Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Ken Wunderley profiles the Avonworth wrestling team. Read his story below.
(Photo: Avonworth's Ka'Dale Coles, bottom, battling Montour's Zack Jablonski during the season-opening Chartiers-Houston Invitational in December, carries some of Avonworth's hopes for the program's first section titlist since 2006. Ken Wunderley/Tri-State Sports & News Service)
The Avonworth High School wrestling program hasn't had a section champion since 2006 and coach Tim Giel would like to see that drought end Saturday, as the Antelopes play host to the Class AA Section 3 tournament.
"I'm not sure of the year, but Avonworth's last section champion was Curtis Branchen," said Giel, referring to a 2006 graduate who won two Class AAA Section 3 titles for the Antelopes. "That's a long time to go without a section champion."
Giel has 10 wrestlers entered in the section tournament, including two returning runners-up and a trio of third-place finishers. Avonworth is actually a "co-op" program in which students from Northgate are also eligible to wrestle for the Antelopes.