How's this for adding spice to a county tournament.
Derry Area's James Gulibon, a two-time state champ, moved up from 119 to wrestle at 125 pounds in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association tournament. Gulibon's reasoning for the move was to face two-time state champ Nico Megaludis of Franklin Regional in the finals. Megaludis, a Penn State recruit, prevailed 4-3.
Gulibon deserves praise for the move. It's not often an athlete puts his own record at stake to face a challenge as big as wrestling Megaludis, who has one career loss.
Gulibon and Megaludis are among the nation's best wrestlers. What happened Saturday should enhance both wrestlers' reputations.
Here is Tribune-Review wrestling writer's Paul Schofield story about the tournament: