Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

This Family Is Wrestling with Plenty of Success

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

This Family Is Wrestling with Plenty of Success

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The Mizia boys could be a handful for mom Carrie. They competed with each other in everything from wrapping Christmas gifts to eating contests to battle royale wrestling matches.

Their trips to the grocery store in Bentleyville would often lead to double-takes by passersby.

"I can remember people saying to my mom, 'Are these three all your boys?,' said August Mizia, the eldest sibling and a graduate-assistant coach for the Mercyhurst University wrestling team, which features brothers Francis and Paul. "Then they would say, 'God bless you.'"

During the recent holiday, the Mizias held a 100-game pingpong tournament. Middle brother Francis came out the victor.

"He usually does," August Mizia said. "Things always seem to come easiest to him."

That would include wrestling, a sport in which Francis Mizia is a top contender for a Division II national championship at 165 pounds.

This Bentworth High graduate's recent performance at the Midwest Classic in Indianapolis underscored this belief.

There, he convincingly defeated defending national champion Tyler Reinhart of Pitt-Johnstown, 14-3. He also posted his 100th career victory at the event en route to being named Most Outstanding wrestler. He was later selected as the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference wrestler of the week.

"A good weekend," said Mizia, a redshirt senior. "Fun, too."

Holding an 8-3 edge after two periods against Reinhart, Mizia put on a dazzling display in the final three minutes. He outscored the Greensburg Salem High grad, 6-0, and nearly won by technical fall.

When asked if defeating the reigning national champ bolstered his confidence, Mizia made it clear that he was self-assured long before that victory.

"I'm not surprised at all by the result," said Mizia, ranked No. 1 nationally. "It's what I work for every single day. It's why I work out harder than everyone. There would be no point in training the way I do if I didn't expect something like that to happen."

Mizia is renowned at Mercyhurst for his body-draining workouts and overall passion for the sport. This approach has helped him to three consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament, including finishes of fifth place last year and sixth place in 2015. …

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