CV wins big to honor seniors
The Chartiers Valley wrestling team made sure senior night went the right way as the team defeated Moon, 61-15, and recorded its first Section 4-AAA win of the season.
“It is always nice to win,” Chartiers Valley coach Bill Evans said. “And it is always nice to win at home. We were a bit more offensive with some good leg attacks and takedowns. What was important was that we wrestled well. We are not in the playoffs this year. The other teams did well, and we had some tough losses.
“We wanted to see the guys wrestle well heading into the individual tournaments.”
Senior Darion Lutton dominated Joel McCoy in the 126-pound match, jumping out to a 5-0 lead before pinning McCoy midway through the second period to give the Colts a 6-0 lead.
Senior Jesse Griffin also recorded a pin as he dominated Jimmy Farbo at 1:22 of the first period in the 160-pound match to give Chartiers Valley a 28-6 lead.
Dominic Politi, also a senior, pinned Nathan Barcaskey with 38 seconds left in the first period to give Chartiers Valley a commanding 40-6 lead.
“(Lutton) did really well,” Evans said. “(Griffin) was really aggressive and really got after it. (Politi) had a beautiful takedown and a really nice finish. I am really proud of the seniors.”
Freshman Justin Sullivan recorded a pin over Cole Danforth with 11 seconds to go in the first in the 106-pound match.
Senior Ray Soknich (132 pounds) and sophomore Alex Preaux (120 pounds) recorded decision wins.
The Colts picked up forfeits at 138, 145, 170, 220 and 285 pounds.
The six seniors — Lutton, Griffin, Politi, Soknich, Reagan Smith and Clayton Sekel — gained praise from Evans after the win for the effort and contributions they put forth as members of the team.
“These guys really helped rebuild the program, along with last year's seniors,” Evans said. “It is a special group. Every one of these seniors have been with us for nearly their entire time in high school.
“This is a group of three- and four-year lettermen that we will need to replace next season. That is going to be difficult.”
Nathan Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-388-5813.