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Male Athlete of Week: Mountain Lions’ Sarbo ‘true student of sport’

Name: Matt Sarbo

School: Altoona Area

Age: 16

Grade: Sophomore

Sport: Wrestling

Athlete of the week achievement: Sarbo won the PIAA Class 3A Northwest Regional Wrestling Tournament at 126 pounds. It was his second straight regional title.

Season update: Sarbo heads to the state tournament with a 35-3 record. He has 16 pins, eight technical falls and four major decisions so far this season.

Coach Joel Gilbert’s quote: “Matt is a true student of the sport who is constantly evaluating his performance and looking to get better every day. He’s earned all of his accomplishments the hard way through dedication and determination.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Steininger

Favorite subject: Chemistry

Favorite movie: “Real Genius”

Favorite food: Ravioli

Favorite song: “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses

Outside interests: Fly fishing, hiking

Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Favorite college team: Penn State

Pro athlete most admired: Derek Jeter

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

Most influential person on my athletic career: Mark McKnight

Proudest athletic achievement: Two-time regional champ

How I got my start in wrestling: Young Guns Wrestling Club

Future goal: World champ

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