Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Ken Wunderley profiles Burgettstown wrestler Austin McDermitt. Read his story below.
(Photo: South Fayette's Mike Carr takes down Southmoreland's Evan Myers during the WPIAL Class AA championship match for the 132-pound weight class. Carr won by a 9-2 decision. Marilyn Schwilm/Tri-State Sports & News Service)
Early in his high school career, Burgettstown's Austin McDermitt couldn't seem to get over the hump against Southmoreland's Austin Griffiths.
But now, it's McDermitt who has the upper hand in the rivalry.
The Blue Devils junior defeated Griffiths, 6-0, to win the WPIAL Class AA final at Chartiers Valley Saturday.
It was the second consecutive district title for McDermitt (36-2), who defeated Griffiths, 9-1, in last season's 106-pound championship match. Prior to the 2013 WPIAL title match, Griffiths (30-3) had won all six meetings between the two wrestlers.
But that first victory has given McDermitt confidence.