The Lascari name is well-known to wrestling Pennsylvania fans, and for most, it is almost inextricably linked to North Star.
That will change this winter.
Sal Lascari, the oldest of four brothers who combined to become one of the winningest wrestling families in District 5 – if not Pennsylvania – history, has been named the head coach at Berlin Brothersvalley.
A 2004 graduate of North Star, Lascari set the district mark for career victories with 132 – although two of his brothers later passed him on the list – and was a three-time PIAA medalist for the Cougars.
After spending the past three seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater – where he is a teacher – Lascari has been named to succeed Jason Cornell, who rebuilt the Mountaineers program into one of the best in the region during his 12-year reign.
Cornell originally planned to step down prior to last season, but he ultimately decided to stay on another year. His tenure ended on a high note, with Toby Cahill becoming just the second Berlin wrestler to win a PIAA title.
“It’s a little bittersweet for me, but being able to pass it off to a quality guy and what I feel is going to be a great coach in Sal Lascari is awesome,” said Cornell, who pledged to stay involved with the program as a volunteer assistant coach.
Cornell said that the school district’s board approved the hiring of Lascari on Thursday.
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