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Quaker Valley youth wrestlers open season strong

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Only in its second season, Quaker Valley Youth Wrestling has dominated local tournaments.

North Hills Open and Novice

1st place: Tommaso Floro (Novice)

3rd place: Jack Kazalas (Open), Nick Merriman (Novice)

Erie Open

1st place: John Rocco Kazalas (QV Middle School), Jack Kazalas

North Allegheny Novice

1st place: Logan Richey, Christian Brown, Jack Diemert, Sean Mariner, Tommaso Floro, Jakub Pickett

2nd place: Michael Carmody, Michael Lipton, Owen Petronick

3rd place: Mason Diemert, Alexander Quigley, Marcus Richey, Elijah Faulkner, Geoff Magin (QV Middle School)

4th place: Nick Merriman

Moon First Year

1st place: Liam Cain, Khyvon Grace, Ziggy McIntosh, Dion Mcintosh, Mathew Stehnach, Hamilton Hope, Bruce Anderchack

2nd place: Nick Allen

3rd place: Nathan Dicks

Burgettstown Open

1st place: Bruce Andercheck, Justin Richey, Jack Kazalas, Elijiah Faulkner

2nd place: Logan Richey, Daminon Eskew, 

4th place: Tommaso Floro

South Side Open

1st place: John Rocco Kazalas (QV Middle School)

2nd place: Jack Kazalas, Geoff Magin (QV Middle School), Justin Richey

4th place: Christian Brown

Char Valley Novice

1st place: Elijah Faulkner, Michael Carmody, Jakub Pickett, Ziggy McInstosh, Tommaso Floro

2nd place: Sean Mariner

3rd place: Logan Richey, Nick Merriman, Bobby Patterson, Dion McIntosh,

4th place: Marcus Richey, Kodee Madan, Michael Lipton, Bruce Anderchack

South Novice

1st place: Logan Richey, Westin Grant, Mason Steffey, Owen Petronick,

2nd place: Elijah Faulkner, Braedan Steffey, Kyvone Grace

4th place: Michael Lipton

Mars Novice

1st place: Mason Diemert, Jack Diemert

Hopewell Novice

1st place: Jack Diemert, Braedan Steffey, Mason Steffey, Logan Richey, Elijah Faulkner, Christian Brown, Owen Petronick, Tommaso Floro, Sebastian Juarez Safran, Gordon Merriman, Sean Mariner

2nd place: Dion McIntosh, Alexander Quigley, Damion Eskew, Aidan Fair

3rd place: MIchael Carmody, Michael Lipton, Jakub Pickett, Mason Diemert, Ziggy McIntosh


By Nathan Smith

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, 9:01 p.m.

When Jason Richey formed the Quaker Valley youth wrestling program, he envisioned a group of 15 kids and a slow rise to prominence in the area.

But in its second year, the team has expanded to 60 wrestlers and has become a regular place winner at tournaments across the area.

“Our first year we had 44 kids,” Richey said. “I would have never guessed in a million years we would have numbers like this. It is shocking.”

The program isn't just producing big numbers but big talent. Wrestlers from the Quakers Valley Youth Wrestling have taken first place in tournaments at Burgettstown, Chartiers Valley, Hopewell, Mars, Moon, North Allegheny and South Side Beaver through the first half of this season.

The team won the Western Area Wrestling Association Conference Tournament — an event that hosts 21 other teams — in its first year and is looking for a repeat this season.

“A traveling trophy goes around to whoever wins the tournament,” Richey said. “We're hoping to hold onto it. Our other goal is to get the first Quaker Valley wrestler to the state championships in Hershey.”

Richey said the popularity in the group has come mostly through word of mouth of the positive atmosphere of the program.

“The individual nature of the sport can teach life lessons,” Richey said. “You can't point a finger at someone in wrestling when you lose. When you lose in wrestling, it can be horrendous. But you learn to pick yourself up. It helps develop strong boys both mentally and physically.”

While the success at the youth level is exciting, there is a bigger goal in mind — fielding a middle school and varsity program. Quaker Valley currently has a co-op in wrestling with Moon with 10 wrestlers taking to the mat as Tigers. Richey is hopeful the QV teams will be able to start taking form in 2015.

With the youth program instilling a drive for success in place, wrestling at Quaker Valley will look to continue to grow.

“The youth team will continue to be a feeder program,” Richey said. “We have a large number of 10-year-olds right now. Once they get up through the system and are followed by our 8- and 9-year olds, I believe we will be a force to reckoned with in the WPIAL.”

Nathan Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at nsmith@tribweb.com or via Twitter @NSmith_Trib.

 

 

 
 


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