Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

It's Silver Again for Chartiers Valley's Wilps

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

It's Silver Again for Chartiers Valley's Wilps

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Chartiers Valley senior Noah Wilps reached one goal by earning his second trip to the PIAA Class AAA tournament, but fell short of reaching his goal of becoming a WPIAL champion.

Wilps (30-2) made his second consecutive appearance in the 170- pound title match at the Class AAA WPIAL/Southwest Regional, which took place over the weekend at Canon-McMillan High School, but had to settle for his second silver medal after a 3-2 loss to Central Catholic's Kyle Coniker (27-3).

"Noah wrestled flat," Chartiers Valley coach Bill Evans said. "He wrestled not to lose, instead of wrestling to win."

Evans was also disappointed with the performance turned in by Coniker.

"I talked with Central Catholic coach Sonny Abe after the bout and we agreed that both were better than their performances in the finals," Evans said. "In fact, it was the worst I had seen both wrestle all year."

Evans feels Wilps can improve on last year's sixth-place finish at Hershey if he's more aggressive.

"Noah waited a little too long to be aggressive," Evans said. "He's got to be more aggressive at the state tournament."

Evans was hoping to have Micheal Roper joining Wilps at Hershey.

"I really thought [Roper] would qualify in the 220-pound weight class," Evans said.

"Both of his losses came in the final 10 seconds. He's got to learn how to win those close matches."

Three from South Fayette advance

South Fayette had three wrestlers qualify for the PIAA Class AA tournament at the Southwest Regional at the War Memorial Arena in Johnstown.

Mike Carr and Jared Walker won regional titles, while Grant Fetchet placed third.

Carr (40-0) claimed the 132-pound title and remained unbeaten with a 5-0 victory against Burrell's John Andrejcik (29-15) in the title match.

Walker (40-1) earned his third trip to Hershey by winning the 160- pound title. Walker made his second appearance in the regional finals and claimed his first title with a 2-0 victory against Levi Niebauer of Cambria Heights.

"Both [Carr and Walker] did not give up a point in the tournament," South Fayette coach Rick Chaussard said. …

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