Welsh in Ohio State Church at Virginia Tech | High school sports
Before the first whistle sounded and the first victory was registered on the mat, Mac Church and Rocco Welsh took care of a very important matter.
The two talented wrestlers from Waynesburg High School chose colleges to pursue their athletic and academic careers.
Church, a junior who was PIAA champion at 126 pounds last season and finalist at 120 pounds in freshman, will bring his considerable talents to Virginia Tech.
Welsh, a junior who was a PIAA finalist the past two seasons, will compete at Ohio State.
Colton Stoneking, a senior who placed fifth at 132 pounds at the PIAA Championships, will leave for George Mason University next August.
Zander Phaturos, a 23-7 junior, chose Campbell.
âI really liked the team coaches, the kids on the team and it was close to home,â said Church, who brings a career record 78-8 in this week’s Ironman tournament. -end. âThe neighborhood is very nice. I just liked everything about it.
Church basically had her choice of schools, but the ones that made the final cut were North Carolina State, Lehigh, Cornell, Stanford and Pitt.
College coaches see him at 141 pounds and he will drop his junior season to 132.
There was speculation that Church and Welsh would attend the same college, but Church said that was all it was, speculation.
âIt would have been cool if we had liked the same place, but we didn’t. … We will always be friends.
Church said it took a lot of pressure for him to make the pick ahead of the season.
âIt will be good to get back to a normal fight,â Church said.
Welsh was participating in a preseason tournament in Panama and was not available for comment.
He was available to win a gold medal in the 74 kg (163 lbs) class at the Junior Pan American Games in Cali, Colombia.
The Welsh opened the tournament with a 7-2 decision over Cuban Geannis Tamayo and followed it with a 13-0 technical drop to Puerto Rico’s Kevin Oliavarria Montilla in the semifinals. The Welsh dominated Juan Martinez of the Dominican Republic for the title.
On Cole Homet’s side, the senior wrestler is working on a possible mid-season return after severely damaging his arm in a car crash.
Homet, state runner-up last year, is slowly regaining the feeling in his arm. Head coach Kyle Szewczyk said Homet could take a year off after his senior season to improve the healing process and serve as a volunteer coach with the Raiders before heading to college.
âIt’s moving forward,â Szewczyk said. âRight now, it’s about the middle of the forearm to feel. It is a slow process. It’s much better now than two months ago. What is it going to look like, say mid-February? I do not know.
âBut he’s one of the most competitive people I’ve ever coached and that means something. He’s definitely not losing hope this year. He is constantly lifting weights, pushing himself. He has a great work ethic. He likes to train.
Other local wrestlers who made a varsity pick included Jacob Houpt of Canon-McMillan, a senior who was fifth in the Districts and was 18-8. He chose Kent State.