T.J. Moore is a fast learner. A quick study. An insatiable student.
But most of all, the Cedar Crest junior is a hard worker.
On Friday at Hershey’s Giant Center, Moore capped a remarkable winter season at the annual PIAA Wrestling Championships. Moore had reached the pinnacle of his discipline in just his second year as a varsity wrestler, a feat that is almost unheard of in the sport.
But Moore wasn’t just content to bask in the bright lights of the big stage. He competed admirably against the best in the state.
Ultimately, Moore’s inspiring postseason run at 220 pounds came to an end with a tough 6-4 loss to Dillon Ferretti of Hempfield, in the third round of consolations. He had reached that point of the bracket thanks in part to a forfeit triumph over Conestoga’s Paul Pelham a round earlier.
Moore had been relegated to the consolation bracket by a difficult 3-2 loss to Paolo DiSanto of Plymouth-Whitemarsh in his opening round match.
Moore concluded his junior year with a sparkling 37-10 overall record. Along the way, he copped the bronze medal in his weight class at the District Three Class AAA tournament at Hersheypark Arena.
– Jeff Falk