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CONNOR MUNLEY

On Sunday, Jan. 7, Tunkhannock Area senior Connor Munley won gold at 182 pounds in the Wyoming Valley Conference Wrestling Tournament at Lake-Lehman High School. Munley pinned his opponents in 2:38 and 51 seconds to reach the finals, where he then pinned Coughlin’s Jake Cole with time winding down in the third period for the title. For his accomplishments, Munley has been named the Wyoming County Press Examiner’s Athlete of the Week.

Grade, age, hometown: Senior, 18, Tunkhannock

Family: Jason, father; Laura, mother; Ethan, brother, 16; Patrick, brother, 11.

Athletes I admire: Bryce Harper

Favorite Movie: “The Shawshank Redemption”

Favorite TV show: “Rick and Morty”

Favorite band/artist: Drake

Favorite food: Chicken wings

Favorite school subject: English

Three people I’d like to have dinner with: “Stacy Hegedty, Amanda Golden and Margie Muckin.”

Biggest role model: “My dad because he’s always the one getting me pumped up for my matches and cheering me on.”

Post-graduation plans: “I want to go to college to be a gym teacher.”

Superstitions or rituals: “(Teammate) David Evans and I always wrestle a match before we go out, but I have to wrestle on my knees.”

What are some of your goals for this season? “My number one goal right now is to place top three at districts, that’s what’s most important right now.”

Have you taken more of a leadership role as a senior? “I try to and hope to lead by example.”

Did you work on anything specific to get ready for the season? “Definitely my conditioning, and I still need to work on it.”

Did missing almost all of the football season help or hurt you in getting ready for wrestling season? “It was pretty discouraging at first, but since I missed all of the season, I’m trying to make up for lost time this season.”

How would you describe your wrestling style? “I try to get a takedown in the first period and then see what happens from there. It really depends on whomever I’m wrestling, but I just want to be the first to score.”

Did your mindset change for the conference tournament when it was moved to just one day? “I was a little upset by it because you have more time to recuperate when it’s two days, but it honestly wasn’t that bad. We had enough time to be ready to go so it wasn’t a factor.”

Is a tournament like that a little bit easier because you’re more familiar with your opponents? “It does help because you get a sense of how they wrestle and that helps with your game plan and how you want to wrestle them.”

Was your hardest match in the finals? “Definitely, Jake Cole is a very good wrestler and I was honestly a little intimidated going in because he pinned me in the first period of districts last year.”

How did it feel to end up with the pin and win the title? “It felt really good, I wanted that match so bad and it felt great to come out with a win.”

What are your thoughts on how you’ve been able to wrestle so far? I think I’ve come a long way since last year. This year, I’m more focused about how I’m wrestling and not about who I’m wrestling. I try not to let things go to my head; just wrestle.”

What do you think the team is capable of the rest of the way? “I think that we have a chance of doing very well if we just play our cards right and everyone wrestles tough.”

What’s been your favorite part of being on the team? “The winning definitely feels good, but I love hanging out with the team. They’re a good group of kids and we get along pretty well, so it’s fun.”