Sarbo looking good for Lions

Name: Matt Sarbo

School: Altoona

Age: 17

Grade: Senior

Sport: Wrestling

Athlete of the week achievement: Sarbo became the third Altoona wrestler to win four District 6 championships, joining T.J. Brandt (2013) and Cole Manley (2017) when he pinned returning state qualifier from Central Mountain, Taylor Weaver in the 138-pound finals. Sarbo pinned his semifinal opponent in 1:59 and Weaver in the final in 2:22.

Season update: Sarbo will compete in the Class 3A regionals at Altoona on Saturday.

Coach Joel Gilbert’s quote: “Matt looked outstanding this weekend, had two falls and had a fall against a highly-ranked previous state qualifier in the final. He dominated the match and really took it to his opponent.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Steininger

Favorite subject: English

Favorite movie: “I, Robot”

Favorite food: Ravioli

Favorite song: “Runnin’ With the Devil” by Van Halen

Outside interests: Playing video games

Favorite professional team: Steelers

Favorite college team: Lock Haven

Pro athlete most admired: David Taylor

Best athlete I ever competed against: Seneca Valley’s Alejandro Herrera-Rondon

Most influential person on my athletic career: Mark McKnight

Proudest athletic achievement: Placing at states

How I got my start in wrestling: “Dad asked me when I was young if I wanted to go out. I did, and I enjoyed it and kept going.”

Future goal: “I’d like to compete for an NCAA title in college.”


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