T-D HS Wrestling

Law likely to be No. 1 seed for Flonationals

By: Eric Knopsnyder

JOHNSTOWN — Cody Law hasn’t had to cut much weight over the past two years.
But the Forest Hills senior, who won PIAA gold at 160 pounds last month, figured the opportunity to win a national championship was worth an extra workout or two.
“It’s been forever,” Law said after a weight-cutting session that brought him down to 157 on Thursday night. “I’m not used to this.”
Law is expected to be the top seed when Flonationals – which attracts one of the top fields in the country – begins at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex in Indiana today.
He finished fifth at Flonationals last year in Philadelphia and initially wasn’t planning to compete in the event this year, but with it being so close to his Elton home, Law and his younger brother, Triston, couldn’t pass up the opportunity.
“It’s awesome,” Cody Law said of having Flonationals in the area. 
“It’s definitely convenient. I can go weigh in, eat, sleep in my own bed. It’s nice. I like it.”
Law has never been a big 160-pounder, and with a 5-pound weight allowance for the event, he decided to move down a weight class.
The Penn State recruit is looking to cap off his scholastic career in style.
“I figured, why not?” he said. “I’ve never won a national title in high school, so I figured to try to go and do it.”
More than a dozen local wrestlers were preregistered for the high school tournament, which begins at 9 this morning in Indiana and will be streamed live on the Flowrestling website.
Pennsylvania is widely regarded as being the best state in the country for high school wrestling, and there will be plenty of talent on hand with at least nine Keystone State champions in the field.
But it’s more than a state tournament.
There are 60 nationally ranked wrestlers in the event, which bills itself as the national folkstyle championships.
Competitors from all over the country will be at Flonationals, including a strong contingent from California.
After the high school champions are crowned on Saturday evening, younger wrestlers will get their chances to shine on Sunday, as elementary and junior high tournaments will take center stage.