Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Chartiers Valley Tackles Section

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Chartiers Valley Tackles Section

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The Chartiers Valley wrestling team has already broken one school record. Coach Mike Johnson would like to see the Colts break another at Saturday's Section 6-AAA tournament at Mt. Lebanon High School.

"We set a school record for dual-meet victories with our 18-3 record," said Johnson. "We're very proud of that accomplishment. The kids worked very hard to break that record."

Johnson and his Colts now have their sights on the school record for the most WPIAL individual tournament qualifiers.

"The most WPIAL qualifiers we've ever had in one season is eight," said Johnson. "Our goal is to match or break that record. This squad has the potential to reach that goal, but it will not be easy when you consider the talent we have in this section."

Chartiers Valley had seven wrestlers advance from last year's Section 6-AAA tournament, by placing among the top three in their weight class, and five of them were underclassmen.

"We have four kids who made it to the section finals last year, and two of them are two-time finalists," said Johnson.

Senior Nick Hursky is a two-time section champion at 215 pounds and returns at that weight as a strong favorite to hit the trifecta.

Ross Ventrone is also a two-time section finalist, but the 135- pound senior has had to settle for a silver medal both times. He finished second as a 103-pound sophomore and was the runner-up at 119 last year.

Adam McKnight and Corey O'Keefe were also section finalists last year. McKnight won the 275-pound title, while O'Keefe finished second at 112.

"Adam has one section loss and it came when he defaulted to Moon's George Hingson," said Johnson, referring to a shoulder injury that hampered Mc-Knight's performance in the Allegheny County championships and kept him out of the lineup for almost two weeks. "He's doing much better now. The time off really helped Adam."

Peters' Christopher out

Peters Township's Luke Christopher placed second at 160 last year and would have been the favorite to defend his Section 6-AAA title, but a broken bone in a foot has ended his season. …

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