Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Central Catholic’s Vincenzo Joseph, Beaver’s Lexi Posset
School: Central Catholic
Claim to fame: Joseph claimed his second consecutive PIAA championship last weekend, winning the 152-pound title with a 12-7 decision over Franklin Regional’s Josh Maruca in the championship bout.
How did it feel to stand atop the podium at states for the second year in a row?
It felt good. It was nice to finish off my high school career with another state title. It was definitely a goal of mine before the season started to win another state title, and it felt pretty good doing so.
Did the second title feel different?
The first time around was definitely more of a thrill, I guess you could say. … I was definitely equally as happy both times. The second time it was more of what I was supposed to do.
Is there a certain wrestler you try to emulate?
Not really, I feel like I kind of have a pretty distinct style. I try to be aggressive and score a lot, but I really don’t try to emulate anyone else. I just kind of do my own thing.
Will you look to add weight or stay where you are before wrestling at Penn State?
Right now the plan is to wrestle at 149. It’s really up to the coaches, wherever they want me to go. If they want me to go to 149 or 157, it’s their call.
What are you hoping to improve on?
Definitely mat wrestling, top and bottom … and just better hand fighting.
Claim to fame: The Rider University commit scored 16 points in a 34-33 win over Villa Maria Academy in a PIAA first-round matchup Saturday. One of the leading scorers, averaging 22.65 points, Posset reached the 1,000-career point plateau in the Bobcats’ third game of the season.
What is the key to the rematch with Chartiers Valley after you lost to them in the WPIAL quarterfinals?
The first time we played them, we played terrible. We couldn’t make a shot and coming up (Wednesday), we’ve been practicing a lot with the shots we’re going to get and how we want to defend them better. Now we know what they’re about, and we know their sets. If we play the right way, it should be a good game.
Was reaching the PIAA tournament a goal for your team?
Yes, especially for my class, because (our first three) years we never made it to states and we have never gone this far. So we’re pretty excited.
What is it like playing on the same team as your sister, freshman Bella Posset?
It’s honestly the best thing that I could ask for, is to play with her. I’m so hard on her, but it comes out of love because I want her to be better than I am. If she keeps practicing and playing the way she is, she’s going to be 10 times better than I am.
What is your favorite school subject?
Probably accounting. I’m just really good at math.
— Alex Oltmanns