Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Latrobe Star Faces Tough Quarterfinal

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Latrobe Star Faces Tough Quarterfinal

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HERSHEY, Pa. - Luke Pletcher is worthy of respect.

Latrobe's senior standout has a superior PIAA wrestling championships resume: Three-time state finalist, two-time PIAA champion, 163-5 career record, including a 40-1 mark this year.

Yet he finds himself in a curious position entering today's PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships quarterfinal round at Giant Center: He's not a prohibitive favorite.

A random draw of the 138-pound weight class placed Pletcher and Nazareth sophomore Sammy Sasso in the same quarterfinal bracket. The match, which has been the talk of the tournament since the PIAA pairings were released Sunday, will likely draw more eyes than any other in the Class AAA quarterfinals.

"Not that I'm looking past anyone, but he's definitely the toughest kid in the weight class," Pletcher said of Sasso (45-1), a fellow PIAA runner-up last season. …

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