Wyoming Area senior Andy Schutz headed to his fourth consecutive PIAA Northeast Regional Wrestling Tournament at Williamsport this past Friday and Saturday as the most heralded wrestler in the Warrior’s wrestling history. Schutz (126) reached the Regional title bout last night versus Kent Lane of Southern Columbia. Win or lose he secured trip to the state championships.
Schutz received his fourth gold medal at the PIAA District 2 AA Wrestling tournament at Lake-Lehman High School Feb. 22-23 to catapult him to regionals.
Joining Schutz (126 lbs.) at Regionals were fellow gold medal winners, seniors Nick Heck (138), Carmen Mauriello (120) and freshman Patrick Heck (106).
Although Schutz will take his 20-2 season record into the Regionals, he wasn’t the most successful grappler on the team. Nick Heck was an impressive 26-1 while Patrick Heck was over .500 with a 14-12 record. Carmen Mauriello was 19-2.
“Humbling,” was Schutz’s reply when asked how it felt being the most successful wrestler in Wyoming Area’s history. “It’s a totally awesome feeling.”
The Heck brothers are not the only two family members taking part in the wrestling program; Nick and Patrick are joined by their father, Anthony, a former wrestling standout, who is an assistant coach with the Warrior program.
Nick Heck (138) reached the third place bout, but lost to Demetri Probst of Bucktail 1-0.