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Wrestling: 'Old school' win gives Trinity a lift on the mats

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Ken Wunderley profiles the Trinity wrestling team. Read his story below.

Trinity's 42-31 victory against McGuffey in a Class AAA Sub-Section 4A opener on Dec. 11 was more than just a victory for the Hillers.

"It was a return to old-school dual-meet wrestling," said Mark Powell, who enters his second season as Trinity's head coach. "It was vintage McGuffey versus Trinity. We had more than 1,000 fans show up [at Trinity]. It's been years since I've seen a dual meet with this much excitement. The fans on both sides were just great. I wish every dual meet were this exciting."

McGuffey entered the match as the favorite, but Trinity was poised for the upset. The Hillers opened with a surprise, as Tristan Buxton pinned McGuffey's Gage Nicolella at 113 pounds.

"Tristan was trailing 1-0 in the third period when he scored a takedown and pinned Nicolella in the last 11 seconds," Powell said. "That gave us the start we needed."

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Alumni Update – Katie Palkovic (Westminster)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Fourth-seeded Westminster College claimed an opening-round victory on Tuesday in the 2013 PrPalkovic Westminsteresidents' Athletic Conference Women's Volleyball Championship Tournament.

Westminster (26-8) was forced to overcome an opening-set loss to fifth-seeded Saint Vincent College (16-16) before securing a 3-2 victory inside Buzz Ridl Gymnasium in New Wilmington, Pa.

Westminster will meet top-seeded Bethany College (27-9) in the championship tournament's first semifinal (6 p.m.) Friday at Bethany's Hummel Fieldhouse.

Senior setter Katie Palkovic, a Trinity graduate, led the Titan offense with a match- and season-high 51 assists.

(photo courtesy of Westminster College)