By Taylor Munce, sports editor
Senior Will Phelan serves the ball during a recent match against CASH.
The boys volleyball team began their stellar season with a record of 10-0 in the district after an impressive win over McDowell on May 2. They took down the AAA powerhouse in five sets with scores of 18-25, 25-21, 25-21, 17-25, and 16-14.
Senior outside hitter Will Phelan attributes the recent successes to teamwork. “It’s crucial in volleyball to have a good connection throughout the team because we pick each other up when we’re down,” Phelan said. Senior Eli Draa, right side hitter, echoed Phelan’s sentiments. “There are always six people on the court, and if one person gets mad everything crumbles,” said Draa. “We try to work together the best we can.”
Phelan celebrated his last home match with the memorable victory over McDowell, but still looks forward to the remaining matches. “It was great to come out with a win on our senior night, and I loved the energy and spirit from the crowd,” he said. “But we still have some volleyball left to play.”
With their win over Maplewood last night, the Panthers remain undefeated. Tonight, they face rival Meadville Bulldogs for the region title. The Bulldogs are also undefeated.
Action begins at Meadville Area High School at 7 p.m. Follow @PantherPressSHS on Twitter for live updates.
By Hannah Draa and Cutter’b Pritchard, Staff Writers
Cody Mulligan stands all the way to the left of the podium with his seventh place plaque at the Ironman Tournament on Dec. 12.
From coast to coast, wrestlers all over the country travel to compete in the Walsh Ironman Tournament. This year, the well-represented Saegertown wrestling team participated in this event on Dec. 11 through Dec. 12. It is known as the number one ranked tournament in the country. It is held at Walsh Jesuit High School in Ohio. Last year, the panthers made a name for themselves when graduate Dylan Reynolds took first place at weight 195lbs.
Saegertown traveled to the round robin for their third consecutive year, and they took fourteen starting varsity wrestlers. With the competition being fierce, many of the wrestlers valued the opportunity to take part in the meet.
“I feel honored to go and place. I think I’m gonna win it next year,” said sophomore Cody Mulligan who placed seventh at this year’s Ironman tournament. Senior Nick Monico was able to celebrate his 100th win during this year’s competition. Not only did Monico make it through to the second day, but Mulligan also made it through the first day’s challenges and both were able to compete in matches for the second day.
During the two day span of the tournament, the wrestlers made many memories. “The most memorable moment for me is when my dad and Mr. Bradshaw were yelling at me after I lost. The coaching experience is original and organic at tournaments,” said Mulligan. “It’s a good gauge to see where you’re at for the regular season known as March mattness,” said Monico.
By Jessica Tomiczek, Social Media Editor
Senior wrestler Dylan Reynolds (shown here atop the podium at the IronMan Tournament) has recently won three major tournaments.
After a third place finish at the state championship last year, senior Dylan Reynolds felt like he had something to prove. In the Fall of last year, he committed to Clarion University, where he will follow his dream of wrestling for a Division I program with his brother, Shawn.
Then, he won the number one nationally ranked Iron Man tournament at Walsh Jesuit High School in Ohio on Dec. 12-13. Next, he went on to be the first District 10 wrestler since 1993 to win the Powerade Tournament Dec. 29-30 at Canon McMillian High School in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.
“I felt relieved after the match (the finals) because I was under a lot of pressure,” said Reynolds. The Powerade Tournament is the toughest tournament in Pennsylvania and the third toughest in the USA according to poweradewrestling.com. Four days later, he beat his opponent 4-3 in the finals, claiming his third consecutive Tool City Tournament title at Meadville High School. “I knew I had to win because I felt like I had something to prove,” he said. Head coach Jim Mulligan said, “It is an unbelievable feat what Dylan has done. Not many people in the country can do what he did. He’s ranked number eight in the country for a reason, but we can’t get too high about it. The ultimate goal is down the road.” Reynolds is now 19-0 on the season and has a career record of 136-21.