Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Twice Is Nice South Fayette's Carr Unbeaten Again

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Twice Is Nice South Fayette's Carr Unbeaten Again

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Mike Carr set three South Fayette records and tied another en route to his second PIAA Class AA title.

Carr (43-0) became the Lions' first two-time champion and the school's second three-time medalist when he claimed the 145-pound title with a 3-1 victory against Smethport's James Duffy Saturday at Giant Center in Hershey.

"This wasn't as sweet as the first one," Carr said. "It was more expected, but it's still sweet winning a state championship."

Carr battled a knee injury during the final three weeks of the season.

"I also have an abdominal hernia that will need surgery," Carr admitted. "But I kept that quiet. Getting through the injuries was tough at first, but I adapted and found a way to win."

It was the second consecutive year Carr went unbeaten, as he posted a 44-0 record last season. Carr finished his career with a 160-15 career record, including 89 consecutive wins, both school records.

Carr is also the third brother in his family to wrestle in the PIAA finals. Nick Carr won the 145-pound title in 2010, while brother Seth placed second at 113 in 2013.

"The Carr family has set the bar high for anyone else who comes through this program," South Fayette coach Rick Chaussard said. "Combined they have been to the state finals five times and won three titles. That's pretty high for South Fayette wrestling. He will be missed."

FREEDOM'S KOMARA THIRD

Kody Komara became the sixth wrestler in Freedom history to place two or more times at the PIAA Class AA tournament. Komara placed third at 145 pounds after losing, 7-5, in overtime in the quarterfinals to eventual runner-up James Duffy of Smethport.

"I'm really proud to place third, but I really wanted to face Carr in the finals," said Komara, who lost to Carr in both the WPIAL and Southwest Region finals. "My main goal was to be a state champ this year. …

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