Quaker Valley youth wrestlers open season strong
TribLIVE Sports Videos
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 email@example.com or via Twitter @NSmith_Trib.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Rossi: Pirates plan to carry Hurdle deep into playoffs
- Steelers’ Tomlin does not like his coaching style to be characterized
- State trooper shot and killed during training exercise
- Knife-wielding man attacks 2 in Sheetz lot in Greensburg
- Hospitals, doctors in Pa. received $32M in 5 months from drug, medical device companies
- Penguins notebook: Malkin picture muddy
- NK grocery store robbed
- Steelers notebook: Tomlin bringing officials to practice
- Despres is relishing his regular role on Penguins’ blue line
- Gorman: Lincoln Park charade over
- Pittsburgh rises up for a 2nd year of Pirates magic