Norwin Notebook: Wrestler Brings Home Junior High State Title

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Saturday March 12, 2022 | 11:01 a.m.


Norwin’s wrestling program showcased some potential future stars at the Pennsylvania Junior State Wrestling Championships earlier this month at the Cambria County War Memorial in Johnstown.

Landon Sidun took gold with his victory in the 107-pound weight class. He beat Melvin Miller in the final, 10-4, to win the championship.

Norwin also made a girl reach the medal stand.

Jo Dollman finished second in the state at 148 pounds. Dollman fell to Greater Nanticoke’s Sierra Ripka in the final, 2-0.

Bronze for Kranitz

Norwin senior wrestler Chase Kranitz returned to Hershey for the Class 3A PIAA Championships.

The Buffalo entry finished third at the WPIAL Championships at 160 pounds behind champion Jared Kesler of Connellsville and Shawn Taylor of West Allegheny to advance to the state tournament.

WPIAL coaches often refer to the District Finals as one of the toughest “Regionals” in the country.

Keslar pinned Kranitz in the semifinals.

Kranitz earned his 100th victory earlier in the season.

He presented Sidun with the Most Outstanding Wrestler trophy at the PA Junior High Southest Regional in Norwin.

golden gloves

Jacob Watt, 13, of Norwin, competes in the Western Pennsylvania Golden Gloves in March and April as he pursues his boxing dreams.

Watt will fight March 19 at DuBois.

His home is the Boyce Boxing Gym, a Police Athletic League facility in Boyce Park near Plum. Watt is coached by his father, David Watt, a longtime Boyce member who is also a certified judge and referee.

College scene

Verification of Norwin athletes competing at the collegiate level:

men’s volleyball

Thiel: Freshman JC Govannucci had 10 kills for the Tomcats in a 3-2 victory over Hiram in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference. Govannucci added nine kills as the Tomcats swept Saint Vincent, 3-0.

women’s basketball

Marietta: Sophomore Olivia Gribble (Norwin) had a game-high 15 points with five 3-pointers as Marietta beat Wittenberg, 65-50, for the program’s first victory in the NCAA Division III Tournament. The team lost to Hope College in the next game, 85-66, to end the season 22-6.

Westminster: Senior guard Magen Polczynski had a career-high 10 points and six steals, but the Titans fell to Penn State Behrend, 77-58, in the semifinals of the CEAC Tournament to finish the season with an 18- 10.

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