Pellegrine places third at regional wrestling event


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Evan Pellegrine (third from right) took third at the MAWA wrestling tournament over the weekend.

Troy Walker, Sports Writer

Even though the Bellwood-Antis wrestling teams’ season has been over for quite some time, junior Evan Pellegrine compete at the MAWA (Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Association) National tournament, in Salisbury Maryland last weekend.

“One of the reasons I got into the tournament was I didn’t want to be done wrestling yet,” said Evan.

Despite placing seventh at districts during the season, Evan was able to survive and advance through the tournament, and finished 5-1, coming in third place in the heavyweight division.

Evan lost to Dean Setticase, who ended up winning the tournament, in the quartefinals.

“I beat a lot of pretty good kids.  It gives me confidence,” said Evan.

Even wants to come ready next year, and be one of the best wrestlers to come through B-A.

“I want to make it to states and go for the career pin record,” he said.

Evan wasn’t the only Bellwood-Antis wrestler competing over the weekend. Myers Elementary wrestlers Carter Hardy, Nolan Hewitt, Wyatt Evans, Caleb Plummer, and Ellias Alley also competed in the tournament.  A story on them will be released in the coming days.

“I think its great to have our guys continue to wrestle after the season.  It can only help in the long run,” said varsity wrestling coach Tim Andrekovich.  “I’m so proud of them.  It’s great for them and our program … I love the fact that the kids are putting in extra time and effort.  I hope it encourages other wrestlers to get on the mat during the offseason.”