Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Ken Wunderley profiles the Butler wrestling team, which placed second at last weekend's Chartiers-Houston Invitational Wrestling Tournament. Read his story below.
(Photo: Butler's Ryan Hannon defeats Peters Township's Mitch Fitzgerald, 3-0, in the 182-pound semifinals at the Chartiers-Houston Invitational tournament. Hannon went on to win the title in that weight class. Ken Wunderley/Tri-State Sports & News Service)
For the third consecutive year the Chartiers-Houston Invitational Wrestling Tournament team title was determined by a margin of victory of five points or less.
"It's amazing how close the team standings have been," said Butler coach Scott Stoner, after watching the Golden Tornado finish among the top two teams for the third year in a row. "We lost the team title by a half point in 2011, then won by a half point last year. It didn't surprise me that this year's battle for the team title was another close one."
This time Butler came up five points short in the 2013 tournament, which took place last weekend.
"I wasn't really following the team standings during the medal round because we had nine kids wrestling," Stoner said. "In fact, I didn't even hear them announce that we had a one-point lead on Peters Township going into the 285-pound [medal] matches. One of my assistants heard the announcement and told me."