Trib HSSN Wrestler of the Week: Frazier’s Thayne Lawrence

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 | 1:09 PM


Thayne Lawrence, Frazier, jr.

The Commodores junior commandeered a third WPIAL individual title in as many seasons, capturing the 160-pound weight class at the Class AA tournament Saturday at Canon-McMillan.

Lawrence rolled through his bracket, picking up a technical fall in the quarterfinals, a pin in the semifinals and a major decision over Quaker Valley’s Patrick Cutchember in the championship bout. Friday, he won a Section 3-AA title by dispatching Burrell’s Austin Mele.

After finishing as runner-up at the PIAA Southwest Regional each of the past two seasons, Lawrence will aim for his first title at the annual tournament Friday and Saturday at IUP.


Christian Clutter, McGuffey, sr.: Clutter won his third WPIAL title, taking the 170-pound weight bracket. Clutter scored pins in the quarterfinals and semifinals and beat Valley’s Noah Hutcherson by major decision in the finals.

Jacob Ealy, Hopewell, sr.: Ealy and Hopewell wrestled at the Class AAA level last season, and he proved a massive fish in the smaller pond as he won the WPIAL Class AA title at 138 pounds. Ealy had two pins and an 11-0 major decision over Burrell’s A.J. Corrado in the finals, earning the Outstanding Wrestler award.

Riley Kemper, Burgettstown, jr.: It was a simply dominant performance for the Blue Devils’ heavyweight as he won his first career WPIAL championship. All three of his matches ended with pins, including one of Valley’s David Schuffert — last year’s runner-up — in the finals.

Conner Redinger, Quaker Valley, so.: Two seasons and two WPIAL titles for the Quakers’ 132-pounder, who pinned all three of his opponents en route to the title, including Derry’s Jason Baker in the finals.

Doug Gulasy is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Doug at 412-388-5830, or via Twitter .

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