Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

South Fayette Grad Wins 174 Title at W&j

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

South Fayette Grad Wins 174 Title at W&j

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There's no truth to the rumor that Nick Carr has taken up residence in Hershey.

Carr, a junior at Washington & Jefferson College, spent two of the past three weekends at Giant Center in Hershey.

His first trip to Chocolate Town was to watch his brother Mike compete for South Fayette High School at the PIAA wrestling championships.

One week later, Carr returned to Hershey to compete in the NCAA Division III championships for the Presidents.

Both weekends were very emotional for Carr and his family as both claimed titles.

"Watching my brother Mike win a PIAA [Class AA] title was very emotional for me," Carr said. "He's five years younger than me. I've watched and helped him develop both on and off the mat. He's worked so hard to reach that goal. Being behind the scenes and seeing what he's gone through made it even more emotional for me. I'm very proud of him."

The Carr family, minus Mike, returned to Hershey for Nick's big weekend.

"Mike missed some AP [advanced placement] classes when he was competing at Hershey, so he had to catch up on some homework," Nick Carr said. "He wanted to be there, but I completely understand. His school work is more important."

Mike Carr was able to watch his brother on the Internet and Nick didn't disappoint. Nick Carr advanced to the NCAA Division III finals for the second consecutive year and came away with his first gold medal with a 6-2 decision of Reece Lafever of Wabash in the 157-pound final.

"It's a cool feeling to know that I'm the first wrestler in school history to win a national title," Carr said. "Attitude is everything. If you have a good attitude, you're going to win and I'm happy I won."

Carr is the first wrestler from the Presidents' Athletic Conference to win a title since 1983.

Carr is also the fourth athlete in W&J history to win a national title. The other three are: Pat Pyrch, diving in 1993; Jaimee Heffner, javelin in 1997; and Kaitlyn Orstein, who won eight NCAA swimming titles from 2004-08.

"I loved being back at the Giant Center," said Carr, who was a three-time PIAA place-winner for South Fayette. "It's always good to go back to a place where you're comfortable. …

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