BELLE VERNON — The Mohawk High golf team took fifth place in the WPIAL 2A Men’s Championship on Thursday.
The Warriors posted a final score of 438 on the Cedarbrook Golf Course par 72.
“Overall today we didn’t play our best golf. However, it wasn’t the best conditions there either. We started with a rain delay, it was quite cold. It wasn’t the ideal situation to start with,” Mohawks coach Bryan Piccirillo said. “My children were not disturbed. We didn’t play our best, but we felt like we belonged. It was great and said a lot about how our program has been going over the past few years.
Sewickley Academy (411) took first place, Belle Vernon (411) second, Quaker Valley (412) third, Derry (431) fourth and South Park sixth. Sewickley Academy won in the playoffs against Belle Vernon.
Jay Wrona carded an 82 to lead Mohawk.
“Jay has definitely had a huge impact on our team this year. We spoke briefly this summer because he is the football team’s quarterback. We had talked a few times about trying to make it work with him as part of the football team and coach (Tim) McCutcheon was great in just being flexible,” Piccirillo said. “I can’t imagine your quarterback missing practice time and that’s a huge impact for them. Jay had a huge impact on our team’s performance this year. If he doesn’t play golf, we certainly won’t get as far as we have.
Josh Wilkins scored an 85, Keigan Hopper shot an 89, and Mason Hopper and Kaden Young both provided a 91 for the Warriors, while Nolan Donnelly posted a 95.
Wrona is scheduled to compete in the PIAA Class 2A Championship on Monday at Penn State.
“It’s a great opportunity. I’m not surprised by Jay. He is very competitive,” Piccirillo said. “We went to Oakmont because they only took the top 18. He came into the day with 24 and was on the outside because they carried over the scores from the previous round. In typical Jay fashion, he looked at me and said, “Coach, I feel really good today and I’m going to qualify (for state)” and it was actually like that.
“He is confident, he likes to compete. I don’t know what expectations he has for himself going there, but I know he’s going to go there and compete. I have no doubt about that.