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Wrestling: 2017 West Season Recap

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Freedom senior Kody Komara (43-8) didn't win the gold medal he had hoped for, but did become a three-time PIAA placewinner and two-time bronze medalist.

"It's been fun," Komara said. "I really wanted to finish first, but showed a lot of character by bouncing back after my quarterfinal loss."

Komara dropped an 8-5 decision to Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt's John Pipa, the eventual runner-up, in the quarterfinals, then posted five wins in the consolation bracket to earn his second bronze medal. He won 3-1 in overtime over Nathan Haubert of Palisades in the consolation for third place.

"I'm a three-time placewinner with two thirds and had 156 career wins," said Komara, summing up his career. "I think I had a pretty good career. I'm proud of what I accomplished."

Komara was joined on the podium by Freedom teammate Evan Sweesy, who placed fourth at 285 pounds. Sweesy placed eighth at the same weight last year. Sweesy (48-8) was beaten twice by Reynolds' Cole Rickert, the eventual third-place finisher.

Montour's Roman Macek was also a bronze medalist. He placed third in the Class AAA heavyweight class. He defeated West Mifflin's Gerald Brown, 3-1 in overtime, in the consolation for third place.

"The WPIAL had the top four finishers at heavyweight," said Macek, after accepting his bronze medal. "That doesn't happen very often."

Canon-McMillan's Brendan Furman beat Kiski Area's Isaac Reed in the title match.