State College’s Cole Urbas was very familiar with his 195-pound PIAA Class 3A Wrestling Championships opponent — Clearfield’s Luke McGonigal.
McGoingal was interviewed by WTAJ on Friday night and said if he got Urbas again, the result wouldn’t be the same as his 1-0 loss to the Little Lion junior in Altoona a week ago.
McGonigal backed his words up by pinning the Little Lion in 1:37 Saturday night at the Giant Center.
“He is a tough competitor,” Urbas said. “I raised my level a little bit too much. He tossed me. That’s what you get with a big guy like that. He’ll use his strength against you.”
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The Bison wrestler caught Urbas with an outside trip and threw him to the mat. Urbas didn’t give up right away, though. He fought off his back numerous times and looked as though he was going to roll through, but just couldn’t do it.
“I’m going to remember how I felt after that match,” Urbas said of his motivation for next season. “I’m definitely happy with how my season went. I’m happy with my commitment this year. I feel like I improved a lot and learned a lot about myself as a wrestler and more of a person too.”
Coach Ryan Cummins noticed that his wrestler competed with more confidence this season than last year. He felt that is what allowed him to excel this year.
“We are proud of him,” Cummins said. “He had a great tournament. Things happen, it will make him work harder for next year.”