Wins and qualifying times are coming fast and furious for the Penn-Trafford boys swimming and diving team this year. The Warriors defeated Plum, 95-80, in a dual meet where Zac Snelling, John Sandala and team captain Jacob Yant notched WPIAL qualifying times. They edged Gateway, 92-88, in that meet a pair of divers got in on the WPIAL fun as Nate Paszek and Logan Sherwin totaled scores high enough to ensure that they will compete at the WPIAL Class AAA diving championships in February. There were WPIAL qualifying swimmers in that meet, as well, with Yant and Snelling qualifying in two events and Sandala qualifying in another event. Penn-Trafford easily got past Penn Hills, 91-62, in another dual meet. Sandala, Snelling, Hunter Clemens and Noah Gasparro notched WPIAL qualifying times in the meet against the Indians.
Name: Job Chishko
High School: Penn-Trafford
Weight Class: 132
The Penn-Trafford girls swimming and diving team was off and running this December, picking up dual meet wins and collecting numerous WPIAL Class AAA qualifying times and scores. The Warriors defeated Gateway, 91-86. In that meet divers Paige Kalik and Victoria Woodley had WPIAL qualifying diving scores. The team also got past Penn Hills, 95-72. In that meet, Corina Paszek, Hannah Muro and Emma Winchell each posted WPIAL qualifying times in the meet against the Indians. Muro notched three WPIAL qualifying times in the meet. Against Plum, the Warriors won, 96-82. In that meet it was Paszek with the WPIAL qualifying time.
Name: Nathan Mickey
Background: Mickey is tied with Quaker Valley junior Beau Tomczak for seventh in PIHL Class 2A in scoring with 24 points. Mickey's 15 goals are tied for fifth-best with Shaler's Mitchel Fuchs. He has had at least two goals in five games this year with his lone hat trick coming in a 13-1 win against Fox Chapel on Oct. 25. He had a goal and two assists in his last outing against West Allegheny.
Southwestern Pennsylvania has been a hotbed for high school wrestling since the WPIAL held its first tournament in 1936. The Sports Town website will honor the WPIAL's best wrestlers of all-time during the 2016-17 season. Wrestling Historian Ken "Stats" Wunderley, with the help of former Mt. Lebanon coach Bill Lewis, will pick an All-Time Team for 60 high schools from the WPIAL.
The All-Time Teams will feature the best wrestlers from those schools. We will feature 6 high schools each Wednesday on Sports Town for 10 weeks during the season. The All-Time lists reflect high school accomplishments only. College and international accomplishments were not considered.
The featured schools for Week 2 are: Beth-Center, Elizabeth Forward, Hampton, Seneca Valley, Shaler, and Penn-Trafford.
Three Trafford wrestlers won WPIAL titles and six others were WPIAL runners-up in the early days of the WPIAL. Theodore Serafin was a three-time WPIAL finalist, two-time WPIAL champion, and two-time PIAA runner-up. Below is Trafford's top 4 wrestlers in alphabetical order.