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Wrestling isn’t for everyone. It requires discipline, physicality and a surprising amount of smarts.

The way it turns out, it fits T.J. Moore’s personality to a tee.

On Saturday at Hersey’s Giant Center, Moore’s evolution as a wrestler continued with a seventh-place medal in the Class AAA 220-pound weight class bracket at the PIAA Championships. The Cedar Crest senior earned his prestigious hardware with a hard-fought 7-1 decision over Dustin Swanson of Garden Spot.

In that particular bout, Moore registered the first seven points, on his way to dominating Swanson. In light of the victory, Moore went 4-2 during his second straight trip to the state tournament, and 40-5 for his senior campaign.

Earlier in the event, Moore had decisioned Dontey Rogan of Cumberland Valley 6-2, dusted Canon-McMillan’s Evan Miller 11-5 and bested Central Dauphin’s Marques Holton 4-2.

For Moore, who also successfully competes in football, lacrosse and track and field for the Falcons, it was just his third season of varsity wrestling. He will be continuing his academic and athletic pursuits at Division One Lehigh University in the fall.

  • Jeff Falk

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