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Memories of Dominic Inzana
During his days at Cambria Heights High School, Dominic Inzana was a quiet but effective leader who inspired his wrestling teammates by his workmanlike example.
A four-year wrestling letterwinner at Cambria Heights, Inzana won the District 6-AA championship at 130 pounds as a junior in 2003 and qualified for the PIAA, Class AA state tournament in both his junior and senior years.
Inzana, who passed away last Saturday at the age of 22 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident, was remembered by his former coaches at Cambria Heights with fondness and respect.
"He was just a natural athlete,'' said Rick Bishop, who was Inzana's wrestling coach. "He really wasn't a vocal leader, but he led by example. He worked hard in practice, and he developed and improved his wrestling skills.''
Inzana had a wide-open wrestling approach early in his career, and tried to outscore his opponents. When his coaches emphasized a more defense-oriented style of wrestling, Inzana blossomed into a champion.
As an upperclassman, Inzana still scored a lot of points on his opponents, but gave up far fewer than he scored. That change in his wrestling style was a turning point for him, Bishop felt.
"When I first met him, he had that fly-by-night style where he'd give up 10 points and figure he could score 12 to win,'' Bishop said. "To get him to states, we actually got him to wrestle a more controlled match, and he became very, very competitive. He got very stingy about giving up points.''
Inzana was a District 6 champion and Southwest Regional runner-up at 130 pounds as a junior. As a senior, he was a district runner-up at 135 pounds, and qualified for states by placing fifth in the Southwest Region.
Inzana also played football as a senior at Heights in the fall of 2003, starting as a tailback and linebacker. Chris Manges, who was then the Highlanders' football coach, remembers Inzana as a hard worker both on the field and in the classroom.
Manges, who recently accepted a position as a chemistry teacher at Richland High School, taught biology at Heights and had Inzana as a student.
"He was a great kid to have in class, and on the football field, he was 100 percent effort all the time,'' Manges said. "He was pretty fast, and kind of shifty as a tailback. At linebacker, he was a great tackler, and I believe his wrestling background helped him in football. He was a hard worker with a good personality who came from a good family.''
Inzana was employed as a machine operator for David Stanley Consultants of Northern Cambria.
"He was one of those kids who was always good with his hands,'' Manges said.
The Stevens Funeral Home in Carrolltown, where Inzana lived, is handling arrangements. Friends will be received today from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., and from 9 a.m. until the 10 a.m. funeral Mass Thursday at St. Benedict Catholic Church, Carrolltown.
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