Sister-brother wrestlers among Fort LeBoeuf champs at section 4-AA meet
WATERFORD — Siblings were among the 13 gold-medal recipients during Saturday’s District 10 section 4-AA wrestling tournament.
Siblings as in sister-brother, not brother-brother.
Fort LeBoeuf lightweights Andie and Jojo Przybycien added to the uniqueness of this season’s PIAA postseason meets, which will all have been streamlined because of COVID-19 concerns.
Andie Przybycien, who won the 108-pound division of last season's state girls tournament, was the 106 champion of the seven-team, all-Erie County meet in LeBoeuf's gymnasium.
The junior added to her trailblazing achievements when she pinned Seneca’s Tyler Randall in 4 minutes, 43 seconds.
Jojo Przybycien followed his older sister onto the team's new blue and white mat minutes later. It was there the Bison freshman pinned Northwestern’s Kolton Sutter 1:15 into the 120 final.
“Just to wrestle on the same team has been so much fun,” Andie Przybycien said, “and to win this tournament together is awesome. Obviously, this (short season) isn’t what we all wanted. But (Saturday’s results) proved we've made the best of it.”
The Przybyciens were two of LeBoeuf’s seven champs and 12 overall who qualified for District 10’s 2A tournament at Sharon on Feb. 20.
Other LeBoeuf victors were Jacob Bennett (113) Dominic Stearns (138), Conner McChesney (145), Jack Rimpa (152) and Danny Church (189). They helped the Bison easily claim the tournament’s team trophy with 230 points to Girard’s 137.
Jojo Przybycien couldn’t wait to join Andie on LeBoeuf’s roster this season. He thanked his sister for shortening his learning curve as a newcomer to varsity competition.
The Przybyciens separately said they didn’t speak about the possibility of achieving such a rare feat ahead of Saturday’s action.
“But that had been in the back of my mind a lot,” Jojo said. “It was so dope we both won in the same tournament on the same day.”
The steady growth of girls wrestling throughout the state was evident beyond Andie Przybycien’s 106 title.
She was one of three females who participated in Saturday's action and the first of two who advanced.
Elizabeth Adcock, a North East sophomore, will be the section’s second seed in the district’s 113 championship bracket.
LeBoeuf’s Bennett pinned Adcock 48 seconds into their championship final. However, she was assured of moving on because they were the only two entered at that weight class.
Adcock, unlike Andie Przybycien, had no wrestling experience before this season. She enjoyed cross country and track and field as a youth but was inspired to try wrestling after she watched Ryan Adcock, her younger brother, compete in it.
“I just hope to get better,” Elizabeth Adcock said.
Seneca’s Kallah Zacherl was the third female listed in Saturday’s tournament. The junior was eliminated in the 132 consolation bracket.
The Bobcats did qualify two wrestlers for districts. Both did so as section champs and both accomplished that at the expense of LeBoeuf opponents.
Seneca’s Logan Platz beat Adam Johnson 10-4 for first at 126. Ryan Miller doubled up Ryan Welka 6-3 at 160.
Girard was second to the Bison in the team standings largely because of Abe Keep (172) and Jordan Schell (285).
Keep edged LeBoeuf’s Tim Church 7-5. Schell, who seeks to repeat as the district’s heavyweight champion, pinned North East’s Jesse Phelps at 1:46.
Harbor Creek star Connor Pierce showed why he was a PIAA medalist in each of his first two PIAA 2A tournament appearances. The junior pinned LeBoeuf's Jackson Bowers 18 seconds into their 132 final.
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Results from District 10’s section wrestling tournaments. The winners of the championship and true-second matches advanced to next weekend’s District 10 Class 2A tournament at Sharon: