Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Injury Ends Senior's Hopes for a State Medal Ssb's Gentry Put on the Shelf

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Injury Ends Senior's Hopes for a State Medal Ssb's Gentry Put on the Shelf

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South Side Beaver's Shane Gentry had hoped to make his third appearance at the PIAA Class AA wrestling tournament and end his career with another medal, but unfortunately for him, that's not going to happen.

Gentry sustained a shoulder injury at the Southmoreland Holiday Classic in December thus curtailing his season.

"We were hoping it wasn't too serious," South Side Beaver coach Bear McCoy said. "We eventually found it was a torn labrum. The doctors have scheduled him for surgery [next week]."

Gentry would have entered Saturday's Section 1 tournament as a three-time champion. He had a 9-1 record this season while competing at 132 pounds. He finishes with a 128-29 career record, far short of the school record set last season by Nathan Reckner, who posted a 147-26 career mark.

"It's a real shame to see Shane's [high school] career end this way," McCoy said. "He was closing in on the school record for career victories until the injury."

Gentry plans to attend Case Western Reserve in Ohio.

"He wants to wrestle as a freshman and major in engineering," McCoy said. "This injury will make him hungry to wrestle in college."

South Side Beaver has eight wrestlers entered in Saturday's Section 1 tournament at Chartiers-Houston. The Rams top entry is Austin Boone (15-8 at 182).

LIONS SET HIGH GOALS

South Fayette had 11 of 14 entries earn WPIAL berths at last year's Section 1 tournament and coach Rick Chaussard would like to see the Lions improve on that total this year.

"The goal every year is to do better than we did the year before," Chaussard said.

Improving on last year will be tough, as South Fayette has one of its key starters on the disabled list. Senior Zach Walker, a section and WPIAL runner-up at 195 pounds last year, has been scratched with a shoulder injury.

"Zach has a torn labrum," Chaussard said. …

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