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Seton Hill wrestling recruits include Southmoreland’s Beistel, Griffiths

August 24, 2018 GMT

Brian Tucker already had appreciation for his returning wrestlers, but the Seton Hill coach really likes the recruits who will look to complement that core group.

“It was fun trying to add to that during this recruiting campaign,” Tucker said. “I really feel we brought in a group of class act young men. Some will challenge for spots, some solidify weight classes, and some will look to fill open voids in the lineup.

“The depth from our bench and this incoming class will look to step in to those open weights. This group knows the high expectations of this program, and I really feel each of them is more than capable to exceed those expectations.”


Seton Hill announced Tucker’s latest class Monday. Two recruits hail from Southmoreland in Tyler Griffiths and Jake Beistel.

Griffiths, who won 142 times and reached the PIAA Class AA tournament four times, is a potential 149-pounder. Perhaps the most intriguing recruit is 285-pounder Beistel, who transferred from St. Francis (Pa.), where he was a football player. He posted 146 wrestling wins for the Scotties and was a three-time PIAA placewinner, including a state title.

The Griffins must replace 165-pounder Zach Voytek, a three-time national qualifier from Greensburg Salem. A potential fill-in is 157/165-pounder Luke Ewing, another Greensburg Salem alum, who won a North Coast Classic championship in 2016 and is a former WPIAL qualifier.

Southern Columbia grad Connor Fulmer, a PIAA Class AA runner-up, comes in at 285 pounds, while Derrick Chandler-Christis is a projected 125-pounder from Westmont Hilltop. He was a four-time PIAA qualifier and won 108 matches in high school.

Another possible competitor at 125 is Latrobe product Brady Sherback, a four-time WPIAL qualifier who posted 120 wins for the Wildcats.

Joey Romjue was a four-year starter for Susquehannock and finished 29-3 as a senior and twice made the District 3 tournament. He could be in the mix at 174.