophomore John Blankenship, ranked third in the 174-pound weight class.

Two other Mountain Cat wrestlers who are ranked nationally include junior Evan Link in the 125-pound weight class, and Freshman Adam Nickelson in the 184-pound weight class.

Pitt-Johnstown falls just below Notre Dame College (South Euclid, Ohio), Mercyhurst University (Erie, Pa), and Kutztown (Pa) University in the Super Region rankings.

Head coach Pat Pecora said that the team has been working hard all year to achieve a high status of ranking fourth and having an overall record of 4-1.

“It is a yearlong process. We worked throughout the whole year. Our program is built to be the best we can be regionally and nationally.” “With everyone working hard, they become the best form of themselves with no regrets,” said Pecora.

Landowski also said he had been working throughout the year to help accomplish ranking fourth, and reach his career goal.

“Fourth is not the goal I have for this year. I am training every day to win the region and become a national champion.”

“I expect myself to win every match the rest of the year and be dominant so the other guy would not want to wrestle me again,” said Ladowski.

Along with the group of national qualifiers the team already has this year, there are also many younger members of the team who Pecora said would make an impact.

“We have very good starters, such as Evan Link, and (Freshman) Malachi Krenzelak. I expect everyone to be a leader,” Pecora said. “We have good combinations of national qualifiers and our young guys, such as (Freshman) D.J. Sims, who will become great leaders. We have a good core group.”

“We are always trying to find ways of excelling and we will always try to be No.1,” Pecora said.