Westmoreland county can arguably be one of the toughest wrestling counties there is for school districts over the state, but junior Tyler Griffiths uses that to motivate him and allow him to come out on top placing first at counties.
“Counties is one of the toughest tournaments around,”said Griffiths. “I faced a tough opponent in the finals that could potentially be a state champion this year.”
While Griffiths is alone and wrestling by himself on the mat, he’s had people contribute along with his success and clinching 100 wins.
“My dad has been by my side the most through this ride,” said Griffiths.” He always pushes me and believes in me more than anyone else.”
Former Southmoreland wrestler and 2016 state champion Jake Beistel had encouraging words about the junior as he continues his chase for states.
“I see in Tyler the dedication and work ethic I had,” said Beistel.” He can go as far as he wants to go; he’s a tough wrestler with a lot of heart.”
While Griffiths still has more matches to wrestle, his eye stays on the prize on reaching the medal stand in March at states.
“My number one goal is what every other wrestlers goal is,”said Griffiths.” To be a state champion. It just comes to who’s more prepared for it mentally and physically, and the ones that are, are left to battle it out on the mats in Hershey in March.”
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