Freshman Sarbo in the history books

Name: Matt Sarbo

School: Altoona Area

Age: 15

Grade: Freshman

Sport: Wrestling

Athlete of the week achievement: Sarbo became the first Altoona wrestler to win a PIAA Class 3A Northwest Regional championship as a freshman, claiming the 106-pound title with a fall in the final.

Season update: Sarbo carries a 30-5 record into the PIAA Championships, which begin Thursday

Coach Joel Gilbert’s quote: “He’s well deserving of the honors he’s received. He works year-round at the sport. He loves it, so he works hard at it.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Church

Favorite subject: Reading

Favorite movie: Gladiator

Favorite food: Ravioli

Favorite music: Classic rock

Outside interests: Fly fishing

Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Favorite college team: Penn State

Athlete most admired: Jason Nolf

Best athlete I ever competed against: Glendale’s Brock McMillen

Most influential person on my athletic career: Coach Gilbert and Young Guns Wrestling Club coaches

Proudest athletic achievement: Winning a PJW state title last season

How I got my start in wrestling: Altoona Beast Wrestling Club

Future goal: “I’d like to win a state title this season.”