By JONATHAN GUTH
For Valley Sports Report
PITTSBURGH — Tioga's John Worthing rallied for a sudden-victory overtime decision over Penn Trafford's Nick Coy on Friday night in the 45th annual Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic on Friday at the University of Pittsburgh's Fitzgerald Field House.
Worthing, who will attend Clarion University, showed the Southwestern Pennsylvania audience what he can do in rallying from an early 2-0 deficit 27 seconds into the match with Penn Trafford's Nick Coy (136-37). Worthing trailed by two heading into the second period, but secured a takedown to tie the match with 1:26 left and rode Coy out to send the bout to overtime at 138 pounds.
Worthing scored a takedown seven seconds into sudden victory to give the New York All-Stars a 9-6 advantage. New York would go on to win the dual meet over the WPIAL All-Stars, 25-18.
"I could hear him breathing hard when he was on top toward the end of the first, so I knew he was getting tired," Worthing said. "I figured if I kept wrestling I would be able to get to my attacks and score."
Worthing was 206-32 in high school with one state championship at 138. He will continue to work this offseason prior to stepping on the mat for the Golden Eagles.
"I went out to Clarion and it was just a really nice place," Worthing said. "The atmosphere was nice and a lot of people come out and support their team.
"I found out about this event a few days before states," added Worthing. "They asked me if I wanted to do it, and it was nice to come here and I had a great time."
IN PHOTOS: Tioga's John Worthing and Penn Trafford's Nick Coy during their bout in the 138-pound weight class on Friday at the 45th Annual Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic at the University of Pittsburgh's Fitzgerald Field House. Worthing won the bout, 4-2, in sudden victory. ... PHOTOS BY JONATHAN GUTH.
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