Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Lutheran West’s Allyssa Pirro makes history, again

Last winter, Allyssa Pirro became the first Lutheran West female wrestler to win a state title when she claimed the 142-pound title at the 2019 Ohio Athletic Committee championships.

On Sunday, she made history again when she won the 143-pound title at the inaugural Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches’ Association Girls’ State Tournament at Hilliard Bradley High School.

“It means a lot to me that now we get this opportunity,” Pirro said of wrestling in the first girls’ high school state tournament. “It finally came along and I’m the first one to be able to win a title at my weight.”

Pirro didn’t just win the title, she dominated her competition.

She finished the tournament 3-0 with three pins in a total of 4 minutes, 17 seconds. She pinned her quarterfinals opponent in just 35 seconds.

“I didn’t want to get scored on and just wrestle smart,” Pirro said of her goals for each match.

Pirro, a junior, isn’t satisfied yet.

She plans to work even harder to defend her title next winter.

“I practice all year long and I’m going to work harder to try and get to next year and make sure I win states again,” she said.

Lutheran West’s Alayna Lopez placed third at 150 pounds.

She finished the tournament 4-1 with four pins.

Lakeside’s Adrianna Hutson and Sophia Novak placed fourth and sixth, at their respective weight classes.

Hutson finished 3-2 at 131 with two pins, including one in 27 seconds, and Novak was 3-3 at 189 with three pins.

Steve Harehttp://www.ohiovarsity.com
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes OhioVarsity.com, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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