Ken Wunderley profiles Elizabeth Forward wrestler Keith Fournier. Read his story below.
(Photo: Elizabeth Forward's Luke Fournier, top, won by a pin against Albert Gallatin's Zack Friend in the 195-pound weight class semifinal at the Chartiers-Houston tournament on Dec. 6. Ken Wunderley/Tri-State Sports & News Service)
You couldn't blame Luke Fournier if he skipped the season-opening Chartiers-Houston Wrestling Tournament earlier this month.
Fournier, an Elizabeth Forward senior, sustained a season-ending injury in two of his three previous appearances at the tournament.
"Luke tore an ACL at this tournament during his freshman year," Elizabeth Forward coach Rich Scheuermann recalled. "It happened in his fourth bout [while competing at 160 pounds] and knocked him out for the rest of the season."
Fournier returned to the Chartiers-Houston Tournament as a sophomore and placed third at 182 pounds. That was the start of a successful sophomore season, in which Fournier qualified for the WPIAL Class AAA tournament by placing second in Section 2.