- Post by: mcalibrary
- January 11, 2024
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Eric Lapotsky has truly earned his special achievement award with his 5th place at the PIAA AA State Wrestling Championships this last weekend at the Giant Center in Hershey. Eric sealed his 5th place medal with a pin over Central Columbia’s Simon Fowler, the same wrestler who handed Eric a 6-4 defeat in the quarterfinals. Lapotsky finished the 2005 season with a 39-2 record. He has been a four year varsity performer with the Tornado grapplers and became the first-ever four-time Southern Sectional Champion in District IV. He is also a three-time District medalist, winning the 2005 championship at 171 pounds. He is a two-time Northeast Regional Champion in 2004 and 2005. He was an 8th place state finisher in 2002, as well as, his 5th place finish this year. He is a two-time Schuylkill League Champion and a three-time Schuylkill League All Star. He has concluded his high school wrestling career with a 122-25 record and recently joined Dave Fantini, Dave Evans, and Mike Garcia as the only MCA wrestlers to win 100 matches in their careers. His 122 wins ranks second only to Garcia. He entered the state tourney last weekend as one of only 14 undefeated wrestlers in AA in the state of Pennsylvania.
Eric keeps in shape as a distance runner with the Tornado Cross Country team and did it well enough to be names a Schuylkill League All Star twice.
Lapotsky was named to the 2004 Pennsylvania All-Academic Wrestling Team as a first team selection. He is a member of the National Honor Society, the Athletic Honor Society and has received a McKelvey Scholarship. He has been recognized as a student of the month by the Mount Carmel Rotary Club and is active in the Science Club, French Club, and as a member of the Envirothon team.
Eric will continue his academic and athletic careers at Slippery Rock University, where he has been accepted into the pre-doctorate program in physical therapy. He is the son of Joseph and Katherine Laportsky.